Jess' top events Sept. 11-18
Jess' top events Sept. 11-18
There's lots of variety in this week's events. Lunch downtown, ArtStop, Latino Heritage Festival or music? If the decision is too tough, you may just have to do it all.
Destination 10th Street
Thursday: Schedule your lunch outdoors and downtown this week at the Western Gateway Association’s fifth annual Destination 10th Street. The event, held on 10th Street between Walnut and Mulberry streets, features live music from Christopher the Conquered and $5 lunches from Centro, Django, Raccoon River Brewing, Smokey D’s and Americana (meals include fried chicken, tofu, mushroom and carrot tacos, Italian beef sandwiches and more). End lunch on a sweet note with desserts from Panera Bread for $1. You can also shop — Josephs Jewelers will offer a variety of gifts and jewelry up to 50 percent off, and a host of local artists will be selling repurposed clothing, handmade jewelry, paintings and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free to attend. Go to downtowndesmoines.com.
Thursday: Hip-hop artist Tyga (popular for his singles that include “Far Away,” “Still Got It,” and “Rack City“) will headline the MTV Jams Closer to My Dreams Tour this week. Kirko Bangz, Iggy Azalea and Sterling Simms will also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance at ticketmaster.com or the Val Air Ballroom box office, or $45 at the door. Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. Go to valairballroom.com.
Friday and Saturdays, this Friday through Sept. 29: ArtStop is a perfect way to enjoy our city’s visual and performing arts scene over three weekends in six Des Moines-area cultural districts (Court Avenue, the East Village, Valley Junction, Ingersoll Avenue, the Roosevelt District and Western Gateway). Attend a variety of special exhibits, art openings, performances, artists’ studio tours, lectures and more each Friday and Saturday through the end of September. A sampling of the 55 venues: Creme Cupcake + Dessert, Colores by ‘Nita, Des Moines Social Club, Gateway Dance Theatre, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and others. All venues will be open 5-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on their featured weekend (East Village and Court Avenue on Friday and Saturday, Valley Junction and Roosevelt Sept. 21 and 22, Ingersoll Avenue and Western Gateway Sept. 28-29). Free and open to the public. Go to artstopinfo.org for a list of venues and more information.
Latino Heritage Festival
Saturday and Sunday: Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival is a cultural celebration that spans two days with live music, cultural booths, food and children’s activities. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, with Lucha Libre wrestling shows, a Latin dance competition, Zumba and Jazzercise classes in the health area, an elote (the Mexican name for corn on the cob) eating contest, Aztec dancers and more. The festival has grown to become Iowa’s largest cultural festival, now spanning both the Walnut Street bridge and Locust Street bridge. $5 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under. Go to latinoheritagefestival.org.
Tuesday: Los Angeles rock group Silversun Pickups return to Hoyt Sherman Place (they played the historic venue in the fall of 2009) with a new album, “Neck of the Woods,” which was released in May of this year. 8 p.m. Tickets are $33. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Go to hoytsherman.org.