Here’s a snapshot of everything happening at the DMSC this month. Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for updates!



Friday, November 7 from 7:00pm-10:00pm


All Ages

Viaduct Gallery


Hey, grammers. It’s time to get more than just likes for your awesome shots. The Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery is hosting the Instagrammies on Friday, November 7 to award local grammers. All the finalists’ photos will be featured at Viaduct Gallery for the Instagrammies exhibit and awards ceremony on Friday, November 7 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Attendees will cast their votes with heart stickers for their favorite photos in each category. The photos with the most votes win and will be announced at the end of the night. Winners will get special Instagrammies award and featured on the 2014 Social Club annual report.


StageWest Presents Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

November 7-15, 2014

Fri, 11-7 (7:30pm), Sat, 11-8 (7:30pm), Sun, 11-9 (2:00pm)

Wed, 11-12 (7:30pm), Thurs, 11-13 (7:30pm), Fri, 11-14 (7:30pm), Sat, 11-15 (7:30pm)

Wednesday and Thursday $25.00 or $12.50 Seniors and Students

Friday, Saturday and Sunday $30.00 or $15.00 Seniors and Students


In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The goal: smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.



Tatsuya Nakatani, Tommy Doggett, and the Mourning Electric

Thursday, November 6 at 9:00pm

$5 at the door

All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


Watching Tatsuya Nakatani perform, it’s difficult to believe that what you are seeing is creating the sounds that you are hearing. His solo acoustic percussion is like the actual live soundtrack of an entire city, advancing throughout the day simultaneously. Car noises and the sounds of a construction site echoing between old, brick apartments and skyscrapers seemingly formed entirely of glass. These are the sounds we spend our entire life hearing, and memorizing, like unintentionally learning the lyrics to that pop song you can’t seem to stop hearing on the radio.


Hot Lady Band and Cover Girls

Friday, November 7, Doors 9:00pm, Show 9:30pm

$5 at the door

All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


Hot Lady Band started playing music together in 2012 and play a mix of cover songs, as well as a few original songs with titles like “Hot Dads” and “I Have Money (Give Me Beer)”. They have been described as “amazingly entertaining” and an “aural assault”. They are a local band who wants to inspire women and girls to do anything they want – even be in an all girl band.


Dance the rest of your night away with the Cover Grrls! They are an all grrl cover band from Des Moines. Their one desire in life is to pay homage to all the fabulous songs from over the decades. From the first all girl bands of the ’50s to their favorite hip-hop songs of today, they play it all!


Modern Love

Saturday, November 8



The Basement at the Social Club


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


Jazz Happy Hour

Friday, November 14 – 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.


Call and Response

Wednesday, November 12 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.

Haiku Deathmatch

Friday, November 7, Doors 6pm, Show 7pm


All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club

The Haiku Deathmatch is a fast paced, team oriented poetry competition. Have I impressed you with that mash up of catch phrases yet? …No? Let’s try again: Imagine what would happen if a poetry reading got knocked up by a game show. It’s big, bold, bombastic, and perhaps most importantly, it is smart. Competitors at the Deathmatch are notable talents of the community and the judges are recognized writers, educators and entertainers. Come out and see us August 1st for an evening of words and wit. Those interested in participating in the Deathmatch should contact the Des Moines Poetry Slam ( and ask for Jonny Demo.


Decorous: Art and Poetry

Tuesday, November 18 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.




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.



Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre Presents FAME JR.

November 21-30, 2014

Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Adults $15, Students/Seniors $12, Children $8

Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater


Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street in 1980-1984, before its merger with LaGuardia High School, FAME JR. is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor, and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. With its topical subject manner, multi-ethnic cast of actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists and high-energy, contemporary pop score (which includes the hit title song),FAME JR. is an ideal musical for young performers. Featuring a large cast of students ages.



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.


Stuck in the Middle with Dave Price

Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00pm

$5 at the door

All Ages

The Basement at the Social Club


Stuck in the Middle with Dave Price is a monthly political talk show at The Basement at the Social Club, hosted by WHO-TV’s political expert and news anchor, Dave Price. The program features a special guest, along with a roundtable discussion featuring one republican, one democrat, and one wildcard. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask guests questions. Stuck in the Middle with Dave Price is held the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at The Basement at the Social Club.



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




Monologue Mini-Session

11/6, 11/10, 11/16 (Thursday, Monday, Thursday)

6:30 – 8:00pm

$40 for 3-class session

Devin Preston and Shane Donegan, instructors


Whether preparing for auditions or interested in solo performance, this three-session class will teach you how to find a monologue, what makes a good monologue, and how to rehearse and prepare it. Sessions in the second week will include performance opportunities with individual feedback.



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.



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

Ongoing, 5 days a week, Monday thru Friday, 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, 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, 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.




All Aerial

Sundays, 11/2 – 12/7 – 2:00 – 3:30pm

$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.


Aerial Fabrics Class

Two 3-week sessions:

Thursdays 10/30 – 11/13; Wednesdays 12/3 – 12/17

7:45 – 9:15pm

$55 for 3-week session, $20 drop-in


Aerial fabric for beginners introduces you to a whole new way to increase strength, grace, and flexibility. While climbing the fabric you’ll learn amazing ways to move your body into beautiful poses and shapes. It’s a fun new way to stay fit and learn something amazing. Don’t worry if you’re afraid of heights, skills are taught only a few inches from the ground and are customized for your skill and strength level.


Aerial Hoop Class

Two 3-week sessions:

Wednesdays 10/29 – 11/12; Thursdays 12/4 – 12/18

6:00 – 7:30pm

$55 for 3-week session, $20 drop-in


Explore how aerial movements translate to a round shape with the Aerial Hoop, otherwise known as Lyra, giving you the opportunity to perform graceful tricks, spins, and swings! Beginning with the basic skills, this class will build your strength, showcase flexibility, all while you’re learning flipping, turning, rolling, posing, and transitioning positions on this beautiful aerial apparatus.


Aerial Hammock

Two 3-week sessions:

Wednesdays 10/29 – 11/12; Thursdays 12/4 – 12/18

7:45 – 9:15pm

$55 for 3-week session, $20 drop-in


Defy gravity in this beginner aerial class where we will utilize a fabric aerial hammock, also known as aerial sling, to increase stability and agility, flexibility, and achieve weightlessness. You won’t be napping in this class, but rather will be creating striking shapes, tricks, flips, and transitions on this gentile apparatus. No experience necessary, every class is customized for your skill level.


Everything Circus

Thursdays, 10/30 – 11/13, 6:00 – 7:30pm

$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!


Circus Circuit

Mondays 11/24 – 12/15, 6:00 – 7:00pm

$35 for 4-week session or $10 drop-in

Laura Ernst and Felicia Coe, instructors


Do you ever wish that you could move like the dancers from Cirque du Soleil? Being able to spin, flip, and balance your way through the air takes a tremendous amount of strength, balance, and flexibility — but it’s a ton of fun, too!


Circus Circuit is a 60 minute conditioning class that will give you the sensation of flying while strengthening and lengthening your body through aerial acrobatics, body resistance, and strength, balance & core training. You will learn circus skills like, Trapeze, Aerial Silks, and Hand-balancing while you enjoy a fun and exciting way to get in shape and maintain strength, flexibility and coordination! Circus Circuit is a fun-filled experience for men and women of all fitness level.




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.


Craft Workshop: Magnetic Chalkboard Calendar

Sunday, November 9 2014

1:00 – 3:00 pm

$45/student (supplies included)


The perfect, super chic organizational tool for the busiest family! Have you ever seen a DIY on Pinterest that you wanted to try but didn’t know where to start? I’m here to help! I will take all the guess work out and provide all the supplies needed as well as instruction. The calendar we will be constructing has a vintage feel with neutral colors along with 8 magnets that you will also design. The calendar will be 20 inches by 24 inches with a wood frame and will add a crafty touch to a boring wall.



Kids Circus

Wednesdays 12/3 – 12/17

6:00 – 7:30pm

$25 for 3-week session, $10 drop-in


Want to learn amazing new skills that will impress your friends and family? Come and learn circus arts from a real circus performer! In this class, you’ll try out fun activities like juggling, hula hooping, balancing, aerial and floor acrobatics, and even roll around in a human-sized hamster ball! Sign up today for an experience you won’t find anywhere else


Tiny Crow Yoga

Ongoing, 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

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

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

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

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.


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.


Hooping for Kids

Ongoing, 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.


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.



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About the Des Moines Social Club
The Des Moines Social Club is an innovative arts and entertainment venue located in a renovated, historic art deco Firehouse in downtown Des Moines. The non-profit provides a home for local artists, offers unique programming spanning all arts disciplines, and brings people of every age and background together under one roof — all for the purpose to use the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement.
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