DSM 411: August 28th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in August and September, 2019. Updates include dueling Renaissance Faires, an exhibit that’s almost gone, our hometown team on the brink of the playoffs, Chicago Blues, an excuse to drink beer, the story behind some prominent art, and what’s up at the Well. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Renaissance Faire
Over the next three weekends, you can step right into the Middle Ages by visiting a Renaissance Faire. Heads up– there are TWO Faires being held over the next three weekends, and they are definitely competing to be known as the Faire to visit. After looking at both Faires, I will be highlighting the one I think you should pick– the annual Renaissance Faire held at Sleepy Hollow. This is Iowa’s only permanent faire site, which means that there is a castle and a Renaissance-style village with over 40 buildings. You will see street theater, seven stages of entertainment, live jousting and sword fighting demonstrations, food vendors, games and activities for everyone. Each of the three weekends has a different theme. Buy tickets online through this Friday to save substantially– $12 for adults online, $19 on site, Ages 5-12 are $6 online, $8 on site, and those 5 and under are free.
Where: Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
When: 11am-6pm daily. Weekend themes:
August 31-Sept 2: Vikings and Shieldmaidens
Sept 7th-8th: Highlanders and Lucky Lasses
Sept 14th-15th: Pirates and Wenches
Cost: $12 for adults online, $19 on site, Ages 5-12 are $6 online, $8 on site, and those 5 and under are free.
Link to more information
Link to buy tickets


The Des Moines Art Museum
It’s supposed to rain this Saturday, which gives me the perfect excuse to highlight an amazing free indoor exhibit that is leaving the Des Moines Art Museum soon. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to stop into the Art Museum to catch their Queer Abstraction Exhibition that will be running through September 8th. The event highlights LGBTQ artists who have used abstract art to convey their take on the spectrum of sexuality and gender. Hours for the museum vary by day, so check the website, but this Saturday, it will be open from 10-4.
Where: Des Moines Art Museum
When: Open Sa 10-4, Su 12-4, Tu/W/F 11-4, Th 11-9
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Iowa Cubs
The Iowa Cubs regular season is coming to a close– their last four games of the season will be held this weekend. They’ll be in town Friday through Monday, playing daily games against Memphis. Catch them on Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 1pm, and Monday, Labor Day, at noon. However- it appears that for the first time since 2008, the Cubs could potentially make the playoffs. Stay tuned for more information following the results from this weekends’ games- and hopefully get ready for more baseball in September!
Where: Principal Park
When: Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2nd
Cost: Tickets range from $8-30, but there are ticket offers and promotions per game
Link to more information and tickets

Music Scene

Central Iowa Blues Society at Lefty’s
The Central Iowa Blues Society is saluting Chicago Blues Legends with an event this Saturday at Lefty’s. Three separate acts will be highlighting the sound and style of Chicago Blues– the doors open at 6, the show starts at 7, and tickets are $30.
Where: Lefty’s, 2307 University Ave
When: Saturday, August 31st 7pm
Cost: $30
Link to more information

Side Note: Worth the Drive
Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Sheppard
Where: McGrath Amphitheater, Cedar Rapids
When: Friday, August 30th at 7pm
Link to buy tickets

The Thing You Know About

Labor Day
This Monday is Labor Day, and unofficially the end of summer. You can celebrate all weekend with more music at the Labor Day Weekend Patio Fest at Confluence Brewing Company. They will kick off the event on Friday evening with Brother Trucker, and the live music, food trucks and beer tent will continue Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. There doesn’t appear to be a cover to get in, so just buy some beers, and know that you have Monday to recover.
Where: Confluence Brewing Company
When: Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Color Codes
If you’ve ever dropped into Malo for some killer tot’chos and margs or gone to one of the many classes or events held at the Des Moines Social Club, you’ve very likely seen that impressive graffiti wall that stretches the entire west side of the neighboring bridge.

Have you noticed that it changes?

A listener named Kristyn recently tipped me off that there is an annual graffiti festival held at the Social Club where local and national artists use a common theme and/or color scheme to reimagine the wall. The event is called Color Codes, and the group that spearheads this event is called Scarce Elementz. Earlier this month, they presented a Kung-fu and Ninja theme to the artists and they delivered. It’s too late to see the artists in action– I’ll try to give you a heads-up next year– but in the meantime, plan to check out their new work whenever you’re in the neighborhood.
Where: Des Moines Social Club graffiti wall
Link to more information
Video showing what they do

Looking Ahead

September at the Well

Kiss End of the Road Tour will be held on September 3rd at 7:30pm $30-250
Thomas Rhett will perform on September 6th at 7pm $32-92

The Iowa Wild start their season with their first home game on October 4th $13-48

Link to more information and tickets

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