FEB 16, 2016


Friends of the late G. David Hurd have come up with a unique tribute for today's celebration of his life: Wear a lapel pin.

"Dave adorned his lapels with pins," recalls close friend Mary
O'Keefe. "Some were just downright brooches," she adds, explaining that he had two reasons: 
* In quiet protest of the fact that humans are unlike most species, in which males are the more colorful.
* In support of his belief that we all have a responsibility to make our piece of the world a little more beautiful.  
A longtime business and civic leader, Hurd died Feb. 6 at age 86. Today's events include a visitation in Capital Square's atrium from 5 to 8 p.m., with a "celebration of life" program at 6:45 p.m. A funeral service will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at First Unitarian Church; seating is limited.
In 2012, Hurd was honored as one of dsm's Sages Over 70. Read the story here.
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Tables await the Austro-hungry patrons of Des Moines' distinctive Strudl Haus.

By Wini Moranville 
This Saturday night (Feb. 20), relax in Austro-Hungarian style at Strudl Haus, where chef-owner Michael Leo has engaged Des Moines Symphony violinist Genevičve Salamone to play for diners from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening kicks off Leo's "Classical Saturdays," an ongoing series that will combine classic European food, classic wines and classical music, performed by musicians on the local symphony scene.
"In Prague, Vienna and Budapest, it's common for restaurants to hire musicians to play for diners on Saturday nights," Leo says. "It's how people there unwind from the week."
Leo mentioned that the music will be at a conversation-friendly level, and that Salamone can play personally for your table, upon request.
What's for dinner? For each Classical Saturday, Leo will feature a menu that highlights Old World favorites; this Saturday's main course will be gefüllte kalbsbrust, an Austro-Hungarian specialty of veal breast, rolled, stuffed with bread dumpling dough, and roasted. Veal breast, he explained, is from the "bacon" part of the animal, so expect some major flavor. This week's meal, which includes an appetizer, the veal, dessert and a 3-ounce pour of wine with each course, will cost $35 per person.
The restaurant's regular dinner menu, rife with hearty European favorites, such as duck breast with cherry sauce, pork or veal schnitzel, venison tenderloin and a German sausage platter, will also be available.
Reservations are recommended. Strudl Haus is at 1951 Indianola Ave.; 259-9886. strudlhaus.com.
More: Read Wini Moranville's review of Strudl Haus in dsm magazine.   
Spirits soar with the grace of dancers who will perform at Friday's "Pop-Up Ballet."

Ballet Des Moines will present "Pop-Up Ballet: An Evening of Dance" Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the State Historical Building. This free event offers a peak into world-class ballet with dancers from Ballet Des Moines. A cash bar and appetizers will be provided. Donations are welcome. For details, visit balletdesmoines.org. 
If you thought caucusing was tough, jury voting gets out of hand in "12 Angry Men." 

  • Chinese Artistry with Shen Yun: In dazzling dance, staging, costuming and orchestration, the New York performance company Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of Chinese entertainment at the Des Moines Civic Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. Click here for details and ticket information.
  • The Inside Story of "Outside Mullingar:" Two Irish introverts find romance in "Outside Mullingar," a StageWest production at the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater. Tomorrow through Sunday; $15 to $30. Click here for tickets, here for more information.
  • Sequestered with "12 Angry Men:" A classic film and riveting drama on stage, "12 Angry Men" at the Des Moines Community Playhouse takes you inside a tense jury room, where tempers rage over the fate of a young man accused of murder. Tomorrow through Sunday; $25 to $36.  Click here for tickets, here for details.
The Backstage Ball celebrates the patrons and fans who support local live music.

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition will celebrate the efforts of prominent supporters of the local music scene at its annual awards and fundraiser event Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The Backstage Ball at Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave., will include performances by Volcano Boys and MarKaus, as well as hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit efforts to strengthen the music industry in Central Iowa. Tickets are $100 at Midwestix.com or at Mars Café. In addition to honoring supporters, the nonprofit coalition will also present awards to the venue, fan and promoter of the year. For more information, click  here. 

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