Our new headquarters at the downtown Firehouse is full of activity as programming continues to ramp up and renovations are nearing completion. While the Grand Opening is set for Saturday, May 10, limited programming is already in motion. The month of April brings a wide variety of events and classes for all ages. Our events, classes and programming span numerous arts disciplines. There is literally something for everyone and all ages. Get more information on each event by visiting the calendar on our website.

Har Mar Superstar with Gloom Balloon, MAIDS
Saturday, April 5 at 8:00PM
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater

Bye Bye 17, the new album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann), is currently out on Cult Records. Already receiving widespread critical praise, BULLETT calls the album, “impossibly groovy and infectious,” while KCRW asserts, “I’d call the album a guilty pleasure but I don’t feel guilty at all. It’s just packed full of hooks.”

Interface – Exhibition at the Viaduct Gallery
Exhibition: Now – April 13
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

The exhibition features the exploration of connections, community, socializing, and the interface that occurs between people. Viaduct lives in a setting where the multi-faceted experience of human-to-human interaction occurs constantly, and Interface delves into this concept from the outset of our programming.

Grand View Art & Design Department Annual Student Competition
Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 6:00-9:00PM
Exhibition: April 18 – May 11
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

The Grand View Art & Design Department’s Annual Student Competition is an annual event that is open to entries from all current Grand View Art & Design students. The entries and award winners are juried and selected by a panel of outside professionals in the field of art. Each spring this exhibit showcases the very best work of Grand View’s student artists.

Friday, April 4 at 7:00PM
$6-$18, kids 3 & under free
Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater

Central Iowa’s independent professional wrestling company, 3XW presents live wrestling events each month in the Kum & Go Theater.

Pecha Kucha Night, vol. #17
Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Des Moines Social Club’s Culinary Studio

Join us for the return of Pecha Kucha Night back to the Social Club where the event first began!

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Team Trivia
Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Show off your knowledge of stuff! Des Moines Social Club’s Team Trivia is every Tuesday night at 7:30pm at the Gas Lamp. Bring a team of 2-6 people for great drink specials and 8 rounds of trivia! Rounds contain 5 questions with links hinting at each previous question’s answer. Also, occasional theme rounds to spice things up! Each weekly winner gets to pick the first category for the next week’s trivia as well as bragging rights. Monthly winners receive fabulous prizes!

RTI presents The Crucible
April 11 – 20 (April 11-12 at 7:30pm, April 13 at 2pm, April 16-19 at 7:30pm, April 19-20 at 2pm)
$22-$25 Adults $19 Seniors $12 Students
Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater

Repertory Theater of Iowa and Des Moines OnStage Children’s Theatre present The Crucible by Arthur Miller on April 11th-20th at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kum and Go Theater.

Considered a seminal work in the canon of American drama, join us as RTI and the Des Moines OnStage Children’s Theatre present Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, in which Miller uses the Salem witch trials of the 17th century as an allegory to the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953, The Crucible creates a powerful picture of what blind accusation and corruption can do to a society.

Sunday Circus Jam
Sundays 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Bring your hoop, minis, poi, staff, flow wand, etc. and come out to play! There is no instructor designated for the jam, however, if you practice here and decide you need more help, attend one of our classes!

Ashtanga Yoga
Mondays 5:30 – 7 p.m.
$15 drop-in or 10 sessions for $120

Bring your mat for Ashtanga Yoga Class taught in the traditional, teacher-led style. This 1 ½ hrs sequence moves in a vinyasa flow style through fundamental standing poses, deep seated stretches and twists, heartopeners, inversions and centering pranayama work. All connected by continuous breath and flowing transitions. The first class will be an Introduction to Ashtanga. All students welcome. Taught by Mary Lasky.

Actors’ Dojo
Every Monday beginning Feb. 17 – April 15, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
$15/class or 4 classes for $40

Actors Dojo is a place for actors to work together on their craft and instrument. The goal is to establish an ensemble work ethic that pushes members to do their best work and find new avenues of creativity. The spring section will be built around a survey of Laban and Viewpoints exercises to expand performance vocabulary.

Breaking 101
Tuesdays beginning Feb. 4 – April 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
$20 drop-in (pay at door only) or $240 for entire course

Breaking 101 is a beginner breakdancing class for all ages. Students will learn the basic foundation of the dance along with history of the Hip Hop culture. It’s going to be a 12 week class teaching basic toprocking, footwork, freezes, transitions and power.

Yoga I/II
Wednesdays beginning Feb. 5 – April 23, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
$15 drop-in, 5 classes for $65, 10 classes for $120

Through the practice of yoga we learn to let go so that we may truly live. Be the catalyst for your own life. Take this challenging and thought provoking class that will leave you feeling renewed, refreshed, and ready for the world! Designed for beginners or advanced students.

Intermediate Hooping
Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with warm-up starting at 5:30pm
$5 per class

Beyond Waist Hooping for the intermediate to advanced hooper. Each week we’ll work on different types of hoopdance moves. Examples: transitions, kick ups, jump throughs, duck outs, reversals, isolations, etc.

American Tribal Style® Belly Dance
Thursdays beginning March 27 – May 1, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
$15 drop-in or $60 for six-week session

This six-week session is for students who have never tried ATS® Belly Dance or for advanced students who want to refine their foundational moves. This dance style was originated by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman right here in the United States. The combination of colorful costumes, adornments, coordinated movements, and a totally improvisational style, make this dance a fun and exciting venture.

Acting I and II
Every Saturday beginning Feb. 15 – April 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Drop-in rate $30 or $200 for eight week session

Whether you are just starting out, or a seasoned professional looking to make your work even better, this class is specifically designed to take you further toward excellence in your actor’s journey. While based on the teachings of Sanford Meisner, the class also makes use of many other exercises, insights and perspectives, including ones drawn from the instructor’s own wide-ranging background.

Foundations of Hooping
Every Saturday beginning Feb. 15 – April 26, Noon – 1 p.m. + 30 min. practice after class

This hooping class will be geared toward beginners, but all levels are welcome. We’ll work on foundational moves and work towards more advanced moves. If you don’t have a hoop, don’t worry – we have extras and several of our hoopers also make hoops for sale.

The Art of Makeup
Every Sunday beginning April 13 – May 11 (no class April 20) Noon – 4:00PM, followed by optional work time.
$110 for entire course or $30 per session

The Art of Makeup is geared toward up-and-coming makeup artists as well as individuals who just want to learn more about technique, history, style and products. Students will be paired up to practice technique on one another. It will be comprised of four workshops: Artist Tools and Technique (April 13th), History and Trend… Culture and Style (April 27th), Theater’s No Drag (May 4th), The Magic of Loving Beauty (May 11th).

Advanced Figure Drawing
Every other Sunday beginning April 27th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM
$10 at the door, BYOE (Bring your Own Easel

Advanced Figure Drawing is a bi-weekly life drawing session with experienced models. The aim of this workshop is to provide the experienced artist with time and space to develop their skills and techniques in life drawing. There will be an optional period of critique near the end of each session. Artists must bring their own materials, including an easel (if you wish to use one).

Lunch Hour Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 8, 12:00PM – 12:45PM
$10 drop-in, 5 for $45, or 10 for $80

Join us on your lunch hour for a rejuvenating 45 minute yoga session. Geared toward all levels, this class is intended to wake up your senses and energize you for the afternoon.

Fourth Sunday of every month beginning April 27, 8:00PM – 11:00PM
Cost: Free-will donation to DMSC

Des Moines Fire Jam is a community of local fire dancers and spinners. Fire Jam provides a safe and supportive environment to explore the fire flow arts. Whether you are an experienced spinner, developing novice, or curious onlooker, all are welcome to join us in the courtyard. All participants must be 18 or older and will be required to take the fire safety course on site before lighting. All ages are welcome as an audience though children must be under adult supervision at all times. We follow all NAFAA guidelines.

Beginning Poi
Fourth Sunday of every month beginning April 27, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
$15 drop-in

No experience needed for this beginner workshop in which we will explore the basics of spinning poi! Spinning Poi helps one gain and/or improve dexterity, hand-eye-coordination, strength, and rhythm, but it’s main purpose, both historically and now, is to have fun!

Teen Yoga
Sundays April 6 – June 15, 12:00PM – 1:00PM
$10 a class or 5 for $35

Bring your teen to a class designed just for them. They’ll work out the kinks, find their strength, tune into that laser-sharp focus, and learn to smile while balancing all that life throws at them. Mats provided and all are welcome.

Creative Movement for Ages 2 – 4
Wednesdays beginning April 30 – June 4, 10:30AM
$40 for 6-week session

This is a stimulating, fun and imaginative class that introduces the fundamentals of dance while nurturing a child’s agility and musicality. Students learn classroom procedures – student/teacher relationship; taking turns; participation and co-operation. By using games, props, toys and rhythm instruments, the class offers creative ways to challenge the child both mentally and physically.

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