Young Professionals A rendering of what the Des Moines Social Club has in plan of the old fire station downtown. Submitted Photo/Special to Juice

A rendering of what the Des Moines Social Club has in plan of the old fire station downtown. Submitted Photo/Special to Juice

Des Moines Social Club announces 2014 courtyard and theater programming

Published on November 26th, 2013 | by Ameena Rasheed

The Des Moines Moines Social Club recently shared details for its 2014 programs, and today it shared more programming updates that will take place in the Prairie Meadows Courtyard and the Kum & Go Theater. Check out the details below on 18 of their upcoming programs.

In the Prairie Meadows Courtyard:

Correct Flow 3: Color Codes
This aerosol art exhibition, run by Asphate Woodhavet of Maxilla Blue, will feature 25+ hand selected local, regional and internationally recognized graffiti writers working over a two-day period to produce large-scale works of art for public view. Each participant will have free creative direction in their development of imagery, background, characters or classic graffiti letter pieces — but they’ll only be permitted to use the spray can as a medium, and they must incorporate a color palette established by that event’s administrator. The second day of the exhibition will feature workshops for graffiti art beginners — featuring live DJ and musical production performances and an open B-Boy cipher.

Live From The Courtyard
Local, regional and national acts will grace the outdoor stage of the courtyard for live musical performances.

Dinner, Music & a Movie — Oh My!
Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy a performance by a local band or musician — followed by the screening of a film on the outdoor screen. From metal to jazz, cult classics to TV series finales, the perfect date night has arrived.

Mobile Art Truck
The Mobile Art Gallery will live in a repurposed shipping truck that can drive into any neighborhood and reach out to communities not actively engaged with DMSC. Working with neighborhood associations and other community leaders, the Mobile Art Truck will roll into the neighborhood, set up and throw a party that features visual art, live performances and an open forum with a provided meal where attendees can discuss what they’d like to see at DMSC.

Life-Size Board Games
The only thing better than playing Battleship? Playing human-sized Battleship. Water balloons required.

The 2014 edition will mark the second installment of this annual summertime event. The DMSC will transform the courtyard into an interactive sensory overload of work by local painters, photographers, musicians, actors, new media artists … and anyone else who shows up.

Food for Thought
The Des Moines Social Club’s annual fundraising party, featuring the introduction of MALO, live music, collaborative art pieces and much more. Proceeds go directly toward DMSC programming and renovation.

Fire + Music + Party = Fireball. A party in the courtyard that features live fire performances from the world renowned Pyrotechniq fire troupe from Chicago — along with live music, painting and more

In the Kum & Go Theater:

DMSC Theater Co.
The Maintenance Shop was once where you would find broken fire trucks being fixed on the first floor. In the basement you could find tons of storage, and on the roof, well, roof stuff. We’ve transformed the main floor into a black box theater – no fixed stage or seating – the space is a giant black box that we will fill with theater, film, music, dance, wrestling or fit uniquely for your event. Between our own programming and events put on by community partners in this space, we’re excited to carry on the tradition of our theater established in our previous locations. Note: The Black Box would not have been made possible without the incredible generosity of our heroes, Liz Kruidenier and Frank Burnette, we miss them everyday.

Iowa School of Burlesque
The Iowa School of Burlesque is the premiere burlesque university in the state of Iowa. Started in 2011 by Headmistress Phoenix L’Amour, it has been Central Iowa’s headquarters for burlesque education, performance and opportunity.
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The Bash
Ring in the new year with one of the first events at the DMSC’s new Firehouse home. The Bash features live music, interactive art, light shows and tons of surprises throughout the night.

Repertory Theater of Iowa
DMSC’s professional resident ensemble theater company will be dedicated to the production of high quality classic theatre and innovative productions for the 2014 – 2015 season.

3X Wrestling
Back by popular demand, Central Iowa’s independent professional wrestling company, 3XW presents live wrestling events each month in the Kum & Go Theater.

Des Moines Metro Opera
Des Moines Metro Opera will present a 90-minute adaptation of one of the world’s most familiar and well-known operas: Bizet’s Carmen, adapted by Peter Brook. This performance is part of the DMMO’s 2nd Stage Series, which is designed to expose audiences to this remarkable art form through operatic presentations in unorthodox spaces.

Des Moines Onstage
The DMO Children’s Theater — a children’s theater group focusing on social awareness that is comprised of all student performers — will produce plays and musicals for the 2014 season.

Midnight Movies
On closing night of each DMSC Theater Co., the DMSC will present a screening of a related film — either from the era in which the play was set or related to the play’s content.

Late Night Bauhaus
Once the stage has cleared on the last Friday of every DMSC Theater Co. performance run, the DMSC will present a new piece of cutting-edge theater for one night only.

… and in both locations:

A local band performs over the screening of a classic film of their choice to provide the experience of the way in which silent films were originally presented.

About the Author

Ameena is Online Editor for Juice Magazine. E-mail her at or follow her updates on Twitter @AmeenaRasheed.

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