Jess' top events Nov. 13-21
Jess' top events Nov. 13-21
From drag queen bingo to holiday shopping in the East Village to Little Big Fest, there is a plethora of things to do this week.
Wednesday: Taste just how sweet equal rights are at Sweet Equality. The fifth- annual event brings together professional chefs, bakers and pro-equality supporters to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, with proceeds benefiting the One Iowa Education Fund. The event is part culinary competition, part gala. Guests will vote for their favorite treats during the evening, with the winners announced at the end of the night. Participating bakers include Creme Cupcake, Luna Bistro, Sweet Binney’s and many others. 6-9 p.m. Cost is $50, which includes two drink tickets. Hosted at Americana, 1312 Locust St. Go to oneiowa.org for more info.
Thursday: This ain’t your grandma’s game of bingo. The fifth annual Bingolicious is a rowdy, raunchy and sometimes bawdy time, all in the name of fun and fundraising. Bingolicious is a game of bingo called by some of Des Moines’ most fun drag queens, who perform between games and fill the event with banter and comedy. The event benefits Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, and includes games and prizes. Tickets are $35 and are selling out fast. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. The Garden, 112 S.E. Fourth St. Go to plannedparenthood.org/heartland.
East Village Holiday Promenade
Friday: The East Village’s 11th annual Holiday Promenade is more than just great shopping at dozens of unique boutiques (although, that’s my favorite part). There is also ice skating at Brenton Plaza, free hayrack rides, restaurant and bar specials, and caroling. Kick start your holiday shopping with dinner at one of the district’s many restaurants, then shop special extended hours at the many boutiques, which offer everything from children’s clothing to pet supplies to local art. Open houses and events run from
5 to 9 p.m. Santa will be at Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Drive) from 5 to 6:45 p.m. East Village, East Locust Street and East Fifth Street area. Go to eastvillagedesmoines.com for more info.
Friday through Sunday: Jump down the rabbit hole with Alice during “Alice’s Trip,” a performance production by Simpson theater students. The show will explore the “absurdities of reality and our search for self” through movement and dance. Directed by Jennifer Nostrala. A dinner theater performance will be offered Saturday at 6 p.m. Other showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10, or $35 for dinner theater performance. Pote Theatre at Simpson College, Detroit and D streets, Indianola. Go to simpson.edu/theatre.
Little Big Fest
Saturday: The roots/jam/progressive country festival is putting more emphasis on the “big,” expanding to three East Village venues and featuring 15 bands playing at Wooly’s, the House of Bricks and The Underground. The Host Country, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors (pictured), Family Groove Company and others play at Wooly’s (starts at 5:30 p.m.). Rebel Creek, The Chronicles, Cirrus Minor and others are at the House of Bricks (starts at 5 p.m.). Obsidian’s Dream, The Colt Walkers and Aquamarine Dream Machine play the free stage at The Underground (8 p.m.- midnight). $15 in advance at tikly.co or $20 day of show.