January 3, 2017
Even the woodwinds are brass in the Des Moines Big Band, fronted here by the sax section at Noce.
BIG BAND JAZZ AT NOCE WEDNESDAY

Some of us from dsm magazine had so much fun celebrating New Year's Eve at Noce, we'd be remiss if we didn't recommend the next best opportunity: It's tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 4), from 7 to 10 p.m., when the Des Moines Big Band warms up the night with jazz that cooks. Busy tomorrow? No problem. This is a weekly Wednesday-night gig for the band, and this seems like a good time to mention it. Tickets are $10 ($25 for reserved seating; $5 for students). Learn more about the Des Moines Big Band here. Find info about this and other upcoming shows at Noce over here.

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Iowa becomes a red state again Thursday, as cabernet is the order of the day at a Wine Fest tasting event.
TAKE AN UBER TO CATCH A CAB? TRY IT THURSDAY

Summer is a fine time for bright, light wines -- brisk pino grigio and breezy rosé -- but in the post-holidays death-chill of January, we'll take a hearty cabernet anyday -- especially this Thursday, Jan. 5, at  6 p.m. That's when the fine folks of Winefest Des Moines are teaming up with Two Rivers Marketing for a cozy evening fundraiser called Wine Flights, featuring cabernets from Napa Valley.

For $45, you can get in from the cold, mingle with other interesting people, taste a variety of cabs chosen by Glazers Distributors, and sample some wine-paired appetizers from Tangerine Catering. It all happens at Two Rivers headquarters, 106 E. Sixth St. This sort of thing could make winter evenings tolerable. Get tickets and info here, or by calling 515-244-0039.

Bob Pace and his guitars have had a long and fruitful relationship.
BOTANICAL BLUES FEATURES BOB PACE SUNDAY

Bob Pace kicks things off Sunday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the first Botanical Blues concert of the season at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The series presents a concert each Sunday afternoon through March. Upcoming: Scott Davis and John Mattingly on Jan. 15, Cindy Grill and Alan Smith on Jan. 22, then J.D. Flannigan and Pat Hermann on the 29th. Trellis Cafe will have food and drink to purchase during the concerts.

Join us for the debut of the newest issue of dsm magazine next week, and the new Book of Lists this week.
CATCH TWO (2!) UNVEILING PARTIES

No, two unveilings don't make a veiling, they just make twice as much fun. So please join us for either or both of these events: 
  • dsm magazine's January/February issue will make its debut Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. (short program at 6 p.m.) in the decorative-concrete showrooms of Speck USA, our hosts at 4100 Merle Hay Road, Suite D. From Merle Hay Road, turn west on Aurora, then into the parking lot on the south side of the street. This first-of-the-year-year issue is full of stories we're excited to share with you, so come and get one of the first copies even before they hit the street.
  • Can't wait that long? OK, the 2017 edition of the Business Record's annual Book of Lists will be distributed at another swell party this Thursday, Jan. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the soaring atrium of Capital Square downtown at 400 Locust St. Enjoy good company and refreshments -- and get your own copy of this useful resource, filled with more than 70 lists of businesses by industries, plus profiles of civic leaders, central Iowa "market facts" and a community calendar.
Emily Davis and Eric Olson star in the Tallgrass Theatre Company's production of "Oleanna."
MAMET DRAMA IN WEST DES MOINES

Tallgrass Theatre Company will present the David Mamet drama "Oleanna" Jan. 20 through Feb. 4 at the Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine St. in West Des Moines. The play deals with a series of interactions, accusations and encounters between a college student and a professor. Events escalate, as they are wont to do in dramas, until both are left devastated. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays only, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 online here or $20 at the door.

TWO HANDY THINGS TO KNOW

Two reminders for dsm readers going boldly into the new year:

1) Our calendar: dsm magazine and the Business Record maintain a calendar of local events that you don't want to miss. Among other features, you can filter it for arts and culture, nonprofit or business categories -- or savor each date's activities in their totality. Find it on the toolbar of our website, dsmMagazine.com, or bookmark this link.

2) Submitting event photos: Everyone seems to enjoy seeing the party photos from local events that we include in the RSVP section of dsm magazine. It's fun to see where friends were and what local nonprofits are up to. Do you ever wonder how to get your event included? It's easy: Just follow the instructions available here, and we'll consider your pictures for a future issue.

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