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February 9, 2022

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Pat Hart, general manager of the New Northwestern, said Amy Winehouse is the artist who defines the mood of the restaurant. Photo: Duane Tinkey.

Music to Dine by: Favorite Restaurant Playlists

By Karla Walsh

While creating an outstanding menu is understandably the main focus of restaurateurs, dining out is actually one of the most multisensory treats we can experience. Lighting, comfortable seating and lovely aromas are all a part of the vibe, as is the soundtrack.

“Music affects our mood and therefore the dining experience,” says Matt Jones, manager of Eatery A. “The guests give us feedback from time to time as well.”

Recently delighted by several restaurant mixes across the metro, I tapped three favorite spots to get the story behind the music. Each venue was kind enough to share so you can stream at home—until you can get back to enjoy another meal.

Eatery A
Inspirations: Americana, Modest Mouse radio, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake and more, depending on the night and the staff’s mood, according to Jones.
Artist that personifies the mood at Eatery A: Beck.
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The New Northwestern
Inspirations: Jazzy, funky and upbeat tunes old (Tony Bennett, Whitney Houston) and new (Janelle Monáe, Orville Peck, Robyn), says general manager Pat Hart.
Artist that personifies the mood at the New Northwestern: Amy Winehouse.
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Inspirations: Fun, vacationy, jazzy and laid-back beats to accentuate the intimate dining room atmosphere. Expect Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr. and others, with a pinch of Rat Pack, reports owner Tony Lemmo.
Artist that personifies the mood at Aposto: Ella Fitzgerald.
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Laugh along to "Tootsie" when the musical plays the Des Moines Civic Center this weekend. Tickets also are still available for performances tonight and tomorrow. Photo: Evan Zimmerman

‘Tootsie’ Delights Des Moines Audiences

Whether you like comedies, musicals or both, there is still time to see “Tootsie” at the Des Moines Civic Center.

Based on the 1982 movie of the same name, the story follows struggling actor Michael Dorsey as he finally lands a breakthrough role. The catch? He adopts a woman’s identity and appearance to get it, which becomes fodder for many comical moments.

Rolling Stone calls it “musical comedy heaven,” adding, “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll. ‘Tootsie’ is it!”

Showtimes run through Sunday; get your tickets online.
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Chris Janson: Halfway to Crazy tour (Friday 7:30 p.m.): Breakout country star Chris Janson’s show at Hoyt Sherman Place will feature singles from his 2019 album, “Real Friends.”

“The Revolutionists” (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): F
ollow the paths of four historical women as they fight in the French Revolution in this comedy put on by Tallgrass Theatre Company.

Winter Blues Fest (Friday and Saturday evenings):
Central Iowa Blues Society is holding its annual weekend festival with diverse blues performances from 20 artists.

“Murder on the Orient Express” (Friday, Saturday and Sunday):
Want to solve a mystery? Head to Des Moines Community Playhouse this weekend to find out whodunnit.

“Lovesick Comedy” (Monday 6:30 p.m.): Extend your weekend by a day and laugh about love with this Valentine’s Day stand-up and improv show at TeeHee’s Comedy Club.

Celebrate Black history and arts: Join Gateway Dance Theatre on Feb. 26 for “Sanaa ya Sanaa” (pronounced sa-nee-ah ya sa-nee-ah; Swahili for “Art in Art”), to celebrate the cultural arts of the African Diaspora and Gateway’s 50th anniversary. A showcase will feature readings of poetry written by Amanda Gorman and Langston Hughes, music by Tina Haase Findlay, and dance and instrumental performances. GDT also has more anniversary events planned throughout the year. The event will be at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens and admission is free, but you can register ahead of time online. Learn more about GDT's other upcoming events at

Arts festival "Reveal" returns: The Des Moines Arts Festival has announced that its exclusive Reveal event, during which the artists coming to the 2022 festival will be announced, will be March 3. The event also includes hands-on activities, dinner and beverages. A 50/50 raffle will award one winner half of the raffle proceeds to use at the festival in June while the other half and other event proceeds will benefit arts education and development. Tickets are available online


NCAA fun: Presented by Des Moines Performing Arts, the popular Hoops and Hops event will return for a three-day stretch during the NCAA tournament March 17-19. Cowles Commons will be outfitted with heated tents in which you can watch the games, craft beer and spirits, local food trucks and half-court basketball courts for pickup games. The event is free and open to fans of all ages; get more information online.
Righteous Brothers show: Tickets go on sale Friday for the Righteous Brothers’ performance at Hoyt Sherman Place on April 30. Bucky Heard joins Bill Medley to carry on the group’s biggest hits such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Rock and Roll Heaven” and the theme song to “Dirty Dancing,” “The Time of My Life.” Find tickets online.

Home show: As we ride out the (hopefully) last weeks of winter, usher in spring at the Des Moines Home and Garden Show at the Iowa Events Center Feb. 24-27. Learn about the newest trends and connect with local homebuilding and design experts. Get more details and buy tickets online.

Bravo to Bravo! The Bravo Gala was the place to be last Saturday night. Canceled in 2021 because of the pandemic, the black-tie event was refreshed and reinvigorated this year, with a new room layout, program, food and dance band. A lively crowd ready to celebrate filled Hy-Vee Hall at the the Iowa Events Center to support the local arts and cultural community. Tom and Linda Koehn received the Bravo Award for their longtime and ongoing commitment to the arts, while Capital City Pride and ArtForce Iowa were recognized with Spotlight Awards for their contributions to the community. Performances by Parranderos Latin Combo and the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus kicked off the evening, followed by the Diamond Empire, a 14-piece dance band that kept the party going well into the night.

“Hadestown” is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, interwoven with the story of King Hades and his wife, Persephone. It will play the Des Moines Civic Center in March.


Arts Leaders Reveal their Premier Picks for 2022

Writer: Christine Riccelli

“You’re asking me to choose my favorite child.” That’s how Matthew McIver, artistic director of Iowa Stage Theatre, answered the seemingly simple question we posed: What are you most excited about for 2022?

In fact, nearly every local arts leader we asked echoed McIver’s response—a few in those exact words. It’s no wonder they struggled to choose just one highlight: After nearly two years of pandemic-related disruptions, including shutdowns, cancellations, financial challenges and other setbacks, 2022 promises to be a high-voltage year for arts and culture in our community.

Des Moines Metro Opera, for example, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a blockbuster season that includes “A Thousand Acres,” a $1 million new opera based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that reimagines Shakespeare’s “King Lear” set in 1970s’ Iowa.

Gateway Dance Theatre is also marking its 50th year with special shows and events. Ballet Des Moines, which has a new artistic director, is leaping forward with a bold, newly created work that premieres in April.
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