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3 must-attend weekend events

Beer n' Bread

Saturday: The finest grain products come together at Beer n' Bread at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Iowa breweries, including Confluence, 515 Brewing and Millstream will sample their beverages, along with bread by La Mie, South Union and others. Sessions are held at 3 and 5 p.m. $20. Go to

Nova Labs Unplugged

Saturday:A number of acts on the Nova Labs label will perform an unplugged show starting at 8 p.m. at Bluestem, 3329 Lincoln Way, Ames. Doctor Murdock, Moonrabbit, Strong Like Bear, Secret Freedom, Instants, Jess DeWitt and Rockets of Desire will allplay stripped down sets. $10. Go to

Black Maria Film Festival

Sunday: The Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., hosts screenings of the Black Maria Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The festival, named after the first movie studio created by Thomas Edison, has been screening short films that range from animation to experimental works to documentaries. Different films will be screened on each date. Free. Register at