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
Live music by Tires, Maxilla Blue, Land of Blood and Sunshine, and Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos. Sets will be interspersed with RUN DSM slam poets, performance artists, breakdancing, and a keynote address by David Byrne. The Spot Food Truck will also be on hand serving up delicious eats for attendees.
Kum & Go Theater
Theater performances by Repertory Theater of Iowa (a theater company specializing in classics) Des Moines Onstage (children’s theater), StageWest Theater Company, 3XWrestling (staged wrestling troupes), and Iowa School of Burlesque (burlesque dancing) will perform selections from both past and upcoming shows throughout the night, giving attendees a glimpse into the breadth of work tackled within one theater.
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.
Demonstrations of classes currently being offered at the Des Moines Social Club. Instructors will provide 30-minute previews of their classes throughout the night… from break-dancing to comic book drawing to photography.
Joe Crimmings and Aeon Grey showcase a multimedia installation that will occupy the space for the entire weekend.
Many of the nonprofits currently working out of the Des Moines Social Club will open their doors for the open house, inviting attendees to see the variety of groups represented at the Firehouse.
Basement Bar and Rooftop Patio
Tour the future home of the bar that will regularly host Des Moines Social Club programming. Additionally, attendees can check out the Rooftop Patio for a great view of the bands playing in the courtyard. Stick around that evening for Modern Love with DJ Eight Ten, which will start in the Basement Bar at 9:00 p.m.
MALO is Des Moines’ destination for Latin cuisine. From classic Havana cocktails to inventive Mexican dishes, MALO celebrates all the flavors of Latin America. The restaurant will provide a special preview with samples of their menu and drinks available for purchase.
Downtown Des Moines’ first comic shop and coffee shop will be open for business.