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Weekend planner: Oktoberfest, Maximum Ames Music Festival and more

Published on September 26th, 2013 | by Ameena Rasheed



Celebrate all things Bavarian when Oktoberfest returns starting at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Fourth Street outside Hessen Haus, 101 Fourth St. Events include the bier maiden contest, a stein holding competition and more. $7 in advance, $10 at the door for Friday-Saturday events, $60 for OktoberFeast on Thursday. Go to It runs through Saturday.

‘Sleeping Beauty’

Friday-Saturday: Choreographer Matthew Bourne brings his latest work, “Sleeping Beauty” to the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bourne has won a Tony Award for Best Choreographer. Bourne’s take on Tchaikovsky’s ballet sets it as a Gothic fairy tale with a love story spanning decades. $30-$99 through Ticketmaster.

‘Next to Normal’

Friday through Oct. 13: StageWest presents Brian Yorkey’s rock musical “Next to Normal,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St. The play centers on a mother suffering from bipolar disorder and the effects of her illness on her family. “Next to Normal” won multiple Tony Awards on Broadway as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. $32.50 through Ticketmaster.

Comedy in West Des Moines

Comedian Frank Caliendo performs at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 560 S. Prairie View Drive. $30.

Maximum Ames Music Festival

The Maximum Ames Music Festival takes over pretty much every venue in Ames Thursday through Sunday this week. Headliners include The Zombies, Greg Brown, The Meat Puppets, The Hood Internet and Murder by Death mixing it up with Iowa acts like Lipstick Homicide, Little Ruckus, Obsidian’s Dream and more than 100 other bands. $100 for a full festival pass, or tickets are also available for individual shows. Go to It runs through Sunday.


Johnny Winter

Veteran blues rocker Johnny Winter plays Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St., at 6 p.m. Winters is a Blues Foundation Hall of Famer and was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Winter helped revitalize Muddy Waters’ career in the 1970s by producing and performing on three Grammy-winning albums with the blues great. The Steepwater Band opens. $30 in advance through, $35 day of show.



The self-proclaimed “Greatest rock and roll band in the world,” Supersuckers, returns to play the Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St., at 7:30 p.m. The cowpunk band was signed to Sub Pop at the height of grunge, winning over fans while sticking out like a sore thumb on the label’s roster. Hellbound Glory and Squidboy open. $15 through


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