Here’s a rundown of everything we have going on this month. It’s going to be a good one.

Haiku Deathmatch
Friday, August 1 – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar

The Haiku Deathmatch is a fast paced, team oriented poetry competition. Have I impressed you with that mash up of catch phrases yet? …No? Let’s try again: Imagine what would happen if a poetry reading got knocked up by a game show. It’s big, bold, bombastic, and perhaps most importantly, it is smart. Competitors at the Deathmatch are notable talents of the community and the judges are recognized writers, educators and entertainers. Come out and see us August 1st for an evening of words and wit. Those interested in participating in the Deathmatch should contact the Des Moines Poetry Slam ( and ask for Jonny Demo.

Spring Awakening, produced by Des Moines Onstage
Friday, August 8, 2014 7:30pm
Saturday, August 9, 2014 7:30pm
Sunday, August 10, 2014 2:00pm
Friday, August 15 7:30pm
Saturday, August 16 7:30pm
Sunday, August 17 2:00pm
All Ages
Adults: $15, Students/Senior: $12 via Midwestix

Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.

It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz — a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.

Contains mature themes and content.

Adam Balbo, Elliot Burke, Doctor Dentist
Monday, August 4 – Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar

Adam Balbo [Oakland] –
Doctor Dentist –
Elliot Burke –

Jazz Happy Hour
Friday, August 8 – 5:30pm-7:30pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Rooftop Patio

Join the Synergy Jazz Foundation and DMSC on our rooftop patio this summer for our Second Friday Happy Hour series, a free jazz concert series featuring a diverse roster of local jazz musicians as well as occasional performances by touring musicians from all over the country. Take in the late afternoon weather, sit and have a drink with friends, and enjoy the outdoor performances in the heart of downtown.

Free Cake for Every Creature, Person Whale, Lesbian Poetry, Dodge Dirt, Ylayali
Friday, August 8 – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Handball Court

Free Cake for Every Creature:
Lesbian Poetry:
Person Whale:

Modern Love
Friday, August 8 – 9:00pm-1:00am
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar

After a successful three year run with Pressure Drop, DJ Eight Ten brings a new monthly dance party to the Des Moines Social Club. This party will expand upon the funky soulful musical foundation of Pressure Drop to include a vast array of new sounds. A new era, a new basement, a new sound.

Call and Response
Saturday, August 9 – 8pm-12am
$5 at the door
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar

Hosted by influential Iowa musician Patrick Tape Fleming (Poison Control Center, Gloom Balloon, BiFi Records), Call and Response features intimate in depth one-on-one conversations between musician and musician. They’ll not only talk back and forth with Fleming but perform songs together that have influenced both artists. Guests will also go deep into their own heart and soul about the creation of their music and perform.

Following the show, stick around as DJ TONE ZONE spins his all-vinyl collection of pop and power pop.

Open Circus
Thursday, August 14 – 8:00pm-11:00pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar

Des Moines’ BEST Open Variety Show is back in a new location and at a new time. Join host Max Farrell aka Max on the Track from 8pm – 11pm on the second Thursday of every month in the Social Club’s Basement Bar underneath the Kum & Go Theater. No cover and drink specials. Come down to perform or just take in the show!

Benjamin Cartel (of Kaiser Cartel) w/ The Host Country, Canby
Friday, August 27 – 7pm doors, 7:30pm show
$7 advance via Midwestix, $10 at the door
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Rooftop Patio

After earning a buzz as one of New York City’s up-and-coming songwriters, Benjamin Cartel put his solo career on hold in 2004, the year he co-founded the indie folk duo Kaiser Cartel. Years later, that band is still moving along… and Cartel’s solo career has earned a new set of wheels too, thanks to an EP that bridges the gap between Wilco’s wry rock & roll and John Lennon’s classic pop.

Money and Love is Cartel’s first solo release. Like the musical influences that spawned it, the EP is a mix of old and new. Several songs, like the vintage pop/rocker “No One,” were written before Kaiser Cartel’s formation. Others, like the rave-up title track, are newer compositions. “Julia,” one of the album’s harmony-drenched highlights, was written somewhere in the middle. Cartel looked everywhere for inspiration: relationships, the road, even old Alfred Hitchcock movies.

“Sentinel” by Amy Uthus
Exhibit: July 18 – August 10
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

Join us at Viaduct Gallery for the opening of “Sentinel,” works by ceramicist Amy Uthus, current Artist-in-Residence and Education Coordinator at RDG Dahlquist Art Studio. Amy Uthus grew up under the wide-open North Dakota skies. She earned a BA, magna cum laude, from North Dakota State University in art and English (2007). She attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, earning her MFA in ceramics in 2012. Amy has traveled extensively; most recently she was an International Student Resident at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecksemét, Hungary (Fall 2011), and an Artist-in-Residence at Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Skælskør, Denmark (Summer 2012).

Gallery Talk: Collecting
Monday, August 4 at 6:00pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

Join us in the Viaduct Gallery on Monday, August 4th at 6pm for a Gallery Talk on collecting. A panel of local community members will weigh in on the culture of collecting and field any questions for discusssion from audience members. The panel will include Liz Lidgett, Ben Gardner, Jon Pearson, Jonathan deLima, Bob & Deb Anders, and David Safris.

“The Ones We Love” Opening Reception and Book Release
Opening Reception: Friday, August 15 – 7pm-10pm
Exhibit: August 15 – August 31
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

“The Ones We Love,” curated by Lindley Warren, is an intimate platform for upcoming photographers from around the world to portray the people they love, cherish, and find inspiration within. This will be the first exhibition and book release for the project and will contain work from over 50 international photographers.

Portrait Studio by Rachel Buse, Jon Pearson, & Cat Rocketship
Sunday, August 17, Sunday, August 24, Sunday, August 31 – 1pm-4pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

The Art Friends (Rachel Buse, Jonathan Pearson, Cat Rocketship) draw portraits with, for, and of visitors. Individuals, friends, and families are all welcome on the couch — and will come away having sat for a portrait. Works created during Portrait Studio are displayed en masse and available at the end of the show for a free will donation.

Gallery Talk: Lindley Warren, “The Ones We Love”
Monday, August 18 – 6pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

The Ones We Love curator Lindley Warren and Des Moines photographer Annick Sjobakken will speak on The Ones We Love project as well as photography and intimacy. Open to the public, Q&A to follow.

Culture Lab: Mad Scientist Art Party with Grin City Collective Artist Residency
Friday, August 22 – 7pm-9pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar

Art exhibition meets science fair. Featuring a brand new cocktail specially designed for the show! Experience the innovative STE(A)M projects designed by artists and scientists in residence at Grin City Collective.

Projects include:
Documenting the Small: Microscopy art
Alternate Math History: What we could have learned in math class and why we didn’t
Biomimicry: Ecosystems, horticulture, computing and robotics
Green Product Design: Reuse, recycle, or make it better to begin with
Science Fiction: Characters with an unusual scientific skill
Visualizing Mental Illness: Sculptures of your brain
Innovative Apiaries: Architecture meets urban design meets honey bees

Roach Social Zinefest
Saturday, August 23 – 10am-5pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

One day long event to learn, grow, and share zines. Start out the day with two amazing demo/workshops by local artists Deb Anders Bond and Robert Stephens. Break for lunch. Meet back at the Roach Social for tabling! In the Viaduct Gallery at the Des Moines Social Club

Demo/workshops 10am – 12:30pm (registration required)
Lunch break 12:30pm – 2pm
Zine Sale 2 – 5pm (free and open the public)

Register to sell your zines at the sale and/or attend the morning demos on

Coordinated by: Roach Motel Zine Distro and Art Beacon Des Moines

Team Trivia
Every Tuesday at 7:30pm
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!

Mad Science Comedy Laboratory presents: Kevin Brody and friends from the Arguments and Grievances Podcast
Wednesday, August 13
$5, All Ages
Basement Bar

Des Moines Social Club is introducing a new high powered, high profile stand up comedy showcase: The Mad Science Comedy Laboratory. Featuring the finest of touring comics from all over the country, and rotating local hosts and features, this event adds to the already burgeoning comedy scene in Des Moines.

For August, we present the ‘Sweet Boys Comedy Tour,’ 3 of Chicago’s finest new comics: Kevin White of Arguments and Grievances, Kevin Brody of Performance Anxiety, and Dave Losso of Yeah Buddy Awesome time. Also performing: Anthony Lobaito, Brad Turk, Bob Ketch, Dan Umthun, and the host of Capes Kafe’s Comics in Capes, Marc Von Ahnen.

Decorous: Art and Poetry
Wednesday, August 27
Handball Court

Decorous: Art and Poetry is an independent reading series based in Des Moines that features Iowa-based artists alongside poets from across the country. Each artist presentation (gallery showing, reading, and Q&A) is held at the Des Moines Social Club in the Handball Court on the second floor. Artist presentations are held on a Wednesday from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, though the gallery will be on display beginning on the Tuesday each artist presentation. All our artists are selected by competition and poets are solicited by the coordinators.


Free Class Day: Education Open House
Saturday, August 28 – 5:30pm-8pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Classrooms

Mark your calendars for Free Class Day: Education Open House on Thurs., Aug. 28. Visitors will experience free samples of a selection of the Des Moines Social Club’s class offerings. Further Free Class Day details will be released soon.

Performing Arts
Actors’ Dojo
Mondays 7:00pm – 8:30pm, ongoing
$15/class or 4 classes for $40
Devin Preston, instructor

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. Each week will include a vocal and physical exercise as well as text and scene work.

Vocal Seminar
Second Monday of each month 7:30-8:30pm, beginning May 12
Kevin Drew, instructor

A unique monthly vocal seminar for singers of all ages and skill levels, covering singing technique. Exercises will be geared to develop your range, pitch and tonality, as well as your overall musicianship. The group setting provides a fun, pressure free environment, where singers can fully explore their voice, with others who seek to improve their singing, and instruction from a professional singing coach.

Dance and Fitness
American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Level 1
Thursdays 6:15 – 7:15pm
July 10 – August 14
$15 drop-in or $60 for six-week session
Dawn Grey, instructor

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. The combination of colorful costumes, adornments, coordinated movements, and a totally improvisational style, make this dance a fun and exciting venture. No prior dance experience is needed and no, you are not required to show your belly.

American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Level 2
Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30pm
July 10 – August 14
$15 drop-in or $60 for six-week session
Dawn Grey, instructor

In Level 2 we will add to and expand upon the foundation moves that were learned in level 1 by layering, levels, new moves, new zill patterns, and performance techniques that will really get students dancing. Students will need to have completed two sessions of level 1 or have the consent of the instructor to enter level 2. Level 2 contains twelve weeks of instruction, which will be held in two six-week sessions. All classes are taught by a certified instructor and FCBD® Sister Studio.

Lunch Hour Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 – 12:45pm
$10 drop-in, 5 classes for $45, 10 classes for $80
Nakisha Phillips-Huffman, instructor

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.

Paper Mountain Yoga
Mondays: June 23-August 11 – 5:30pm-7:00pm
$15 drop-in, 5 classes for $65, 10 classes for $120

In this 1.5 hour long student centered practice we will focus on the yoking together of the mind & body, through asana, pranayama & mantra. This class is not about the clothes you wear or the mat you stand on and all levels are welcome. The only requirement from you as a student is your presence, your integrity & your love of the practice. Not there yet? We’ll work on it together. Trust the journey

Open Belly Dance
Thursdays: July 3 – August 21 6:30 – 8:00pm
$10 drop-in

Held in between sessions of American Tribal Style® Belly Dance, Open Belly Dance provides an opportunity to practice your moves in a low-pressure setting.

Circus Arts
Intermediate Hooping
Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30pm (ongoing)
Leah Barber, instructor

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, and isolations.

Sunday Circus Jam
Sundays 4:00pm – 6:00pm (ongoing)

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! The practice jam is free!

Fourth Sunday of every month 8:00 – 11:00pm
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.

Beginning Poi
4th Sunday of every month – 7:00pm-8:00pm
$15 drop in only

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!

Visual Arts
Advanced Figure Drawing
Every other Sunday
3:30 – 5:00pm
Jon Pearson, instructor

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. Limited tabletop easels will be provided, but otherwise artists should bring their own materials.

Intro to Arduino
August 14-28, Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30pm
$40 for three session class

Ever wondered how your oven, phone, or thermostat work? The answer is microcontrollers! Arduino is a beginner friendly introduction to microcontrollers that allows you to easily and quickly get started on your own projects. In this class we’ll learn the basics of Arduino with a dash of electrical engineering and a smattering of software programming.

This class is offered in conjunction with Area515 – Des Moines Makerspace:
Area515 is not just a single community. We’re a non-profit encouraging individuals from all communities to come together to create things that wouldn’t have been possible alone. Working on a project, but don’t have the equipment or know-how necessary to make your vision a realty? We will. We’ll have table saws, CNC machines, welders, 3D printers, and much more. We provide the space for you to work, an environment for you to learn, and most importantly, an opportunity for you to collaborate with other Makers, Crafters, Do-It-Yourselfers, all kinds ofo individuals looking to create and invent just about anything.

Photography: The Art of Seeing
August 20 – September 24 – Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm
Saturdays August 30 and September 20 from 1:30 – 3:00pm for optional film-based classes.
$120 for 6-week digital-only session. $150 for 6-week digital session plus two bonus film sessions.
Joe Crimmings and Lucas Moser, instructors

Using DSLR cameras, students will learn to take stunning images of any subject in any situation. Topics include composition; camera settings; qualities of natural light; use of shutter, aperture, and lenses . All lessons come together to produce creative and artistic images. For an additional $30.00 learn the process of developing black and white film.

Intro to Studio Recording
July 7 – August 11, Mondays 7:00 – 8:30pm
$60 for 6-week class
Phil Young, instructor

Take a hands- on approach to learning how to record audio in a professional studio environment. We’ll learn how to record anything from a single voice to a full-fledged, multi-tracked song. This course will be perfect for artists who want to be able to record their own demos and for the hobbyists who want to learn more. We will cover everything you’ll need to know to record a song, so no prior knowledge is needed.

Kids and Teens

Hip Hop Starz
Saturdays 1:30 – 2:30pm
June 21 – July 26
$50 for 6-week session
Yvette Keyes, instructor

Hip Hop is a blend of today’s high-energy “street style” movement. Typically performed to “popular urban music,” this style of dance has been very sought after by teens, preteens and the “young at heart.” The style boasts that everyone is capable of taking part and having fun! Sometimes percussive and other times it incorporates “house or club” dancing, making Hip Hop the latest dance phenomenon. Recommended for ages 5 and up.