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Weekender Central Iowa! Opera, William J. Locker, Mt. Joy




THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Spend your long weekend taking in all the region has to offer, from phenomenal operas to community potlucks! Top pick? The release show for William J Locker’s sophomore effort, Friday night at xBk. Enjoy!




Jasper Winery

The Nadas

Jun 30 – 6:00pm

The Nadas perform at Jasper Winery.


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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Music in the Garden

Jun 30 – 6:30pm

Don’t miss Music in the Garden, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden summer concert series presented by EMC Insurance Companies. Concerts will be held live and in person in the outdoor Koehn Garden


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Storyhouse Bookpub

Sip & Shop First Fridays: Browsing Botanicals

Jul 1 – 5:00pm

Swing by, grab a drink on the house, and celebrate summertime at Storyhouse while you browse our botanical book display and art from Wildflower Stationery.


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xBk Live

William J. Locker's Brainwash

Jul 1 – 7:00pm

Silent disco and dance party for the home studio warrior, William J. Locker.


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xBk Live

William J Locker's BRAINWASH, Silent Disco, Album Release Party

Jul 1 – 7:00pm

A release party and silent disco for William J Locker’s sophomore release.


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Lauridsen Amphitheater

Mt. Joy w/Madison Cunningham

Jul 1 – 7:00pm

Mt. Joy w/Madison Cunningham.


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Iowa State Capitol

Yankee Doodle Pops

Jul 1 – 8:30pm

Each year, the Des Moines Symphony welcomes more than 100,000 Central Iowans to celebrate Independence Day at Yankee Doodle Pops, the largest single-day concert event in Iowa.


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Mainframe Studios

Putt Putt Art Tee-Off Ceremony

Jul 2 – 5:00pm

Experience an interactive artist-made mini-golf installation at Mainframe Studios, on display June 21st through July 4th weekend.


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Salisbury House and Gardens

Belin Quartet Summer Concert Series

Jul 2 – 5:30pm

The Belin Quartet’s 23rd Free Summer Concert Season!


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Blank Performing Arts

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Jul 2 – 7:30pm

Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by the DSM Opera.


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Wooly's

Katie & The Honky Tonks

Jul 2 – 8:00pm

Katie and The Honky Tonks bring a fresh take on honky tonk and traditional country music that’s inspired by the Bakersfield Sound.


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Cheatom Park

Fourth of He Lies

Jul 3 – 4:00pm

A community potluck hosted by organizations from across Iowa.

“How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.” – Black Hawk, Sauk –


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Lefty's Live Music

Icon For Hire w/ Awake At Last, Sumo Cyco

Jul 3 – 5:00pm

Metro Concerts presents Decatur, Illinois rock band Icon for Hire


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xBk Live

Arlie

Jul 3 – 6:00pm

Arlie is a band created by singer-songwriter, composer & multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Banks.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





An Indianola farm girl finds her way with animal pottery

by Courtney Guein, Jun 23
Folk ceramic creator Caroline Freese found her love for animals and art starting at a young age on a farm in Indianola, Iowa. Art has been a driving force for her since then, into college and now owning a studio with orders coming in quicker than she can create.

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