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Iowa Stage Theatre Company and Des Moines Social Club will present “#MeToo: Time’s Up, Des Moines” at Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater on Thursday, Feb. 8.

The night will feature a reading of "The Hashtag Me, Too," a one-act play written by local actor and playwright Kerry Skram, followed by a discussion of the play and the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns.

The play was written in response to recent revelations of sexual misconduct by prominent men in the arts, politics, business and media. It focuses on an intense conversation between a married couple concerning workplace encounters, intimidation and the consequences of speaking out.

Discussion panelists include:

  • Brenda Anderson, a clinical social worker and therapist.
  • Kirsten Anderson, the former communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican caucus who was awarded a $1.75 million judgment in a sexual harassment case against the Iowa Senate.
  • Amy Bix, an Iowa State University history professor who focuses on women and the roles of gender in cultural history.
  • Kim Haymes, an Iowa Stage Theatre company member who protested abuse she experienced at the Profiles Theater in Chicago, which subsequently closed. Other Chicago theaters developed a workplace policy to avoid abuses and started the #NotInOurHouse movement.

The event will culminate with Iowa Stage Theatre Company’s adoption of the Chicago theaters' policy. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee, although donations will be accepted to support the #MeToo and #TimesUp efforts in Central Iowa.

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Remember this name (we dare you to try): Pasta di Semola di Grano Duro all'Uovo. Tell us your opinion at the next dsm unveiling party.


By Wini Moranville

I don’t generally spend $8 for a package of pasta, but that may be changing now that I’ve discovered that Gateway Market carries the Rustichella d’Abruzzo brand of Pasta di Semola di Grano Duro all'Uovo.

That’s durum-wheat semolina pasta with eggs, for those of us who don’t parlono italiano. The egg is key—it adds deep yellow-gold color to the pasta and unmistakably rich flavor. But there’s something else at work here, according to Gateway chef/partner George Formaro.

“That brand is amazing,” he says. If you ever knew an Italian mother or grandmother that made pasta, and you noticed the almost magical touch that they used to prepare their pasta, you would swear that these guys were conjuring up that same magic. I think of my mom every time I use it.”

In fact, it’s so flavorful and rich that Formaro says he saves the water used to cook the pasta, “like it were a fine simmered stock,” and adds it back into the dishes he’s creating with the pasta. That helps him dress the pasta lightly, more like you would a salad, rather than slathering it with the traditional Italian red sauces we all know and love.

My favorite way to serve it is, in fact, French: en persillade (with garlic and parsley). I melt a little butter, sauté some garlic and parsley just until their fragrances are released, then toss this mixture with the cooked pasta and a little of the cooking water. This makes a simple yet refined side dish to the braises of the season.

Gateway Market is at 2002 Woodland Ave., 515-243-1754;

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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Other chili recipes will leave you cold, once you've tried this one.


At this time of year, what's more warm and welcome than a zesty bowl of chili? So we want to be sure you didn't miss this story from the January/February issue of dsm magazine. It's the latest in Wini Moranville's series called "I Snagged the Recipe," in which she cajoles chefs and foodies to share their secrets. This chili is a modified version of one created by Rory Brown, owner of Allspice Culinarium. Wini says it led her to abandon a recipe she had relied on for years. Ready for a chili upgrade? Just click here.

A violnist since age 3, Simone Porter held off turning pro until age 10. She has earned an international reputation as a soloist.


Barely old enough to enter a beer hall, violinist Simone Porter has already performed in some of the world’s great concert halls. She made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut in London at age 13.

Porter, now 21, and her violin, now 272, return from Los Angeles to play once again with the Des Moines Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Des Moines Civic Center.

Porter will open the program with Sibelius’ brilliant, impassioned Violin Concerto. The symphony then will perform Stravinski’s “Petrouchka,” led by renowned English guest conductor Christopher Seaman. A Concert Prelude Talk begins at 6:45 p.m.

A family convenes for a holiday and gets a more peculiar gathering than intended. Don't worry, on stage they're in full color.


"The Humans," a hopeful and heartbreaking show that won the Tony Award for best play of 2016, comes to the Des Moines Civic Center April 3-8. Explore more entertainment options with 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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