While we are kinda bummed summer is ending, fall in Des Moines is pretty rad. We’ve got a lot going on, so come down and see us!

New Fall Classes Begin! View all the upcoming class information below.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Exhibit: September 5 – September 28
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

Des Moines Social Club in partner with Des Moines Concours d’Elegance presents DRIVE, opening on Friday, September 5th from 7-10pm at Viaduct Gallery. DRIVE runs from September 5 – September 28, 2014, and features all Iowa artists, including Deb Anders-Bond, Nicole Dyar, Cynthia Griggs, Jim Heemstra, Nick Lapole, Lucas Moser, Eric Piatkowski, Amy Putney-Koenig, Amanda Rhoads, Lindley Warren, and Taylor Yocom.

Field Division
Sunday, September 14 – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm
$7 at the door
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Rooftop Patio

Field Division is a folkwave duo (Evelyn Taylor & Nicholas Frampton) from Des Moines, Iowa, but now residing in Nashville, TN. “Their blissful music runs high on soulful harmonies and rapturous textures, occupying the gulf between the likes of Feist, Bon Iver, Other Lives and Rumours era Fleetwood Mac. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, the vast natural landscape, valleys and rivers of their hometown exert a powerful influence over their sound, producing a grand and expansive effect.” – TRU LUV, UK

Laughing Eye, Weeping Eye
Wednesday, September 10 – Doors 9:00pm, Show 10:00 pm
$5 at the door
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Handball Court

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye transports you to another place, perhaps inside a medieval church with ghosts, gnomes, and angels, or to a magick ceremony with fire-breathing serpents. Channeling old spirits into new forms, their music expands the language of vocals, harmonium, synth, and various instruments from around the world. Also playing: Local openers TBA.

Open Circus
Thursday, September 11 – 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, September 12 – 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.

Call and Response
Friday, September 12 – 8:00pm-12:00am
$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.

Modern Love
Saturday, September 13 – 9:00pm-1:00am
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar

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. https://www.facebook.com/modernL0VE

Gallery Talk: DRIVE
Monday, September 8 at 6:00pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

A panel of artists whose work is featured in DRIVE will be speaking on their process, interpretation for the exhibit, and answering questions from the audience. Free and open to the public.

Friday, September 5 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. https://www.facebook.com/3XWrestling

RTI Presents: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
September 12-28
7:30pm Sept. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
2:00pm Sept. 14, 21, 21, 27, 28
$15 Student, $22 Senior, $30 Adult. Advance tickets available at Midwestix.com
Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater

Set in a small New England town, George, a history professor at the local college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home from a Saturday night party when Martha announces that she has invited a young couple–an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride–to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the charade begins. The drinks flow and inhibitions melt. Underneath the edgy banter, there lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s bitter disappointment towards one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that seems to have been the foundation for their marriage. In the end, the mystery in which George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

Team Trivia (on break until October)
Team Trivia is currently on break. It will return starting every Tuesday at the Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar in October.

Prototype Presents Quiz Show
Friday, September 5
Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm
Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar
Free, All Ages

From the creators of Haiku Deathmatch, Prototype Presents Quiz Show, an eccentric blend of trivia, word games and comedy. Contestants are pulled from the audience before the show and compete head to head for five rounds of trivia. Come out and test your knowledge, scratch your head and laugh uproariously.

University of Iowa International Writing Program Reading and Reception
Tuesday, September 23 – 7:00pm-9:00pm
All Ages
Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery

​Visiting poets and writers from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa take to the road each fall to share their work with audiences across the state. In partnership with the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and the Des Moines Social Club, the Series will feature several 2014 IWP award-winning guests for an afternoon panel discussion titled “Being a Writer in the World,” followed by an evening literary reading & reception at the downtown Des Moines Social Club. Both events are free and open to the public. Roundtrip downtown transportation is available for Drake students. 3:30 to 5 pm: “Being A Writer in the World” panel discussion with IWP poets and writers, Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake campus. 7 to 9 pm: Literary reading at the Des Moines Social Club, reception to follow 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines.

View upcoming September classes below. Visit http://desmoinessocialclub.org/classes to check out the full Fall/Winter class offerings.

Performing Arts

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
Free orientation Class for Students new to the Meisner technique, or to working with James: Saturday, August 30
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.


Beginning Poetry
September 4 – October 2
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:15pm
$100 for 5-week session
Nate Klug, instructor

In this class, we will be introduced to the essential elements of the art of poetry. Weekly writing assignments will be coupled with outstanding model poems. Together we will explore how an interest in poetry can be pursued in the larger context of one’s life, including the world of publication.

Writing for Stage and Screen
Saturday, September 27
2:00 – 5:00pm
James Serpento, instructor

Writing for the stage or screen is possibly the literary world’s most exciting undertaking, not complete until given life by the actors, directors and technicians responsible for making theatre and film happen. Drawing from many theorists and practitioners, this workshop will focus on the craft of structuring story for maximum impact.


Intro to Studio Recording
Sessions 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.

Dance and Fitness

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.

Lunch Hour Yoga
Monday – Friday, 12:00 – 12:45pm beginning September 2
$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.

Paper Mountain Yoga
Ongoing beginning August 24
Sundays 5:00 – 6:30pm
$15 drop-in, 5 classes for $65, or 10 for $120
Nakisha Phillips, instructor

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 students is your presence, your integrity & your love of the practice. Not there yet? We’ll work on it together.

Line Dancing
September 15 – December 19 (No class 10/20 – 10/29)
Mondays and Fridays 11:00am – 12:00pm
$30 for 3-weeks (drop-ins permitted)
Jennifer Malcolm-Brown, instructor

People of all ages and skill levels can enjoy learning new dances where no partner is needed. This low-impact exercise can keep you young by challenging your mind to learn patterns of movement and follow in a formation with other line dancers. Learn simple patterns that are quick to learn and fun to do that will keep you engaged, entertained and motivated to learn more.

Circus Arts

All Aerial
Wednesdays September 10 – October 15
Saturdays September 6 – October 11
Additional sessions to be announced soon!
Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:15pm, Saturdays 10:45am – 12:15pm
$100 for 6-week session, $20 drop-in
Laura Ernst and Felicia Coe, instructors

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, November 5 – December 17 (no class November 26)
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.

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!

Visual Arts

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.

Photography: The Art of Seeing
August 20 – September 24
Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm for regular class, Saturdays August 30 and September 20 from 1:30 – 3:00pm for optional film-based classes.
$120 for 6-week digital-only session. $150 for 6-week digital session plus two bonus B&W film sessions.
Lucas Moser and Joe Crimmings, instructors

Using DSLR cameras, students will learn to take stunning images of any subject in any situation. Topics include composition; camera settings; qualities of natural light; use of shutter, aperture, and lenses . All lessons come together to produce creative and artistic images.

Advanced Figure Drawing
Every other Sunday – NOTE: new time beginning September 14
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.

Youth and Family Classes

Kids Aerial
September 6 – October 11
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30am
$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.

Creative Movement
Two Sessions: 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
Two Sessions: 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
Two Sessions: 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.