Unveiling Party

Join us as we reveal the July/August issue of dsm on June 28. The event will be at Willis Auto Campus, 2121 N.W. 100th St. in Clive, from 5 to 7 p.m. (unveiling and short program at 6 p.m.). You’ll not only be among the first to see the issue, but you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the […]

Nominations Open for Sages Over 70

At dsm, we honor our city’s veteran achievers and leaders with our “Sages Over 70” award. And we welcome your help in choosing them! Nominees must be age 70 or older and should meet these criteria: Has consistently demonstrated leadership. Has contributed and still contributes to the betterment of the community, even if behind the […]

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Urban Street Art

On this video, David Safris, president of Urban Visionaries, shares his thoughts on urban street art and invites you to attend a June Art Week exhibit of the works. Read the story here (scroll down the page).

Like to Eat? Our Guide to Going Out

Finding a new spot for a night out just got easier, times two. First, our handy new guide to local dining and drinking establishments is now available. Look for the free handbook, Eat + Drink, at sites where you usually find dsm magazine. Or drop into our offices at 100 Fourth St. We’ll be happy […]

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The key is in the plural: It’s the Des Moines Arts Festival. Arts: visual, performance, film … it’s all a far cry from the days of a few painters and potters encamped in a park. The 2016 edition this weekend is a celebration of artistry in many forms. The schedule includes some 120 events and […]

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A group of volunteers has completed a labyrinth project at beautiful Brenton Arboretum. Eight people, led by retired art teacher Tom Whitehead, devoted about 200 hours to the brick landscaping installation, designed to help visitors meditate as they commune with nature. The labyrinth concept encourages participants to walk thoughtfully along the brick lines, contemplating life’s […]

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If you’re sitting around bored this week, you sure won’t get any sympathy from us. That’s because you can choose from dozens of programs and events — nearly all of them free — during Art Week Des Moines, June 20-26. Various organizations, venues and businesses will host events that showcase the diversity of our local […]

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A worldwide trend has locked onto Des Moines and won’t let go. Remember the “love locks” that had Paris all atwitter? Visitors to the City of Love have long pledged their undying devotion by affixing padlocks to fencing on a bridge over the Seine. Locks bear appropriately poetic inscriptions, such as “Sophie + Burt” or […]

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Olson-Larsen Galleries will open its annual landscapes show Friday, June 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Running through July, the exhibit features Barbara Fedeler, Bobbie McKibbin and Ellen Wagener. Fedeler works in willow charcoal to create landscapes reflecting her interest in the terrain of northeastern Iowa. McKibbin is widely respected for her stunning pastels of […]

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Doesn’t it make you crazy when you’re watching a TV game show and the dufus contestant doesn’t know an answer that is perfectly obvious to you — and then she still wins a new car or some “fabulous showcase” while you’re stuck driving your nasty old Datsun B210? If your brain is a treasury of […]

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