Why go out when you could just throw a concert in your living room? A newly launched Des Moines company, HomeDitty, wants you to do just that. The start-up connects potential concert hosts with artists looking for a living room to impress your friends. Now, for a look at what's going on (outside of your living room) in Des Moines ... 

We see you, Hy-Vee. 

Want free food and coffee? Of course you do. The first 1,000 people in line when the new downtown Hy-Vee opens its doors at 6 a.m., Feb. 28 are entered for a chance to win free lunch and coffee for a year from the Iowa-based company. The to-be-opened 36,000-square-foot store will feature prepared food stations, a Market Grille restaurant, beer growler station, climate controlled wine room and more. Get the full details in the Juice story.

99 years and counting. 

The Des Moines Playhouse announced this week the lineup for its 99th season, which includes "The Music Man," "A Chorus Line" and "Ragtime." Season tickets go on sale March 15 and more information can be found here.

Happy Hour Highlight: 

You should really get off the couch this weekend ... 

  • Thursday: The local music "Pants Off" podcast is set to be deliver a live show featuring performances from Tha Fut and Tyborn Jig. More information at
  • Friday: Celtic punk staple Dropkick Murphys take over Seven Flags Event Center. Read more via the band's exclusive interview with Juice
  • Saturday: Dan Tedesco brings his full band back to downtown Des Moines. Bonus: the performance is being filmed for a live video to be released at a later date. More information at
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