Jess' top events May 9-15
Jess' top events May 9-15
From heritage festivals to rock concerts to art exhibits, here are the best events of the week:
Friday: Country music artist Craig Morgan will make a stop at Prairie Meadows this weekend. The Grand Ole Opry member is popular for his many hit singles, including “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Bonfire.” His latest album, “This Ole Boy,” was released in April 2011. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$49 at the Prairie Meadows box office or at ticketmaster.com. Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona. Go to prairiemeadows.com.
There are two art exhibitions this week:
Friday through May 26: “Light Impressions,” digital exhibition totaling 520 images. Thee Eye, 333 E. Grand Ave., Suite 108. Go to theeyeopens.com
Saturday: The Des Moines Social Club and Instinct Gallery have joined forces to present Sensory Overload, a multiple art installation at the empty Whittier Elementary School. Artwork will be available for purchase. 7 p.m.-midnight. $5 suggested donation. Whittier Elementary, 1350 E. Washington Ave. Go to artbeacondesmoines.com.
Mr. Gay Iowa contest
Friday and Saturday: The Mr. Gay Iowa USofA contest will bring hot men to The Garden’s stage this weekend. Tajma Hall (Miss Gay USofA at-large 2008 from Chicago) will host the event, which will include a swimwear competition and three judged categories: Interview, talent and club wear. Friday will feature an All-Star Show starting at 10 p.m. Saturday will be the onstage competition, featuring talent and club wear. GQ, Mr. Gay USofA 2011 from Houston, will entertain Saturday, with more performances throughout the weekend from Lady Adawnis (Miss Gay Iowa USofA 2012). The winner will receive $500 and entry into the national pageant. $5 Friday, $10 Saturday. The Garden, 112 S.E. Fourth St. Go to missgayiowa.com.
Saturday: CelebrAsian, the Asian Heritage Festival, will celebrate its 10th year with a “Decade of CelebrAsian” theme. The event celebrates the diversity of the many distinctive Asian communities in Iowa. Each year, more than 40,000 visitors browse 14 “villages,” each showcasing traditions and customs of an Asian community. Sample food, watch demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, cheer on the teams in the Takraw tournament and more during the daylong event. Legaci, a pop group that has toured with Justin Bieber, will headline the event, with other performances from DANakaDAN of the band afterschoolspecial, Gimikk and Larry Berenguel. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free to attend. State Capitol Complex, East Campus, East 13th Street and East Grand Avenue. Go to iowaasianalliance.com
Sunday: Lazer 103.3’s annual rock festival, Lazerfest, moves to a different location this year with more space, a better parking situation and a better line of sight for viewers. Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch will co-headline the two-stage music event, with Slash, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, P.O.D., Art of Dying, Volbeat, Adelitas Way and Buckcherry. $42 at ticketmaster.com, $50 day of show. Central Iowa Expo, 1827 217th St., Boone. Go to lazer1033.com.