June 6, 2017

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NEW FOOD & DRINK OPTIONS COMING TO WEST GLEN
 
By Wini Moranville
 
WineStyles
shops categorize wines by style, such as crisp, silky, rich, fruity and bold. Set to open at the end of this month, BeerStyles will take the same approach to beer. The 100-tap venue is part of a new, multifaceted restaurant experience that will offer a range of eating and drinking opportunities. All under one roof (formerly the site of Crave, Graze, Gino's and Cowboy Jack's), you'll soon find: 

* Beerstyles Taproom and Gastropub: Sophisticated comfort food -- including flatbreads, seven varieties of poutine, mussels and fries, and raw-bar specialties -- will be served alongside the beer options. 

* Salt of the Hearth: This country-European restaurant will have a fireplace as its focal point. According to executive chef Kevin Cahill, it will serve updated versions of grandmotherly cooking from France, Italy and Spain.

* Libations Mixology Bar: Patrons will be able to order craft cocktails as well as the
classics.     
  
* The Residence Wine Lounge: A modern twist on the supper-club lounge, the intimate environment will feature soft seating, such as love seats and sofas, as well as a fireplace.     
  
* The Last Course Dessert Bar: Pie, cookies, brownies, gelato, cheesecakes and other sweets will be available throughout the restaurant.

* La Veranda: The Southern European-inspired patio will serve house sangrias, specialty cocktails and small plates.

The partners behind these plans are husband-and-wife team Andrea and Bryan McGinness, who are also the owners of the WineStyles franchise, along with Chef Kevin Cahill and Jeff McGinness (brother to Bryan). Cahill is a New York City native who has worked in numerous restaurants, including Tavern on the Green and the Pera group of Mediterranean restaurants.

When asked whether it was a dicey prospect going into a space where so many others have failed, Bryan McGinness mentioned that the way they're cozying up the space into nooks and crannies will transform the experience, making it unique from anything tried (and, alas, failed) before.

"WineStyles is one of the long-standing West Glen tenants," added Andrea McGinness. "So we'll bring synergy to it. We have a huge following."

BeerStyles is set to open June 26; the team will roll out the other venues in July.

Wini Moranville covers food and dining for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food - DSM Wini Moranville

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Touch another heritage, explore other lives, welcome new friends at Des Moines' World Refugee Day on Saturday.
A CELEBRATION OF CULTURES AND FREEDOM
  
We're delighted that people fleeing starvation, war and oppression find refuge and opportunity here in Central Iowa. You can help celebrate our community's diverse cultures Saturday, June 10, when Des Moines marks World Refugee Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Callanan Middle School.

Games and other fun activities will keep kids interested. Enjoy ethnic dancers and exotic foods, and learn about local programs and agencies that assist new arrivals to Iowa. Scheduled speakers include Mayor Frank Cownie and Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly. Produced by the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, the event is free. Questions? Call 515-244-7702 ext. 129.

Upcoming: To advance public understanding of life in a foreign refugee camp, the documentary film "Warehoused" will be shown free at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at Sheslow Auditorium on the campus of Drake University.
 
Rowen Sabala, a Drake student from California, stars in a new form of opera you can enjoy in a series of video episodes.
OPERA IN BITE-SIZE PORTIONS STARS DRAKE STUDENT
 
A Drake University sophomore has a role in changing your image of opera -- unless you already think of opera as musically modern and visually binge-watchable, even on your phone in 15-minute episodes. That news caught our attention.

Rowen Sabala, 19, stars in  "Vireo," the new made-for-TV opera that was filmed on multiple locations in California and dramatically travels among points in time. It has been available online here since last week, and will premiere nationwide June 13 on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and Dish Network 9410).

"It's the first binge-watchable opera," says Sabala, a vocal performance major at Drake, where she calls herself a "choir nerd." Learn more about her and the "Vireo" production here
Much ado was made about nothing in a 2015 performance of Shakespeare at Salisbury House. Photo: Andrea Markowski
SHAKESPEARE ON THE LOOSE AT SALISBURY HOUSE
 
Shakespeare's unwieldy shrew gets tamed on the lawn of Salisbury House June 15-18 as the Repertory Theater of Iowa once again takes it outside. 

If one is not unduly aggrieved today by the notion of a wife being "tamed," then this is still a frolicsome night of fine fun theater for all its 425 years. Chairs are provided, but many enjoy bringing a blanket and picnic in a designated area. Or get your goodies on site: Chocolateri e Stam will be selling gelato, and Hy-Vee will sell food, snacks, water, soda, beer and wine. Admission is $25 (less for students). Get more info and make your reservation here. Gates open at 6:30 pm. and the play begins at 7:30 p.m.

The merger of Repertory Theater of Iowa and StageWest Theatre Company takes effect next month, under the name Iowa Stage Theatre Company. Dan Haymes (right) has been named executive director of the new company. A 2010 graduate of Drake University, Haymes has worked in diverse corporate roles while being active in local theater in Des Moines and Chicago. 
 
OK, the camera lens helps here, but the moon really is most majestic when viewed away from city lights. Try it Friday.
FULL-MOON EVENT CELEBRATES BRENTON'S 20 YEARS
 
What were you doing 20 years ago? Buz Brenton was thinking about trees. That's when the Brenton Arboretum opened near Dallas Center. Since then, more than 2,200 additional trees have been added to the arboretum's 141 pastoral acres.

To celebrate this anniversary year, the arboretum is having a June Moon evening of food and music this Friday, June 9, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. It's a barbecue dinner with country and folk music by Kevin Gordon and featuring a special guest appearance of the full moon laying claim to the dark rural sky.

This event is the highlight of their anniversary year, Brenton officials say. The cost is $75, payable here. Brenton Arboretum's address is 25141 260th St., Dallas Center. Questions? Call 515-992-3302.  
Vanessa Silberman's stylistic range stretches from similarities to Nirvana all the way to the influence of Neil Young.
SINGER-SONGWRITER SILBERMAN RETURNS
 
For an intimate evening of original music, singer-songwriter Vanessa Silberman returns to Des Moines next week, performing June 12 at Vaudeville Mews (212 Fourth St.).

It's her second visit this year on a performance tour spanning 18 months and some 250 shows. Silberman's home is Los Angeles, but she enjoys the relationship with her audiences at club engagements in smaller cities, which she describes as "creative hubs that bands from elsewhere should hit."

Silberman recalls her visit to Des Moines last winter as cold but "super fun." The audience, she says, was "very open, free-thinking and very much into rock music -- very arts supportive."

Her music? Silberman
has been described as an energetic female Nirvana , whose influences include the Ramones, Chrissie Hynde and Patti Smith . Here's a sample
 
Silberman is the closing show of the evening at Vaudeville Mews, following an early performance by the band the Acacia Strain. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. for Silberman's show, which starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5. Find info on Vaudeville Mews website.
A glass of wine with a best friend is a fine plan for Sunday afternoon.
HAVE ONE FOR THE ANIMALS' SAKE
 
As it turns out, a glass of wine can be beneficial for dogs. No, they don't drink it. But when you have a glass at this Sunday's Pups 'n' Patios event, part of the cost goes to support the work of the Animal Rescue League.

So bring your dog to Jasper Winery from 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday, June 11, and enjoy their outdoor space together. This event is free to attend, and $1 from each drink purchased from the patio will help the ARL's homeless pets. Don't have a suitable dog? You can still enjoy the patio, the pets and the wine.

The event is open to friendly dogs of all sizes and breeds and their responsible owners (ages 21 and over). Dogs must be leashed and under control. No retractable leashes, dogs in heat, or pups under 6 months will be allowed (for their safety).
 

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