February 14, 2017
This bracelet by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles is adorned with bits of windshield glass extracted from the murder victims of drug traffickers in a region where the artist worked in a morgue. Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich.

dsm magazine contributor Michael Morain reviews "Al chemy: Transformations in Gold," the Des Moines Art Center's dramatic new exhibit, which opened with a packed reception Friday night and remains through May 5. The show presents contemporary works by 17 artists from five continents, each with something to say about the role gold plays in history, religion, commerce and science. Read Morain's observations and insights here.  

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Actor Scott Siepker and playwright Mike Draper, whose Iowa-themed show "No Coast" continues through Feb. 19.

You still have this Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 16-19, to catch "No Coast," a play written by the ingeniously clever  Mike Draper, owner of the retail emporium Raygun. But don't dally in buying tickets; last weekend's performances sold out.
Starring "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker, the show takes place in a Des Moines clothing store, called No Coast, right after the State Fair and several months before the Iowa caucuses. Against that backdrop and with the shop gaining national attention, the owner believes the store is on the verge of a major expansion and has an investor to boot. But in just a few hours, everything changes.
Though Draper owns a Des Moines store that has gained increasing national attention, he says the play is not about Raygun. Instead, it re-imagines a store like Raygun, perhaps in a parallel universe. Specifically, it's a "humorous look at T-shirts, beards, bank fraud and Midwestern culture. It could very well be the greatest play ever written about T-shirts, beards, bank fraud and Midwestern culture."
When Draper checked in with dsm in January, he said he'd been working on the play for about 10 months "just for fun, really." But the result, the show's website promises, is "the greatest piece of artwork ever created by human kind."  Hyperbole? No! We believe it! We believe everything Draper tells us! You should too! 

The show, directed by Kristin Larson and produced by Goldfinch Theater Company , will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-18 , and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at  Grand View University's Viking Theater , 2811 E. 14th St. Tickets are $15, available through Tikly
Certified mixologist Jeff Naples is firing up a series of classes on boosting your home bartending game.

By Wini Moranville

Jeff Naples, a cocktail consultant known as The Beard Behind the Bar, will demonstrate his own brand of mixology magic at monthly cocktail classes titled "The Goldfinch Cocktail Experience." They'll be held at Goldfinch on the last Wednesday of each month, starting Feb. 22.
Naples, a certified mixologist based in Des Moines, is passionate about bringing the locavore food movement to the cocktail glass. "Using fresh ingredients and local flavors is a huge part of Goldfinch's cocktail program," he says. "These ingredients tell a story of the land and culture, and can greatly contribute to the ambiance of an event or place."
For the first class, guests will practice making two of Goldfinch's signature cocktails and a new seasonal cocktail. Naples will also discuss the history and fundamentals of bartending.
The classes may be taken as a one-time event or as a series. According to Naples, future sessions will continue to cover core bartending skills while also exploring the stories behind various spirits and the know-how needed to create your own recipes.
"There is quite a lot of material to cover," Naples says, "so we are picking out things that will help our guests be excellent hosts in their own social circles."
The classes cost $50 each and include light bites from Goldfinch's kitchen. Prepayment is required; call 515-282-2995.

Wini Moranville covers food and dining for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food - DSM Wini Moranville. 
Get the inside scoop -- maybe even the lowdown -- on the art and architecture of the Capitol with a tour on Saturday.

Register for a guided tour of the Iowa Capitol's art collection and its architectural features this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour is provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Along the way, you'll learn more about the interior paint restoration process as well as the restoration of the dome of the building, built between 1871 and 1886.

This tour is intended for people ages 10 and older who are prepared for plenty of walking, including stairs. Allow time to pass through security when you arrive, then meet at the information desk in the lower level of the Capitol. To participate in this free tour, register here.  
 "Luchar, the Second Son of Tuireann," an 18-by-24-inch color intaglio by Joel Elgin, one of seven printmakers featured in a new show at Olson-Larsen Galleries. 

Chilly winter evenings are well spent in galleries, and Des Moines is prepped to offer you several opportunities. Just look at the variety available:
  • Olson-Larsen Galleries opens the exhibit "Seven Printmakers" with a reception Friday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Running through April 15, this show includes the work of Richard Black, Joel Elgin, Austen Ortiz, Levi Robb, Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Alyssa Tauber and Larry Wello.
  • Des Moines Women's Club: The annual free art exhibition of more than 150 works by Central Iowa artists will be Feb. 19-26 at Hoyt Sherman Place. This 109th annual exhibit opens with a reception Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open daily, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. with an evening reception on Friday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Moberg Gallery: A large and diverse group of artists are featured in the ongoing Winter Group Show, with details available here.
Jill Ziegler, Madison Ray and Charlie Reese star in the musical "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" opening Friday at Noce.

The music at downtown jazz club Noce next week comes with added drama. Noce collaborators
Bob Filippone and Max Wellman are producing the musical "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" written by American composer Jonathan Larson, who won a Pulitzer and three Tony Awards for the musical "Rent." The Noce performances run Feb. 17-25  

The autobiographical story centers on an aspiring composer, worried he has made the wrong career choice to be part of the performing arts. Directed by Megan Helmers, the cast includes Charlie Reese, Madison Ray and Jill Ziegler. Tickets are $15-$35. For show times and tickets, click here. 


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