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Weekender Central Iowa! Tattoo Convention, Youth Music Showcase, Gordon Lightfoot





THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

You can ease into the weekend with some poetry in the park, or sit for an inking session at the tattoo convention. You can hear the region’s freshest voices at the youth music showcase, or experience the classic folk stylings of Gordon Lightfoot. No matter your pleasure, you’ll find it all in greater Des Moines this weekend!




Greenwood Park

Poetry & Pie in the Park w/Diane Glass and Pat Boddy

May 12 – 5:00pm

Gather at 5:00 for dessert-first tastings, while supplies last, and people-to-people time. Enjoy a short program of poetry reading at 5:30 by Diane Glass, Pat Boddy, and additional invitees.


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80/35 BMX

Des Moines BMX League – Spring 2022 "Give-it-a-Try" Open House

May 12 – 6:00pm

Boys and Girls 4-15 years of age will get some on-the-bike time on the 80/35 BMX dirt track, made up of manageable turns and obstacles. Free; registration required.


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Jasper Winery

Brian Herrin Band

May 12 – 6:00pm

Brian Herrin Band performs at Jasper Winery. Please join us on Thursday nights for our Summer Concert Series. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for outside seating.


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Gaslamp

Them Coulee Boys

May 12 – 7:00pm

2021 marks the release of TCB’s fourth record, Namesake, a ten-song collection that spans from pure and genuine ballads to a leaping, countrified take on rock and roll.


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Hyvee Hall

Middle of the Map Tattoo Convention

May 13 – May 15 – 2:00pm

Middle of the Map Tattoo Convention in DSM. The show will be full of talented artists with a range of unique styles to choose from. Walk-ins are welcome.


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Teehee's Comedy Club

Chicago Comedy Showcase

May 13 – 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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Tallgrass Theatre Co.

Tiny Beautiful Things

May 13 – 7:30pm

Tiny Beautiful Things – A play based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos.


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Captain Roy's

Youth Music Showcase

May 14 – 12:00pm

Des Moines Music Coalition, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Captain Roy’s are thrilled for the return of our Youth Music Showcase.


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Noce

The Best of Blue Note with Damani Phillips

May 14 – 7:00pm

An evening full of classic Blue Note hits brought to you by one of the midwest’s most renowned saxophonists, Dr. Damani Phillips, joined by a killin’ band.


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Des Moines Civic Center

Steve Martin & Martin Short

May 14 – 8:00pm

Steve Martin and Martin Short’s “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” is a show that redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways.


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Hoyt Sherman Place

Gordon Lightfoot

May 16 – 8:00pm

Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few ot


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Des Moines Mercantile

Merchantile Market

May 15 – 1:00pm

DSM Merchantile Presents Merchantile Market: Celebrating Local Craftsmanship & Curation.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Why we love the Middle Ages — and still have things to learn from them

by Michael E. Moore, May 9
An enormous forest extends for thousands of miles in every direction, with rivers that the traveler — whether pilgrim or trader — must cross on foot, leading a tired horse. The tracks of bears and wolves are often seen. Elk swim in the cold lakes. There is an eerie absence of people.




Faire play: On the road with a traveling troupe of pirates, bards and jesters

by Elisabeth Chretien, May 10
Spring has come around again! That can mean different things to different people; for me, spring signals the return of Renaissance faire season.




DMPA announces their 2022-23 season Willis Broadway Series and #Ham4Ham

by Courtney Guein, May 6
Des Moines Performing Arts (DMPA) announced their 2022-23 season Willis Broadway Series yesterday. This series will be bringing six productions from Broadway to Des Moines, including returning favorites Fiddler on the Roof and Disney’s The Lion King.

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