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RAS 19

WED MAR 11 2020

xBk Live, 1159 24th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Doors: 7:00 PM | Program: 7:30-9:00 PM

Free Admission: Tickets



Buzzed History

xBk presents Buzzed History!

You read this correctly, Buzzed History is back! Join us for a night of thrilling history and delicious drinks.

Enjoy the popular tv show we reference closely but cannot name due to copyrights? So do we! That’s why we’ve brought you drunken tales and stories, told by those brave enough to tell them.

Do you have an exciting tale to share? This month’s theme and back by popular demand, is Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History. Anyone can sign up to speak, so start brainstorming your favorite historical tales.

Interested in speaking? Sign up to be a Buzzed Historian here:

This month’s Buzzed History’s featured cocktail is the Hanky-Panky. The Hanky-Panky was the brainchild of Ada Coleman known as Coley, who began as a bartender at the Savoy Hotel in 1903. It is a variation on the sweet martini, inasmuch as it calls for gin and sweet vermouth, but Coley’s secret ingredient was Fernet-Branca, a bitter Italian digestivo.

Drink Special: Hanky-Panky $7

Partners: History Camp Iowa

History Camp Iowa is a unique opportunity to spend a day with others from all walks of life who have a passion for history, from authors, teachers, genealogists, and students, to park rangers, museum volunteers, librarians, and individuals from other professions and backgrounds. This year’s camp is Feb 22nd at Drake University.

Hosted by Madison Ray
Admission is Free.
Monthly Theme: Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History
Wednesday Feb 19th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

No Shame Theater DSM

TEEHEE’S COMEDY CLUB, 1433 Walnut Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

MON 17 FEB 2020 – 7:30 PM

GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! It’s time for another No Shame Theater! It’s a weird sort of open mic / talent show where anything can happen. Come early if you’d like to sign up to perform and the event is FREE and open to the public to watch the chaos and talent.

There are only 3 rules to No Shame. Your performances must be original, you must not exceed 5 minutes, and you must not break anything – not yourself, not the space, not the audience, not the law.

No Shame Theater was designed with variety acts in mind. You may see comedy, poetry, circus acts, dancing, magic, performance art, story-telling and more!

So sit back, relax, tip your bartenders, and enjoy the show!

Poetry Reading at Beaverdale Books

Beaverdale Books

2629 Beaver Ave Ste S1, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Saturday, February 15 – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Christine Stewart and Paul Brooke will read poetry and discuss the relationship between the visual arts and writing.

South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of Postcard on Parchment (2008), Keeping Them Alive (2010), Untrussed (2016), and Bluewords Greening (2016), winner of the 2018 Whirling Prize. She is a Professor in the English Department at South Dakota State University.

Paul Brooke’s poetry has been published internationally in Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and England in The Brobdingdagian Times, Litspeak, Magma, and Takahe, respectively. In the United States, his work has been featured in such journals as the North American Review, Rocky Mountain Review, International Poetry Review, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment.

Brooke’s books include Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa (2008); Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel, Florida (2010); Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal (2015) and Arm Wrestling at the Iowa State Fair (2018). He is completing Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal, which details the lives of the largest jaguars in the Americas. It is due out by Elsevier Press April 2020.

His photographs have been exhibited in Sanibel Island, Florida; Prairie City, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; and Ames, Iowa. Primarily a nature photographer, Brooke prides himself on getting superfine detail in his shots. His photography has taken him to Brazil, Costa Rica, Mongolia, and Nicaragua. For summer of 2018, he was awarded a two-week residency in Iceland to create Banished: Photographs and Poems of Iceland.

Dr. Brooke is a Professor of English at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Environmental Literature, Diverse Voices, Plains Indians, and Literary Theory. He was trained as an undergraduate as an ornithologist and completed his Bachelors and Masters at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Valentines Day at The Anderson Gallery

“From the Heart, It’s a Start, A Work of Art”


1310 25th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50311, Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Free and Open to All: A conversation between world-renown artists Donté Hayes, David Dunlap and Phillip Chen. Moderater: Lenore Metrick-Chen.

Please join us for “From the Heart, It’s a Start, A Work of Art:” a conversation in which these eminent artists exchange ideas about art, race, culture and other topics in an informal setting. Discussion and Reception will follow.

Valentines Day, 14 Friday February, 5:30-6:30pm



Founded in 2014, River City Art and Music (RCAM) shares art and music news and information from around the world and promotes Iowa Creatives from all disciplines through Facebook, Instagram, and RCAM also provides opportunities for them to share their words, sounds, passions and works at regularly scheduled public events called Riverview Artist Salon.

Riverview Artist Salon (RAS) is a two hour, programmed event that includes spoken word, art advocacy, community outreach, creative showcase and a pop-up art show/exhibition. It’s Mission, to elevate the status of Creatives living in our city and state and provide a center for networking, public engagement, new ideas, personal development and artistic growth. Since 2017, eighteen Riverview Artist Salon’s have been held in Des Moines, Iowa.

RCAM and RAS are the passion projects of Founder, Valerie (Val) Van Horne, an Artist and Advocate for Iowa’s creatives and their communities.



Riverview Artist Salon 18

Thursday, October 17th, 2019
Mainframe Studios, The Big Room
Photographs by Dan Troxell


Crystal Stone’s poetry has been published in various international journals including Writers Resist, Poets Reading the News, Coldnoon, Southword Journal, and others. She is currently an MFA candidate at Iowa State University, where she gave a TEDx talk called, “The Transformative Power of Poetry” and edits poetry for Flyway: Journal of Environmental Writing. Her first collection of poetry, Knock-Off Monarch, was released by Dawn Valley Press in December 2018.


A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Lauren Hickman’s work– in writing, astrological interpretation and intuitive energy balance – has been called both “fierce” and “vulnerable”– the variety of her experience lending to the unique voice of an old soul– both troubled and transcendent. Having trained under astrologers and metaphysical teachers from an early age, she continues intensive study of traditional Reiki and Ageless Wisdom studies, serving the community with intuitive counsel and healing sessions in Des Moines. Lauren studied literature and writing at Central University and has written, acted, directed and produced the underground film flick.


Mia Farrell is a Des Moines lover and native. Mia uses her energy as teacher, healer, spirit, and for the last 4 years has accepted the responsibility that comes with the title “artist”. Often working in interactive performance Mia has created art at the Vaudeville Mews, Kitty City, Petal Palace, the Chapman House, the Barnum Factory, Art Terrarium, and the Des Moines Art Center in the form if artist lead participatory walks. Mia believes that art is gift giving, and she honors this role and strives to gift joy, foster empathy, empower connections, and respects her audience and community enough to challenge them to grow.


Annalibera refers to the musical projects as well as the stage name of vocalist, pianist and songwriter Anna Gebhardt. She plays with various Iowa musicians, including Caleb Swank-Ferrara, David Hurlin, Natalie Simon and Ryan Stier. Focusing on a mix of genres, such as alternative folk, pop, indie rock and experimental, Annalibera crafts wide-eyed, atmospheric indie songs that are equal parts pensive and heartbreakingly beautiful. The Nebraska ex-pat has been performing under the moniker of Annalibera since 2012, but she made her first indelible mark on the music world with 2015’s Nevermind I Love You—a dense, soaring eight-song collection of chiming, beautiful indie rock songs. Blending synth-rock, dream pop and the Laurel Canyon-style songwriting of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Annalibera’s music creates a gorgeous, immersive atmosphere.

Her most recent album, 2018’s Opia strengthens Annalibera’s typically drama-filled and cinematic approach to pop music. Little Village Magazine succinctly described the album’s “exciting and engaging” sound, remarking that Gebhardt’s voice “pierces the fog like the headlights of an oncoming car: unexpected and illuminating.”


Dan Troxell is a photographer living in Des Moines, Iowa, specializing in digital-or-film street and event portraiture wherever there’s light, and sometimes where there’s not.

It’s all about the people, it’s all about the art.