Local, Regional, and National acts will grace the outdoor stage in our courtyard when weather and scheduling permits. Be on the lookout for show announcements in early 2014.
Modern Love: DJ Eight Ten brought a new kind of party to Des Moines with Pressure Drop. After a successful three year run the night will be reborn as MODERN LOVE. This dance party and social gathering will expand upon the funky soulful musical foundation of Pressure Drop to include a vast array of new sounds. Music without borders. Strictly Vinyl. Strictly Positive vibrations. No Cover. No Closed minds.
Whether you’re broke and can’t afford it, or you’re a novice and want to experiment, the need to brew your own beer has been around for centuries. Come learn how with master brewers who will teach you the ins and outs of home-brewing, what equipment you will need and possibly share some of their greatest concoctions. This class is for an audience 21 and older.
Show your artistic side and your love for Des Moines all at once. In this class you can learn some interesting geometric origami shapes to help create a canvas “”Map”" of Des Moines. Open to all ages and levels of experience.
Working in coordination with the main gallery on the first floor of the Headquarter Building, the Social Club will also provide alternative spaces for artists in a variety of mediums at a variety of points in their artistic careers to show their work. With working spaces including not only the Handball Court but also a 20 foot tall viaduct wall, high-ceilinged vestibules, and various walls around the campus, each space necessarily influences how the work is presented, furthering the Social Club’s mission to simultaneously provide space for emerging artists while also challenging them to respond to their surroundings.
Intimate screenings of films made by local filmmakers, including talkback / q&a sessions when available.
DMSC Theater Co. produces a variety of politically and socially relevant theatre that is accessible to the public. They strive to create work that challenges and entertains the audience while inspiring unprecedented community engagement, social responsibility, and creativity.
Currently in its twelfth year of existence, we are excited to welcome the Des Moines Poetry Slam to its new home at the Firehouse. This event is an amateur, literary competition where poets read or recite original material that is then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected judges from the audience. Poetry Slam is an entertaining, high energy art form that incorporates elements of writing as well as public speaking. Often deemed the People’s art, a Poetry Slam differs from an open mic in that the sense of competition creates a crowd pleasing mixture of art and theater, think of a gentler version of Evening at the Improv. The Des Moines Poetry Slam is currently seeking to host the National Poetry Slam in 2016.
Take a hands-on approach to learning how to record audio in a professional studio environment. We’ll learn how to record anything from a single voice to a full-fledged multitracked song. This course will be perfect for artists who want to be able to record their own demos and for the hobbyists who want to learn more. We will cover everything you’ll need to know to record a song, so no prior knowledge is needed.
Roll out the red carpet for those hoping to become Insta-famous during the inaugural Instagrammies! Anyone can submit photos, and our guest judges will pick the winners in a variety of categories including: food, nature, cats, animals that aren’t cats, selfies (duh), and others. Prizes will also be awarded to the people’s choice winner.
Bring some chairs or a blanket and enjoy a performance by a local band or musician followed by a screening of a movie on our large LED video screen. From metal to jazz, cult classics to TV series finales, the perfect date night has arrived.
The Artist Residency program at the Viaduct Gallery will provide artists with a chance to expand beyond just a gallery show and spend time not only presenting but also creating, teaching, and reflecting at the DMSC. Open to artists both local and national / international, we hope to create space for artists to explore their work within a new community, fostering artistic growth both personally and communally.
The Mobile Art Gallery will live in a repurposed shipping truck that can drive into any neighborhood and reach out to communities not actively engaged with DMSC. Working with neighborhood associations and other community leaders, the Mobile Art Truck will roll into the neighborhood, set up and throw a party that features visual art, live performances and an open forum with a provided meal where attendees can discuss what they’d like to see at DMSC.
Opera Eight is a performance-oriented group that hosts monthly salons – casual performances in which singers can try out new material, meet other singers, and enjoy the craft. Singers choose their repertoire based on each salon’s theme (past themes include villains, literature, revenge, body swap), and audience members participate in trivia contests based around that theme.
The Iowa School of Burlesque is the premiere burlesque university in Iowa. Started in 2011 by Headmistress Phoenix L’Amour, it has been Central Iowa’s headquarters for burlesque education, performance, and opportunity. Join them for their 2014 season at the Firehouse! More information at: www.iowaschoolofburlesque.com
A hands-on class for both adults and children, designed to educate students about growing and caring for the ingredients found in salsa. At the end of the class, take home your own salsa!
Correct Flow 3: Color Codes is an aerosol art exhibition in which 25+ hand selected local, regional and internationally recognized graffiti writers will work over a two day period to produce large scale works of art for public view. Each participant will have free creative direction in their development of imagery, background, characters or classic graffiti letter pieces, but will only be permitted to use the spray can as a medium, and must incorporate a particular color combination established by the event’s admin. Beginner spray painting workshops will be offered on Day 2, and both days will feature live Djing and music production performances, as well as an open bboy cypher.
Both local and national artists will introduce Des Moines to the growing new media art form of projection mapping, in which video projections interact with 3D objects to bring them to life.
What do you get when you combine food, chemistry and art? Learn how to deconstruct any dish, change the look and feel of any ingredient, to impress dinner guests, and to take your taste buds on an adventure–also known as molecular gastronomy! Tapioca is not just for pudding anymore. Play with your food!
A 10 week course that will cover the basics of comic book art taught by comic book artist Ron Wagner who has worked on comics such as G. I. Joe and Batman. Focus will be on basic drawings skills including perspective, form and composition as well as storytelling and dynamic figure drawing. Techniques for inking and coloring will also be explored. Open to all levels of experience.
A vital component of our gallery will be shows and ideas brought to us by artists, so submission of entries for the Viaduct Gallery will be an ongoing process. Additionally, we will host medium-specific, genre-specific, and other specialized shows in the Gallery that will be open to entry from all artists.
Central Iowa’s independent pro wrestling company, 3XW presents live professional wrestling events each month in the DMSC Theater.
The Iowa School of Burlesque is the premiere burlesque university in Iowa. Started in 2011 by Headmistress Phoenix L’Amour, it has been Central Iowa’s headquarters for burlesque education, performance, and opportunity. Workshops include instruction in: burlesque history, stage presence, confidence building, striptease, choreography and tassel twirling. More information at: www.iowaschoolofburlesque.com.
Des Moines Metro Opera will present a 90-minute adaptation of one of the world’s most familiar and well-known operas, Bizet’s Carmen, adapted by Peter Brook. This performance is part of the DMMO’s 2nd Stages Series, designed to expose audiences to this remarkable art form through operatic presentations in unorthodox spaces. More information at desmoinesmetroopera.org.
Writing for the stage or screen is possibly the literary world’s most exciting undertaking — not complete until given life by the actors, directors and technicians responsible for making theatre and film happen. Instructor James Serpento leads a course focusing on the craft of structuring story for maximum impact, drawing from his own experience and that of many theorists and practitioners (including Robert McKee, David Mamet, Michael Hauge and others). Includes lecture/discussion and writing exercises designed to move the writer toward creating the sort of powerful plays and films that hold audiences riveted.
Here are 9 grapes you know: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel (not actually a grape), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Boring! There are over 1,000,000 grapes – come learn about some not on your radar. Sure to please your palate and your pocketbook.
Take a hands-on approach to learning how to record audio in a professional studio environment. We’ll learn how to record anything from a single voice to a full-fledged multi-tracked song. This course will be perfect for artists who want to be able to record their own demos and for the hobbyists who want to learn more. We will cover everything you’ll need to know to record a song, so no prior knowledge is needed.
This encompasses all of the art you will see in the Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery, including (but not limited to): call for entry shows, local showcases, group shows, site-specific installations, artist residencies, and many more.
An annual celebration of all that is food and art, we pair chefs and visual artists together to create the ultimate (legal) hedonistic experience. Come see and taste the creations of our local maestros and vote on the one you love the most.
Designed for beginners or advanced students, this early morning yoga class will leave you feeling renewed, refreshed, and ready for the world! Taught by Deirdre Lane, who completed yoga teacher training in 2005 at The Sanctuary in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Since then she has taught classes for kids and adults in San Diego, California and Des Moines, Iowa.
Join the DMO Children’s Theater, a children’s theater group comprised of all student performers focusing on social awareness plays and musicals based out of Des Moines Onstage, for their 2014 season at the DMSC.
Want to learn how to fly through the air? This class is a great way to try out all things aerial. From the trapeze, to the aerial hoop and aerial fabric, there’s no better way to have fun, get fit, and improve your coordination. No experience is necessary, simply a curiosity for all things aerial. Classes are individualized to your needs and strengths and will be led by Aerialist Felicia Coe.
2014 will be the second year for this summertime event, a sensory overload of local artists in a variety of mediums. Join us as we transform the courtyard into an interactive gallery of local painters, photographers, musicians, actors, new media artists, and anyone else who shows up.
First, you take a rooster. Then you place your bet…just kidding – this is a cocktail competition. Local mixologists will square off in front of you, and you get to taste their concoctions. Each drink master will be given 3 ingredients unknown until the moment they see them, and then have to beat to clock to create the most delicious, original and boozy drink they can come up with.
One of the flagship events of the statewide Bike Month every May, Des Moines Social Club and Des Moines Bicycle Collective present a bike-themed poster show. Come view original artwork from local and regional artists; all work will be available for purchase to take home at the show!
This class series will focus on the art of graffiti, combining art instruction with education about the history and legal aspects of the art form.
The best of New Orleans brought here to you. Stealing completely out of the French Quarter, come down on Sunday mornings and eat your creole while listening to soul. Swizzles and gumbo will be present.
On closing night of each DMSC Theater Co., the Social Club presents a screening of a related film, either from the era in which the play is set or related to similar content.
Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional looking sharpen your craft, this class is specifically designed to take you closer to excellence in your acting journey. Though based on the teachings of Sanford Meisner, the class also utilizes many additional exercises, insights and perspectives — including ones inspired by instructor James Serpento’s own wide-ranging experience as a stage and screen actor and as a teacher of acting. The instructor will routinely bring in outside professionals to share perspectives on the craft of acting and to respond to scene work.
Two local bands / musicians are paired together for a unique show that features not only original sets from each artist, but a requirement that each act covers two of the other’s songs. By juxtaposing genres, instrumentations, songwriting styles, and fanbases, this event will create a unique musical experience wholly dictated by the intersection between the two acts.
A once a month, all-bets-off poetry slam with a revolving theme. The inagural late night poetry slam will be a Haiku Deathmatch, a fast paced, team oriented poetry competition; think of mashing a poetry reading with The Voice and you won’t be far off. The Deathmatch is an invite-only competition, readers are notable talents of the community and the judges are recognized writers, educators and entertainers. Judges are encouraged to award points based on personal opinion and not academic knowledge, making their personality an intrinsic portion of the show.
Learn how to design and care for cool-season annuals for a gorgeous container display.
Introduction to Film and Video is a hands-on studio course through which you will make a series of films and videos in response to assignments, and the course series will conclude in a final project in either medium. Class will be comprised of technical demonstrations, in-class shoots, screenings, and critiques of student films and videos.
Experience how silent films were originally presented at these events that bring together local bands and classic films, as each band creates and performs a live score to go along with a silent film of their choosing.
Story Mob is like a Flash Mob. A mob of people gather, and a story breaks out. 5…minute stories 4…times per year 3…guest judges 2…cash prizes 1…story prop. The prop will serve as the story theme during the Open Mob (open mic) session. Storytellers are encouraged to interpret the theme, however, all stories will be judged on their ability to incorporate the Story Prop into either non‐fiction or fiction format.
Want to learn amazing new skills and invigorate your fitness routine? Circus classes are the ideal addition to your fitness plan. Perfect for adults of all ages and fitness levels – beginners welcome. Circus is not only a fun way to stay fit; it’s a great way to improve body balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Your body AND mind will get a work out! Taught by full-time, Des Moines-based circus performer Laura Ernst.
Page2Stage is the Des Moines Social Club’s monthly free play reading series. Every month we present a rehearsed reading of a great play—either brand new, an obscure old find, or something new to Des Moines.
Hula hooping classes and open jams for all levels of experience. From classes geared towards learning specific techniques to general practice, these classes offer something for all who may be interested in this fun form of exercise.
A quarterly event in which a local musician or band is paired up with a local artist in a different medium (visual arts, photography, dance, etc.) to present a unique performance specific to that night.
Breaking 101 is a beginner breakdancing class for all ages. Experienced breakdancer Anthony San will be teaching the basic foundation of the dance along with history of the Hip Hop culture. It’s going to be a 12 week class teaching basic toprocking, footwork, freezes, transitions, and power. A great dance and great workout for everyone willing to learn.
Bring down the whole family for Saturday Morning Cartoons, family driven activities for 3 hours including Dance Baby Dance (our toddler dance party); Mommy/Daddy and me cooking classes in our culinary school’ and other classes for families including yoga, hooping and painting. Optional admission includes a brunch buffet and beverages for adults and kids. Activities will vary week to week. Brunch. Beverages. Kids running free, learning art and having fun. Doesn’t get much better than this.
Cutting-edge theater for the night owl. Join us on the last Friday of every DMSC Theater Co. performance run – once the stage has cleared from the show that night, we’ll present a new piece of work.
This once a month happy hour / evening event features legendary Des Moines DJ Nighthawk, the alias of Urban Dreams founder and former Iowa House Representative Wayne Ford, spinning the best Jazz and R&B for a discerning audience.
Several artists work together in a common theme, medium, or other factor connecting the work to present a show in the Viaduct Gallery.