When Chris Boeke takes a photo, it’s almost always in black and white as he views the composition, lighting, shapes and patterns as the most intriguing aspects of buildings and objects. Just because something is pretty and colorful, he says, doesn’t always mean it becomes a great image.
For the second consecutive year, the Dew Tour will take over Lauridsen Skatepark downtown this weekend as skateboarders from around the world show off their talents. The runs will be split into street and park disciplines, along with adaptive competitions. Last year, the Dew Tour served as the Olympic qualifying event. Because this is a non-Olympic year, the event features
Cruising in on the wake of Art Week, the Des Moines Arts Festival will continue the p(art)y with events, activities and performances all weekend in Western Gateway Park. This juried exhibition includes art in a variety of mediums by around 190 artists from across the nation. The festival kicks off its 25th anniversary year with a concert from William Elliott
Choose from some 136 events featuring 152 local artists during Art Week Des Moines, which kicks off Friday and runs through June 23, leading to the Des Moines Arts Festival (June 24-26). The events, all free to attend, cover a wide variety of art forms, including music, poetry, painting and more.
Stroll through Fifth Street in Historic Valley Junction to meet artists from around Iowa at the district’s annual juried arts festival this Sunday (May 15) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 Iowa artists will show and sell their works, including Marissa Kay Stephens of Marissa Kay Apothecary (featured in our May/June dsm magazine) and dsm contributing photographer
Shelter-in-place orders spawned a variety of new hobbies and ways to pass the time, whether scrubbing floorboards with a toothbrush or adopting a furry friend. Some Des Moines residents developed a newfound or rediscovered interest in plants, due to the low level of commitment required, affordable cost, and the mental and physical benefits of being surrounded by nature—even while inside.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar has kicked off its fall specials, featuring four red wines from California and a three-course filet menu. The "Fall Uncorked Shades of Red" promotion includes a Boen pinot noir, two pinots from Belle Glos, and a Quilt cabaret sauvignon. You can pair it with the "Filets of Fall" menu, with a seasonal harvest salad, a filet mignon and a pudding for desert.