This January the Des Moines Social Club features programming for all ages, including art showcases and workshops, weekly social events, a big local talent showcase, and more. Learn more about our January events below and at

Dance Baby Dance with Story What featuring Mike Draper
Saturday, January 12, 10:00am-12:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
$5/person or $12/family, 1 year and under free

We’re excited to announce that owner of Raygun and author of The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth, Mike Draper, will be joining us for a special session of Story What during Dance Baby Dance on Saturday, January 12. Come and be a part of creating a BRAND NEW STORY! Use your imagination to help our storyteller come up with characters and activities. Watch our illustrator, Mike Draper, draw the story as it grows.

We’ll also dance, play and laugh for Dance Baby Dance. Participate in group activities or do your own thing. Go to the lobby and take a breather from the action, maybe read some books. Come back in, dance it out.

RAW Des Moines Showcase
Friday, January 18 at 7:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut Street, Des Moines

Join us Friday, January 18th for a special artistic display from RAW Des Moines 2012 Visual Artist of the Year, Meagan Tron, and RAW Des Moines 2012 Filmmaker of the Year, Cameron Downing. Check out the Tron Dolls, catch a short film, and share a couple drinks with friends. Celebrate local art and the beginning of the 2013 RAW Des Moines season. Doors will open at 7:00 PM with the film screening kicking off at 7:30 PM. Visual art displays will be presented by Meagan Tron throughout the evening. Admission is $5 at the door.

Auditions for The Bald Soprano/The Dumb Waiter
Sunday, January 20 from 10:30am – 12:30pm and Monday, January 21 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut Street, Des Moines

Audition for the DMSC Theater Co.’s production of The Bald Soprano/The Dumb Waiter by Eugene Ionesco and Harold Pinter, Two One-Act Plays Presented in Tandem on March 21-31, 2013.

In The Bald Soprano, Eugene Ionesco throws together a cast of characters including the quintessential British middle-class family the Smiths, their guests the Martins, their maid Mary, and a fire chief determined to extinguish all fires — including their hearths. It’s an archetypical absurdist tale and Ionesco displays his profound take on the problems inherent in modern communication.

In Harold Pinters The Dumb Waiter, one of Off-Broadway’s most successful entries, this mysterious and moody study in suspense concerns two professional killers who wait apprehensively in a grubby, windowless basement room for word of their next macabre assignment.

Art Friends (After Dark)
Saturday, January 26 from 8:00pm – 3:00am
Mars Café, 2318 University Avenue, Des Moines

Art Beacon Des Moines and the Des Moines Social Club are joining forces to bring you an evening of drawing and friendship. Put a hold on your winter hibernation and come out to Mars Cafe for six hours of dedicated drawing time. Bring what you want to draw on and enjoy the company of others while you draw.

• Practice drawing the figure (clothed models this time).
• Spontaneous collaborative drawings may occur. Some large paper will be on tap.
• Make a zine! Print a small run and add it to the NEW traveling zine suitcase.

Cafe will sell us yummy food and beverages. Drink, eat and draw with your Art Friends all night long.

Open Circus Talent Show-offcase
Saturday, January 26 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut Street, Des Moines
$5 suggested donation

Des Moines is full of talented folks! It’s time to show-off! Join us for the Des Moines Social Club’s Open Circus Talent Show-offcase featuring some of our favorite acts that have performed on the Open Circus stage in the last year. Don’t miss the weekly Open Circus, Des Moines’ best open mic night, every Thursday night at the 4th Street Theater.

Story Mob 1.4
Tuesday, January 29 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut Street, Des Moines

Des Moines creatives come together for Story Mob 1.4. at the Des Moines Social Club. Join us to share your story for a chance to win or just come to listen to a mob of Des Moines storytellers!

Story Mob is like a Flash Mob. A mob of people gather, and a story breaks out. 5…minute stories 4…times per year 3…guest judges 2…cash prizes 1…story prop. You have 5‐minutes; the stage is yours! The prop will serve as the story theme during the Open Mob (open mic) session. Storytellers are encouraged to interpret the theme, however, all stories will be judged on their ability to incorporate the Story Prop into either non‐fiction or fiction format.

Tell your story and win! $100 First Prize (judges award), $50 Second Prize (based on Mob support). Story Prop for 1.4 is Suitcase.

Weekly Programming
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! Learn more at

King Pong
Every Tuesday, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
$5 suggested donation

Come play table tennis with all skill levels, have fun, meet new people and win (or lose) at one of the best sports in the world at the DMSC. Tuesdays from 7-10pm. Open play from 7-8:30pm. The league tournament starts at (or right around) 8:30pm. You don’t have to be a member of the league to play in the tournament! $5 suggested donation. Learn more at

Open Circus
Every Thursday, 9:00pm-12:00am
4th Street Theater, 214 4th St., Des Moines

Des Moines’ best open mic night! The Des Moines Social Club hosts Open Circus every Thursday night from 9pm-12am at the 4th Street Theater. Open Circus is a place for expression and creativity. Bring your guitar, your drums, your voice, your words… comedy, drama, poetry, rock, world beat… bring yourself, and share whatever it is you’re best in sharing. Learn more at

Systema: Russian Martial Art
Every Saturday at 10:30am
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines

Systema is a Russian martial art. It is designed to be highly adaptive and practical, training using drills and sparring. It focuses mainly on controlling the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders) through pressure point application, striking and weapon applications.

About the Des Moines Social Club
The Des Moines Social Club is a non-profit organization that delivers thought-provoking theater, creative classes for all ages, and supports and promotes local artists. Des Moines Social Club’s vision is to the build a premier arts institution that fosters the social change, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that revitalizes our city. They provide a creative environment that is necessary for the recruitment and retention of professional talent for the employers in Central Iowa, as well as a home for local artists of all disciplines to share and create their work. The Des Moines Social Club formed in 2007 and is currently located at 400 Walnut Street.