Weekender Central Iowa! Indie Bookstore Cookie Crawl | Freegrass String Trio | Pink Martini


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Spring is finally here which means there’s no choice but to get out of the house! There are many reasons to celebrate this weekend. Readers can reminisce about the books you’ve read to distract yourself from the cold by joining in the Des Moines Book Festival book crawl at Storyhouse Bookpub, Beaverdale Books, Raccoon River Press and Reading in Public. If art is more your thing, help the Art Center give a round of applause to 75 Years of Iowa Art. Top Pick: Comedy Kickback #Blackexcellence at Teehee’s. Black excellence surrounds us at every turn. It’s lovely to recognize our Black community in a fun way.


Jazz on the House with Saxophonist Robert Espe & Co.

Mar 23 – 7:00pm

Every Thursday night, Noce hosts an all night happy hour. Doors at 6, music 7-10pm, no cover all night! $5 wine & well drinks, & free live jazz!

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Storyhouse Bookpub

The DSM Indie Bookstore Cookie Crawl

Mar 24 – 9:00am

DSM Readers! Prep for the DSM Book Festival!

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Freegrass String Trio & Guests Feat. Blake Shaw

Mar 24 – 7:00pm

Freegrass is a trio of musicians who have been called a collaborator’s dream team that just so happen to write and perform their own music on the side.

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Stephen Taylor | Stand-Up Comedy

Mar 24 – 7:00pm

Originally a Louisiana native, Stephen moved to Kansas City to escape his traditional southern roots.

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Drake University Olmstead Center

Dogtown After Hours

Mar 24 – 8:00pm

Drake’s largest alcohol alternative event that hosts over 850 attendees with activities, performances, food, and prizes!

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Des Moines Art Center

“Art Center: 75 Years of Iowa Art” Gallery Talk, featuring Artists Mary Young Bear, Sarah Young Bear-Brown, and Daniel Young Bear-Brown

Mar 25 – 1:30pm

Artists Mary Young Bear, Sarah Young Bear-Brown, and Daniel Young Bear-Brown will join Art Center Senior Curator Laura Burkhalter to host a Gallery Talk of “Art Center

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Blues Vocalist Joyann Parker – National Act!

Mar 25 – 7:00pm

“A singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, self-producing, self-aware powerhouse, but the driving force is unquestionably her voice — a formidable instrument she wields with soul and taste.”

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Comedy Kickback #blackexcellence

Mar 25 – 9:30pm

Come join a chill experience where you get to hangout and enjoy a great evening of comedy.

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Hoyt Sherman Place

Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

Mar 26 – 7:00pm

“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
– Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist

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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Botany Book Club

Mar 27 – 5:30pm

What is better than books and botany? Each month January through June, read a book about or involving plants with us!

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Drake University

Words as Seeds, an evening with Tanaya Winder

Mar 27 – 7:00pm

How do words shape and mold us into the people we become?

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‘We have local acts that deserve to be on a stage of that size’: 100-year-old Hoyt Sherman Place theater to host GDP music festival on April 15

By Benjamin Jeffery, March 22, 2023

Gross Domestic Product sticks to the mission — but that’s about it. Since the all-local music festival first popped up in 2006, GDP has bounced between Des Moines neighborhoods to celebrate the various corners of both the city and the scene. That means no two years of the one-day festival look or sound the same. READ MORE >