April 25, 2017
Explore the work of a Des Moines sculptor in "The Brutal World of James Bearden," in our May/June isssue. In fact, just because you're you, we're providing a special preview of an online version of the story. Just click here.
We're eager to see you at our unveiling party for the May/June issue of dsm magazine later today -- Tuesday, April 25 -- at the Kirkwood Hotel downtown at Fourth and Walnut.

And we're delighted that valet parking will be available. Just pull up along the north side of the Kirkwood on Walnut Street (the eastbound lane), hand over your keys and join us inside. Alternatively, parking ramps are available within two blocks of the Kirkwood: one a half-block south of the Civic Center, the other just north of the Science Center.

Our Kirkwood hosts have arranged catering by Vivian's, and you'll have a chance to see some of the new apartments upstairs. Our two hours of mixing and mingling, chatting and cheering the new issue's arrival start at 5 p.m.

BONUS FUN: After the party, stroll three blocks to Sixth and Locust, the middle of the course for runners competing in the Drake Relays' Grand Blue Mile. Go to GrandBlueMile.com for the route, times and other details; and keep the race in mind when driving today.

It's back! Our urban Des Moines loft remodel gets more sophisticated and cozier with a re-facing of our clients' gas fireplace.  See how we add beauty and functionality to this great living space! ... 

David Sanborn's studies included time at the University of Iowa. Since 1975, he has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. And yes, that does appear to be a Dukoff metal mouthpiece.
Another year of extraordinary jazz and classical music is ahead, with the announcement of Civic Music Association's 93rd season of concerts in Des Moines.

The seven-concert series begins in October, with the London-based Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at Sheslow Auditorium Oct. 6 and alto sax virtuoso David Sanborn at Hoyt Sherman Place Oct. 27.
Others in the series, detailed at civicmusic.org, are:  
  • Time for Three, an entertaining string trio, performing music from Johann Bach to Katy Perry.
  • Cyrille Aimée, a versatile jazz singer whose repertoire also includes ballads.
  • Trombonist and bandleader Delfeayo Marsalis returning with the hard-swinging, New Orleans-style jazz band.
  • The renowned Lysander Piano Trio appearing with clarinetist Charles Neidich.
  • Four-time Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird closing out the season next May.
Season tickets are $220 to $340 (less for students) and can be ordered here. Tickets for individual shows will also be available. 
An expressive portion of a student's artwork, created at ArtForceIowa and part of an exhibit coming to Heritage Gallery.
An exhibit of artwork by local youths who have been involved in the court system or have been victims of crime will open with a reception May 4 at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in downtown Des Moines.The evening will showcase music, visual art, photography and documentary filmmaking.
The exhibit "#KnowJustice: Finding Home" features work created through ArtForceIowa, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk youths develop artistic skills and creative expression. The young artists have been influenced by personal-rights workshops, facilitated by students and faculty from Drake University Law School. 
The exhibit will be supported by a series of events beginning with the opening-night fundraising reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets ($40) are available here. Programming continues on the following three Thursday nights with free panel discussions May 11 on immigration and May 18 on juvenile justice and a free closing-night event May 25 featuring poetry and community justice awards. For more information, visit  ArtForceIowa.org. Polk County Heritage Gallery is at 111 Court Ave.  
From the gypsy land of Wisconsin comes Harmonious Wail: Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, Jeff Weiss and Sims Delaney-Pottoff.
A traveling music festival -- The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest On-The-Road -- will perform at the Des Moines Social Club May 3 at 7 p.m., featuring the Wisconsin trio Harmonious Wail and the G onzalo Bergara Trio from Argentina.  Harmonious Wail performs jazz, be-bop and "gypsy swing." Over the past 30 years, the group has released nine CDs.  The Gonzalo Bergara Trio mixes the sounds of Paris and Argentina into a distinctive style of progressive gypsy jazz. Tickets ($20) and details are available here.    
Yeah, this is pretty much us, too. When we fantasize. Sure, Shape athletic wear outfits the fit, but the brand has a broad range of sizes and encourages shoppers to "love your shape."


Getting into shape has a double meaning to runners training for the first-ever  Des Moines Women's Half Marathon, 5K and Team Relay   on  May 7.

Shape magazine, owned by Des Moines' own Meredith Corp., has its own brand of activewear, also called Shape, which will be the event's exclusive apparel sponsor. In addition to outfitting participants, they will also host an on-site pop-up shop in celebration of the race.You can find their products locally at Scheels and Von Maur as well as yoga and fitness shop s. 


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