MAR 22, 2016



Representing 2016's Forty Under 40: Sunni Swarbrick, Kolby Jones, Angela Ten Clay, Izaah JB Knox and Emily Toribio.  

HONORING THE 2016 'FORTY UNDER 40'   
 
The Business Record's annual Forty Under 40 issue is out this week, with  profiles of all 40 honorees. Meet each of them at BusinessRecord.com/40.
 
These young business leaders, chosen by past honorees, all have  impressive career achievements and exceptional community involvement.
In total, 680 people have received this honor since the program began in 2000. The 2016 "Forties" will be recognized at an event on March 30.  
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Creating whitewater rapids is just one of the options possible for Central Iowa rivers. 

WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT 
 
Big things are in store for the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers, and you can have a voice in shaping the goals. The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has scheduled eight 90-minute workshops to discuss ideas for a regional water trail plan. Organizers invite input from paddlers, boaters, tubers, birders, hikers, anglers--anyone with an interest in improving recreation and conservation on and along the rivers of Central Iowa. Each workshop will focus on a different stream segment, starting tomorrow (March 23) with Beaver Creek at Crown Point Community Center (6300 Pioneer Parkway) in Johnston. Find details for all of the meetings here
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Don't miss the YMRC Sit On It! auction featuring furniture and art donated by local artists and merchants, including Silent Rivers. Cocktails, food and fun too!  ... Read More
Performing on the next two Thursday nights: singer Max Wellman with Julius Brooks on sax, pianist Tanner Taylor, bass player Steve Charlson and drummer Benjamin Poppen

THURSDAY NIGHT JAZZ! IT'S ALL THAT 
 
We've enjoyed seeing the success of Noce, the vibrant jazz club on Walnut Street that opened New Year's Eve. If you haven't tried it yet, we'd recommend Thursday, this week or next, for manager Max Wellman's quintet, including the legendary Julius Brooks. March 24 and March 31, 7-10 p.m. at 1326 Walnut St. For details, visit nocedsm.com.
Just 23 years old, Van Cliburn wowed the classical music world in 1958, winning an international competition in Moscow, a catalyst for briefly easing Cold War tensions. 

KEYS TO SUCCESS 
  
 A special treat for music buffs: Virtuoso pianist Van Cliburn's personal favorite piano will be at West Music Piano Gallery March 28 through April 4. This historic instrument isn't just on display; you can play it! Cliburn, who died in 2013, won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958. He went on to become a cultural ambassador, performing throughout the world. Find details here

Poetry slams are organized nationwide, with local, regional and national competitions. 

SEEKING THE NEXT ALLEN GINSBERG 
  
Did you miss out on the beatnik poets of the '50s? Their spirit lives on in "poetry slams," popular competitive recitations by local poets. It's nothing like your kid reading "Leaves of Grass" for the PTA. Often dramatic, poetry slams present writers reading original poems in under three minutes, scored by five judges. Check it out tomorrow (Wednesday, March 23) at Java Joe's CoffeeHouse on Fourth Street. Up to 13 poets can sign up at 6:30 p.m. The slamming starts at 7.

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