Monthly Archives: March 2014
Last Thursday we were able to check out the first in the Lunch Unplugged series at the Temple of Performing Arts. The Parlours played their first show in months, after taking a break to focus on songwriting. They were amazing. I can’t wait to see what plans they have in store for us this year!
Tickets for the 2014 Lunch Unplugged series are only $5 and each show is from 12-1 PM:
Roxie Copland March 6th
The River Monks March 13th
Ballet Des Moines March 20th
Comedy and Magic with John & Patrick April 3rd
Annalibera April 17th
Habib Koité, Mali’s biggest pop star (according to The Rolling Stone), who has been likened to Eric Clapton, rocked the stage last week at the Temple for Performing Arts. My six year old and I were lucky enough to catch the star while he visited Des Moines on a cold snowy night. The average year round temperature in Mali is over 90 F. I’m sure he was wondering what he was doing visiting our city when the temperatures where in the negative digits.
Thankfully for us, Koité’s music heated up the room and allowed the audience to forget about the weather, at least for a little while.
I highly recommend you check out this video from youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYDSNUX-ANY
I love the opera. A feeling of giddiness comes over me when I get to listen to the opera, just as it does when I travel listen to my favorite swoon-worthy banjo wielding bands (note, I love the banjo.) I fell in love with the song and the drama while an Opera troupe visited my school in fourth grade. Outside of Bugs Bunny cartoons, I had never heard it prior, but felt an instant attraction.
Last weekend, in support of its forty-second year, the Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) put on its Food and Wine showcase followed by Club Opera. At the showcase, there were more wine samples than one could reasonably drink, caviar, cupcakes, cheese, chocolate and so many more delicious treats to sample. Patrons that secured a VIP pass were granted special wine and food sampling, as well as a few select arias performed by the DMMO.
The fun continued through the night over at Club Opera, at Big City Burgers and Greens. Arias were performed to techno music, courtesy of DJ John Solarz. If you’ve never attended an opera event, an event such as Club Opera is a great way to get your feet wet. Club Opera is low key and full of fun.
DMMO has plenty of upcoming events. Today at 2 PM they are performing Arias in Des Moines at the First Unitarian Church.