DSM 411: October 16th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in October, 2019. Updates include more Halloween, immersive art, a lot of running, some throwbacks, a restaurant reporting snafu, a Nutcracker, a new way to laugh, and access to great Broadway shows. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Night Eyes
As Halloween approaches, I’ll continue to highlight seasonally spooky things happening around Des Moines. This one is probably the most family friendly tradition out there– Night Eyes at Blank Park Zoo. Kids can take a test run with their costumes at the zoo, beginning tomorrow, October 17th through Sunday the 20th, and again Thursday, October 24th through Sunday the 27th. Families can roam through the zoo, which will have special lighting displays, live entertainment (not counting the animals), inflatables, and plenty of candy. Tickets are $4 in advance.
Where: Blank Park Zoo
When: October 17th-20th, and October 24th-27th
Cost: $4 in advance, $5 for season ticket holders, $6 night of for non season ticket holders
Link to more information and tickets


New sculpture experience at Water Works Park
All this week, a new multimedia sculpture is being installed at Water Works Park. Titled “River Constellation”, the sculpture will consist of 45 10-foot high poles. Each pole will have multiple globe lights, and will also incorporate music and sounds from the park. Installation should be completed by this Friday night, so make plans to check out this new immersive art piece soon.
Where: Water Works Park
When: Complete this Friday night
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

Des Moines Marathon
This next weekend is finally Marathon weekend, and there are many events you can participate in. On Saturday, you can participate in a 5-mile run or a 1-mile walk– both starting at 8am at Principal Park. There will also be a Kids Run beginning at 9:30am at Principal Park. The main event, the IMT Des Moines Marathon starts the next day, Sunday October 20th at 8am. There will also be a Half Marathon, a Relay Marathon and a 5K– all beginning and ending at Court Avenue, Downtown. Procrastinators– you can still register for all of these events! Just head to desmoinesmarathon.com, or simply walk up to register that morning.
Where: Races begin and end at Principal Park on Saturday, and on Court Avenue on Sunday
When: October 19th and 20th
Cost: Varies by race
Link to more information and registration

Music Scene

Throwback Only
This is a Throwback Only edition of the Music Scene, wherein I highlight three shows that will take you back to an earlier era:
1) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Wooly’s, tonight, October 16th at 8pm — $35  LINK
2) Nelly: Val Air Ballroom, Friday, October 18th at 9pm — $75  LINK
3) Elton John: Wells Fargo Arena, June 11, 2020. Tickets on sale this Friday 10/18 at 10am — $70-225  LINK

Something current:
4) Judah & the Lion/Flora Cash: Val Air Ballroom, November 1st at 8pm — $35-100  LINK


Restaurant Scene

The Station on Ingersoll
Correction on information given last week– I reported that Bartender’s Handshake was going into the old Zimm’s location– I was wrong!
Bartender’s Handshake will be opening at 3615 Ingersoll Ave.
The Station on Ingersoll is now open in the old Zimm’s location. Reviews are coming in with high compliments, saying that the food is great, the TVs are plentiful, and it’s now the best sports bar on Ingersoll. However– it’s a 2-in-1. The Station is the sports bar in the front. In the back, there is a second bar called Dugan’s Hideaway. This one is less sports bar, more of a chill pub. Both will offer a full bar and menu.
Where: 3124 Ingersoll Ave
When: Open every day from 11am-2am
Link to more information

Lua, Purveyor, Clyde’s, Bartender’s Handshake– still on the way.

The Thing You Know About

Nutcracker at Hoyt Sherman
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Nutcracker production put on by the Des Moines Ballet. This event, held at Hoyt Sherman, is a holiday tradition for many. There are five opportunities to view the production– one show on Friday, December 13th, two shows on Saturday, December 14th and two shows on Sunday, December 15th. Tickets are still widely available for all five performance, but they usually sell out. Snag yours now in the range of $25-70 to be sure you don’t miss out.
Where: Hoyt Sherman
December 13th-15th
Link to buy tickets to the Nutcracker

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

TeeHee’s Comedy Club
There will be a new entertainment option downtown soon. TeeHee’s Comedy Club will be opening in about two weeks at the corner of 15th and Walnut. Their official schedule has not been posted yet, but they have reported there will be shows each Friday and Saturday night, as well as open mic nights and improv classes and workshops. Keep this spot on your radar when you’re looking for something fun and different to do.
Where: 1433 Walnut Street, Downtown
When: Soon!
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Willis Broadway Series– Anastasia, My Fair Lady, Riverdance
If you are not lucky enough to have season tickets to the Des Moines Performing Arts Willis Broadway Series, you still have the opportunity to buy tickets to specific shows in the series. Right now, Mean Girls is playing at the Civic Center through next Sunday, and there are still some tickets left for each show. As far as looking ahead, if you were interested in seeing Anastasia or My Fair Lady, tickets for both of those shows go on sale next Monday, October 21st at 9am. Tickets to Riverdance will also be on sale at that time. Be sure to put a reminder on your calendar to get the best tickets available to these shows next Monday.
Where: Civic Center
When: October 21st at 10am
Cost: Vary by show and ticket location 
Link to more information

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