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.
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.
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 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
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.
Central Iowa’s independent pro wrestling company, 3XW presents live professional wrestling events each month in the DMSC Theater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.