SEPTEMBER 20, 2016



Visitors to the Maier exhibit study photos that the photographer herself never saw.

VIVIAN MAIER'S CURIOUS COLLECTION
 
Reviewed by Michael Morain
 
Few stories from the art world capture the popular imagination quite like the ones that emerge every so often about a long-gone Rembrandt or Picasso that somebody found in an attic or garage.

"We had no idea it was there," the lucky schmo inevitably tells a reporter, prompting the rest of us to make a mental note to finally dig through all those boxes we stacked in the basement after Grandma Myrtle's funeral.

The new show at the Des Moines Art Center resulted from just such an accidental discovery--only doubled, because both the artwork and the artist herself had been completely unknown. Read more.
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In solo sculls and in shells crewed by as many as eight rowers, competitors race the clock for the best times pushing upstream past Birdland Park.

CATCH A COLORFUL SPLASH OF AUTUMN 
 
A spectacle of the fall season returns Saturday, Sept. 24, with the Head of the Des Moines Regatta. Hosted by the Des Moines Rowing Club, the regatta features a daylong series of racing shells from clubs and colleges rowing 3.2 miles from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to Prospect Park.

Get in on the action anytime from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rowing club offers these suggestions of viewing sites and this guide for new spectators. You'll find race schedule details here. Over the regatta's 34-year history, crews have come from all surrounding states, and from as far as Harvard, Radcliff, and even overseas.
Angela Davis' most recent book, published this year, is "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle." 

ANGELA DAVIS IN DES MOINES 
 
We're betting that Angela Davis' presentation for the Chrysalis Foundation's "Inspired" fundraiser Sept. 29 will be fascinating, enlightening and provocative. That's because she is. Davis, who will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon, is an internationally known social justice activist, author and educator.  
 
Many may recognize Davis' name from her days in the 1960s and early 1970s, when she was a young revolutionary who supported communism and was associated with the Black Panther party. Over the years, she became a distinguished scholar, earning a Ph.D. and creating a significant body of work that examines issues relating to feminism, class, poverty and prisons. A professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Davis travels and lectures around the globe. 
 
The "Inspired" event will be held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $75 ($60 for those under age 35); buy them here. More information about the event and Chrysalis is on the organization's website


ANNUAL IA MAGAZINE: IT'S WORTH THE WAIT   
 
Like a favorite holiday, ia magazine only comes along once a year. dsm's sister publication carries the same focus on food, arts and culture to stories from the far corners of Iowa. ia also launches its new issues in the same way dsm does so well: with a free party! You can get a copy of ia magazine and join in the fun next Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Des Moines University. We'll be at the student center, 3200 Grand Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m., with the unveiling and brief comments at 6 p.m. And you know if you aren't there, everybody will talk about you. 

Terry and Kathryn Barton of Des Moines, our 2016 Restaurant Week jackpot winners.

WINNER WINNER ... CHICKEN DINNER?  
 
Congratulations to Kathryn Barton, winner of the grand prize from Des Moines' recent Restaurant Week. Kathryn and her husband,Terry, will be enjoying some $600 in dining opportunities and cooking classes. "We're excited about it!" she says. "It'll  be a lot of fun." And from the picture above, we're guessing the Bartons are no strangers to having fun. 

Joseph Giunta conducts the Des Moines Symphony.

SYMPHONY SEASON OPENS SATURDAY
 
The 79th season of the Des Moines Symphony kicks off this weekend, and the symphony is sure to play better than some of our favorite football teams did last weekend. The opening program in the Symphony's Masterworks Series features popular favorites--Rossini's "William Tell Overture," J.S. Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 5 and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," Symphony No. 9. Performances throughout the series are Saturday at 7:30 p.m., repeated Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For information on the season, including ticket options, visit the Symphony's website

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