Violet Weston, portrayed by Kim Grimaldi, shares some "truth telling" -- to varied reactions around the family dinner table.
'DARKLY FUNNY' FAMILY ANGUISH IN 'AUGUST'
Theater Review by Michael Morain
If you can't say anything nice, well, pull up a chair and make yourself at home. You'll fit right in with the family in "
August: Osage County," onstage
through March 19 at the
Des Moines Social Club.
But don't expect to get a word in edgewise. When the Westons get together, you'd be wise to just keep quiet while they pick each other apart like their chicken dinner, served with heaps of jealousy, resentment, guilt and -- since this is family, after all -- a small crusty dish of leftover love.
, this darkly funny three-course drama is easily the heftiest homegrown show we'll see all season. It's three hours long, with two intermissions, and draws from the combined resources of both
Repertory Theatre of Iowa
, two deeply gifted companies that announced on Friday (finally) that they plan to merge into a single group called the Iowa Stage Theatre Company, with their first seven-show season starting in September. (They'll unveil the lineup March 18 at the Social Club.) Click
to finish reading the review.
Sunday's best recipe: Start with fun fajita combinations, add sangria, and toss in some live Latin music at Malo.
MUSICAL SUNDAYS SIZZLE AT MALO
By Wini Moranville
I've been "up" on
Malo for quite some time now; their taco-truck-style tacos and the ever-bustling atmosphere do it for me every time. Until now, I have thought my favorite time to go there is a Wednesday night, when margaritas go for half-price. But now, I've just learned of
Sizzling Sundays -- a reason you'll likely find me there on a Sunday evening.
On upcoming Sundays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the restaurant will host live Latin jazz. Diners can enjoy half-price carafes of sangria, along with creative fajita combinations. The latter cost $15.99, and choices include aji lemon garlic butter shrimp, chimichurri flank steak, and chipotle- and agave-glazed chicken, as well as al pastor mushroom caps.
Here's the schedule of performers:
- March 12: Equinox -- Latin jazz and jazz standards.
- March 19: Choro Moinga -- Brazilian choro.
- March 26: Ed East -- Caribbean music.
By the way, be sure to take a look at the masterful cocktail options. I've long admired Malo's creative bar program, which focuses on the cocktail's midcentury heyday (from the 1930s to the 1960s), in both the United States and Latin America. I wrote about this studied sense of place and time in
in the new issue of
Wini Moranville covers food and dining for
. Follow her at All Things Food - DSM Wini Moranville.
The artistic vision of Lee Emma Running included gold gilding on the interior of this deer skull.
ALL THE LOVELY BONES
One of the things we enjoy most at
is meeting artists and bringing you their stories and photos of their work. A great example from our new March/April issue is
Lee Emma Running
, whose fascinating work includes the skeletons of wildlife killed by traffic. It's eerie, provocative and arresting. If you haven't seen this issue,
Oh, never mind.
Here's what you're missing
With a variety of hosts, celebrities and performers, the annual Variety telethon strives to keep its phone lines busy.
TELETHON LIFTS VARIETY CAMPAIGN TO $4 MILLION
After its 43rd annual telethon last weekend,
Variety -- the Children's Charity
reported its annual fundraising campaign had reached almost
. The organization supports underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. Over the years, the telethons have raised roughly $110 million. Variety programs include Bikes for Kids, Variety Vans and Variety Star Playgrounds. The charity also provides grants to more than 90 nonprofit children's organizations annually for building expansions, renovations and equipment needs. Contributions can still be made
or by calling 844-414-5437.
A prototype in the development of Manibus, a robotic device designed to translate the artistry of ballet into painted images.
BALLET'S MASTERPIECES BY MANIBUS
Over the next month, a robot named Manibus is going to paint graphic images of its interpretation of dance at
Ballet Des Moines
. It's a collaboration of art and technology, developed by the ballet company's latest artist-in-residence.
Des Moines artist
Amenda Tate Corso
is best known for her work in metals, but she is also trained in mechanical engineering. Her
will be an interesting collaboration for the ballet, says Laurel Knox, executive director of Ballet Des Moines, adding, "We continue to be amazed at the caliber of artists interested in this residency."