Weekender Central Iowa! Us Vs Them | FAULTMINE | Nikki Lane


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Not only can you don your ugly sweaters with wild abandon this weekend, you can don your 80s-themed sweaters for double duty as the Varsity Cinema re-opens with a showing of Don Delillo’s White Noise. Swing by Mainframe Studios and grab a few last-minute gifts or pop into Wooly’s for a country-and-rock good time! Special pick? Check out FAULTMINE’s acoustic show at Bogg’s w/ The Hamson Devils & A Wolf Among Us!

xBk Live

Ugly Sweater Winter Party

Dec 15 – 6:00pm

Colo Chanel, Big Smoke Sp, Tony Guns, & Static Soul

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Historic East Village

Holiday Promenade

Dec 16 – 5:00pm

Holiday Promenade returns to the Historic East Village for five Fridays of holiday cheer in 2022.

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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Dome After Dark

Dec 16 – 6-10 p.m.

Experience the Botanical Garden in a new light!

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The Varsity Cinema

White Noise at Varsity Cinema

Dec 16 – 6:15pm

Don DeLillo’s classic novel comes to the big screen, directed by Noah Baumbach.

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xBk Live

Us Vs Them

Dec 16 – 7:00pm

At “Christmas with Us” expect to see all of the members of Us Vs Them, along with a few special guests performing live!

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Boggs’ Hull Avenue Tap

FAULTMINE | A Wolf Among Us | The Hamson Devils

Dec 16 – 9:00pm

Faultmine (Exclusive acoustic performance!)
W/ The Hamson Devils & A Wolf Among Us (Featuring Nate from Blacked Out World!)

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Matt Banwart: Album Recording

Dec 16 – 9:30pm

Matt Banwart is returning to Iowa to record a stand up comedy album.

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Peace Tree Brewing Co

Makers, Bakers & Brews Holiday Market

Dec 17 – 11:00am

Our local vendor popup market returns for the holiday season on Saturday, December 17th from 11am-2pm.

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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Holiday Door Swag

Dec 17 – 11:00am

Evergreen branches, ribbon, and other décor…

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Mainframe Studios

Last Call for Holiday Shopping

Dec 17 – 1:00pm

Looking for unique, locally-made gifts?

We offer the largest collection of creative small businesses in the Metro. Come by for food, drink and four fabulous floors of artist studios to explore.

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Franklin Jr High

2022 Des Moines TubaChristmas

Dec 17 – 2:00pm

Free Holiday Concert with the beautiful, rich, organ-like sound from a huge low brass choir of tubas and euphoniums playing your favorite Christmas carol melodies.

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Des Moines Breakerz

DSM Breakerz: All Styles Battle

Dec 17 – 8:00pm

We are excited to announce we are having All Styles Dance & Battle!

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Des Moines Community Playhouse

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Dec 18 – 5:00pm

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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Nikki Lane – Denim and Diamonds Tour with Jaime Wyatt at Wooly's

Dec 18 – 6:30pm

Nikki Lane’s stunning third album Highway Queen sees the young Nashville singer emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters.

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Des Moines’ historic Varsity Cinema reopening after four-year, $5 million renovation project

by Courtney Guein, Dec 14
The Varsity Cinema near Drake University is reopening its doors to the community after being closed for four years.
The historic Des Moines theater features “a variety of programming including prestige new releases, the best of art house & international, curated repertory series and classics, upscale genre and late-night movies, kids and family series” according to the nonprofit Des Moines Film.

After 37 years, Bob Dorr will end his IPR rock history show ‘Backtracks’ this month

by Genevieve Trainor, Dec 12
“Thirty-seven years and four months, but who’s counting?”
That’s how long Iowa blues icon Bob Dorr has been hosting his rock and roll history show, Backtracks — a mainstay of Iowa Public Radio’s top-notch music programming.

Video premiere: Halfloves, ‘Hospice’

by Michael Roeder, Dec 9
On Halfloves’ first new single since June of 2021’s bouncy “Do U Follow Me,” we find the band exploring their more contemplative side with “Hospice.” Trevor Polk and Jeff Roalson both lost their grandmothers in December of 2021, which served as a catalyst for this song.
“The heart of the song is aiming to capture both the sadness and grief of death, while also embracing its powerful capacity to bring about renewed perspective and appreciation for those we love as they bridge the gap between here and the hereafter,” Roalson said in an email.

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