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Six must-attend weekend events

Maximum Ames Music Festival

Friday-Sunday: The fifth annual Maximum Ames Music Festival runs this week at various venues in downtown Ames. More than 100 acts will perform, including headliners Grandmaster Flash (Thursday at DG's Tap House) and The Mountain Goats (Saturday at First United Methodist Church), along with Ex Hex, Charlie Parr, Neon & Nude and others. $39.95 for an all-festival pass, tickets to individual shows vary. Go to

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'Dirty Dancing'

Until-Sept. 20: Have the time of your life when the musical "Dirty Dancing" comes to the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. for a run starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It features classic songs like "This Magic Moment," "Hungry Eyes" and "I've Had the Time of My Life." $35-$127. Go to

LA Quercia 10th birthday party

Saturday: The award-winning cured-meat company La Quercia will celebrate 10 years of making awesome prosciutto and other meats from 6-11 p.m. at West End Architectural Salvage, 22 Ninth St. Local restaurants will serve food made with La Quercia meats, there will be samples and Cousin Eddie will perform music. $30. Go to


Saturday: Scott Yoshimura plays a show with his full-band version of Canby at 8 p.m. at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St. It has been a busy year for Canby, with the release of the "Alive Inside" show, an 80/35 Main Stage set, an Iowa Public Radio Live from Studio One set and more. Maids opens. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Go to

Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?

Saturday: The International House of Radio program Whad'Ya Know comes to Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., at 10 a.m. Saturday. The show features host Michael Feldman interacting with locals, quizzing the audience and more. $30-$37. Go to


Saturday: The rock band Twinsmith is from Omaha, but Des Moines had a hand in its sound thanks to the production work of members of The Envy Corps. Twinsmith performs at 9 p.m. at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. This year the band released the album "Alligator Years" through Saddle Creek Records. The Olympics and Men in Lead Masks open. $7. Go to