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Max Wellman

Weekend planner: Max Wellman’s Holiday Show, Rock’in Winter Wonderland Ball and more

Published on December 19th, 2013 | by Ameena Rasheed

Sub Sonic Social

Friday: The monthly Sub Sonic Social dance event will be a Glow Paint Christmas Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Vision Nightclub, 1720 25th St., West Des Moines. The night features music by Jesse Jamz, DJ Raj, G Mint, Jade Reed, Phase Two and others with free face and body painting. $10. Go to

A soulful night

Friday: DJ NSFW spins an all-vinyl dance at the Keep the Soul in Solstice Dance Party, 9p.m. at the Fremont, 1030 E. Ninth St. Free.

Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

Friday and Saturday: ‘Tis the week for holiday concerts. The Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus performs its Solstice Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave. The performance features many holiday classics performed with rich harmonies by some of the best singers in Des Moines. $16. Go to

A Very Barely Christmas

Friday: Rock out for the holidays at A Very Barely Christmas, 10 p.m. Friday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. The bands Pure Gut, Pussy Willow, Devin Frank of Poison Control Center and MediumPenis will all perform. $5. Go to


Friday: The Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk band Euforquestra is originally from Iowa, so it makes sense that its members would return for a Home for the Holidays concert at 8 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. The concert is a benefit for the Food Bank of Iowa. Euforquestra is currently working on a new album, produced by Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, that was funded through Kickstarter. David Zollo and Mr. Baber’s Neighbors open. $10 in advance through, $15 at the door.

Rock’in Winter Wonderland Ball

Friday: Local band SP3 hosts the Rock‘in Winter Wonderland Ball at 8:30 p.m. at the Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. Also performing will be Rebyl Road, Mighty Shady, Goodcat and DJ Tucker, with guest performances by Lavonne Roberts, Jarred Murphy and others. The concert is benefit for a family with a child suffering from hydrocephalus. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Go to

Tonic Sol-Fa

Friday and Saturday: The Minneapolis a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa brings its holiday show to Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The group has been performing together since the mid-’90s, appearing on “A Prairie Home Companion” and its own television holiday special. It’s latest holiday album, “The Earth Stood Still,” came out this year. $28-$33 through Ticketmaster.

Iowa Energy and Iowa Wild

Wednesday through Sunday: It’s a busy week for the Iowa Energy basketball and Iowa Wild hockey teams. At 7 p.m. Wednesday the Iowa Wild take on the Grand Rapids Griffins, at 7 p.m. Friday the team plays the Hamilton Bulldogs (also $2 beer night) and at 7 p.m. Saturday they face the San Antonio Rampage. $9-$40 per game. Enjoy two for one sideline seats when the Iowa Energy take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7 p.m. Thursday and a team poster giveaway when they play the Tulsa 66ers at 4 p.m. Sunday. $8-$20. Tickets for both teams available through

Max Wellman’s Holiday Show

Saturday: Des Moines jazz singer Max Wellman performs his annual Holiday Show at 7 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Wellman will be accompanied by a six-piece band along with Chris Ford and Tina Haase Findlay. The concert is also the release show for Wellman’s new album, “You Must Believe in Spring.” $22-$42 through

Keith Richards Birthday Party

Saturday: Celebrate the music of the immortal and invincible Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards at the fourth annual Keith Richards Birthday Party at 9 p.m. at the Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave. Performing will be Johnny Reeferseed & The High Rollers, Reeferseed Express and Agents of Mischief. Richards, who turns 70 this week, will not be in attendance. But his spirit will be there in full force. $10. Go to

Breakfast not provided

Saturday: Take a self-guided tour of the World Food Prize building, 100 Locust St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

The best around

Sunday: Enjoy the holiday antics of the Herman family in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 2 p.m. at Ankeny Community Theatre, 1932 S.W. Third St. $15.

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

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