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.
Hy-Vee Hall rumbles with the sights and sounds of bone-rattling slams during MCC40, which will pit professional MMA fighters against each other during 10 bruise-filled bouts. Audible "oohs!" and "ahhs!" echo from the stands during the evening's main event, as contender Will Dicke exchanges jabs and pie recipes with defending lightweight champion Jesse Lund, who hasn't lost a fight since 2009. Representing one of the most anticipated rematches in MCC history, former champion Brian "BG" Green seeks redemption against Calley Kruger, just one year after Kruger kayoed him at MCC33. Also on the bill, speed specialist and Des Moines native Sekou Moore lines up nose-to-nose with Nick Dewitt, and former champion Mike "Mini Van" Van Meer returns to the octagon, opting to ditch retirement and any possibility of him becoming a soccer mom to chase another title.
With locations dotted along the country, Funny Bone Comedy Clubs host local and nationally touring comedians plucked from sources such as Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing. Over the past three decades, these hallowed stages have served as a launching pad for up-and-comers and have been graced by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Kathleen Madigan, Jim Breuer, and the clown from It, who is no longer welcome at birthday parties. Funny Bone Comedy Clubs stay involved in their respective communities by also hosting numerous charitable functions, magic shows, and children’s comedy.
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.