Jess' top events Oct. 3-10
Jess' top events Oct. 3-10
A diverse group of fun things to do this week. Here are the details:
Thursday: Comedian Ralphie May will perform at Hoyt Sherman Place this week. May finished second in the first season of “Last Comic Standing” in 2003, and has since appeared in numerous movies and shows, including “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He appeared in his fourth Comedy Central special this year, “Too Big To Ignore,” which his current tour spotlights. 7:30 p.m. $32.50. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Go to hoytsherman.org.
Through Sunday: Based on Victor Hugo’s novel about the French Revolution, Les Miserables returns to the Civic Center in a 25th anniversary production that features new staging and a “grittier” set inspired by Hugo’s own paintings. The popular songs, “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear People Sing?” and others remain the same, in the story about an ex-convict who becomes a force for good in the world, yet cannot escape his dark past. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $20. Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St. Go to civiccenter.org.
Friday: Ever wish you could sample every martini on the drink list, but fear the results? At Martini Fest, you can sample several martinis without the effects of a full- fledged drink. During the event, area mixologists and bartenders will whip up unique and delicious martinis for guests to try. For those who are loyal to beer, organizers have added a new Summit beer garden this year, with brews and live music from the Burnin’ Sensations. 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at eventbrite.com, or $20 the day of the event. West Glen Town Center, 5465 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines.
Underbusted Hallowiener Special
Friday and Saturday: The sexiest Halloween event you’re likely to see features scantily clad ladies, music, drag and more. The Underbusted Hallowiener Special features burlesque dancers Phoenix L’Amour (pictured), Mae the Force, Gin Appropriate, Maddie Moiselle and Leo LaFlash, as well as Koko Trousseau, Tito Bonito and The Cuban Missle Crisis. Stinketta Beaverhausen will spotlight as the guest host for the event. The ladies encourage everyone to “dress to kill” for the murder mystery event, since guests may be chosen to be a part of the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. $12 for standing tickets, $15 for seated tickets, $35 for VIP tickets, which include reserved seating, a signed show poster and a pair of handmade pasties. Buy tickets at Midwestix.com. Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St.
The Color Run
Saturday: The most fun way to run a 5K? Covered in color! The Color Run will splatter runners with sprays of crazy color throughout the event (one spray at every kilometer) so at the end of the run, everyone is a walking rainbow. Coordinators of the event call the color a special “elf-made recipe of magical color dust,” which is natural and safe and will look great on you. The event is sold out, but we’re assuming even spectators will get a kick out of the fun. Due to its overwhelming popularity, participants will run at either 1 or 4 p.m. The run starts and ends at the Iowa State Judicial Building, 1111 E. Court Ave. Go to thecolorrun.com/des-moines.