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THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Happy New Year – and with it, a host of new events! Get Jellicle at the Des Moines Civic Center, swing by TeeHee’s for a night of comedy, or be the show yourself at the Slow Down Coffee Co’s open mic!




Slow Down Coffee Co

Open Mic Night VI

Jan 5 – 6:00pm

Headliner gets 4-5 songs and others get 10 minutes or 2-3 songs.


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Mainframe Studios

First Friday / Keep It Mellow

Jan 6 – 5:00pm

Take the beginning of the new year easy!


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Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair Flea Market

Jan 7 – 9:00am

Once a month from January to June (except March) and October to December, you will find antiques, collectibles, home décor, jewelry, purses, bags and more!


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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Plants on Your Plate

Jan 7 – 11:00am

Plants are important for filling your body with antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other nutrients that help keep your immune system strong


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Des Moines Civic Center

Cats

Jan 7 – 2:00pm

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is headed to the Des Moines Civic Center!


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Gas Lamp Des Moines

Look At Me EP Release Show w/ Salt Fox & Allegra Hernandez

Jan 7 – 9:00pm

This lineup up of All-Iowa alt-rock and indie-pop is not to be missed!


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Lefty's Live Music

Say What! Poetry

Jan 7 – 9:00pm

Poetry open-mic event live at Lefty’s on University Ave.


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Teehee's Comedy Club

Laura Peek

Jan 7 – 9:30pm

 Laura Peek is one of the most promising young Los Angeles based standup comics to come out of Nashville’s bustling comedy scene.


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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Botanical Blues

Jan 8 – 11:00am

Take a break from the cold winter weather and join us for Botanical Blues!


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Hoyt Sherman Place

Basic Photography Workshop

Jan 9 – 5:30pm

Great for beginners or refreshing your skills.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Little Village’s best videos of 2022

In November, Little Village bid a fond farewell to our beloved and super-talented staff videographer Jason Smith, who accepted a position with the University of Iowa Center for Advancement as a multimedia specialist.
We plan to spend the holidays misty-eyed while rewatching the wonderful videos he created over five years at LV, from insightful studio visits to vivid event coverage to powerful collaborations.




Book Review: ‘Oblivion’ by Robin Hemley

by Lily DeTaeye, Jan 5
What to say about Robin Hemley’s Oblivion? The University of Iowa Writers Workshop alum’s 16th book was released this year on Gold Wake Press. And although it’s short in pages, the novel is not short on big ideas.




Album Review: Jinnouchi Power — ‘Kaleidokoi’

by Gigi Vanderpool, Jan 5
A peek at the cover art of Jinnouchi Power’s recently released album, Kaleidokoi, offers a visual clue to the textured, hypnotic jazz/rock tracks that lie inside.

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