MAY 3, 2016



Farmers markets are great suppliers of things you didn't know you needed or wanted. Then there's the people-watching, street grazing and happily bumping into your friends.
  
JUBILATION! FARMERS MARKETS RETURN
 
Our long, miserable wait is over. Farmers markets return at last with all the tastes and smells and sounds we love.
 
First up: Thursday, join Historic Valley Junction's Farmers Market and catch Music in the Junction. Some 100 vendors and one fun-loving party band are expected. Stroll Fifth Street and savor the flavors from 4 to 8:30 p.m. This week's music: The Punching Pandas. Next: Dick Danger.
 
Then this: Saturday mornings are once again worth waking up for. The Downtown Farmers Market returns to the Court Avenue district May 7,
7 a.m. to noon
, with oodles (we checked; it's oodles) of vendors purveying fresh herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, baked goods and Iowa-raised meats, plus other stuff that frankly mystifies us. Learn more about all of it here: desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.

Want still more? OK, coming up May 21 is the first farmers market of the season for Global Greens, the farm-to-market program managed by Lutheran Services of Iowa. Global Greens provides opportunities for refugees with agrarian backgrounds, growing and selling produce from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at 3200 University. Details are here
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John Graham plays the lead role of Mo, a former prisoner of war, in "Every Five Minutes."
  
STAGEWEST PRESENTS GRIPPING DRAMA 
 
StageWest Theatre Company presents the Midwest premiere of the psychological thriller "Every Five Minutes," by Scottish playwright Linda McLean, opening May 13 and running through May 22 at the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater. The riveting drama follows the struggles of a man to reconnect with reality as much as with family and friends after years of imprisonment, torture and torment. Showtimes and prices vary; more details are available here
Enjoy Mexican food, art, crafts and other products at the Cinco de Mayo Festival.
  
IN THIS CASE, SIETE DE MAYO
 
Mexican food, art and music will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, at Valley Junction's Cinco de Mayo Festival, from noon to 10 p.m. on Fifth Street. The trumpets and guitars of Mariachi Azteca kick off the music at 2 p.m. Check the full schedule of performers and events here. 
One more game of 9-ball, then Sonny Knight and the Lakers will be ready for you.
  
FUNK, SOUL AND HAPPINESS - ALL FRIDAY   

Do you still long for the soulful songs of Sam Cooke or Otis Redding? Did you discover funk when you encountered James Brown? Bring it on back Friday, May 6, when Sonny Knight & the Lakers plus the Maytags perform at the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater. Music starts at 8 p.m. (doors open an hour earlier). Tickets are $12 in advance, available here; $15 at the door.  
Shon Bruellman, on board his Big Red Food Truck, enjoys his flexible work schedule and the camaraderie among food truck operators.
  
THE FOOD TRUCKS ARE ROLLING 
 
Des Moines' fleet of food trucks is on the roll again. In the current issue of dsm magazine, we take you aboard for the inside story on the food, families and fun. Did you know one even has a wood-fired pizza oven? Pick up your copy of dsm before they're gone. Meanwhile, here's a taste: Click here to read "A Movable Feast" in the current issue. 

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