FYI-Insider

Our take on where to go and what to do around town

Discover …

… Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center. One of the Central Iowa’s best-kept secrets, the impeccably maintained 140-acre preserve was established by Sue and J.C. “Buz” Brenton in 1997 on land that has belonged to the Brenton family since 1853. Six walking paths wind through the tree collections and along a pond and stream. We loved picnicking at the pavilion, exploring the all-natural play area, strolling along the trails and sitting in chairs that offer tranquil views and invite quiet contemplation.

Experience …

… “Les Misérables” at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Oct. 2–7. We’re beside ourselves with excitement that this musical drama—the “show of all shows,” as Newsweek once described it—is returning to Des Moines. It’s impossible not to be swept up in the powerful story of tragedy and redemption in 19th-century France.
We weep for Cosette, we cheer for the uprising, we want the show to go on for just one day more.

Celebrate …

… the Des Moines Symphony’s 75th anniversary season, which kicks off Sept. 29 and 30 with the world premiere of “Scheherazade & Nomade,” a specially commissioned work by Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg. The piece was inspired by the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Hear …

… former President Jimmy Carter speak about human rights and social justice at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Drake University’s Knapp Center. The lecture is free.

Try …

… capoeira (roughly pronounced kapu-WHER-uh) at Ananta Yoga Studio, Glaza Studio or Gateway Dance Theatre. This 400-year-old Brazilian art form, based on “the fight hidden in the dance,” combines martial arts, music, dance and acrobatics. It’s like nothing you’ve ever done before, we promise. And you can do it no matter what your age, experience or fitness level, we promise. After training in Paris for four years, Holly Sells, a Waterloo native, and her husband, Julio Cabeção from Brazil, moved to Des Moines earlier this year specifically to teach capoeira. Both have trained and taught for more than a dozen years and have participated in capoeira festivals in Europe, North and South America and the Middle East. Their infectious passion alone is reason enough to try it.

View …

… the magnificent cars at Concours d’Elegance at Salisbury House & Gardens Sept. 9. What’s that, you say? You’re not a car fan? We didn’t think we were, either, until we went last year and fell in love with the stunning beauty of the classic collectibles, including Mercedes-Benzes, Packards, Rolls-Royces, Cadillacs, Studebakers and more. Beyond the vehicles’ craftsmanship and creative design, each car seems to tell its own story that evokes a time and a place long gone.

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