Jess' top events Sept. 25-Oct. 2
Jess' top events Sept. 25-Oct. 2
There's plenty going on this week, from a film festival to Oktoberfest to the Des Moines Symphony's debut. Enjoy!
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Friday and October 5: Established in New York City in 1997, the Manhattan Short Film Festival receives more than 500 entries from more than 40 countries each year. Of those submissions, 10 are selected as finalists, then are distributed to participating theaters around the world. This year, the Des Moines Art Center will screen films from the festival on two evenings, this Friday and Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium (Oct. 5 will be a repeat of this Friday’s program). Audiences will be able to vote at the end of each evening. A winner will be chosen Oct. 7, and the Art Center will post the results on its website. Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave. Go to desmoinesartcenter.org for more info.
Wellman's Pub Tent Party
Friday: Wellman’s Pub will celebrate 30 years of bringing beer and wings to the Ingersoll masses with an all-day tent party. The bar will block off a section of Ingersoll Avenue, set up a tent, and roll the drink prices back to 1982. Festivities start at 10 a.m. with breakfast, then the tent will open at 2 p.m. with live music from Decoy and others starting at 5 p.m. Food and limited-edition T-shirts will also be available. Wellman’s Pub, 2920 Ingersoll Ave.
Freitag and Samstag: Des Moines’ ninth annual Oktoberfest returns to Fourth Street with more polka dancing, contests, music and of course, bier. The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with the tapping of the golden keg (which means free beer while it lasts), followed by live music all evening and the bier maiden contest at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, the gates open at 3 p.m. with polka dancing and lessons starting at 4 p.m., followed by live music all evening and the stein- holding contest at 9:30 p.m. If you can’t wait until Friday, stop by Capital Square (Third and Locust streets downtown) on Thursday for a $1 bratwurst lunch and polka dancing. 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 in advance at Hy-Vee stores or at tikly.co. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Both ticket prices include admission to both days, a beer mug and a beer. Fourth Street in front of Hessen Haus. Go to oktoberfestdsm.com for more info.
Saturday: Des Moines rival teams, the Mid Iowa Rollers and the Des Moines Derby Dames, will face off for the second time ever during a “Fire and Ice” battle. Not only are the two teams fighting for the title, the match is also a bit of a family feud, because the coaches of the two teams are brothers. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Hy-Vee Hall, 730 Third St. Go to iowaeventscenter.com for tickets.
Des Moines Symphony
Saturday and Sunday: The Des Moines Symphony’s season debut: Scheherazade & Nomade, will kick off the symphony’s 75th anniversary season, at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The debut will feature the premiere of a new piece — “Symphony in Sculpture” — written by Midwest composer Steve Heitzeg, which will portray, in music, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park with visuals. The night will also feature Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” and will open with Korngold’s “Overture to Captain Blood” and Wagner’s “Preludes to Act I & III from Lohengrin.” The week also marks the start of the second annual Des Moines Symphony Week, which includes events at various locations. Single tickets for the symphony show are $15-$55. Season tickets start at $144 for adults. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St. Go to dmsymphony.org.