Young Professionals The Olde Firestation No. 1, home of the Des Moines Social Club. (Juice File Photo)

The Olde Firestation No. 1, home of the Des Moines Social Club. (Juice File Photo)

Des Moines Social Club unveils new details on 2014 programs

Published on November 12th, 2013 | by Josh Hafner

The Des Moines Social Club rolled out new details today on the 2014 programs that will take place in the arts nonprofit’s “experimental gallery,” a former handball court in the old former firehouse downtown.

The 13 events the club touched on today are a fraction of the more than 80 announced two weeks ago and follow this morning’s Register profile on Mickey Davis, the Social Club’s program manager. More programming info is expected over the next two months.

Here’s more info from the organization: 


Emerging Artist Pop-Up Galleries
Coordinating with the main first-floor gallery of the Headquarter Building, the DMSC will provide alternative spaces for artists across all mediums to showcase their work. In addition to within the Handball Court, gallery space will be offered on a 20-foot-tall viaduct wall, high-ceilinged vestibules and various walls around the campus — furthering the Des Moines Social Club’s mission to simultaneously provide space for emerging artists and challenge them to respond to their surroundings.

Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning March 2014


Screen It! Local Movie Showcases
The Handball Court will provide a setting for intimate screenings of films from local filmmakers — which will include Q&A sessions whenever possible.

Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning Fall 2014


Opera Eight
Opera Eight is a performance-oriented group that hosts monthly salons – casual performances in which singers can try out new material, meet other singers, and enjoy the craft. Singers choose their repertoire based on each salon’s theme, and audience members participate in trivia contests based around that theme.

Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning March 2014


Projection Mapping
Both local and national artists will introduce Des Moines to the growing new media art form of projection mapping, in which video projections interact with 3D objects to bring them to life.

Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning Summer 2014


Aerial Fabric Classes
This class is an ideal way to try all things aerial. From the trapeze to the aerial hoop and aerial fabric, there’s no better way to have fun, get fit, and improve your coordination. No experience is necessary — classes are individualized to your needs and strengths.

Occurrence: Weekly, Beginning Spring 2014


Handball Installations
Working in a variety of mediums, both local and national artists will create site-specific installations in the Handball Court.

Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning Spring 2014


Song Swap
Two local bands/musicians are paired together for a unique show that features original sets from each artist — but additionally a requirement that each act covers two of the other’s songs. By juxtaposing genres, instrumentations, songwriting styles and fan bases, this event will create a unique musical experience wholly dictated by the intersection between the two acts.

Occurrence: Monthly, Beginning Spring 2014


Story Mob
Story Mob is similar to a flash mob: A small crowd of people gather, and a story breaks out. 5-minute stories. 4 times per year. 3 guest judges. 2 cash prizes. And 1 story prop that will serve as the narrative theme during the Open Mob (open mic) session.

Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning February 2014


Adult Circus
Circus classes are the ideal addition to your fitness plan that can invigorate your routine. Perfect for adults of all ages and fitness levels — beginners are welcome. Circus is not only a fun way to stay fit, it’s a great way to improve body balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Taught by full-time, Des Moines-based circus performer Laura Ernst.

Occurrence: Weekly, Beginning Spring 2014


Page 2 Stage
Page 2 Stage is the Des Moines Social Club’s monthly free-play reading series. Each month features a rehearsed reading of a great play, which can range from being brand new, an obscure old find or something simply new to Des Moines.

Occurrence: Monthly, Beginning Spring 2014


Screen Test
This quarterly event features a local musician or band paired up with a local artist of a different medium (visual arts, photography, dance, etc.) to present a unique performance specific to that night.
Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning Spring 2014


Saturday Morning Cartoons
The entire family is welcome for these 3-hour sessions of family driven activities — including Dance Baby Dance (our toddler dance party); Mommy/Daddy and me cooking classes in our culinary school and other classes for families (like yoga, hooping or painting). Saturday Morning Cartoons includes the option of a brunch buffet and beverages for adults and kids. Activities will vary week to week.
Occurrence: Weekly, Beginning Spring 2014


Parties at 50
Themed intimate parties designed and executed by local artists, musicians, chefs, and taste-makers.
Occurrence: Quarterly, Beginning Fall 2014


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