Currently celebrating its 86th year, the Civic Music Association has established a tradition of education and ear candy that attracts some of the world's most renowned string strummers, key ticklers, and hot air blowers. Cantus, a nationally touring men's vocal ensemble, brings their baritones and basses to Sheslow Auditorium, where they will share their melodious brand of performance. This band of modern bards will sing selections from a diverse catalogue of musical styles ranging from chant and Renaissance rounds to folk and Benedictine monk punk. Exchange your Groupon for tickets at will-call on the day of the performance, or pick up tickets at the ticket office before the day of the event.
Started as a nonprofit club back in 1974, Des Moines Skydivers originally provided a way for its skydiving-enthusiast members to enjoy an expensive passion as cheaply as possible. After upgrading its Cessna 195 to two newer models, the group expanded its focus, welcoming members of the public to Winterset Airport for first-time jumps, tandem jumps, accelerated training courses, and varied jumps for seasoned skydivers. The group also holds an annual get-together every Labor Day weekend called Dollar Daze, during which partygoers can pay a dollar to either jump from an airplane or give a quick smooch to the pilot.
The stylists at Trahvae Freraire Studio don't do haircuts. Rather, they specialize in precision "hair sculptures," along with an array of other color and styling services designed to unlock each mane’s hidden potential. The team performs Keratin Complex treatments that turn hair from frizzy to sleek, and nourishes damaged strands with custom conditioning treatments that leave hair less likely to eat in its sleep. Guests sip cocktails while talented hair artists soothe their scalps with acupressure massage and then go to work making locks more manageable with high-end products from brands such as Mizani and Aquage.
The studio is located in the historic Tone Mansion, where a sparkling chandelier and gold-framed mirrors give the space an elegant, classic vibe, and a fireplace makes an ideal place to swap scary stories about feathered bangs. In addition to making the world a more beautiful place one head at a time, the caring crew at Trahvae Freraire Studio has also participated in local charity events, where they donated services to benefit families in need.
The beaming vertical letters of "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" ascend six stories high on a sign that seems to be the establishing shot for any movie set in the Windy City. Tourists and natives often stand outside snapping pictures of the marvelous marquee, where the biggest names in music, theater, and comedy are writ large under a miniature replica of Paris' Arc de Triomphe. The Parisian aesthetic continues inside The Chicago Theatre’s grand lobby, which recalls the Royal Chapel at Versailles with its gallery promenades. The staircase ascending to the Grand Balcony resembles that of the Paris Opera House, rounding out a French Baroque architecture that would cause Louis XIV to do a spit-take. Inside the seven-story high 3,600-seat auditorium, terra-cotta tiles, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious drapes give audiences visual overtures before every show. As vital to Chicago as hot dogs and mustard fire hoses, The Chicago Theatre was America's first munificent movie palace upon its 1921 unveiling, where it was declared "The Wonder Theatre of the World." Beyond its silver screenings, the theater became a beacon for live entertainment, as artists such as John Philip Sousa, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman filled its first 40 years with oompah and swing. After a multimillion dollar restoration in 1986, the landmark venue remains the heart of art in the city, attracting the world's most popular entertainers to its stage almost every evening of the year.
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.