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Weekend planner: Train, Restaurant Week, Alan Jackson and more

Published on August 15th, 2013 | by Ameena Rasheed


Train. “Hey, Soul Sister” rockers Train return to play the Iowa State Fair Grandstand at 8 p.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave. The San Francisco band broke through with the late ’90s hits “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Meet Virginia.” Other hits include “If It’s Love,” “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” and “Save Me San Francisco.” Matt Nathanson opens. $39. Go to

Restaurant Week. The annual Des Moines Restaurant Week encourages residents to explore the city’s dining options at a lower cost. Thirty five restaurants, including Baru 66, HoQ, 801 Steak & Chop, Proof and Wasabi Tao will offer two lunches or a three-course dinner for $25. It’s an affordable way to check out what local chefs are doing. Go to It runs through Aug. 25.

WFTDA Playoffs. The Des Moines Derby Dames and roller derby teams from around the country will compete in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association playoffs this weekend at Hy-Vee Hall, 730 Third St. Bouts start at 9:30 a.m. each day, and the top two finishers for the weekend will advance to the WFTDA championships in November. $23.50 per day or $66.50 for a three-day pass through  It runs through Sunday.

Iowa Improv Fest. The fourth annual Iowa Improv Fest features performances by Comedy XPeriment (right), Comics in Action, 88Improv, Paperback Rhino, Half Masted, Anything Improv, the Weisenheimers and Grandma Mojos starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St. Tickets to the festival are $25 for both days or $15 for one day through Ticketmaster. In addition to the performances, Anything Improv will host workshops at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Des Moines Social Club’s Kirkwood Theater, 400 Walnut St. Workshops are $25 each. Go to for info on the workshop. It runs through Saturday.


Jon Baldwin: My Mind at Work reception. The exhibit features a collection of close to 30 large paintings by Des Moines area artist Jon Baldwin. Baldwin’s intention is to display, without commentary, the artistic process of his mind at work.  5 p.m., Gallery, Iowa State Memorial Union, Iowa State University, 2229 Lincoln Way, Third Floor, Ames. 515-296-6848.

Demolition Derby & Figure Eight. 11:30 a.m., Grandstand, Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave. 262-3111, $15 adults, $5 ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under, plus Gate Admission (Adults $11, ages 6-11 $5, ages 5 and under FREE). Ticketmaster.


Alan Jackson. The country music star closes out the Grandstand at the Iowa State Fair, 3000 E. Grand Ave., at 8 p.m. Jackson’s hits include “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Country Boy” and “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere.” Gary Allan opens. $39. Go to

Sevendust. Closing out the free acts for this year’s Iowa State Fair is the Atlanta metal band Sevendust, playing the Fairview Stage at 8 p.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave. The band’s hits include “Unraveling,” “Praise,” “Driven” and “Denial.” In March the group released its ninth album, “Black Out the Sun.” The concert is free with admission to the fair. Go to

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