AUGUST 2, 2016

An example of Anna Lambrini Moisiadis' work in paper, gold/copper leaf, ink and tape.

Olson-Larsen Galleries will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 5, to introduce new works by a trio of prominent artists:
  • Anna Lambrini Moisiadis creates striking pieces using found paper and other innovative media, inspired by the architecture of Greece, her family's ancestral homeland.
  • Scott Charles Ross, a Waterloo native now living in Des Moines, paints strongly linear images that include layers of charcoal, oil paint, wax and glazes, on linen stretched over wood panels.
  • Eugenie Torgerson captures the subtleties of prairie landscapes in a subdued palette, accentuated by the intensity of Midwestern skies.
The New Works exhibit continues through September. Established in 1979, Olson-Larsen Galleries is a contemporary gallery representing 70  Midwestern artists, located at 203 Fifth St. in West Des Moines.
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Counter seating at Vivian's gives diners a view of the action at the short-order windows.

Vivian's Diner and Drinks, a modern interpretation of  the diner concept, opens Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Kirkwood Building downtown. dsm magazine was first to take you there with an online report by Wini Moranville.

The theme is more American diner than fine dining. This space, which most recently housed the Gramercy Tap, has been classed up and 21st-century-ized with beaded shimmer screens, pearlescent tile and sparkly pendant lamps and chandeliers.

"We're aiming for a clean, crisp feel that's plush versus retro," says owner Jeff Duncan, most recently director of operations for Dos Rios, Catering DSM and Big City Burgers. Read more.
Des Moines native Shadley Grei works as a filmmaker and playwright in California.

Filmmaker, playwright and Des Moines native Shadley Grei explores the anatomy of his tormented relationship with his father in "Welcome to the Grei Area," a show consisting of two separate plays Saturday and Sunday,  Aug. 6 and 7, in the Des Moines Civic Center's Stoner Theater.

Grei's parents divorced about the time he was born, and he and his father remained strangers until 2005, when Grei was 34. They developed a relationship, but in 2012, "a single conversation closed the chapter of my life with my father in it," he says.

Although the experience was heartbreaking, he says the show is "a comical look at the most challenging chapter in my life--and how absurd life can be when it isn't what it's supposed to be. One of my survival techniques is that I have a dark sense of humor."

"Welcome to the Grei Area" will be performed Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, available through Ticketmaster. To learn more, visit and read this story and view the video (scroll down the page for both) in the current issue of dsm magazine.
La Santa Cecilia, performing Saturday at the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival, won an Emmy for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album of 2013.

La Santa Cecilia, a Grammy-winning Latin band from East Los Angeles, is the headliner act at Iowa's first Latino Music Festival Saturday, Aug. 6, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St.

The festival has grown from a series of annual concerts memorializing Warren Morrow of Des Moines, a Latin community leader who died unexpectedly at age 34. Since the first one in 2012, the concerts have raised a little over $10,000, all invested in the Latino community.

Other acts performing Saturday include Izcalli and El Cro from Denver, local salsa and cumbia favorites Parranderos Latin Combo, Banda Oro and La Inseparable Perla Del Sur from Marshalltown, and Des Moines' own Laradee & the Positives with reggae.

"Never before have so many Latino musicians from this many cities come together in Central Iowa for a celebration of music like this," says Amner Martinez, one of the organizers. "There's something for every music taste, and it's an all-ages show."

Admission is $20 (kids 14 and younger are free). Buy tickets, make a donation or get more info here:

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Rising in the Chicago jazz community, Alyssa Allgood performs Friday at Noce.

Chicago jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood takes the stage at Noce on Friday, Aug. 5, performing from 8 to 11 p.m.
Allgood's recording debut, "Lady Bird," was named a Best Release of 2015 on All About Jazz,and it was hailed as "the most refined offering in the genre yet." Chicago Jazz Magazine described it as "a wonderful exploration of the lost art of bebop vocalese." Click here to listen to a sample of her vocal style.

Max Wellman, Noce's entertainment director, told dsm recently that he is spending more time in Chicago, singing and recruiting talent for the Des Moines club, predicting, "Noce will benefit from the connections I make."


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