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Best bets of the week: August 5-11

Eric Hutchinson

Wednesday: Nitefall on the River regular Eric Hutchinson returns for a 7 p.m. show at Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. Hutchinson broke through with the the song “Rock and Roll” off his 2008 album, “Sounds Like This.” Most recently he released his third album, 2014’s “Pure Fiction.” Tess Henley opens. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Go to

Shania Twain

Thursday: Country star Shania Twain brings “Rock This Country,” her first tour in 11 years, to Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Twains hits include “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and many others. $46-$136. Go to

“Blade Runner”/”Ghostbusters”

Thursday and Saturday: The 80’s were very focused on busting things, particularly replicants and ghosts. You can enjoy two of the finest films on those subjects this week. The Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., hosts a screening of “Blade Runner” at 9 p.m. Thursday while “Ghostbusters” will be shown on the lawn of Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., at 9 p.m. Saturday. Both films are free. Go to (”Blade Runner”) and (”Ghostbusters”).

515 Alive

Friday-Saturday: It’s been a busy festival summer, with one of the last big ones, 515 Alive, happening Friday and Saturday in Western Gateway Park. There are four stages of music, with Waka Flocka Flame, Eoto and The Floozies headlining. Other performers include Snails, Manic Focus, Filibusta and more. $40 for both days or $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday. Go to

Ankeny Unplugged

Saturday: After several years as a weekly concert series, Ankeny Unplugged has reemerged as a one-day festival starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ankeny Bandshell, 410 W. First St., Ankeny. Nine acts will perform, including Knox Hamilton, The Pines, Gloom Balloon, Maids, Twins and others. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Go to