Paige Harpin leads a jazz combo at the Tea Room's Holiday Happy Hour Dec. 19, or catch Jazz on the House Thursdays at Noce.


Find a little peace amid the holiday storm. Consider slipping into Noce, the jazz club on Walnut Street, any Thursday for the six-hour happy hour called Jazz on the House. Doors open at 4 p.m., there's no cover charge, a variety of drinks and gourmet popcorn are $5, and musicians perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Holiday cheer? Who could ask for anything more?

Prefer a Wednesday? The (formerly Younkers, always elegant) Tea Room has a holiday happy hour planned for tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 19). Meet your friends for a spiked hot chocolate, Irish coffee or a spiked hot apple cider; light snacks will be provided. They'll have a full bar and a themed holiday selfie station, plus holiday jazz favorites by the Paige Harpin Group. Festive sweaters are optional, holiday cheer is mandatory. A ticket isn't required, but you can RSVP via Facebook by clicking here.  

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The Kingman burger takes the oft-sung Big Mac formula upscale at the new Teddy Maroons on Ingersoll. The serving tray recalls those used in school lunchroomsincluding at Roosevelt ("Teddy") and Dowling ("Maroons"), the inspirations for the restaurant's name.


By Wini Moranville

Earlier this year, Tag Grandgeorge was named executive chef for the upcoming Teddy Maroon's, and everyone who knew Grandgeorge’s work was happy to hear it. Alas, Grandgeorge and Teddy’s parted ways earlier this month. Yet there’s good news nonetheless: Judging from a preview visit, the restaurant is off to a great start.

Call this new venue "bar-grill-plus." The dashing, ultra-modern interior does a neat trick feeling both cozy and high-energy. The comfy boothswith their brown leather football-esque seats and pinstripe backs, right, add a tongue-in-cheek preppy vibe; the way the booths are arranged in a kind of serpentine maze brings a cozy, nook-and-crannied feel. If you want to be where it’s at, head to the more open bar area, with its high-top tables, TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the avenue, and expert bartenders stirring and shaking up cocktails (mules are a specialty).

The appetizer, salad, and burgers we tasted all traveled well beyond the rote. We especially appreciated the starter of oven-roasted cauliflower with almonds, feta, and romesco sauce ($8.95). Anyone who (like me) secretly adores a Big Mac will enjoy the Kingman burger ($11.95)with its two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun—all elevated, of course. And co-owner Chris Diebel made good on his promise not to "sleep on the salads"the Teddy Maroon’s Chopped Salad ($12.95), with lettuce, tiny ditalini pasta, bacon, boiled egg, chickpeas, green onion, pecorino cheese and sweet-onion vinaigrette, proved expert and satisfying.

It was all impressive for a venue that lost its executive chef just over two weeks before opening. But then again, overseeing the kitchen, at least for next quarter, is Orchestrate Management’s corporate chef Matt Howard. Kingpins at making high-volume restaurants veritably purr along, Orchestrate is the umbrella organization of Django, Centro, Malo and others. Combine that with Diebel’s hospitality expertise (he also co-owns Bubba – Southern Comforts), and it was uplifting, though not surprising, to encounter no kinks.

The restaurant was scheduled to open to the public yesterday. Find it at 2301 Ingersoll Ave.; 515-212-4900.

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

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Reagan Crabtree, a college student from Clive, will get a unique view of this year's Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.


Reagan Crabtree, 20, of Clive will be in the Rose Bowl Parade Jan. 1, riding atop a floral float commemorating the centennial of Easterseals.

Crabtree is one of nine Easterseals clients and three staff members from across the country selected to represent the diverse Easterseals communities throughout the country. A student at both Iowa State University and the DMACC Boone campus, she is working toward a degree in communications and hopes to have a career in broadcast news reporting. She receives educational assistance from Easterseals in coping with the effects of apraxia, a neurological disorder.

"Our mission is to bring clients to independence, and Reagan advocates and perseveres no matter the challenges she faces," notes Sherri Nielsen, president of Easterseals Iowa.

Go ahead, take the town! The Community Playhouse is eager to show you Broadway in May.


Travel to New York City with the Des Moines Community Playhouse next May 2-5 or 9-12 to see the new Broadway shows "Tootsie" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Register online at The trips cost $2,249 per person, double occupancy. Past trips have sold out quickly. These packages include airfare, three nights at the Renaissance Times Square, and theater tickets. The experience is led by Playhouse directors John Viars and David Kilpatrick. You can see the city on your own or sign up for dining and sightseeing options at additional cost. For more information, contact Lee Ann Bakros at 515-974-5358 or visit the Playhouse online at

"Hope," a sculpture by Hilde DeBruyne of Cumming, one of the artists whose work is on display in the governor's formal office.


Company coming for the holidays? It's always fun to show off the state Capitol. And if you go, don't miss the  Iowa Women's Art exhibit  in the governor's formal office through the end of the year, featuring the work of Louise Kames of Dubuque and Hilde DeBruyne of Cumming.

Debruyne is a Belgian-American sculptor and designer in clay, metal and bronze. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in public and private collections. Her public artwork includes the "Tree of Life" in Indianola, "Circle of Life" in West Des Moines, "Hope" in Clive and "Memorial Garden" in Indianola, plus several murals. Kames is a professor of art at Clarke University in Dubuque, where she chairs the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Her drawings, prints and installation-based work are exhibited widely.

Betty Buckley stars in the touring production of "Hello, Dolly!," which will be presented by Des Moines Performing Arts next April.


Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley comes to the Civic Center April 9-14 in the acclaimed musical revival, "Hello, Dolly!" For more shows and 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.

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