Things are heating up at the Des Moines Social Club this summer! From live music on the rooftop patio to dance parties in the basement bar, there’s a wide assortment of programming happening everyday at the Des Moines Social Club. Get more information at
Correct Flow 3: Color Codes
Friday, July 11 – Saturday, July 12
With an inaugural event date set for Friday July 11 & Saturday July 12, COLOR CODES will exhibit the live spray paint creations of a selected roster, featuring 25+ local, regional and internationally recognized writers, all bound by the “Color Code” established by the event admin. The two coded colors will be a MANDATORY component of each artist’s finished piece, meaning that both listed colors must play a significant role, either thru being the predominant color in letter fill, 3D/ outlines, characters, or background imagery. Beyond that requirement, participants are free to include any other colors they choose to complement or accent the “Coded Colors.”
This year’s Coded Colors are: “TEAL & ORANGE.”
Day 1 – Friday, July 11th 5pm-9:30pm – Participants lay initial sketches and foundation for their finished works. Activities also include select live MC performances, however, the musical focus will fall mainly to raw vinyl mix sessions and scratch-work from some of the midwest’s illest turntablists, and live neck rocking production on MPC’s. As with all Correct Flow events, the bboy cypher will be on and in full effect, both days, with gear and prizes for those catching wreck the hardest in the circle.
Day 2 – Saturday, July 12th 1-2:30 PM -Workshop w/ LETER of Scarce Elementz 1-2:30 PM -Brush workshop w/ LIVER of DVC (Ages 4-18) (No additional cost. Workshops are included w/admission) Artist merchandise, including canvases, shirts, CD’s etc. will be available for purchase, on site. 2PM-10PM Participating writers will be finalizing all paint creations on this day for the official photo finish. The cypher, beats and rhymes continue.
Full Schedule Available Soon. Live mixing, cutwork, beats and performances from: DJ TouchNice (Maxilla Blue) Dj Episode (Des Moines) Dj Ism (Des Moines) Dj A’ight (New Mexico) DJ Tense (Denver) Live Production: Max & PORE Sonny Sonus & EXO152 w/ Adept Alch BeatBox: JamOne Plate Tektonics (Qwel & ‘Phate) Galapagos4 Maxilla Blue (Galapagos4) He.llsent (Galapagos4) Chris DSKUS10 (D.O.P.E) Stay Tuned (Denver, CO).
DMMO Presents: Brook/Bizit The Tragedy of Carmen
July 10 – 7:00pm & 9:00pm, July 19 – 1:00pm
Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater
Presented by the Des Moines Metro Opera, The Tragedy of Carmen is opera at its most powerful — a raw and visceral adaptation of Bizet’s most popular work. Peter Brook and his collaborators have crafted a concentrated night of theatre that focuses on the fatal relationships between the gypsy, soldier, village girl and bullfighter. The score retains all of the most famous musical moments of the original: Carmen’s Habanera and Seguidilla, Don Jose’s Flower Song, and Escamillo’s swaggering Toreador Song. Performed at the Des Moines Social Club’s newly remodeled facility, this will be an opera experience not-to-be missed.
“Sentinel” by Amy Uthus
Opening Reception: Friday, July 18 – 7:00pm-10:00pm
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).
Timmy Williams (Whitest Kids U Know)
Wednesday, July 9 – 7:00pm-10:00pm
$8 in advance through, $10 at the door
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar
Des Moines Social Club is introducing a new high powered, high profile monthly 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, our first foray into the mad fusion of DSM’s best indie comics and their favorite acts brings none other than Whitest Kid’s U Know’s Timmy Williams. Come out to the Basement Bar at 901 Cherry for a brilliant night of mad independent comedy. Also featuring: Alice Galloway, Marc Von Ahnen, Alex Carter, Toll McGrane, and hosted by Dan Umthun.
Open Circus
Thursday, July 10 – 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!
Jazz Happy Hour
Friday, July 25 – 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.
Modern Love
Friday, July 11 – 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.
Zorch w/ Tires and Land of Blood and Sunshine
Saturday, July 12 – Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar
Zorch – Hailing from Austin, Texas, this experimental pop duo of Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals) and Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) have made a name for themselves from their high-energy live shows, finding clever ways to merge together synth blips, blue-eyed soul vocals, frenetic drums, and hazy drones to create songs that sound like several decades of pop culture history melded together. According to Spin Magazine, “Zorch demonstrates how good ‘weird’ can be.”
The band has just finished recording a song for the Flaming Lips-curated tribute album to the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that will come out later this year, and they are currently on tour leading up to a performance at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.
Call and Response
Friday, July 18 – 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.
Gallery Talk: Amy Uthus
Monday, July 21 – 6:00pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery
Amy Uthus, current Artist-in-Residence and Education Coordinator at RDG Dalquist Art Studio, will speak on “Sentinel,” her most recent body of work, on display at Viaduct Gallery from July 18-August 10. A Q&A session will follow.
Call to Artists: Drive
Viaduct Gallery, within the Des Moines Social Club, is seeking artist submissions for a group show to be held September 5th through September 28th, 2014. The theme will be “Drive,” and is open to any and all interpretations of the word “drive.” Submissions are due July 11. Details at
The Laugh Child Poetry Reading
Saturday, July 12 at 7:00pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery
Des Moines Social Club presents: The Laugh Child, a poetry reading series located in our Viaduct Gallery. The first installment welcomes these poets: Caryl Pagel, Lauren Haldeman, Jennifer Perrine, and Jennifer L. Knox.
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!
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, Next session Sunday, July 27 – 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
Charcoal Drawing
Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00pm May 24 – July 19 (no class July 5)
$160 for 8 week session
Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw? Are you OK with getting your hands dirty? This 10 week class will introduce you to basic drawing concepts and techniques with a focus on the use of charcoals and related mediums. Taught by local artist, Robert Reeves, you will learn to draw from observation using simple objects, complex still life arrangements, and live models. Open to all experience levels.
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 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
Breakdancing for Kids
Tuesdays 7:15 – 8:15pm from May 6 – July 8
$15 drop-in or $120 for 10 weeks
Anthony San, instructor
A beginner breakdancing class teaching the basic foundation of the dance along with history of the Hip Hop culture. This class will cover basic toprocking, footwork, freezes, transitions, and power in a fun and safe environment. All ages welcome.
Creative Movement for Ages 2-4
Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:15am
June 18 – July 23
$40 for 6-week session
Yvette Keyes, instructor
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. Recommended for ages 2-4
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.
The Laugh Child Poetry Reading
July 12 – 7:00pm
All ages
Des Moines Social Club presents: The Laugh Child, a poetry reading series located in our Viaduct Gallery.
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