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Clark and Renee Way, owners of the south side's Angry Goldfish, pictured, are opening a new pub in Beaverdale.  


By Wini Moranville

Though the stoves have hardly cooled down at the recently shuttered Reed’s Hollow, a new restaurant is already in the works. Clark and Renee Way, owners of the Angry Goldfish Pub and Eatery, have been handed the keys to the Beaverdale location. Now they’re fast and furiously revamping the interior and making way for the Dam Pub. The couple hopes to swing open the doors in early November.

That’s "Dam" as in "beaver dam," by the way. "We want to be tied into Beaverdale," Renee says. "We’re crazy-excited to be opening a pub there."

The new concept? It’s an '80s/'90s dive bar, according to Renee. "But not so divey you’d be afraid to bring your kids," she adds. For the decor, they’re going to take their lead from the things they loved growing up during those decades, including iconic movies like "Cocktail," "Goonies," "Top Gun" and "The Breakfast Club," as well as classic TV shows. The decor will be more hodgepodge-y than perfectly put together à la Pinterest, she says.

Comfort food will be also be a theme. "The menu will include some of the things we loved from our childhood, kicked up a bit—meatloaf sandwiches, grilled cheese, pizzas, twists on goulash and chicken-and-noodles,"  Renee says. "And burgers. You can’t have a pub without burgers."

Follow Dam Pub’s progress on their Facebook page.

P.S.: Attention, late-night diners: In talking to Renee Way, I was thrilled to learn this notable news: Angry Goldfish serves their full menu until 11:30 p.m. on weeknights, 12:30 a.m. on weekends. Where else can you go for a sit-down dinner that late into the evening? Without ordering pizza? Very few places indeed. While she can’t confirm that the Dam Pub will serve food quite as late, she says they are considering late-dining options.

Find Angry Goldfish Pub and Eatery at 2301 S.W. Ninth St.; 515-288-2358;

Meet, mingle, repeat ... that's the simple formula for our series of new-issue unveiling parties. They're always fun.


Think of it as an annual bonus: Once a year we have an extra new-issue unveiling party when we launch our annual statewide publication, ia magazine. It's dsm, with a broader territory. Please join us for this once-a-year celebration, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Elements at Prairie Trail, 1380 S.W. Vintage Parkway in Ankeny. We’ll enjoy food, drinks and socializing, plus brief comments and distribution of this special edition at
6 p.m. Save the date now; we hope to see you then.

It's time to dig out your lederhosen—maybe even that hat—and celebrate the season of Oktoberfest.

Plenty of parties include beer. But only Oktoberfest makes beer the whole point—plus some costumes, a little polka music and plenty of laughter.

The annual street party returns this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, pouring along Fourth Street south of Court Avenue. Not coincidentally, that's the home of the Germanic Hessen Haus. It's also the home of dsm magazine, so we think of this as our own lawn party (if only we had a lawn).

Festivities run from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Admission will cost you $10. Get all the particulars here. Have fun (and play nice; we're watching!).


The Des Moines Art Center is among the screening sites for this year's Manhattan Short Film Festival, with films to be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Art Center's Levitt Auditorium.

Now in its 23rd year, the festival receives over 500 entries from more than 40 countries each year. Ten finalists are distributed to participating theaters, where audiences view the films and vote on their favorites. Winners will be announced by the festival on Monday, Oct. 7, and the Art Center will post the results on its website the following day.

Visit for current information, and click here to reserve your seat for the screening. It's free, but reservations are encouraged. 

Iowa Stage Theatre Company presents the Ibsen classic and a modern sequel, both opening this weekend.


Any serious student of literature or drama in the past century has pondered the symbolism and social implications of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking 1879 drama "A Doll’s House," which portrays the angst of Nora Helmers, a naive woman becoming so disillusioned that she ultimately leaves her husband and children to pursue personal fulfillment

In September and October, Iowa Stage Theatre Company will produce Ibsen’s classic and modern playwright Lucas Hnath’s sequel, "A Doll’s House, Part 2," in which Nora returns from an absence of 15 years. The Broadway show received eight Tony Award nominations.

The productions will be performed in repertory style, shifting from one to the other over the span of show dates from Sept. 27 through Oct. 13. Iowa Stage is "only the second theater company in the world to do these two shows in repertory," says Matt McIver, the company's artistic director. (The first was the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, which opened the series earlier this month.)

The two shows "are really different," McIver adds. "You can see either one alone ... but seeing them together [adds] to the richness of the experience."

All performances are at the Des Moines Civic Center’s Stoner Theater. Most shows start at 7:30 p.m., weekend matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets ($26-$39) and schedule details can be found here.

Pop legend of the 1970s, Toto is ready to rekindle your youth at Hoyt Sherman Place.


Time travel? Yes, tickets to the '70s are still available at Hoyt Sherman Place, where the band Toto will perform Saturday, Sept. 28. Tickets to hear "Rosanna," "Africa" and so many others range from $60 to $95. Get tickets and details here. And just for fun, here's a 22-question Toto trivia quiz. How much do you remember?

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