Weekender Central Iowa! Upcycle | Marc Maron | Bookstore Romance Day


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Whether you’re enjoying the last days of the state fair or hanging around in town, there are plenty of opportunities for you to learn, listen, laugh and play! Top pick of the weekend? Catch comedian and interviewer extraordinaire Marc Maron in what he’s calling his “This May Be the Last Time” tour. Die-hard fans who want a second last time can follow the popular podcaster from his Friday show in Des Moines to his Saturday night gig in Iowa City!

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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Grays Lake


Aug 18 – 5:30pm

Help us improve our water quality, diversify our woodlands, and UPCYCLE our invasives into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s birds, reptiles, primates, and mammals.

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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Music in the Garden

Aug 18 – 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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xBk Live

Sunsleeper & Salt Creek

Aug 18 – 7:00pm

First Fleet Concert Presents:Salt Creek & Sunsleeper

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UnityPoint Education & Resource Center

LGBTQ Older Adults Conference

Aug 19 – 8:00am

The LGBTQ Older Adults Conference brings experts from the medical, social service, and advocacy fields together to discuss the issues facing LGBTQ older adults.

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Reliable Street

Viva la Raza

Aug 19 – 7:00pm

Latino art, music and more!

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Tallgrass Theatre Co.

Broadway Karaoke

Aug 19 – 7:00pm

Join us on Friday August 19th at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM for some Broadway Karaoke.

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Val Air Ballroom

August Burns Red

Aug 19 – 7:00pm

First Fleet Concerts Presents August Burns Red: Through The Thorns Tour with We Came As Romans, Hollow Front, Void of Vision

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Hoyt Sherman Place

Marc Maron

Aug 19 – 8:00pm

Marc Maron: This May Be The Last Time Show

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xBk Live

Danielle Nicole

Aug 19 – 8:00pm

Grammy nominated American music

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Who Wants to Be a Millennial?

Aug 19 – 9:30pm

Who Wants To Be A Millennial is a game show that challenges each contestant’s knowledge of the world’s most annoying generation.

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LSI Global Greens Farmers' Market

Global Greens Farmers Market

Aug 20 – 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

Bookstore Romance Day

Aug 20 – 1:00pm

Calling all lovers of romance. Looking for Romance?

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Gas Lamp Des Moines

Misled (reunion show) w/ One Can Stan

Aug 20 – 4:30pm

Reunion show for Misled, formed back in the mid 1980s by a group of Iowa State college students.

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Iowa State Fairgrounds

Bob Dorr's Iowa Music Revue

Aug 20 – 7:00pm

Bob Dorr and his guitar playing sidekick Jeff Petersen have been playing music together for 40+ years. This year they present another cavalcade of music stars from around the state at the Fair.

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Lefty's Live Music

The Bassberry Jam

Aug 20 – 9:00pm

The Bassberry Jam at Lefty’s

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Brightside Aleworks

Cribbage Tournament

Aug 21 – 1:00pm

Cribbage Tournament with The Rook Room & Brightside Aleworks

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Franklin Avenue Library

Open Slay Dungeons & Dragons Youth One-Shot Campaign

Aug 22 – 1:00pm

This will be a short, one-shot adventure crafted by the Rook Room D&D wizards designed for adventurers ages 8-18 with at least some D&D knowledge.

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‘It’s just the most Iowan thing’: A day at the Iowa State Fair with fair mega-fans, the Stumps

by Lily DeTaeye, Aug 15
Since his freshman year of high school in 1969, Gary Stump has not missed an Iowa State Fair.
“I had a girlfriend whose father worked at the fair and he got free tickets for everything,” Stump recalls. “And then when I was in college, a friend of mine worked there and he was able to get me into some of the stuff. And of course, they had musical acts back then that I liked. I mean, they had Elton John, Chicago, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five. They had some really big acts. They still do.”

Tama metal band Rehtek is back with a growling, howling new sound

by Kembrew McLeod, Aug 11
Abomination, the new album from Iowa metal outfit Rehtek, contains all the ingredients for a pummeling musical feast. Chunky guitar riffage — check. Gut-rumbling bass — check. Double-time kick drums at speed-metal velocities — check. Growling, howling vocals — double-check.

Album Review: Jarret Purdy & Dan Padley — ‘Ecotones’

by Kent Williams, Aug 11
When Dan Padley played at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago, I was impressed (as always) by the liquid elegance of his playing on the jazz standard “All the things you are.”

Book Review: ‘A Map for the Missing’ by Belinda Huijuan Tang

by Lily DeTaeye, Aug 15
After the dedications page of her debut novel, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Belinda Huijuan Tang quotes Homer’s The Odyssey, a fitting harbinger for the journey she will take us on. Although A Map for the Missing (Penguin Press) is not the lighthearted summer read you might be looking for right now, it’s one you’re gonna want to read regardless.

Five questions with: Bestselling crime author Karin Slaughter

by Lily DeTaeye, Aug 16
To promote her new book, Girl, Forgotten, the aptly named Karin Slaughter will be visiting Des Moines on Wednesday, Aug. 24 as a part of the Des Moines Public Library’s Authors Visiting in Des Moines series (AViD). The Georgia native and Save the Libraries founder’s newest novel is the sequel to Pieces of Her, a 2018 release that was adapted into a Netflix series starring Toni Collette.