Girls’ Weekend

October 17, 2014 - November 2, 2014 - 12:00 am at Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd Street

Wednesdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Prices start at $23
As bottles tip up, secrets spill out and men sneak in. Girls’ Weekend is a lightning-quick farce written by local theatre veteran, Karen Schaeffer. The script was a hit in the 2013-14 play reading season, and the Playhouse is excited to bring the story to life on the stage.

Pumpkin Express

October 22, 2014 - 12:00 am - 6:00 pm at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
225 10th Street

Admission (per person, ages 2 and up): $16
Come and ride the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s Pumpkin Train! Ride the train across two bridges to the valley floor. Each child gets to select their very own pumpkin. The ride is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes in length, depending upon how long it takes children to select their pumpkins.

Iowa Wild vs Charlotte

October 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm at Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street

Ankeny Pumpkin Party

October 22, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Ankeny YMCA Parking Lot
1102 N. Ankeny Blvd

Trunk or Treat, Inflatables, Illusionist, Kids Games, Hay Ride, Bags (Corn Hole) Tournament, FREE Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Caramel Dipped Apples, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Cider, and so much more! Sponsored by ACTOne (Ankeny Churches Together as One) and Ankeny YMCA.  Everything is FREE!

Classical Conversations

October 22, 2014 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street

Join Dr. Eric Saylor for an informal and enjoyable class that introduces you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2014-2015 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and enlightening conversations. Tickets are $15 and available to those 21 and over.  For more information, please contact Joshua Barlage at

Brantley Gilbert: Let it Ride Tour

October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am - 7:00 pm at Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street

$24.75, $29.75, $37
Continuing to build on an already stellar year, BRANTLEY GILBERT strikes another career high-mark with the GOLD-certification of JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.). His third studio album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart, also scored the third highest album debut of the year with over 212,000 copies sold in the first week. Brantley’s latest project has already produced the Platinum-certified, #1 lead single “Bottoms Up,” whose music video has seen over 23 million views.

Chamber Music at Salisbury House

October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am - 7:30 pm at Salisbury House & Gardens
4025 Tonawanda Drive

$25/General Admission; $22.50 Members; $15 Students
Join us for a musical performance featuring soprano, Leanne Freeman-Miller, and pianist, David Piersel. Enjoy selections from Broadway and Light Opera. Doors open at 6:45 for a complimentary wine reception.

Jammin’ in Johnston

October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am - 8:00 pm at Crown Point Center
6300 Pioneer Parkway

$10 Advance; $15 at Door; Child $5; children 12 and under are free
Join us for live music, food, beverages and fun!! To order tickets contact the Chamber at or stop by the Johnston Hy-Vee. Benefits: Expanding Chamber Activities and the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community .

Solar Eclipse Event

October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 West Martin Luther King Junior Parkway

Free and open to the public
Join staff from SCI and the Des Moines Astronomical Society to view the annular solar eclipse! SCI will have telescopes with solar filters for you to safely view the eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. We will view 66% obscuration in Iowa – two-thirds of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. This is the last solar eclipse visible from Iowa until 2014 when we will only see 44% obscuration.

Tandem Gallery Talk

October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am - 6:30 pm at Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue

This gallery talk pairs an Art Center curator with a voice of expertise from outside the museum’s walls. Each speaker will share their distinct perspective on the works presented in the exhibition. Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter with Sara Marcketti. Marcketti is associate director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and associate professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University. Her research area of interest is 20th century dress history. She is the 2013 recipient of the Scholar’s Roundtable Award from the Costume Society of America, and will be a co-author on Survey of Historic Costume (6th edition) with Phyllis Tortora.

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