7 must-attend weekend events
Road Kill Comedy
Friday: Comedians Jessica Michelle Singleton ("Stand Up & Deliver), Dana Moon ("Straight Up with a Twist") and Lisa Curry ("Girl Code") bring the Road Kill Comedy tour to The Basement at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., at 9:30 p.m. The tour is being filmed for a TV docu-series. Rachael Weeks, James Doyle and Madeleine Russell also perform. $10. Go to desmoinessocialclub.org.
Davina and the Vagabonds
Friday: Minneapolis jazz blues act Davina and the Vagabonds perform at 8 p.m. at Forte, 615 Third St. Fronted by singer Davina Sowers, the band combines a New Orleans sound with Sowers' clever wordplay. Last year the band released its second album, "Sunshine." $15. Go to midwestix.com.
Little River Band
Saturday: Australia's Little River Band brings its "Cool Change" rock to the Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, at 8 p.m. This year marks the band's 40th anniversary, during which time the band has racked up hits like "Help Is on Its Way," "Reminiscing" and "Take It Easy on Me." $37. Go to valairballroom.com.
Friday-Saturday: Shen Yun, a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese history, has performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Exquisitely costumed dancers are backed by a full orchestra while performing in front of animated backdrops. $63.50-$123.50. Go to desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Saturday: Comedian Wanda Sykes performs a night of stand-up starting at 8 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Sykes has won an Emmy for her work writing for Chris Rock and has appeared in shows and films like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Over the Hedge." $38-$120. Go to hoytsherman.org.
'I am Harvey Milk'
Saturday: The Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus's spring show, "I Am Harvey Milk, is performed at 7:30 p.m. In Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave. The musical tells the story of the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in the US. $20. Go to dmgmc.org.
Sunday: The Canadian reggae band Magic! Performs at 7 p.m. at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St. The band is best known for the hit "Rude," which hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The song is off Magic!'s first album, "Don't Kill the Magic." $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Go to woolysdm.com.