Jess' top events July 31-August 7
Jess' top events July 31-August 7
Music, movies, comedy and more this week. Here are the details:
"Some Like It Hot"
Thursday: Bring your picnics, lawn chairs and blankets to the Des Moines Art Center’s lawn for another evening of Free Flicks, the center’s monthly outdoor movie event. This week, “Some Like it Hot,” will be played over the projector. If you haven’t seen the comedy, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, mark your calendars! In addition to the film, a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest will be held at 7 p.m., just before the movie begins — so wear your wigs and pencil in those beauty marks. Film begins at dusk. Free. Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave. Go to des moinesartcenter.org.
Friday: Legendary songwriter, singer, musician, Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson will perform at Hoyt Sherman Place this weekend. Possibly best known for his success as a songwriter in the early ’70s (“Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “For The Good Times”) Kristofferson has continued to collaborate, record and tour over the years. His most recent album, “Closer to the Bone,” was released in 2009. Hear much of it, and perhaps some old classics, during his performance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$48. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Go to hoytsherman.org.
Iowa Improv Festival
Friday and Saturday: The third annual Iowa Improv Festival will feature four regional improv troupes, each performing a 25-minute set on both nights, with a free-form “jam” at the end of each show. Unlike a scripted show, the audience suggests ideas for scenes, short skits or complete plays — performed instantly in front of the audience — meaning no two shows are ever the same. 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $15 per day at ticketmaster.com, or $25 for both nights. Civic Center’s Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St. Go to civiccenter.org.
Saturday: The 5-1-5 will come alive this Saturday, during Des Moines’ electronic dance music festival, 515 Alive, held at Brenton Skating Plaza. This year, the 10th annual event will feature more than 50 DJs and performances on five stages, with a big focus on local talent. Just a few names: Brad Goldman, Brett B, Jade Reed, DJ Oz, Jesse Jamz, DJ Bump and many, many more. The event starts at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Keep the party going at two after-party events, one at People’s Court (216 Court Ave., third floor) with Pri Yon Joni ($10), the other at Lime Lounge (515 E. Grand Ave.) with Matt Rissi. All info and tickets at 515alive.com. Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive.
Devour Des Moines
Saturday: Eating while you run, bike and swim? It sounds crazy, but don’t write it off as a bad idea just yet. Devour Des Moines, an eating triathlon event organized to raise awareness for buying local food and living an active lifestyle, encourages you to “tri to eat it all” this Saturday. Coed teams of four will compete in a relay format — each team member completing one leg of the race. Each leg consists of one eating and one athletic event (such as eating an order of bacon-wrapped tator tots and then running two miles), then finishes with a group eating and athletic event. Each leg starts and ends at el Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St. Bike riders must bring their own bikes, and all participants are responsible for cleaning up their messes. And lastly, costumes are not required, but a spirit prize will be awarded for the best team costume. Event starts at 10 a.m. Post-party to follow. $120 per team. Register at devourdesmoines.org.