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THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

With the Iowa State Fair starting up this week, it’s hard to have anything else on your radar! Rest assured, though: Even if you’re not taking in the fair, there are more than enough activities to help you get through this weekend with a grin on your face and a bop in your heart. Music is the big winner, with not-to-miss shows at Gaslamp, Captain Roy’s and more. For our top pick, head outdoors to expand your mind, with the inaugural Philosophical Barbecue from the Des Moines Lyceum Movement. Explore the teachings of Marcus Aurelius over burgers, brats and beer!




Iowa State Fairgrounds

Iowa State Fair

Aug 11 – Aug 21 – 8:00am

Find Your Fun at the 2022 Iowa State Fair, happening this year from August 11-21


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Gas Lamp Des Moines

Joe Kaplow with Brian Johannesen

Aug 11 – 8:00pm

Joe Kaplow w/Brian Johannesen play at Gas Lamp


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Moberg Gallery

Remarks & Reception with Karen Strohbeen

Aug 12 – 4:00pm

Karen Strohbeen’s work will soon be showcased on four bus shelters along Ingersoll Avenue, as part of DART’s network of art bus shelters.


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Hoyt Sherman Place

Watercolor Wine Bottles Painting Class

Aug 12 – 5:30pm

Betty Walker will engage you in a fun painting class while you visit and drink a glass (or two) of wine.


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Teehee's Comedy Club

Chicago Comedy Showcase

Aug 12 – 7:00pm

Teehee’s is getting occupied by some of the best comedians from the other side of the river. Recruited straight from Chicago, this comedic force will be one you won’t soon forget.


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xBk Live

Chastity Brown w/ Lily DeTaeye

Aug 12 – 8:00pm

Chastity Brown w/ Lily DeTaeye at xBk Live.


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Gas Lamp Des Moines

Glass Ox, Chill Mac, Dose, Static Soul, Ronbot

Aug 12 – 9:00pm

Glass Ox, Chill Mac, Dose, Static Soul, Ronbot featuring visual artists: Christian Ellwood, Siricasso, Jenna, Sp, and Allysha Cora Jean


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LSI Global Greens Farmers' Market

Global Greens Farmers Market

Aug 13 – 9:00am

Come shop for delicious, local, organically grown produce for you and your family while supporting new Iowans who have a passion for farming


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Beaverdale Books

Local Author Fair

Aug 13 – 1:00pm


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Curate

Project One: One Community, One Family: Fundraising Event

Aug 13 – 2:00pm

Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, and drinks as we work to make a difference for mental health in our community.


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Fort Des Moines Park

Des Moines' Philosophical Barbecue: Finding Calm in Troubled Times w/ Marcus Aurelius

Aug 13 – 5:00pm

If you are interested in philosophy, if you are a lifelong learner, if you are a human being, there’s something in Marcus Aurelius for you.


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Captain Roy's

The June Bugs Live

Aug 13 – 6:00pm

The June Bugs Live At Captain Roy’s


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xBk Live

Local Emo Night

Aug 13 – 7:00pm

Bust out the eyeliner and the scene hair, it’s time for EMO NIGHT!


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Cowles Commons

Vegan Summer Market

Aug 14 – 12:00pm

VegLife Des Moines is excited to announce the return of their successful Vegan Summer Market series!


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xBk Live

Dead Horses

Aug 14 – 7:00pm

A folk-inspired from Milwaukee: Dead Horses with Adam Bruce


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Iowa State Fairgrounds

Celebración Latina: Parranderos Latin Combo

Aug 14 – 7:00pm


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Wooly's

Polyphia with Unprocessed

Aug 15 – 7:00pm

Polyphia with Unprocessed at Wooly’s


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xBk Live

Monday Night Live!

Aug 15 – 7:00pm

Monday Night Live! @ xBk


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Des Moines installs ‘art corridors’ along five bike trails, showcasing local artists

by Courtney Guein, Aug 8
New art installations have changed the view along five of Des Moines’ popular bike trails. These “art corridors” include panels mounted to a line of metal posts, angled towards pedestrians and cyclists zipping down the trail.




‘My Fair Lady,’ a problematic classic with amazing production, comes to Des Moines

by Lily DeTaeye, Aug 5
My Fair Lady, presented by Lincoln Center Theater, opened at the Civic Center in Des Moines Tuesday night and almost every row was filled. The musical is an adaptation on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, involving a professor of phonetics training a poor woman with a thick working class accent to pass as a member of high society in order to win a bet with a colleague.

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