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October 28, 2014
Eran Bugge and Francisco Graciano perform in "Arden Court."

Civic Center to Host World Premiere Dance Performance  

By Belle Du Chene 

 

The Paul Taylor Dance Company will open its 2014 Diamond Anniversary Tour and debut a new work at the Des Moines Civic Center Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The company will perform "Arden Court," "Company B" and the world premiere of Taylor's 141st work, "Sea Lark." Under the direction of the world-renowned choreographer, the 16-member company has performed in more than 64 countries. 

 

We sat down for a Q&A with George Smallwood, a dancer with the company who holds a bachelor's degree in dance performance.  

 

What's the most difficult aspect of "Sea Lark"?

Paul (Taylor) works both against the music and with it in his choreography. To physicalize the wonderment of the music requires a lot of jumping, a lot of stamina.

 

You started working for Paul Taylor in 2011. What's the biggest thing you've learned?

Every season, Paul watches everything from the repertory, and he's always eager to create. You learn how important it is to stay vibrant and excited while creating something new.

 

Can you give us an inside peek into how the company prepares for a performance?

We prep for hours upon hours to make sure everything is absolutely perfect. But what people don't always know is that we understudy for each other. We all learn everyone else's part, in case one of us has to jump in. We can go from having hours of prep time to being thrown into the mix in just a few seconds.   

 

Tickets are $15 to $55 and can be purchased here or by calling 800-745-3000.   

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Home and Away  

 

Have you signed up for the Reflections of Italy tour yet? Do so by Nov. 26 and you'll save $200. Connie Wimer and Frank Fogarty are hosting the tour May 25-June 3 in partnership with Collette Travel. You'll explore the beauty and wonders of Rome, Florence, Venice and other destinations in luxurious style. For more information or to sign up, contact Jeanne Hammerstrom by email or by calling 288-4582; or contact Laura Stegemann by email or by calling 288-4585.  

 

Closer to home, we hope you'll join us today, from 5 to 7 p.m., as we unveil the November/December issue of dsm in a beautiful 11,000-square-foot home in Glen Oaks, 1590 Tulip Tree Lane, West Des Moines. Please park your car and catch a shuttle at Glen Oaks Country Club, 1401 Glen Oaks Drive. A short program with comments and the unveiling will be at 6 p.m. Clarity Construction, which built the home, is the party's host.     

Cedar Ridge Apple Toddy 
at The Continental Lounge. 

Autumn in a Glass

By Wini Moranville 

 

In the issue of dsm being unveiled today, we feature five great drinks that showcase Des Moines' flourishing craft cocktail movement. (Get a sneak peek of the article here.) Since that article went to print, however, I've caught wind of some enticing   autumn-perfect drinks to enjoy right now.   

At Table 128 in Clive, expert barman Blake Brown is turning heads with his Fall Pear Toddy, a warm drink with pear brandy, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and spices. While that one is particularly popular with customers, co-owner Sarah Pritchard's current favorite is the Fitted Leather Glove, featuring a rare scotch, Becherovka (a Czech herbal liqueur), cherry liqueur and mint bitters. "It truly smells like a riding glove," Sarah says; flavorwise, however, it brings a smooth smoky-peaty earthiness framed with a lightly sweet, herbal tinge.

Across town in the East Village, Jennifer DuBay at The Continental Lounge is tapping into seasonal flavors, too, with libations such as the Turkey Shoot, featuring Cedar
Ridge apple brandy, Wild Turkey, and Lillet Blanc, as well as the Cedar Ridge
Apple Toddy, in which the Iowa apple brandy stars with roasted Granny Smith
apples and cream.

Table 128 Bar and Bistro is at 12695 University Ave.; 327-7427. The Continental
Lounge is at 428 E. Locust St.; 244-5845.


fyi: Mark Your Calendar

  • It's not too late to attend "Cabaret Macabre" hosted by The Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE). See gala shows of "Dracula Evermore: Diaries of the Undead"  Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in the Scheuerman House, 1605 Woodland Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30-$60 and can be purchased here or at the door for an extra $5. Many tickets include a light soup dinner, spiced cider, dessert buffet and a glass of champagne punch. An optional and free performance at the gates of Woodland Cemetery, 2019 Woodland Ave., will take place at 6:15 p.m. before every show. To learn more, click here.
  • A trunk show featuring eveningwear by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe will be Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at K. Renee (2700 University Ave, Suite 100, West Des Moines). To kick off the event, a representative from Rachel Zoe will present styling tips, a makeup artist and hair stylist from Serenity Couture will give a smokey eye and hair demonstration Oct. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. 
  • The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa will hold its 15th Annual Red Tie Gala Nov. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Meadows Events & Conference Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona. Guests can expect silent and live auctions and music by The Pianapalozza Band. Ticket and sponsorship information can be found here. Red and black attire is encouraged.
  • The C.A.N. (Child Abuse and Neglect) Prevention Council's 17th annual benefit will be Nov. 7 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines (1000 Walnut St.). Guests can expect hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment as well as live and silent auctions. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 per person, $50 per couple or $400 for a table of 10. You can purchase them here.

 

P.S. Word-y Wisdom

 

The Wonder of Words Festival starts this weekend, so what better time to reread your favorite book? And we bet that, more than just providing an entertaining romp, that special story or poem contained words of wisdom that have stuck with you through the years. For our November/December issue, which will be unveiled later today, we asked local literary experts what life-changing advice they discovered in their favorite reads. Find out what they told us by reading a sneak peek of the article here. You'll also learn about some of the highlights of this year's festival, including presentations by Billy Collins, John Shors and Henry Rollins.

Belle Du Chene is senior editor of dsm magazine.

Wini Moranville, author of "The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day," is a food, wine and travel writer who covers the dining scene for dsm magazine. Follow her at All Things Food DSM - Wini Moranville and catch her food segment on Fridays at 6:40 a.m. on KCWI-23's "Great Day" morning show.

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