April 12 and 22, May 11 and 30

Join the Des Moines Public Library for Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD). The schedule is as follows:

  • Jon Ronson: April 12 at 7 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium
  • Maureen Corrigan: April 22 at 4 p.m., Central Library
  • Nathan Hill: May 11 at 7 p.m., Central Library
  • Heather Gudenkauf: May 30 at 7 p.m., Central Library

Through April 2

Glass in the Garden

Visitors will find vibrant color and visual surprises in glass as they walk along the pathways of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. To complement the Botanical Garden’s horticulture exhibit about light, Des Moines-based glass artist Tilda Brown Swanson is creating 10 colorful pieces of glass to discover throughout the conservatory. Some of her botanical images in glass will also be displayed on unique light boxes in the North Gallery exhibition space. Brown Swanson layers cut and powdered glass to build the imagery, color and depth of each of her fused glass pieces.  dmbotanicalgarden.com

Through April 9

'The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein'

This hilarious musical is based on the Mel Brooks classic film, “Young Frankenstein” and is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein story featuring the Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, and his sidekick Igor. See what happens when Frederick moves back to Transylvania to take over his “family business.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St. Tickets are $25-$45 at dmplayhouse.com.

March 27

An Evening with Billy Collins and Clint Smith

Two renowned poets with very different styles will co-deliver the 38th installment of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series at Drake University. Billy Collins is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) whose work has seen critical acclaim and popular appeal; his last three collections have broken sales records for poetry. Clint Smith is a 2014 National Poetry Slam Champion whose two TED Talks, “The Danger of Silence” and “How to Raise a Black Son in America,” collectively have been viewed more than 5 million times. 7 p.m., The Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave. Free. More information at www.drake.edu/bucksbaum.

March 28

'Beauty and the Beast'

This dance interpretation of the story of "Beauty and the Beast" explores the symbolism and lessons found throughout the fairy tale. Performed by Malandain Ballet Biarritz, it features aesthetic movement, celebrating sensuality and humanity. Come an hour early for a pre-dance talk and learn more about the dance company, and stay late for a question-and-answer session with the dancers. 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $15-$61 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Classic rocker and icon George Thorogood and his longtime band the Destroyers have released 16 studio albums, crashing into the rock scene with their self-titled 1977 Gold Album. Just try not to sing along with songs like “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Get a Haircut” and “Bad to the Bone.” 7:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $36-$76 at hoytsherman.org. For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


StageWest Theatre Company welcomes Gateway Dance Theatre to their Scriptease series at the First Unitarian Church with its production of the beloved, classic tale. Be swept away and transported on a magical journey to the land of India and a tale of love and beauty. 7 p.m., 1800 Bell Ave. Admission is free and open to the public (suggested donation of $5).

March 29

Kris Kristofferson

Beginning his career as a country songwriter, Kris Kristofferson penned such hits as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” before embarking on his own musical career. The three-time Grammy Award winner has released 29 albums, including as a member of The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Hear him in a live acoustic performance at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$75 at hoytsherman.org.

March 30

Las Cafeteras

All children of immigrants, the L.A.-born Las Cafeteras have wowed audiences with their live performances and unique blend of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock. Their goal since starting the band in 2008 has been to document histories of their neighborhoods through music. Experience them live at the Temple Theater, Tenth and Locust St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26-$36 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

March 31


Kansas is one of the most iconic rock bands in history, with more than 30 million records sold worldwide and more than 200 weeks on the Billboard charts in the 1970s and 80s. See them perform live, including their 1 million-selling singles, “Carry on My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” when they make a stop at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50-$99.50 at hoytsherman.org.

March 31-April 15

Women Playing Hamlet

This all-female Tallgrass Theatre Company show tells the story of Jessica, an actress who is cast as Hamlet in a New York Production, and how she tries to figure out herself as she also figures out just how to play the male lead role in the Shakespeare tragedy. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., West Des Moines. Tickets are $17 at tallgrasstheatre.org.

April 1-2

Masterworks 6: Beyond the Score

This collaboration between the Des Moines Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra features a blend of music, multimedia and theatre to tell the story of an artist haunted by witches, dreams and unrequited love, followed by a performance of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” in its entirety. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $15-$65 at desmoinesperformingarts.org or the Civic Center Ticket Office.

April 2

Culinary Affair

Take in the view from the Des Moines Embassy Club while enjoying a seven-course fine food and wine dinner by some of the top chefs in Des Moines. Proceeds from a silent auction will go to the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Tickets start at $125 per person. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. 666 Grand Ave. Purchase tickets at restaurantiowa.com.

World War I Benefit Concert

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I with a “sing-along” concert featuring popular songs from World War I. Like in the pubs and public concerts of the time, soloists will sing verses with the audience joining in on the refrains. A free will offering will go toward maintaining the building and grounds at Fort Des Moines. Songbooks will be provided as souvenirs. 2 p.m. Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center, 75 E. Army Post Road.

April 3

Green Day

Green Day is credited with reviving a mainstream interest in punk rock in the mid-90s with songs like “When I Come Around” and since then has gone on to become a five-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. See one of the best-selling bands of all time perform live to promote their 2017 album Revolution Radio. Special guests will be Against Me! 7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Tickets are $29.50-$69.50 at HyVeeTix.com or the Iowa Events Center ticket office.

April 4-9

Fun Home

The 2015 Best Musical Tony Award Winner, “Fun Home” is based on the graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel and presents Alison at three different ages as she unravels the mysteries of her childhood and sees her parents through grown-up eyes.7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $35-$103 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy

Charles Ross condenses the three original Star Wars movies into one hysterical family-friendly show, where he plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships and fights the battles. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Temple Theater, Tenth and Locust Streets. Tickets are $20-$38 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

April 5

The Victor Wooten Trio

Master bassist and five-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten joins legendary drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini on stage, bringing their sounds together for an unforgettable evening of music. 7:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $25-$60 at hoytsherman.org.

April 6-8

Iowa Interfaith Exchange

A series of more than 50 presentations, panels, and performances on the current state and future promise of interfaith activity in the state of Iowa. The free conference opens April 6 with the launch of “A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in America’s Heartland” (Drake Community Press, 2017) and continues on April 7 and April 8 with breakout sessions presented by Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core in collaboration with Drake University and Simpson College. Events are at Drake University and the Des Moines Social Club. Registration and details are at www.iowainterfaithexchange.com.

April 6-9

Heartland Swing Festival

Swing away your weekend with four nights of dances and contests, 40 hours of swing dance classes taught by nationally and internationally renowned instructors and more than 400 dancers from across the country. The Heartland Swing Festival has something for the beginner through the advanced dancer. The event will be held at the Des Moines Ballroom (2745 Douglas Ave.) on Thursday evening and the Val Air Ballroom (301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines) the rest of the evenings. Classes will take place at venues across the metro. Passes start at $70 to $165 for a full-weekend pass. Visit heartlandswingfestival.com to learn more and purchase your pass.

April 8

Beer & Bagel Off-Road Series

What could make running 4(ish) miles even better? Beer and bagels, of course. The Beer & Bagel Off-Road Series is back with a new course and festival area for the post-race party with DJ music, dancing, tailgate games, awards and photos with Sasquatch. Registration is $50 until March 19 and $55 from March 20 to April 4 and includes the coveted “I’m a drinker with a running problem” T-shirt. Jester Park, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger. Register at beerandbagel.com.

ChildServe’s Bubble Ball

Last year, more than 70 local designers, architects and other creative professionals showcased their bubble-wrap creations in a runway show and gallery exhibit. Don’t miss out on the 2017 Bubble Ball and see for yourself what a creative medium bubble wrap can be. The Bubble Ball serves as ChildServe’s signature gala, and proceeds help improve the health and well-being of children with special health-care needs. Tickets are $150 per seat and include a meal, entertainment and other surprises. 7 p.m. Grand Ballroom at Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St. Purchase tickets at childserve.org/bubbleball.

Vince Gill

Vince Gill has amassed 20 Grammy Awards and 18 Country Music Association Awards, and he’s not done yet. His new album “Down to My Last Bad Habit” hit the stores in February. Gill is best known for songs like “When I Call Your Name” and “I Still Believe in You,” as well as for collaborating on more than 500 albums with stars like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and George Jones. Hear him live at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55-$99.50 at hoytsherman.org.

Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration for the Class of 2016 will be held at Noce, 1326 Walnut St, Des Moines. The new inductees are: Ellis Kell, Tony Blew, Dan “DJ” Johnson, J. C. Anderson, and Fletcher Henderson “Sonny” Lott.  Sumpin’ Doo will be the host band and food by Flying Mango. Doors open at 5 p.m. $20 suggested donation to the IBHOF. cibs.org.

April 11

Iowa Cubs home opener

Cheer on the Iowa Cubs in their home opener against New Orleans and receive a free "Fly the W" T-shirt to commemorate the 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series championship. Stay for fireworks after the game. 6:38 p.m. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive. Tickets start at $5 for kids and $8 for adults for general admission. Purchase tickets and check out the season-ticket packages at iowacubs.com.

April 12

AViD Presents Ron Jonson

Hear Welsh nonfiction author, documentary maker and screenwriter Ron Jonson when he visits as part of the Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series. Among his best-selling books are "So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats." He’s a frequent contributor to "This American Life" and has appeared on "The Daily Show." Free. 7 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.

April 13

Music Series: Musical Stories from Around the World

Take a musical journey around the world in the setting of the beautiful Salisbury House. Musicians Alyssa Griggs (flute), Kevin Judge (bassoon), Aaron Williams (marimba) and Aaron Breid (piano) will play music by Bartok, Chopin, Dubois, Piazolla and Taffenel. A complementary wine reception begins at 6:45 p.m., with the performance starting at 7 p.m. 4025 Tonawanda Drive. Standard tickets are $25 at sailsburyhouse.org.

April 18

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances

Hear the Beach Boys member and one of the most influential composers of the last century perform as he celebrates the 50th anniversary of his autobiographical album “Pet Sounds.” Considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made, the album included classics such as "Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.” Wilson welcomes special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $44.50 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

April 21

Historic Valley Junction Spring Gallery Night

Visit galleries in Historic Valley Junction and see new artwork by regional, national and international artists during Spring Gallery Night, in its 22nd year. Galleries, as well as other local shops, will open from 5-9 p.m. 4th-7th blocks of Railroad Avenue and Locust Street, West Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public.

Tonic Sol-fa & Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience

Emmy Award-winning Tonic Sol-fa brings their groundbreaking a cappella music to the stage, along with the big-band-meets-modern-genres sound of the Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, who delivers contemporary music with a big band punch. 7:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $38 at hoytsherman.org.

April 21-22

Stephanie J. Block — Broadway Cabaret Concert

Accomplished Broadway actress and singer Stephanie J. Block, known for her roles in “Wicked,” “Anything Goes,” “9 to 5: The Musical” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will put her musical talent on display in an intimate concert at the Temple Theater, Tenth and Locust Streets. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $39.50 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

Countdown to 100: Musicals of the ’80s and ’90s

Help count down to the 100th anniversary of the Des Moines Playhouse with a special fundraising event that takes you back to ’80s and ’90s, with performances by your favorite Playhouse singers from musicals like “Evita,” “42nd Street,” “Phantom of the Opera” and more. Enjoy an hors d’oeuvres reception or just the performance. See dmplayhouse.com for ticket options. 831 42nd St.

April 22

PBR: Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour

See some of the world’s best bull riders battle the toughest bovine athletes in search of that magical 8-second ride during this stop on the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour. 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Tickets are $17-$67 at HyVeeTix.com or the Iowa Events Center Ticket Office.

The Flaming Lips

Experience one of the elaborate live shows of psychadelic rockers The Flaming Lips when they make a stop at Hoyt Sherman Place. Past shows have included elements such as balloons, puppets, video projections and even giant hands. The band first became popular in the early ’90s with their hit “She Don’t Use Jelly” and have since collaborated with artists like Ke$ha, Erykah Badu and Miley Cyrus. 7:30 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $40-$55 at hoytsherman.org.

Wonder of Words Festival

The Wonder of Words Festival is an indoor festival featuring presentations and book signings by authors of both national and local acclaim, as well as workshops, children’s entertainment/activities and a storytelling competition. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Library, downtown Des Moines.

April 24

Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla

Wells Fargo will be rocking when Def Leppard takes the stage, bringing with them Poison and Tesla. Def Leppard got their start in the late ’70s and really hit their stride in the ’80s, when rock anthems like “Photograph,” “Love Bites” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” blasted from the radio and hooked a whole generation. The band continues to produce albums and play to sold-out crowds, with new music and classic hits. Fellow rockers Tesla and Poison, with frontman Bret Michaels, will add their hits to the mix. 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Tickets are $29.50 to $129.50 at HyVeeTix.com or the Iowa Events Center Ticket Office.

April 25

WWE Smackdown Live

See your favorite WWE superstars in action, including AJ Styles, Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship. Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose will also face off with Baron Corbin. 6:45 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Tickets start at just $15 at HyVeeTix.com or the Iowa Events Center Ticket Office.

April 25-May 14

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

In this one-man show, Robert Dubac takes on five hysterical personas in the quest to find the answer to the age-old question: What do women want? 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The Temple Theater, Tenth and Locust Streets. Tickets are $25 and $43 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

April 27

Ballet Jazz of Montreal

Ballet Jazz of Montreal creates experiences that are uplifting and reflective of the world at large through powerful music, mass movements and allowing the dancers to fully express their identity. 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $15-$57 at desmoinesperformingarts.org or the Civic Center Ticket Office.

April 28

Brantley Gilbert

Hard-rocking country singer Brantley Gilbert makes a stop at Wells Fargo Arena on his "The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour," promising an intense night of his music, which not only makes people want to party but also speaks to the lives of his fans. With two platinum albums under his belt and the release of his new record, Gilbert is proving to be a force in post-Outlaw country music. 7:30 p.m. 730 Third St. Tickets start at $34.75 at HyVeeTix.com.

April 29

Coffee & Donut Festival

If you’re a fan of the donut or coffee aficionado, you won’t want to miss the First Annual Coffee & Donut Festival, where donuts and coffee come together for one delicious day of celebration. Get your photo taken with Mr. Donut DSM, enter the donut-eating contest or maybe even get crowned Donut Queen. The kids will have their own donut-themed fun, too. 8 a.m. 7 Flags Event Center, 2100 NW 100th St., Clive. Learn more and purchase tickets by visiting the Coffee & Donut Festival Des Moines Facebook page.

Savor Des Moines

Sample appetizers and signature drinks from the best restaurants, bars, wineries and breweries in Des Moines and vote on your favorites. Win prizes and socialize with friends, with all proceeds benefitting Variety — The Children’s Charity. 6 p.m. State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St. Purchase tickets for $40 in advance at varietyiowa.com, or pay $50 at the door. Must be at least 21 to attend.

'The Grapes of Wrath'

The National Players bring to life John Steinbeck’s story about a family that ventures west, leaving the Dust Bowl behind in search of a better life. 7:30 p.m. Fisher Theater, Scheman Building, 1805 Center Drive #102, Ames. Tickets are $25 at center.iastate.edu.

Through April 30

Firetrucker art show

Ames artist Matthew Merritt will have a two-month solo art show at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny. The show runs through April 30, and a reception is scheduled for April 7 (6-9 p.m.)

April 30

The Chainsmokers

DJ duo The Chainsmokers just earned themselves a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording with “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya and nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall celebrate the spring release of their debut album “Memories ... Do Not Open” with a concert tour, making a stop at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. 7 p.m. Tickets are $31-$81 at HyVeeTix.com.

May 3


British rock band Bastille has sold more than 8 million records and garnered numerous awards, including two Grammy and three Billboard Music Association nominations, since its inception in 2010. See them perform live fresh off the release of their latest album, “Wild World.” 7 p.m. at the 7 Flags Event Center, 2100 NW 100th St., Clive. Tickets are $35 in advance at ticketfly.com or $40 the day of the show.

May 5-7

DemiCon 28

If you’re a fan of science fiction, fantasy or gaming, you’ll want to mark DemiCon 28 on your calendar. It's Des Moines’ annual convention. This year’s theme is “Heroes Will Rise,” and guests of honor will include science fiction guide book writer Lars Pearson, comics artist Ron Wagner, hair and makeup artist Richard Harper and Susan Leabhart as Toastmaster. Dust off that Captain America costume and check out demicon.org for all the latest information. Pre-register by April 1 for only $50 for a weekend pass for adults and $20 for kids. Holiday Inn Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Road.

May 6

Festival Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate the Mexican heritage of many of the railroad workers who helped establish Valley Junction at the 13th annual Festival Cinco de Mayo, held in the 200 and 300 blocks of 5th Street in West Des Moines. Enjoy Mexican foods, artwork, music, dancing and family activities, as well as the announcement of the Cinco de Mayo King and Queen. Noon-10 p.m.

Alton Brown Live

You probably know Alton Brown as creator and host of Food Network’s “Good Eats” or host of “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” The chef brings a mix of science, music and (of course) food to the stage for two unforgettable hours of entertainment on his “Eat Your Science” tour that may include some potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Oh, and he throws in a little audience participation for good measure. Don’t miss the chance to see him live on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

May 7

An Evening with Bill Maher

Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher has amassed 38 Emmy nominations for his work in TV programs “Politically Incorrect” and “Real Time,” which he currently hosts on HBO. His documentary “Religulous,” a swipe at organized religion, has become the eighth-highest grossing documentary in history. Maher brings his live stand-up show to the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

May 8

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears

Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re back in the ’80s when duo Hall & Oates take the stage, along with the British pop duo Tears for Fears. With six songs hitting No. 1 and another five songs breaking through the top 10, Daryl Hall & John Oates are considered the No. 1 selling duo in music history. Their hits include “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” and “Maneater,” just to name a few. Tears for Fears has sold 30 million albums worldwide and produced hits like “Mad World” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Purchase tickets at HyVeeTix.com.

May 10

Barenaked Ladies

Perhaps best known for their theme song to the hit TV show "The Big Bang Theory," the Barenaked Ladies have produced 14 studio albums, which have sold more than 14 million copies, in their three decades together. Their song, “One Week,” topped the U.S. charts and is featured on their newest live album "BNL Rocks Red Rocks." See them perform live at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$75 at hoytsherman.org.

May 11

Des Moines Storytellers Project: Parenthood

Take a look at the “messy, frustrating and rewarding act of raising a human” when the Des Moines Storytellers Project performs at Living History Farms. Hosted by Des Moines Register columnist Kyle Munson, the project features curated and coached storytelling by members of the community. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Flynn Barn at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. General admission tickets are $10, or get your VIP pass for $25 for premium seating and a free drink. Tickets are available at tickets.desmoinesregister.com or at the door for $5 more.

History Series: 1789: From Storming the Bastille to Declaring Rights

Join Dr. Suzanne Desan, Vilas-Shinners Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as she delivers a lecture on the French Revolution, describing that fateful day of July 14, 1789 in Paris and its aftermath. The talk is part of the History Series at Salisbury House, 4025 Tonawanda Drive. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at salisburyhouse.org.

May 13

CultureALL’s Brazilian Ball

Experience an evening of Brazilian culture in all its brilliant colors during CultureALL’s Brazilian Ball. Fun and colorful attire is encouraged. Hear live music and see examples of Brazilian dance, as well as extravagant fashions, while eating Brazilian-inspired appetizers. A cash bar will be available. All proceeds from the event go toward CultureALL’s K-12 education programs. The event begins at 8 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 E. Locust St. Tickets are $75 at cultureall.org.

Big Hair Ball 2017: Alchemy

This year's Des Moines Art Center Big Hair Ball celebrates all things gold with an extravagant night of fashion and entertainment celebrating hair as a contemporary form of self-expression. The event features a live runway show with some of Des Moines' finest big hair creations from local salons, barbers and stylists. Must be 21+. 7:30 p.m. desmoinesartcenter.org

May 13-14

Masterworks 7: Season Finale — American Gothic and Bolero

Don’t miss the Des Moines Symphony’s last performance of the season, when virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz makes his Des Moines Symphony debut. Hear Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1. Iowa native Michael Daugherty’s American Gothic will accompany the world-premiere film celebrating Grant Wood’s Iowa. The concert concludes with Ravel’s Bolero. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $15-$65 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

May 16-21

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" tells the story of a 15-year-old gifted mathematician who has issues with behavior and relating to others. After he is accused of killing the neighbor’s dog, he sets out to find the real culprit. The play has won five Tony Awards, including Best Play. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $35 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

May 19

Danielle Nicole

2014 Blues Music Award winner Danielle Nicole performs live at the Temple Theater, featuring songs with a New Orleans flavor from her debut solo album "Wolf Den." 7:30 p.m. Tenth and Locust Streets. Tickets are $26 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

An Evening with Primus

Flash back to the 1990s with songs like “Tommy the Cat” and “My Name Is Mud” when cutting-edge rock group Primus plays at Hoyt Sherman Place, with special guests Insects vs. Robots. 8 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $45 at hoytsherman.org.

May 19-21

Wizard World Des Moines Comic Con

Fans of comics, fantasy and pop culture unite at Wizard World Comic Con. Sign up for photo ops with celebrity guests Mickey Dolenz, who seems to have done most everything in show business but is best known as being a member of the Monkees, and actor, singer and songwriter James Marsters, whose resumé includes playing Spike in the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spinoff, “Angel.” Meet other entertainment guests, artists and creators and even several famous vehicles, including Herbie the Love Bug and Tow Mater. The show is open 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St. Advanced general admission tickets are $35-$45 a day, depending on the day, for adults, or purchase a three-day pass for $75 in advance. Up to two children ages 10 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Visit wizardworld.com/comiccon/des-moines to learn about VIP Packages, autographs and photo ops pricing.

May 21

Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary World Tour

After a half-century of writing and performing hit songs, Neil Diamond has reached legend status. If you’ve been to an Iowa State football game, you’ve likely sung along to Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” traditionally sung by fans between the third and fourth quarters. Celebrate Diamond’s brilliant career when he brings his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour to Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. 8 p.m. Tickets start at just $39.50 at HyVeeTix.com.

Valley Junction Arts Festival

Valley Junction has combined its two annual art festivals into one show, featuring juried fine arts and crafts. Meet artists and purchase artwork, see demonstrations and enjoy musical entertainment. Children’s art activities will also be offered throughout the day. Refreshments will be available from food vendors, and some shops in Historic Valley Junction will be open. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

May 23

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Red Hot Chili Peppers have five multi-Platinum albums and six Grammy Awards under their belt, making them one of the most successful rock bands in history. Sing along to songs like “Give It Away” when they rock Wells Fargo Arena. 8 p.m. 730 Third St. Tickets are $50 and $100 at HyVeeTix.com or the Iowa Events Center Ticket Office.

May 26

Nitefall on the River: Hairball

Hairball is a complete rock and roll experience, featuring two hours of homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world, from KISS to Van Halen to Journey and more. Close your eyes, and you’ll swear you were listening to the real thing. Along with music, the show also delivers theatrics like lights, smoke, fire, bombs and more. 8 p.m. Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. Tickets are $20-$25 at nitefalldsm.com.

May 26-27

The King Explosion

Hosted by Elvis expert and national personality Ronny Craig, the King Explosion is a two-day international showcase and competition featuring some of the very best Elvis Tribute Artists worldwide. This show is for all ages. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Meadows Event Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona. Tickets are $10-$20 at midwestix.com.

May 27

Chile Fest

Malo’s executive chef Matt Howard prepares a festive buffet-style dinner, with a kick. Enjoy spicy appetizers and entrees with house-made sauces, as well as beverages. 6:30 p.m. Des Moines Social Club Culinary Loft, 900 Mulberry St. Tickets are $65 at ohospitality.com/events.

May 28


The Central Iowa Blues Society hosts SpringFest at Jasper Winery, 240 George Flagg Pkwy. The event starts at 1 p.m. and features music from Rob Lumbard, Amanda Fish, the Bel Airs and Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal. Learn more at cibs.org.

June 2-18

'Steel Magnolias'

'Steel Magnolias' tells the story of six unlikely friends who trade stories and laughter in Truvy’s beauty salon. When tragedy strikes, the friends find themselves facing their own mortality. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St. Tickets are $25-$36 at dmplayhouse.com.

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