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Morning Juice: You've got to be kitten me

Good morning, Iowa!

It's Friday eve and we have (almost) made it through another week. The weekend is upon us. Pridefest activities are happening this weekend. The festival opens at noon on Saturday in the East Village, along Walnut and East 4th streets between Locust and Grand. You can visit until midnight on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The concert series headliners are Thea Austin, Thelma Houston and Debbie Gibson and they will be at the Garden nightclub on Saturday. Need some good news to look forward to? Richard Marx is coming to Hoyt Sherman on Sept. 30 and singer-songwriter Amos Lee is coming to Hoyt Sherman on Nov. 1. Here's what we're talking about today... 


Wanna hear a joke about some cats? Just kitten! The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is offering a way to connect with kittens through yoga. There have been three Cats N Mats yoga classes. With only 60 spots available, they usually sell out in less than an hour. It only costs $10, but it may or may not be more exclusive than a Garth Brooks show. The ARL hasn't announced the date of the next Cats N Mats, yet. Here are some upcoming nontraditional classes to try:

  • Bottoms Up with Power Life Yoga at Exile Brewing Company: Sunday, June 12, 1 p.m.
  • Parks Yoga by Pop Up Yoga DSM at Ewing Park: Monday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.
  • Happy Hour Yoga at Des Moines Social Club: Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 p.m.
  • Yoga + Raygun by Pop Up Yoga DSM at Raygun: Friday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
  • Hangover Yoga at Des Moines Social Club: Sunday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.


The chefs at Akebono, 215 10th St., Suite 120, are clearly talented at their craft. If you're in the mood for sushi you should definitly hit that place up. We recommended getting the kaji roll ($16), a tuna, shrimp and eel sauce order. It's open 11 a.m. to close Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to close Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are accepted and you can visit Akebono's website for more information.


Are you a fan of the Des Moines Metro Opera? Have you ever gone to a show? The opera has been described as a "secret hidden in plain sight" and you shouldn't let the opportunity pass you to go enjoy it. Take in all the scandalous affairs, lusty misadventures and cruel pacts of the Des Moines Metro Opera's 44th Summer Festival Season. From June 24 to July 17, there will be 15 performances at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola, Iowa.


The Des Moines Performing Arts will be hosting a public watch party at Cowles Commons to celebrate the 70th annual Tony Awards. Vendors will be selling food and beverages starting at 5 p.m. There will be limited seating, but guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. The event is free.


-Ameena, Juice