Mark your calendars! Here’s what we have going on in October.


The Basement Launch Party

Featuring music by Suno Deko, Julie Byrne, Kris Adams & The Lefties

Wednesday, October 1 – 7pm-2am



The Basement at the Social Club


Our basement bar is undergoing some major renovations and will re-launch as The Basement (creative name, we know) on October 1. We’re busy adding decor by local artists, installing new soundproofing, plus constructing an updated bar, stage, backstage area, and seating.

Tuesday Team Trivia, Open Mic, and other favorites will be back and better than ever. We’re making changes that we feel will not only better suit the needs of our current programming but also open the door to new concerts, art shows, game nights, and anything in between.

After we officially open, The Basement will be open every Tuesday – Saturday night from 6pm – 2am, with events nearly every night of the week. Basically, the hangout spot we used to have at 1408 Locust is back. Except this time, we are in the basement of a renovated historic firehouse. Pretty rad.


Opening Reception: Friday, October 3, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Exhibit: October 3 – November 2


All Ages

Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery


What does a farmer look like? To photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz it looks like a woman working the land or tending to a herd. It looks like a woman growing food and creating fiber. It looks like a woman feeding her family, her community, and her world. In early 2013 Guyler-Alaniz saw the Superbowl commercial “God Made a Farmer,” and was moved by its picturesque photographs of farmers and rural America. Soon after, she realized the lack of women pictured in the commercial. She had lived in and around rural Iowa for her entire life, worked in agriculture for 11 years, and had never quite realized the lack of women in agricultural imagery until then. She had a middle-of-the-night realization that she could use her camera and passion to find a solution, and since then has been photographing women working on farms and ranches throughout Iowa and the Midwest.



October 24 – November 2

11:00 pm Oct. 24, 25

7:30 pm Oct. 30 Nov. 1, 2

$18, plus on drink minimum


The Basement at the Social Club


Des Moines Onstage Presents Cabaret. Willkommen to the KIT KAT KLUB! Life may be a Cabaret, but what would you do to survive? Experience the hit musical Cabaret as never before. The first theatrical production in the Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar, audience members will be immersed into a world of sex, booze and entertainment.


Rex Manning Day: TRL Edition

Friday, October 31 at 8:00pm

$5 at the door


The Basement at the Social Club


Rex Manning Day returns for Halloween, a night dedicated to all the thing you love and hate about Total Request Live. Featuring TRL inspired cover sets by Annalibera, Foxholes, New Member Charles, Easy Fruit, Hot Traxx, and MAIDS.



BBjr, Cancer Lake, mediumPENIS

Thursday, October 2, Doors at 7:00 pm Show at 8:00 pm

$5 at the door

All Ages

Des Moines Social Club’s Handball Court


Bob Bucko Jr, multi-instrumentalists from Dubuque, takes the stage creating music everywhere from jazz to drone to noise. Caner Lake, a collaboration between two Des Moines noise staples, Chuck Hoffman and avant-drummer Matt. Plus, mediumPENIS completes the bill with the impromptu nature that seems to pull its waves of noise from the earth’s movements itself.



Sunday, October 5 at 7pm

Cost $5

All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


Sometimes, you need to strip something down to its basic foundation before you can begin to rebuild. That’s the case with Dohse, the new solo project from singer/songwriter Nathan Dohse. After logging more than 10 years (and upwards of 500 shows) as the frontman of Fight the Quiet, Dohse found himself looking for a change of scenery. He packed up his guitars, relocated from Flagstaff to Nashville, and parted ways with his band along the way, bringing a decade of hard work to an end.


Jon Mueller (of Volcano Choir) w/ Jordan Mayland, Skyscraper, ARU

Thursday, October 9 – Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00 pm

$5 at the door

All Ages

Des Moines Social Club’s Handball Court


Jon Mueller known for work in Volcano Choir takes on things as a solo musician that lie somewhere outside of documented time and convention. His chanting and earthly rhythms predate pop music, or perhaps postdate it, considering the recent emergence of noise music. Regardless, this kind of new idea seeks to enhance music from its undiscovered corners, teeming with qualities of the unclassifiable. Jordan Mayland, Skyscraper, and Aural Resurrection Unit will also perform.


Jazz Happy Hour

Friday, October 10 – 5:30pm-7:30pm


All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


Join the Synergy Jazz Foundation and DMSC in our Basement Bar 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. Hang out for a while after work, sit and have a drink with friends, and enjoy the performances in the heart of downtown. October’s featured group: Eric Thompson Quartet, featuring Robert Espe on alto saxophone, Tanner Taylor on piano, Steve Charlson on bass, and Eric Thompson on drums.


Modern Love

Saturday, October 11



The Basement at the Social Club


DJ Eight Ten presents Modern Love. Have you heard the good news? It’s a dance party and you are invited! Music without borders, outside of time. xoxo


Call and Response

Wednesday, October 15 at 8:00pm

$5 at the door

All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


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: FarmHer

Monday, October 6 at 6:00pm


All Ages

Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery


What does a farmer look like to you? To photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz it looks like a woman working the land or tending to a herd. It looks like a woman growing food and creating fiber. It looks like a woman feeding her family, her community, and her world. Join us for a gallery talk with Marji Guyler-Alaniz, photographer and creator of FarmHer, on Monday, October 6th at 6:00pm. Q&A to follow.


Gallery Talk: Merry Fredrick, Self-Help International

Monday, October 13 at 6:00pm


All Ages

Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery


“We cannot have peace in the world until we alleviate hunger.” -Merry Fredrick, former executive director of Self-Help International


Merry Fredrick spent 14 years with the Iowa-based organization Self-Help International, which is dedicated to alleviating world hunger by helping people help themselves. She and her husband have traveled the globe, living in numerous countries, and she is passionate about providing opportunities to poor families to help improve their quality of life with dignity. She will share her experiences during an evening lecture, which is part of the World Food Prize Borlaug Centennial lecture series. Attendees can also view the FarmHer exhibit by local photographer Marjorie Guyler-Alaniz.




Friday, October 3 at 7:30pm

$6-$18, Kids 3 & Under Free

Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater


Central Iowa’s independent pro wrestling company, 3XWrestling presents live wrestling events each month at the Kum & Go Theater.


CARRIE The Musical

October 10 – October 26

7:30 pm Oct. 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25

2:00pm Sept. 12, 19, 26

$12.50 – $30 at

Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater


StageWest presents CARRIE The Musical at Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater. Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it… Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, the show’s original authors have newly reworked and fully re-imagined the vision of this gripping tale. Set today in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).



Mad Science Comedy Laboratory with Dave Ross (part of Beast Village Comedy Festival)

Saturday, October 11 at 6pm


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.


The host of Terrified, his podcast on the Nerdist Network, he’s a part of the phenomenal sketch comedy group WOMEN which you might have seen on Tosh.0. You’ve seen him on Drunk History VERY recently and Des Moines residents might remember him as the hilarious guy who featured for Kyle Kinane when he came through back in May. Ross also co-hosted a sweet ass show in LA called HOLY FUCK that produced a brilliant live compilation album of some of the most groundbreaking comics working today.


An Evening of Improv with Chowdown

Saturday, October 18 – Doors at 7:00 pm, Show at 8:00pm


All Ages

Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar


“An Evening of Improv with Chowdown” features some of the best longform improv comedy in the state. The new improv group “Chowdown” is a collection of some of the best longform improvisers in Des Moines. They have very special guests, “JANICE” (the veteran improv group from Iowa City) as well as local favorites, “The Boober” performing with them.



Team Trivia

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm


All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


Bring a team of 2-6 people for great drinks 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 a reserved table the next month, and whatever else we might come up with. Door prizes given away throughout the night.


Rise DSM

Wednesday, October 8 – 4:30pm – 7:30 pm


All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


As part of Des Moines’ Tech Week. Join us for a Startup Celebration and Happy Hour hosted by the “Rise of the Rest Road Trip,” a five-city tour with Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman of Revolution.



Prototype Presents: Pundemic

Friday, October 3 – Doors 6:00 pm, Show 7:00pm


All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


Join us friday the third for an evening of Pun-ultimate, Pun-ditry with absolute imPunity.


Here’s out it works: People make puns on stage and they are judged by select members of the audience. They are scored. Some are eliminated. Those left standing will do it again. The top contestants will then go head to head in a final pun-off. Sound to Pun-ishing? Don’t let it stop you from Pun-suming this great event, we love an energetic audience. The winner will get a prize! Sign up to compete the night of the event.


Decorous: Art and Poetry

Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm


All Ages

Des Moines Social Club’s 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.



View upcoming October classes below. Visit to check out the full Fall/Winter class offerings.




Actors’ Dojo

September 8 – October 13

Mondays 7:15pm – 8:45pm

$60 for 6-week session, $15 drop-in

Devin Preston, instructor

A space for actors to work together on their craft and instrument, focusing on physical work and scene studies. The goal is to establish an ensemble work ethic that pushes members to do their best work and find new avenues of creativity. The fall session will be a six-week survey of Viewpoints, a movement based method for creating performance.


Acting I and II

Saturdays September 6 – October 25

10:00am – 1:00pm

$30 drop-in or $200 for eight-week session

James Serpento, Instructor

Whether you are just starting out, or a seasoned professional looking to make your work even better, this class, based primarily on the teachings of Sanford Meisner, is specifically designed to take you further toward excellence in your actor’s journey.


Un-armed Stage Violence: The Basics

Saturday, October 4

1:30 – 4:00pm


John Graham, instructor

This workshop covers the basics of creating a piece of safe, convincing, active, and interesting stage violence. Focusing on motivated actions and reactions, we will explore the steps necessary for any dramatic combat move. We will punch, slap, kick, and choke each other, and have fun doing it.



DMSC Writers’ Workshop

October 9 – November 13

Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30pm

$70 for 6-week session

Travis Scott, instructor

Whether you are starting your novel or trying to finish a piece of short fiction for publication or graduate school submission – the DSMC Writer’s Workshop is your opportunity to gain invaluable feedback and develop a trusted network writers that you will keep long after the course. The content and direction of the workshop itself is guided by the insights of all participants and contributions of each writer.



Intro to Studio Recording

September 30 – November 4 (Tuesdays); November 10 – December 15 (Mondays)

7:00 – 8:30pm

$60 for 6-week session

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. No prior knowledge needed.


Song Writing and Music Theory: Level 1

September 4 – October 2

Thursdays 7:00 – 8:00pm

$90 for 5-week session, $20 drop-in

Kevin Drew, instructor

This unique 5-week course will discuss basic music theory concepts as they apply to song writing. During classes, students will listen to songs, discuss, and deconstruct them, in order to answer the question “What Makes A Great Song?” Learn about melody, harmony, dynamics, chord progression, and other aspects of music. You will learn how these concepts and tools can be used while crafting your songs. No instruments or previous experience necessary.



American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Level 1

Two sessions: September 4 – October 9, October 23 – December 4 (no class November 27)

Thursdays 6:15 – 7:15pm

$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

Twelve weeks: September 4 – October 9, October 23 – December 4 (no class November 27)

Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30pm

$15 drop-in or $60 for six-week session

Dawn Grey, instructor

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. 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.


Open Belly Dance

October 16

December 11

6:30 – 8:00pm

$10 drop-in only

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


Lunch Hour Yoga

Ongoing, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 12:45pm

$10 drop-in, 5 for $45, or 10 for $80

Nakisha Phillips and Mary Lasky, instructors

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.


Ashtanga Yoga

Ongoing beginning August 18

Mondays 5:30 – 7:00pm

$15 drop-in, 5 classes for $65 or 10 classes for $120

Mary Lasky, instructor

Ashtanga Yoga Class taught in the traditional, teacher-led style. This 1.5-hr sequence moves in a vinyasa flow style through fundamental standing poses, deep seated stretches and twists, heart openers, inversions and centering pranayama work. All connected by continuous breath and flowing transitions. All students welcome.



All Aerial

Four Sessions:

Wednesdays September 10 – October 15

Saturdays September 6 – October 11

Sundays September 21 – October 26

Additional classes and workshops to be announced soon!

Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:15pm, Saturdays 10:45am – 12:15pm, Sundays 11:00am – 12:30pm

$100 for 6-week session, $20 drop-in

Laura Ernst, instructor

Want to learn how to fly through the air? This class is a great way to try out all things aerial. From the trapeze, to the aerial hoop and aerial fabric, there’s no better way to have fun, get fit, and improve your coordination. No experience is necessary, simply a curiosity for all things aerial. Classes are individualized to your needs and strengths.


Everything Circus

Two Sessions: September 10 – October 15

Additional classes and workshops to be announced soon!

Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00pm

$75 for 6-week session or $15 drop-in

Laura Ernst, instructor

Want to learn amazing new skills and invigorate your fitness routine? Perfect for adults of all ages and fitness levels. Circus is a great way to improve body balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Your body AND mind will get a work out! We will explore several varieties of circus props and apparatus from juggling, to hula hooping, acrobatics and even aerial 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.


Foundations of Hooping

Ongoing beginning October 4

Saturdays 12;30 – 1:30pm

$5 drop-in only

Leah Barber, instructor

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.


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!



Comics 101

September 9 – November 11

Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:30pm

$225 for the 10 week course

Ron Wagner, instructor

Taught by a professional comic book artist, this course will cover the basics of comic book art. We will work on basic drawings skills that will include perspective, form and composition as well as storytelling and dynamic figure drawing. Techniques for inking and coloring will also be explored. Students will produce a comic book cover and one page of interior art.


Advanced Figure Drawing

Sundays 1:30 – 3:30pm


BYOE (Bring Your Own Easel)

Jon Pearson, facilitator

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.



Kids’ Aerial

September 6 – October 11

Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00am

$75 for 6-week session; $15 drop-in

Ages 8 and up

Laura Ernst, instructor

This is the perfect class for kids that love to climb. Full of games and amazing skills that will build up your child’s strength, flexibility, and self-esteem, this class will give kids the chance to fly! Students will learn basic skills on aerial hammock, aerial fabric, static trapeze, and lyra in a safe environment under the supervision of professional aerialists.


Tiny Crow Yoga

Ongoing beginning September 6

Saturdays 10:00 – 10:45am

$15 for two family members, $20 for any family of 3 or more

Ages 5 and up – intended to be enjoyed as a family

Nakisha Phillips, instructor

An opportunity for the whole family to stretch, relax, and get zen! This 45-minute long session is meant to be enjoyed by ages 5 and up, with parents and children encouraged to practice together. We will focus on self awareness through storytelling, fun poses & music! All levels are welcome.


Break Dancing for Kids I

Two Sessions:

September 2 – October 7

October 14 – November 18

Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm

$75 for 6 Weeks

All ages welcome

Anthony San, instructor

A beginner breakdancing class teaching the basic foundation of the dance along with history of Hip Hop culture. This class will cover basic top rocking, footwork, freezes, transitions, and power in a fun and safe environment.


Break Dancing for Kids II

October 14 – November 18

Tuesdays 6:45 – 7:45pm

$80 for 6 Weeks

All ages welcome

Prerequisite: Minimum of 6 sessions of Break Dancing for Kids.

Anthony San, instructor

A fast-paced, fat burning, high-energy class. Students will learn advanced footwork, top rocking, diverse freezes and complicated power moves as well as how to create their own sets. We will work on improving our musicality, form, and breaking terminology.


Creative Movement

September 3 – October 8

October 15 – November 19

Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:15am

40 for 6-week session, $8 drop-in

Ages 2-4

Yvette Keyes, instructor

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.


Hip-hop Starz

September 7 – October 12

October 19 – November 30

Sundays 1:00 – 2:00pm

$50 for 6-week session, $10 drop-in

Ages 11 and up

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.


Dance Essentials

September 6 – October 11

October 18 – November 29

Saturdays 2:00 – 3:00pm

$50 for 6-week session, $10 drop-in

Ages 5-10

Yvette Keyes, instructor

This class for elementary aged dancers introduces our dancers to the more traditional combination dance class. Dancers will learn tap, jazz and ballet. Tap classes stress rhythm and basic tap steps and combinations. Ballet techniques are taught for a strong ballet foundation in order to develop the strength and agility needed for other forms of dance as well as learning basic jazz technique.


Poetry for Young Writers

October 1 – October 29

Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm

$90 for 5-week session

Ages 10 – 15

Nate Klug, instructor

We will trust poetry to help us rediscover the magical and the mysterious. Short assignments will help us listen to this buzzing, blooming world around us. Everything imagined is real, and all of life is in play!


Graphic Design Workshop: Insects and Art

Saturday, November 1

1:00 – 3:00pm

$30 (supplies provided)

Ages 7 – 11

Bev Ellis, instructor

How does a graphic designer create? Students learn the fundamentals of graphic design and then put them in practice to make their own insect graphic. After observing an outstanding insect collection and insect models they have new knowledge about insects and inspiration for their visual art.


Water in Haiku and Art

October 4 – 18

Saturdays 1:00 – 2:00pm

$60 (supplies provided)

Ages 7 – 11

Bev Ellis, instructor

In the workshop,“Water in Art,” students will learn and experience: how water occurs in nature, different artists representation of water, Haiku poetry and creating a Haiku about water, create a watercolor painting about their Haiku, different lettering styles, and writing their Haiku on their painting.


Hooping for Kids

Ongoing beginning October 4

Saturdays 11:15am – 12:15pm

$10 drop in, 5 classes for $45

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Shelby Sprouse, instructor

A hula hooping class designed just for kids! We’ll work on foundational moves and work towards more advanced moves as we go. If you don’t have a hoop, don’t worry — we have extras and several of our hoopers also make hoops for sale.


Childbirth Education

August 23- November 8 (Saturday mornings 9-11)

September 8 – November 24 (Monday nights 6:15-8)

October 7 – January 13 (Tuesday nights 6:15-8)

Cost: $295.00/12 week series

Instructor: Amy Brooks Murphy, AAHCC

During this twelve week class you will prepare a birth plan, watch birth films from around the world, and you and your partner will learn comfort measures and pain coping techniques for labor and birth. Hands on exercises and relaxation techniques are also incorporated into class. This class teaches techniques that can be used with a midwife or doctor and in any birth location…hospital, birth center or home. The best time to start class is in the fifth month of pregnancy.


Postpartum Class

Every Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $75/family for one year or $5/class

Instructor: Amy Brooks Murphy, AAHCC

This is an on going class open to everyone with babies birth to one year. Whether you had a homebirth or hospital birth, are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, using cloth diapers or disposables, co-sleeping or crib sleeping, vaccinating or not vaccinating…it’s all good. Sometimes we have a specific topic but we always make time for whatever is on your mind! Pregnant people are encouraged to join as well.