MAY 21, 2019  |  VIEW AS WEBPAGE
Presenting Sponsor
This Brown Camp Loft has been given a delicious dose of glamour. A perfect matte black sheen on the walls and custom wainscot is set off by crisp white and gold accents. The black marble tile with brass inlay sparkles under globe chandeliers. ...
Read more »

The vitality of Des Moines' East Village fuels the imaginations of locals who ponder the district's potential.


The East Village continues to grow with new buildings, businesses and sheer energy. It turns out that you dsm readers have some strong ideas on the neighborhood's future growth.

On Facebook we noted recent additions, St.Kilda Surf and Turf, Lizz Lidgett Gallery and Design, and Bellhop, the tiki bar scheduled to open this week. Then we asked what you would like to see next. Wow, did you ever let us know! Find us on Facebook to see the entire thread of responses, but here's a quick list of popular ideas:

A vegan restaurant tops the list, with strong support for a yoga studio, also. Turns out a lot of people want to eat late at night and hope for that opportunity in the area. A local ice cream shop appeals to many, as well. Others hope to find art supplies and Korean food. Several want affordable housing. And no shortage of you would like more and better parking. Other ideas ranged from parks and rooftop pools to theaters and a weatherproof dome.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, on Facebook or in response to this summary: write to We’re interested, and you can bet some eager entrepreneurs will be watching closely.

Tastefully redecorated last year, Splash remains the city's first choice for seafood to enjoy in quiet elegance.


By Wini Moranville

Having covered the local dining scene for over two decades, I’ve interviewed a lot of chefs. Many of them have said fascinating things, but one quote that continually sticks in my mind is what executive chef Dom Iannarelli said when I asked him why Splash Seafood Bar & Grill endured while so many other fine-dining venues have come and gone.

"Everyone’s committed to fresh seafood," he said. "We will not get distracted."

I kept thinking of this quote as I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Splash the other night. I’m glad that other chefs seize the edgy and experimental – we’d have a pretty staid scene without some game-changing going on. But isn’t it nice to know that you can go somewhere and consistently have terrific oysters and sparkling-fresh seafood? Splash’s sharp, unwavering focus makes it happen again and again. In fact, in the two decades I’ve been going there, I’ve only been disappointed twice.

That Splash excels at seafood is not by any means news – and it was further evidenced the other night by our thorough enjoyment of a dozen oysters and two terrific entrees: a halibut special served in a heady lobster broth with shrimp dumplings, and a swordfish entree with a lush Oscar preparation (béarnaise, king crab, asparagus).

What gave me another angle of appreciation on this visit, however, was how hushed and serene the atmosphere was. White tablecloths and muted music may feel a bit fuddy-duddy in the days of high-volume, high-energy venues, but it was such a pleasure to hear and truly converse with my dining companion. On this particular night, it was just what we needed. And Splash delivered.

Splash is at 303 Locust St., 515-244-5686;

Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.

We refer to it as our Modern Casual room. It’s by Design’s homage to and our execution of one of the most important style trends in interior design. The roots of this style seem to run to Belgian Modern interior design. ... Read more »

Documents show the evolution of local organizations dedicated to gender equality.


A 50-year retrospective of Iowans’ efforts to support human rights without discrimination based on sexual preferences or gender identity is the subject of "Evolution of the Revolution," the current exhibition at Polk County Heritage Gallery.

Historic images and artifacts, presented by the Des Moines Pride Center, trace the state’s evolution of thought that led to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. A reception in the gallery is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 31. The exhibition continues through June 21. For more information, click here.


Urgent reminder: You have until Friday, May 24, to nominate candidates for dsm's LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards, presented to community leaders in cities across Iowa. They will be presented in partnership with the advocacy group One Iowa.

In addition to five Legacy Leader honorees, we will recognize an ally of the LGBTQ community, someone whose contributions to equality and justice have helped ensure that gender and sexual orientation will not be stigmatized or marginalized in the culture of Iowa.

The six honorees will be recognized at an event Oct. 24 at the Temple for Performing Arts.

For information on the award criteria and instructions on how to nominate someone, click here.

Multicultural dance, music and food are among popular elements of the annual Celebrasian festival.


Experience the breadth of Asia in a city park this week. The annual CelebrAsian festival returns to Western Gateway Park Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days, you can visit over a dozen Asian villages and enjoy Asian food, educational activities and cultural entertainers. You'll find cultural exhibits, performers, sports, martial arts and family-friendly activities.

The festival spans the different Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. For details, including a complete schedule of festivities, click here.

Self-portrait by Mary Ocher, who will perform Friday at the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater.


Experimental, avant-garde artist
Mary Ocher + Your Government is coming to the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24. Ocher’s multimedia performance style includes projections and elaborate costumes.

Performing with two drummers on this tour, Ocher's show has been described as an "audio-visual explosion of cult futuristic rock & roll." According to the Social Club, "Over the last decade, she has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought-provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict."

Admission is $15 in advance and $20 on Friday, when theater doors open at 7 p.m. Des Moines’ psychedelic artist Extravision will open the show.
This event is featured as part of DMSC Presents, a curated series of performances by cutting-edge artists. For tickets and more information, click here.

Head 30 minutes west of Greater Des Moines to Earlham, for a modern take on the classic Americana, small-town concert in the park.


Ahhhhh. Summer in the park on Sunday evening in small-town Iowa. People are sitting on lawn chairs or blankets, listening to musicians, as children romp and play happily. And it's free.

Kate Williams and Connie Terry plan to replicate that iconic scene this summer in their town of Earlham, just off I-80 west of Des Moines. Through their efforts, Earlham has received one of only 18 grants nationwide to present the Levitt AMP Earlham Music Series from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation of Los Angeles.

With a population of 1,400, Earlham is the smallest town to receive one of this year's grants of $25,000 to match local support for 10 free outdoor concerts, which will be on Sundays. Performers will include Iowa acts and others from as far away as New York (Sophistafunk on July 21) and Tennessee (Roanoke on June 23 and Devon Gilfillian on Aug. 4).

Concerts begin at 6 p.m. in  Earlham City Park (or in the local schoolhouse on rainy days).
For more information about the concerts and performers, click here.

Multiple Grammy winners Boyz II Men, coming to Des Moines Oct. 1.


Boyz II Men, the best-selling R&B group of all time, will perform Oct. 1 at the Des Moines Civic Center. For other fun opportunities, explore a pair of easy-to-use online calendars. We at dsm magazine and the Business Record maintain this calendar with handy filters so you can see just the types of events you're searching for. For even more categories, check Catch Des Moines.
Business Publications Corporation Inc.

Submit news:
Advertising info:
Membership info:

Copyright © BPC 2019, All rights reserved.
Reproduction or use without permission of editorial or graphic content in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign