Grand Opening Party
Come See Des Moines Change.
We’ve been waiting seven years for this moment! The Des Moines Social Club’s official grand opening of our new permanent home at the downtown Firehouse is set for Saturday, May 10. To celebrate, we are hosting a huge free party to showcase the diverse, multidisciplinary programming that will be housed at the Firehouse.
Yes, it’s true … David Byrne of the Talking Heads will give a keynote address at the Grand Opening Party. After performing at the 2013 80/35 music festival and spending time in Des Moines, David Byrne took interest in the community. He wrote three blog posts praising his experience and perceptions of Des Moines. He will speak about the role arts play in a community.
Friends, we now have a space to create whatever we want, play however we wish, and push the envelope. Des Moines now has a home focused on supporting and developing our robust local talent. The Des Moines Social Club belongs to everyone and is for everyone.
Please help us spread the word. Invite your friends, co-workers, kids, family, and everyone in between to come see the space on May 10. You’ve gotta see it to fully understand the significance this is going to have on the community. We look forward to all of you coming to the Firehouse to see how Des Moines has changed. Thanks for helping make this happen. See you on May 10th.
Des Moines Social Club’s Grand Opening Party
Saturday, May 10
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., followed by an After-Party
900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines
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We are hosting a huge free party to showcase the diverse, multidisciplinary programming that will be housed at the Firehouse. Go ahead and poke around the entire space to get a feel for everything. Here’s a schedule of what’s all going down…
5:00 – Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos
6:00 – Land of Blood and Sunshine
6:45 – Run DSM Poets
7:00 – Maxilla Blue
7:30 – Keynote Speech from David Byrne
8:15 – Tires
* Insider Tip – Arrive early to snag a good spot for David Byrne. You may also consider heading up to the Rooftop Patio for a great view of the bands playing in the courtyard.
Kum & Go Theater
5:15 – Opera Eight
5:30 – Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre
5:45 – Repertory Theater of Iowa
6:00 – Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre
6:15 – 3X Wrestling
6:30 – Stage West
6:45 – Repertory Theater of Iowa
7:00 – Stage West
7:15 – Iowa School of Burlesque
6:15 – Remarks by Elise Goodmann, Viaduct Gallery Director
All Night – The gallery’s current exhibition of Grand View Art & Design Department’s Annual Student Competition Portrait Studio will be on display. Additionally, attendees can paint on a large-scale collaborative mural.
Classroom – Movement Studio
5:30 – Vocal Workshop
6:00 – ATS Bellydance
6:30 – Everything Circus
7:00 – Hooping
Classroom – Workshop
5:00 – Actors’ Dojo
6:15 – Charcoal Drawing with Rob Reeves
Classroom – Art Studio
5:00 – 7:30 – Portrait Studio
5:00 – 7:30 – Non-profits currently working out of the DMSC will open their doors
All Night – Joe Crimmings and Aeon Grey showcase a multimedia installation
All Night – Learn about renting the DMSC for your next event
All Night – Take a tour of the Blue Moon Recording Studio
9:00 – 2:00 – After-Party featuring Modern Love with DJ Eight Ten, 21+ only
– Bars: Culinary, Courtyard, Malo.
– Visit Malo for drinks and samples of menu items (they officially open on May 14).
– The Spot Food Truck will be serving food in the Viaduct Alley.
– Drink/eat/comics at Capes Kafe.
– Cash bars. ATMS will be available. Bar inside Malo will be cash/credit.
FREE parking is available east of the Firehouse in the ramp between 8th & 9th St. and Mulberry & Cherry St. after 5:00pm and on weekends. Enter the ramp via Mulberry St. only. Please do not park in the West End Architectural Salvage lot. View a map of additional downtown parking options here. Street parking is also available.
Follow along with the official event hashtag: #DMSCopening
A live video stream of the Courtyard, Theater, and Gallery will be available at http://desmoinessocialclub.org starting at 5pm.