JAN 26, 2016



From the photo exhibit "First in the Nation" at Grand View University: Mike Huckabee plays with his band, Capital Offense, and an Elvis impersonator at the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll in Ames. Photo by David Lienemann, now a photographer for Vice President Joe Biden.

CAUCUS DIVERSIONS    

Sure, the campaign ads and calls have grown tiresome, but if you're among the gleeful caucusgoers who want to savor every remaining taste of Iowa's quadrennial event, consider these extra bits of caucus delight:
  • "A Caucus Conversation," at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow only (Jan. 27), is a free top-flight panel discussion at the State Historical Building. Panelists include CNN's Jeff Zeleny and Iowa pollster extraordinaire J. Ann Selzer. Free admission. but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.
  • "First in the Nation: 40 Years of Photographs from the Iowa Caucuses." Free exhibit continues through Feb. 7 at the Rasmussen Center on the campus of Grand View University. Find out more here.
  • "Caucus! The Musical" by Des Moines-based playwright and composer Robert John Ford is back with updated content. Catch it for $36 at the Des Moines Civic Center's Stoner Theater through Feb. 6. Get tickets here.
  • "Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With a (Somewhat) Happy Ending" runs Jan. 29 through Feb. 13 at the Rex Mathes Auditorium in West Des Moines; $17. More details here.
  • "Shooting the President Art Show," featuring photos by Dave Davidson, runs through Feb. 18 at Polk County Heritage Gallery.
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A bronze sculpture and a beautiful space are brought together
Entitled "Intuition", a bronze sculpture graces this Des Moines entryway - its birch wood pedestal designed and built by Silent Rivers artisans. ... 
 A RAYGUN WELCOME: Along with the candidates come the media hordes. Raygun is welcoming caucus reporters with T-shirts made just for them. Our faves: "Didn't I interview you 4 years ago?" And: "This is my setting up a shot with the Iowa Capitol in the background shirt." Find them (T-shirts and the media!) at the East Village store.  
R&B singer Dave Hollister was with the group Black Street prior to his solo career. 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEST THIS WEEKEND

Actress Kimberly Elise, recording artist Dave Hollister and the acrobatic troupe Zuzu are headliners at this weekend's annual African-American festival, "I'll Make Me a World in Iowa."
  
Singers, dancers, comedians and dozens of other acts will entertain crowds Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Iowa Event Center's Hy-Vee Hall. Admission is free. The festival includes a wellness expo and a variety of other family activities (from exhibits to pony rides). For more, see the website WorldinIowa.org.
  
The weekend of activities kicks off with a free Education Day Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Iowa Events Center, including a black history game show competition for students. A black-tie awards dinner and dancing runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 29. Tickets for the gala evening must be purchased by today; to check availability, call 515-288-7171.
Tiny dancers rock out to Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

ROCK ON, FAMILIES 

The annual family music and movement festival "Every Family Rocks" is Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Science Center of Iowa. Featured entertainers Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The schedule is packed with activities for kids. See the website everyfamilyrocks.org for more information and ticket details. The event is a fundraiser for the counseling and assistance organization Employee & Family Resources Inc. 
Grammy winner Gregory Porter brings his distinctive style to Des Moines next week. 

THE JAZZ SINGER

Civic Music Association presents jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter in concert Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium.
 
Hailed as "jazz's next great male vocalist" by Jazz Times, Porter is influenced by R&B and gospel. His 2014 album "Liquid Spirit" won a Grammy for best jazz album, he was named International Jazz Artist of the Year, and he swept the DownBeat Critics Poll as the best male vocalist and best jazz artist. Tickets, $18-$60, can be purchased online.  

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