Events

Children & Families of Iowa’s Princess Party

October 4, 2014 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am at Jordan Creek Town Center Food Court
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy

Children & Families of Iowa invites princesses and their chaperones to join us for a fun-filled morning of princess activities including breakfast, games, live princesses and crafts. All children are welcome and encouraged to dress up! Proceeds from the event benefit our programs, so the little princesses truly help other kids find their dreams! Visit www.cfiowa.org for more information or to register.

Cost: $15 per adult (up to six children per adult)   $18 per child (12 months and under are free). A limited number of V.I.P. passes are also available for purchase.  Website:  www.cfiowa.org

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Big Ken & Colleen’s Neon Party with Neon Trees

October 19, 2014 - 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm at Seven Flags Event Center
2100 NW 100th St

Big Ken & Colleen’s Neon Party with Neon Trees! Wear your favorite neon or colorful clothes and get ready to dance and glow all night.

Also featuring No Devotion and The Moth & The Flame.

Tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody

October 23, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press. 

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group

October 26, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using nothing but their lightning fast wits and some audience volunteers, the delightful & daring duo create pandemonium on the spot in one of the funniest live shows you will ever see.

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Celebrity Chef Alton Brown

October 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to welcome ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE to the Des Moines Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR will be on sale June 6 at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown recently announced the return of the ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR, on the heels of the successful inaugural run to 46 US cities.  Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star’s show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of “extreme” food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course…puppets.  Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, into a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown.  He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.

Brown, author of seven books including the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” has hosted numerous food series including “Iron Chef America.”  He currently serves as host on the game show “Cutthroat Kitchen” and as a mentor/judge on “Food Network Star,” which premieres its 10th season on June 1st.  Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel.

Those craving Brownian wit and wisdom from its truest source can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrowntour.com

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James Taylor

November 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm at Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street

Tickets on Sale September 5th at 10am thru www.dahlstickets.com, 866-55-DAHLS and the usual ticket outlets.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

November 6, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

The Moscow State Symphony, under the direction of Pavel Koga, has gained the reputation as one of the greatest orchestras from cultural tradition rich with extraordinary symphonic ensembles. Accompanied by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the program will include works by Tchaikovsky.

Elf the Musical

November 15, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

One of Hollywood’s most beloved holiday hits is born again-on stage! Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities ultimately cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.

China National Acrobats

November 19, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditoirum
Lincoln way & University Blvd

With superhuman flexibility and stunning showmanship, the China National Acrobats perform spine-tingling tricks of athleticism with remarkable discipline. Trained at the prestigious Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy, these elite performers showcase consummate dexterity and concentration in each awe-inspiring act.

Danu-A Christmas Gathering

December 16, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Lincoln way & University Blvd

Musical celebrations on Christmas and Wren’s Day have been part of Irish tradition for hundreds of years. Hailing from historic county Waterford, the award-winning Danu brings together virtuoso players on fiddle, flute, accordion and percussion. Add the gorgeous voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and amazing guest dances, and the result is a truly memorable traditional Irish Christmas.

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