Weekender Central Iowa! The Dip | Gabriel Espinosa’s ASHANTI | Elision EP Release


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

On Thursday, head on down to the Des Moines Public Library to learn about the Inner Light Sanctuary near Carlisle, who’s mission is to rescue farm animals. On Friday, you can also join Des Moines’ coffee painter, Betty Walker, to learn the ins and outs with watercolor over wine at Hoyt Sherman. And just as always, catch some live music at xBk, Lefty’s, Wooly’s and more. Top pick: Dueling Fiddles at xBk. Nothing is more invigorating than an all-female ensemble.


The Dip

Feb 16 – 6:00pm

Hailing from Seattle, The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece ensemble that melds vintage rhythm and blues and modern pop with 60s soul.

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Des Moines Public Library

Cooking Class: Vegan Empanadas

Feb 16 – 6:00pm

Join us at the North Side Library to learn to prepare delicious vegan Latin Empanadas.

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Des Moines Public Library

Inner Light Sanctuary Farm Animal Rescue

Feb 16 – 6:30pm

Learn more about the Inner Light Sanctuary, a nonprofit home for rescued farmed animals, located just outside of Carlisle. While sharing the mission of the sanctuary, the founder will also discuss the

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Hoyt Sherman Place

Succulents Watercolor – Paint and Sip

Feb 17 – 5:30pm

Enjoy learning to paint with watercolor while enjoying a glass of wine.

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Gabriel Espinosa's ASHANTI

Feb 17 – 7:00pm

Gabriel Espinosa was born in Merida, Mexico, in 1952. With the help of his mother he began playing the guitar at the age of six.

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Hoyt Sherman Place

Ancient Aliens Live: Project Earth

Feb 17 – 7:30pm

Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth is an experiential extension of Ancient Aliens that explores the theory that extraterrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years.

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The Garden

The Family Reunion: Black Excellence Show

Feb 17 – 8:00pm

Please join Empress Alexandra St. James as she hosts a show featuring some of Iowa’s best BIPOC Performers.

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Lefty's Live Music

Clancy Jones + The New Bodies + Adonis D Ross

Feb 17 – 9:00pm

Come to Lefty’s for a fun night of music!

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Temple Theater

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Feb 18 – 11:00am

In 1947, the Year of the Boar, a young girl leaves China with her parents for a new beginning in America… But it’s harder than she expected.

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Confluence Brewing

Frozen Firkin Fest

Feb 18 – 12:00pm

It’s that time a year for another Frozen Firkin Fest! We’ll be tapping 10 different experimental cask conditioned beers at noon in the beer garden (yes, beer garden).

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The Varsity Cinema

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Feb 18 – 1:00pm

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

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Gas Lamp Des Moines

Elision EP Release w/NonGrata, SafeSpace, CrimsonCleanSweep, Nyhilist

Feb 18 – 6:30pm

Elision EP release.
21 and Up show at the Gas Lamp.
Doors at 6:30
$12 presale
$15 at the Door

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xBk Live

Dueling Fiddles

Feb 18 – 7:00pm

Don’t miss the virtuosic stylings of Geneviève Salamone and Hanna Wolle with all-star accompaniment

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Wisenheimer | Uncensored, Long Form Improv Comedy

Feb 18 – 9:30pm

Wisenheimer is a long-form improv comedy troupe formed in 2011 in Rock Island, IL.

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Des Moines Art Center

Documentary Screening 2

Feb 19 – 1:00pm

The Des Moines Art Center presents Oscar Shorts, with two free screenings for each of the categories: Documentary, Live Action, and Animation.

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The Office Trivia @ Bellhop Neighborhood Tiki

Feb 19 – 6:00pm

bears. beets. battlestar galactica.
the office trivia

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Contact Buzz: Create your heart out across Central Iowa

by John Busbee, Feb 14

Few countries have monetized making an annual expression of love more than America. Thankfully, true love does not place the almighty dollar as the main ingredient for its most alluring recipe. READ MORE >

Two Des Moines theater companies, founded a century apart, join forces to stage August Wilson’s ‘The Piano Lesson’

by Genevieve Trainor, Feb 13

When last year’s revival of August Wilson’s 1987 play The Piano Lesson closed on Broadway on Jan. 29, it was the highest grossing show that week. In fact, the production, which opened Oct. 13, became the highest grossing play revival and highest grossing Wilson play on Broadway. READ MORE >

Paint this staircase: Des Moines artists wanted for neighborhood beautification project

by Isaac Hamlet, Feb 10

Even if you pass it every day on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines, you may not have noticed the staircase. Lauren Kollauf wants to change that. READ MORE >