Jess' top events Oct. 17-24
Jess' top events Oct. 17-24
Plenty to do this week! Here's a roundup of some of the best:
Wonder of Words Festival
Through Oct. 29: The Wonder of Words Festival brings a string of events to Des Moines that will “feed the brain and the soul” through words. The mission of the festival is to connect readers, writers and other literary artists through events that inspire lifelong learning. One noteworthy event, among many: The Pub(lishers) Crawl. It will highlight the work of regional authors with themes that reflect each host venue. The crawl will begin at 4:30 p.m. at el Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St., with a talk from Maureen Ogle (at the same time, Bart Schmidt, the digital projects librarian at Drake University, will speak at the Library Cafe, 3506 University Ave.). At 6 p.m., Eric Hall West will speak at the High Life Lounge, 200 S.W. Second St., and J. Wilson will speak at 7:30 p.m. at The Royal Mile, 210 Fourth St. Each author will offer a reading or lecture, followed by a Q&A session. Admission is free. For more festival info, go to wonderofwordsfest.com.
$1.50 beers and hockey
Friday: Hockey season is officially back. The Des Moines Buccaneers have been on the ice since
Oct. 6, and are hosting their first Miller Lite Night of the season, with $1.50 draws of the domestic brew during the game. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $11-$20, or $80 for a lounge table, which includes four tickets. Buccaneer Arena, 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Go to bucshockey.com.
Friday: This is the “year of Pollock” at the Des Moines Art Center, and to celebrate, Art Noir is throwing a bash in honor of artist Jackson Pollock. The Pollock Ball — a night of art, music, drinks and entertainment — will pay homage to the life and work of the late artist, who is known for his abstract style of drip painting. DJ Eight Ten will play sounds of the Pollock era, and artist Rachel Buse will take guests through a unique visual journey of Pollock’s life. Guests can also enjoy hors d’oeuvres and classic American cocktails (a cash bar is available). Vintage cocktail attire or attire inspired by Pollock’s work is encouraged. 8 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $30 in advance ($25 for members) or $40 at the door ($35 for members), and are available in the Museum Shop or at desmoinesartcenter.org. Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave.
Ballet Des Moines
Friday through Sunday: Ballet Des Moines will present an inaugual company of professional dancers to the community in its Fall Triple Bill perfomance, Prelude, at Hoyt Sherman Place this weekend. The dancers, who come from all over the world, kick off their season in a “sleek and sophisticated” performance from artistic director Serkan Usta, ballet mistress Lori Grooters and guest choreographer Ma Cong. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $42.50, or $27.50 for students and children 18 and under. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Go to balletdesmoines.org.
Des Moines Marathon
Sunday: Come out to support all those who have trained for the 11th annual Des Moines Marathon and Half Marathon. The run, which is Iowa’s largest and fastest-run marathon, attracts thousands of athletes who complete to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Both races start at 8 a.m. at Nollen Plaza (they end there, too), and wind through downtown and neighborhood streets, with live entertainment along the way. Check desmoinesmarathon.com for a full entertainment schedule and race maps for both runs, as well as info on the marathon relay and 5K road race.