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Spend your December doing the one thing that doesn't have to involve countless holiday hours with family: Go to a show. Follow the Juice list of eight must-catch shows across Des Moines this month for advice on what acts to catch before the new year. 

So good! So good! So good! 

ICYMI: Neil Diamond (that's the guy who sings "Sweet Caroline," Cyclone fans) is bringing his world tour to Wells Fargo Arena on May 21. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9. Read the Juice story on the show announcement to get all the details.

Let's gossip. 

Two Juice writers dished on what annoys them about dining in Des Moines. Tired of the loud music? Sick of slick chairs? You're not alone. Read the full list of dining pet peeves here.

Happy hour highlight:

  • The Datebook Diner dished on Wine Experience for this week's review. Find out now if it's the next go-to spot for you and your friends by reading the article now. 

What's going on this weekend? 

  • Thursday: Catch "A Brazilian 2wins Christmas" show at Hoyt Sherman Place. The group plans to mix jazz, reggae and hip-hop (with a touch of holiday) for this one-night performance. More information at hoytsherman.org.  
  • Starting Friday: Ronald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" kicks off at the Des Moines Playhouse. The production runs until Dec. 18. More information at dmplayhouse.com
  • Sunday: Grammy Award winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are set to perform alongside the Des Moines Symphony at Wells Fargo Arena. More information at iowaeventscenter.com.  
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