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Gnocchi with herb crema, roasted vegetables and the option of chicken confit or prawns from Alba in Des Moines. The popular East Village restaurant is open on Mondays.


Writer: Karla Walsh

‘Tis the season for catching up over a meal with friends and family, and for celebrating the season with co-workers and confidants. No longer reserved for just the weekend, chances are you’ll soon be seeking a weeknight venue.

One of the most common questions I’ve been fielding since restaurants have begun to reopen post-pandemic (and continue to try to round out their service staff): “Where can I dine out on a Monday?”

In case you, too, have found it challenging to land at a spot that’s open on this frequent “weekend” day in the hospitality industry, I rounded up a list of 10 options for breakfast, 14 options for lunch and 20 options for dinner. Did I miss your favorite? Find dsm Magazine on Facebook and comment on the post about this story with your additional ideas. Happy holidays and happy dining!

Breakfast: 1. 5 Borough Bagels 2. Early Bird Brunch 3. Gateway Market  4. La Mie Bakery and La Mie Elevate 5. Main Street Cafe & Bakery 6. Mullets 7.Palmer’s Deli 7. St. Kilda Collective 8. St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery 9. The Breakfast Club 10. Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern

Lunch: 1. Americana 2. Baratta's 3. Court Avenue Brewing Co. 4. Dough Co. Pizza 5. Eatery A 6. El Fogon 7. Gazali’s Mediterranean Cuisine 8. Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio 9. Hansen’s Manhattan Deli 10. Local Bites (Fernando’s Mexican Grill, Michelangelo’s Pizza and Pasta, Prep Kings Meals, Burger Shop, Teriyaki Boys) 11. Lola’s Fine Kitchen 12. Proudfoot & Bird 13. Thai Flavors Wasabi Ankeny, 14. Wasabi Johnston, Wasabi Waukee

Dinner: 1. 801 Chophouse 2. Alba 3. Angry Goldfish Pub and Eatery 4. Anna Dolce Ristorante 5. Barntown Brewing 6. Centro 7. Django 8. El Barco 9. Francie’s 10. Franka Pizzeria 11. Fresko 12. Iowa Taproom 13. Louie’s Wine Dive 14. Lucky Lotus 15. RoCA 16. The Royal Mile 17. Sakari Sushi Lounge 18. The Dam Pub 19. The High Life Lounge 20. W-Tao Sushi

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Artists featured in the "It's a Wonderful Life" adaptation include Robert Serpento and Tiffany Flory. Photo: Iowa Stage Theatre Company


Iowa Stage Theatre Company is putting a twist on the classic holiday story of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The black-and-white 1946 film will be reinvented on stage in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” during an eight-show run starting Thursday at Stoner Theater in the Des Moines Civic Center.

Adapted by Joe Landry, the production takes form as a 1940s radio broadcast, with live sound effects and an ensemble of five actors performing dozens of roles throughout the show.

“This production of a holiday classic provides a heartwarming reminder of the value of community in troubled times.” artistic director Matthew McIver said in a statement. “We were days away from performing this at Iowa PBS last year when two cases of COVID forced the performance to be canceled. We are delighted to finally be able to present this wonderful show to Iowa audiences."

Live shows run Dec. 16-23, and the performance will be broadcast on Iowa PBS on Dec. 17 and Dec. 24. Tickets are available online.
The Des Moines Big Band plays regular shows at Noce, including its "Sounds of the Seasons" performances.


Noce is offering a menu of festive shows as the holidays approach. Get your fill of live holiday classics performed by the Des Moines Big Band or settle in for a night of soulful tunes with Tina Haase Findlay. Tickets are going fast and can be purchased online.

Here is the schedule for these and other upcoming holiday shows that haven't yet sold out: "Sounds of the Season with the Des Moines Big Band," Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.; "Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O"
Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.; "Tina Haase Findlay's Christmas Extravaganza," Dec. 18 at 7 and 9 p.m.

Works from Marion Nehmer Ceramics, which sells a variety of ceramic and porcelain tablewares. Photo: Mainframe Studios


Mainframe Studios is hosting a Last Call Holiday Shopping event this Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. More than 130 studios will be open, offering pottery, clothing, glass, paintings, photography and more. Also expect live holiday music and catering from Tangerine Food Co.

The event is free and open to the public. Mainframe Studios is located at 900 Keo Way.

Performances from Tonic Sol-fa and Sara Evans this weekend make up Hoyt Sherman's 2021 holiday lineup. Photo: Hoyt Sherman Place


Hoyt Sherman Place is featuring two holiday shows this weekend: Tonic Sol-fa’s Shake Up Christmas Tour and Sara Evans’ Blue Christmas Tour.

An Emmy-award winning a cappella quartet, Tonic Sol-fa is performing a new holiday show on Dec. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. (Fun fact: The group is based in Minnesota, but lead vocalist Shaun Johnson grew up in Iowa. In this post for the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Downtown blog, he says he’s amazed how downtown has been transformed and lets us in on his favorite places to visit when he’s in town.)

Country artist Sara Evans has produced nine studio albums and been recognized as the fifth-most-played female artist on country radio. The concert on Dec.19 at 7:30 p.m. will also feature country duo Everette.

Find tickets for both acts online
Artist John Ravet creates “art for the walls and for the wearing” in his Mainframe Studios space. Photo: Duane Tinkey


Writer: Brianne Sanchez

Step into John Ravet’s kite-shaped third-floor artist’s studio and let the layers of texture draw you in. Tapestry, origami and decorative branches line the walls. Racks of shibori tie-dye shirts, shelves of vintage shoe forms, fabric samples, buttons and baubles catch the eye. Mannequin busts modeling hand-knit and woven shawls are on display across from the loom on which one-of-a-kind pieces are fabricated. Baskets stacked upon baskets conceal high-end fibers awaiting the spotlight. What could be a cacophony of creative materials is so thoughtfully arranged that the effect is of a soothing symphonic movement.

“Because almost everything I do is a rectangle, I can’t be in a rectangular space,” the 57-year-old Ravet (pronounced Rah-vey) says with a smile. Talk with him for an hour and it’s evident he’s not the kind of person who could be put into any simple box. His background as a classically trained musician and dancer, educator, and interior designer is evident in the room’s balance of abundance and restraint.

“What I inherently do is fold things. It’s about pliability and strength,” says Ravet, who creates “art for the walls and for the wearing.” Avidly curious about cultures, he makes contemporary interpretations of traditional techniques, creating his own stitches and drafting his own designs. Continue reading online

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