1 The 2016 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, “The Color Purple” chronicles a young woman’s journey to love and understanding in the American South in the 1930s. The show features a score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues. Presented by Des Moines Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. Through Nov. 8 (times vary). Tickets start at $35 (subject to change); desmoinesperformingarts.org.
7 Join dsm at a special event to recognize this year’s Sages Over 70 honorees. 5-7 p.m., with the program starting at 6 p.m., 320 River Center (320 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway). $50 ($35 for young professionals); dsmmagazine.com.
10 Following the humorous and heart-rending tale of three employees at a run-down movie theater, “The Flick” explores the yearning for authenticity in a fast-changing world. Presented by Iowa Stage Theatre Co. 7:30 p.m., Kum & Go Theater at the Des Moines Social Club. Through Nov. 19 (dates and time vary). $20-$35; iowastage.org.
17 Des Moines Metro Opera continues its impressive run of presenting unexpected and innovative productions with “As One” (pictured). Baritone John Moore, an Iowa native, and mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata share the role of Hannah, the sole transgender protagonist in a story of discovery, understanding and acceptance. 7:30 p.m.; also, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., Stoner Theater at the Des Moines Civic Center. $40; desmoinesmetroopera.org.
18 The Des Moines Symphony will perform a Spanish-flavored concert that will include Manuel de Falla’s flamenco-inspired masterpiece “El amor brujo” (“Love, the Magician”). The work will be accompanied by a one-act ballet featuring the acclaimed Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center; also, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. $15-$65; dmsymphony.org.
5 The uplifting hit Broadway musical “Waitress” (pictured) tells the story of a waitress and pie maker who pines for a fresh start and a way out of her small town and a loveless marriage. Presented by Des Moines Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. Through Dec. 10 (times vary). Tickets start at $35 (subject to change); desmoinesperformingarts.org.
9 The three-person ensemble Time for Three (two violins and one double bass) combines elements of classical, country-western and jazz music to form a unique blend all its own. Presented by Civic Music Association. 7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University. $30-$55; civicmusic.org.
15 Treat yourself to the a cappella sounds of Tonic Sol-fa when the ensemble presents its holiday show. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place. Also Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. $34.50-$44.50; hoytsherman.org.
17 Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble’s annual Christmas concert will include traditional carols as well as the premiere performance of a commissioned work by composer Andrea Ramsey featuring the text of “O Magnum Mysterium.” 4 p.m., St. Augustin Catholic Church. $18; $20 at the door; dmvae.org.
31 Don your favorite Jazz Age garb and celebrate the new year at this 1920s-themed soiree at the newly renovated Tea Room. The sure-to-be-lively event will include live music by Final Mix, appetizers and desserts, a costume contest and more. Part of the event proceeds will benefit Variety—The Children’s Charity. 8 p.m., the Tea Room, 713 Walnut St. $175; thetearoomdsm.com.