Sammy Miller and the Congregation kick off the Live at the Temple Concert Series on Oct. 4.


Des Moines Performing Arts today announced the 24 shows in four series for the 2018-'19 season: comedy and concerts at the Temple Theater, and the Civic Center's "family" and dance series.

A stage adaptation of the book "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" should be a highlight of the comedy series, which includes the return of past favorites "Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man," "The Naked Magicians" and "Triple Espresso." 

hree new-to-Des Moines dance companies make up the dance series, including the 50th anniversary tour of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Returning for the Live at the Temple Concert Series are the Hot Sardines and Bonnie Koloc. Also scheduled among nine concert acts: Mandy Harvey with Graeme James, Ordinarius, and the Katie Thiroux Trio.

For a complete schedule of performers, visit Season tickets for all series are available at the website, the Civic Center ticket office, and by phone at 515-246-2300. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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A happy-hour photo without a glass in sight! It looks pretty happy to us—and delicious.


By Wini Moranville

Within minutes of hearing that St. Kilda had unveiled a new happy hour menu last week, I rustled up a pal to go check it out with me. Finally, I thought—just maybe—I could kick my avocado toast habit (with two poached eggs, please), and get an idea of what other fine flavors this kitchen sends out.

Let’s get something straight, though: This doesn’t seem to me like a "stuff yourself full of food and call it dinner" kind of happy hour. Certainly, you could make a meal out of the selections, which include eggplant caponata toasts ($8), dip duo of house-made baba ganoush and tzatziki ($9), pulled pork sliders ($8), olives ($6) and house-roasted nuts ($6).

However, the actual occasion reminded me more of what late-afternoon Spanish tapas and the French apéro (France’s take on the cocktail hour) are all about: easing out of the workday over a few nibbles and a drink with friends before you head on your merry and separate ways. It’s so … civilized.

With stewed eggplant, red peppers, tomatoes and raisins slathered on crisp baguette toasts, the caponata brought lively sweet-and-sour flavors. House-roasted nuts—definitely a deluxe mix—were enticingly honey- roasted and salted, and the olives especially stole my heart: The trio of olive-oil bathed olives arrived in a cute clip-top jar, with generous sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary. A nice touch: slices of toasted bread you could dip in the olive oil that had become infused with the flavors of the herbs.

The happy hour also features $1 off beer and wine and $2 off cocktails. St. Kilda is located on the corner of MLK Parkway and S.W. Fifth Street. Phone: 515-369-7854;

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Often tied to Earth Day and environmental causes, imaginative Trashion Shows have become something of "a thing" nationwide.


Here's a chance to be trashy for a good cause: The local Aveda Institute cosmetology school will host its 2018 "Trashion Show" on Sunday, May 6, at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. The show features couture designs that have been created out of nontraditional and recycled items. The event includes music, drinks and light refreshments. The good cause? Ticket sales ($35) support the Audubon Society Iowa Chapter. For tickets and additional information, click here. Looks like fun to us.

Salisbury House and Gardens offers new ways to explore the historic property this year.


Regular tours are still available, but you have some new options to experience Salisbury House and Gardens. How about a private group tour accompanied by boxed lunch on the property? For more information, click here.

Want more elegance? Customize your experience with a private group tour accompanied by an independently catered lunch. Seems like a nice birthday party idea to us. For more information, click here.

Even more? Sign up for an English-inspired tea in the Common Room followed by a guided tour. Tea is provided and served by Gateway Market and includes cucumber finger sandwiches, cranberry chicken finger sandwiches, tea cookies, mini scones, and clotted cream and jam. Once again, for more information, click here.

Finally, consider a picnic in the gardens. The deal includes a romantic picnic lunch in the gardens accompanied by a guided tour of the house. Lunch includes gourmet sandwiches, cheese and salami snacks, potato salad, dessert and bottled water. You can even bring the wine. And of course, for more information, click here.

For questions or to book a private tour and luncheon, contact Emily Milewsky, marketing manager, at or call 515-274-1777.

Stephanie Powell Watts is the next author in the Des Moines library system's popular AViD series, speaking Thursday, May 3.


One of literature’s rising stars will take part in the Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series this week. Stephanie Powell Watts will speak at Des Moines University, 3200 Grand Ave., on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

The author describes her debut novel, "No One Is Coming to Save Us," as "The Great Gatsby" recast in the contemporary South. Watts writes about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American dream.

Watts’ debut story collection, "We Are Taking Only What We Need," won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2012. A North Carolina native, Watts attended college at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. She is now a professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Following Watts’ presentation Thursday, a question-and-answer session will be moderated by Rich A. Salas, director of multicultural affairs at Des Moines University.

Fresh air and fresh produce—get it all at the area's frequent farmers markets, starting Saturday with the giant downtown market.


It's here at last, and lasts for months. The season of farmers markets is upon us, including the Downtown Farmers' Market, which begins this Saturday, May 5. For details, 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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