Jess' top events May 16-22
Jess' top events May 16-22
From concerts to mud runs, here's what's going on this week:
Wednesday: Indie rock band Grouplove, whose song “Tongue Tied” earned the new band quick fame after being featured in an iTunes commercial, will perform at Wooly’s for a mid-week show. Reptar, an indie pop band that has been compared to Animal Collective, Talking Heads and MGMT, will open the show. Put on your dancing shoes. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. $15 at ticketfly.com. Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Go to woolysdm.com.
Meet BitMethod's new product
Thursday: Head to Mars Cafe for free cake to celebrate BitMethod’s third birthday and to check out its new product, Change (a point-of-sale system for the iPad). Mars Cafe will be the first home of Change. Be among the first to see the new product in action while enjoying drink specials at Mars and, of course, cake. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mars Cafe, 2318 University Ave. Go to bitmethod.com.
Americana's first birthday
Saturday: Americana turns one year old on May 19, and to celebrate, the swank restaurant and bar is hosting a prom-style dance. Prom starts at 10 p.m., and will feature DJ 2-4-8 and Phase Two. Enjoy spiked punch, dancing and a prom photo booth, and enter to be crowned prom King or Queen (the best prom attire will win). Skip curfew, then drag your tired butt back to the restaurant for a prom-themed brunch on Sunday morning from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Americana will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to the Des Moines Art Center afterward. Free admission. Americana, 1312 Locust St.See the Rooster's
Saturday: The Roosters, Des Moines’ Australian football club, will play its first home games against the Kansas City Power and the Ohio Valley River Rats this weekend. The Roosters formed in 2009, and play Australian rules football, which is a totally different game than the American version . The objective is to score points by passing the ball through a goal, usually by kicking. Players can use any part of their body to move the ball, and must touch or bounce the ball on the ground intermittently. The players cannot throw the ball. There are too many rules to list here, so check out the game this weekend. First game starts at noon, last game starts at 2 p.m. The games will be followed by a post-game celebration at the Royal Mile at 5 p.m. The game is at Stilwell Junior High School, 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines. Go to desmoinesroosters.com.
Saturday: Sleepy Hollow Sports Park now sits where an Indian Village used to thrive in the late 1800s. This year, the park is hosting four races to “celebrate the spirit” of the village, with themes centered around the elements of each season. The first race, The Kosama Mud Run, will celebrate Earth with, well, mud. Run, crawl and fall in mud (and try not to get stuck), then enjoy a few beers in your filthy clothes to celebrate your accomplishment. Sign up for one race, or all four (more races are posted on the website). If you don’t want to get dirty (sissy!) you can watch the fun happen on the sidelines. 9 a.m. $45 per racer. Free for spectators. Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, 4051 Dean Ave. Go to sleepyhollowrace place.com.