Midwest Cage Championship, the region's largest MMA organization, has been showcasing brutal cage fights in Des Moines for more than five years. In 12 bouts across seven divisions, bone-cracking ballerinas will dance a pugilistic pas de deux, gracefully pirouetting into each other's pressure points. Lonnie Scriven and "Hollywood" Johnny Case join together to explore a vast terrain of bodily pain in the lightweight championship. Then, for the main event, light heavyweights Jesse Lund and Tyrone Roberts come to blows over the ownership of a belt, like deal-crazed shoppers at a Belt-Mart firesale.
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers exciting entertainment on stage, volunteer opportunities both on stage and backstage, and theatrical education programs for students ages 4 to adult. Founded in 1919, the Playhouse is one of the largest and oldest community theatres in the US.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Boston Brass enthralls audiences with stylized performances of eclectic musical arrangements. Like sailors to the Sirens, assorted audiences are drawn to the group's diverse horn-blowing backgrounds, including classical compositions and contemporary jazz numbers. No strangers to the limelight, Boston Brass has performed in 49 states and 21 countries, been featured on The CBS Early Show, NPR's Performance Today, and The Great American Brass Band Festival, and recorded several albums.
Funny Bone Comedy Club's horseshoe-shaped stage braces itself for an oncoming whirlwind of hilarity delivered by a well-traveled cast of accomplished comics. The wildly expressive Greg Morton (April 25–29) uses his deep voice and malleable face to perform frighteningly accurate impersonations of Star Wars characters and to convey personal observations on various subjects, such as the obvious generation gap. Paul Mecurio (May 2–6), who won an Emmy as a writer for The Daily Show, turns up the volume with his raucous investigation of cultural disparities, fearlessly taking on issues of race and what he perceives as oversensitivity. Meanwhile, the suspender-clad Sandman the Hypnotist (May 23–27) transforms audience volunteers into the stars of the show during his hypnotism routines, which reach their comedic peaks with an impromptu Jerry Springer show and the frightening disappearance of reproductive body parts.