Who said work was a snooze?
Friday through April 14: “9 to 5: The Musical” takes efforts to counter sexism in the workplace to a whole new level. One female employee of Consolidated Industries decides to end sexist treatment from her boss once and for all — by killing him. The musical runs Friday through April 14 at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St. Show times on Wednesday through Saturday are 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. No shows are scheduled March 29 and March 31. Tickets are $35 for adults in advance and same day. On the day of the show two hours prior to curtain, any remaining tickets will be sold for $20 at the ticket office. Tickets can also be purchased at dmplayhouse.com or by phone at 277-6261.
Rubber Boot Bash
Saturday: Grab your lawn chair to set up inside the Val Air Ballroom to celebrate at the first annual Rubber Boot Bash, when this year’s “Music in the Junction” line-up will be announced. The combination concert and fundraiser for the Historic Valley Junction Foundation runs from 5-10 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. From 5:30-6:30 p.m. Steve Pellow & The Trio will play, followed by Matt Woods from 7-8 p.m. and Brother Trucker from 8:30-10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Tickets are available at the Valley Junction office, the Val Air box office or online at ticketweb.com. There will also be a raffle, silent auction and door prizes.
CABCo. street party
Thursday through Saturday: Des Moines plays host to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. To celebrate the fans in town cheering on their favorite contenders, Court Avenue Brewing Company is hosting a street party. The party will start each day on Court Avenue between Third Street and Fourth Street at 2 p.m. and run through midnight. There will be an Iowa Craft Beer tent onsite featuring beers from 11 Iowa breweries and a Templeton Rye speakeasy trailer to educate party-goers on the history of the spirit. Food will be provided by Catering DSM and Gusto Pizza Co. On Thursday, The Snacks will play at 2:30 p.m. and Oreo Meatwagon plays at 8 p.m. Tony Bohnenkamp (2:30 p.m.) and Burning Down the House (8:30 p.m.) play Friday. Catch Decoy (2:30 p.m.) and Pie in the Sky (8:30 p.m.) play Saturday. For event information, visit facebook.com/CourtAveBrew.
G. Love & Special Sauce
Wednesday: The Avett Brothers, a well-known name in folk music, can be heard by way of instrumentals and production on “Fixin’ to Die,” the latest work by G. Love & Special Sauce, released in 2011. The album marks a departure from G. Love’s previous blues hip-hop style. G. Love & Special Sauce will appear with John Fullbright at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at woolysdm.com and $25 the day of the show. The show is for ages 21 and up.
Friday: Can’t get enough of optical art? Check out Art Noir’s Op-Arty Party from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Des Moines Art Center lobby, 4200 Grand Ave. Celebrate perception-distorting art. Admission is $10 for Art Center members and $15 for non-members. DJ John Solarz will perform, and there will be a cash bar available. Party-goers will be able to make their own interactive optical art and take a guided tour of “Vibrations,” the exhibition that served as inspiration for the Op-Arty Party. Don’t forget to dress in optical art-inspired attire, like stripes and polka dots. Visit desmoinesartcenter.org for more information.