NOVEMBER 1, 2016



"Monumental Journey" will stand in Hansen Triangle Park at Second and Grand. 

 GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY THURSDAY 
 
Broderick Johnson, a White House assistant to Presidents Clinton and Obama, will be a featured speaker Thursday, Nov. 3, at the groundbreaking for "A Monumental Journey," a public art project developed to preserve the legacy of African-American lawyers who founded the National Bar Association in Des Moines in 1925.

The 30-foot-tall sculpture by renowned Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall is scheduled for completion next year. Marshall was inspired by the form of African "talking drums," representing communication among diverse communities.

Local speakers will include District Judge Odell McGhee and Katherine M. Murphy, president of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, which has managed the project. The events starts at 5:30 p.m. in Hansen Triangle Park, on the northeast corner of Second and Grand avenues. A reception will follow at Capital Square (where the groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the event of bad weather).  
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Sturgill Simpson is on a roll, which rolls into Des Moines on Thursday. 

 HOT AT HOYT 
 
It's a big week at Hoyt Sherman Place, with a back-to-back string of four great concerts starting tonight:
* Singer-songwriter Amos Lee performs this evening (Nov. 1, 8 p.m.). Taking inspiration from soul greats Steve Wonder and Bill Withers, plus folk legends John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition and delivers a unique brand of folk/soul/jazz.
* Award-winning Sturgill Simpson is on deck for tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.). Simpson recently won the American Music Awards for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Turtles All the Way Down."
* Legendary Mahattan Transfer and Take 6 join vocal forces Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. concert presented by Des Moines' Civic Music Association.
* Ben Folds and a Piano rounds out the weekend, performing Sunday at 7:30 p.m. In his distinguished career, Folds has embraced pop, jazz, rock and classical music. His current tour is reminiscent of his earliest days when he defied skeptics by delivering high-energy rock using just a piano.

For all performances, the ticket prices and availability vary. For details, visit the Hoyt Sherman website
This video from a Soft Surroundings store opening in Virginia shows what we might expect to find at Jordan Creek on Friday. 

 SOFT SURROUNDINGS ARRIVES FRIDAY 
 
Upscale retailer Soft Surroundings is opening its first Iowa store at Jordan Creek Town Center this Friday, Nov. 4. Located next to Younkers on the mall's lower level, the new store opens at 10 a.m. with a bang: gift bags valued at $200 for the first 100 customers, as well as drinks, treats and beauty treatments for customers throughout the day, ending at 9 p.m.
 
Danny Boddy, Soft Surroundings' senior vice president of retail, describes the merchandise mix as "beautiful apparel, luxurious bedding, globally curated furniture and beauty solutions." The Jordan Creek store is No. 42 for the St. Louis-based company, which started as a catalog retailer in 1999 and opened its first store in 2005.
This Brussels sprouts salad is a popular favorite at Table 128 Bistro + Bar. Chef Lynn Pritchard reveals the secrets to the salad's success.  

 DSM--WHERE WISHES COME TRUE
 
Don't you wish you could get chefs' recipes for your favorite restaurant foods? Here at dsm, we hate to see you squandering wishes that could go for lottery jackpots or true love--or a puppy. So we've got this covered for you, starting in the new issue.

Our amazing food writer, Wini Moranville, asked local chefs to share their recipes for three of her favorite dishes. Even better, each allowed Wini into the inner sanctum of the restaurant's kitchen to show exactly how the dish is made. Click here for the recipes--plus the chefs' tips. And click here to see other interesting articles from the November/December issue.  
"Life Fabric" by William Anderson is among the abstract images on display this month.

 ABSTRACT EXHIBITION OPENS
 
An exhibit of intriguing abstract work by Des Moines artist William Anderson will open with a reception Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Iowa Center for Architecture, located on the first level of Capital Square, facing Cowles Commons.
 
A retired architect, Anderson creates sculptural pieces as well as two-dimensional images. Many of the abstracts are refined through digital manipulation of his initial images, a process that is both electronic and organic. The exhibit of 16 works continues through Nov. 30 (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
 

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Meet Kate Valentine Spade, Designer of Frances Valentine.

Saturday, November 12th
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