Out and About

What We’re Doing in January and February

Above: Can’t we all just get along? As it turns out, yes we can—and have a good time in the process. That’s the message behind “Come From Away,” which plays the Des Moines Civic Center Jan. 28-Feb. 2. Photographer: Matthew Murphy

1. Heartfelt Hospitality

We’re looking forward to the feel-good lift we’re confident we’ll get from “Come From Away,” which makes a stop at the Des Moines Civic Center Jan. 28-Feb. 2. Set in the week following the 9/11 attacks, the musical chronicles the true story of a small town in Newfoundland that welcomed, housed and fed 7,000 stranded passengers after planes were unexpectedly ordered to land. Tensions turned into trust, and friendships blossomed. As the Chicago Tribune noted, the show “offers comfort, understanding and hope for our shared future on this planet. It touches the heart.”

Showtimes vary. Tickets start at $40 (subject to change), available through dmpa.org or at the Civic Center box office.

2. Fairy Tale in Dance

Des Moines Performing Arts continues to wow with its Dance Series, and the Malandain Ballet Biarritz promises to be no exception. Twenty-two dancers will perform “Cinderella” Feb. 13 at the Des Moines Civic Center. The company, which is based in southern France, claims its version of the fairy tale will be “unlike any other you have seen.” We don’t doubt it, as artistic director Thierry Malandain is known for an approach that’s rooted in classical ballet but has a contemporary, energetic style. 

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16 (subject to change), available through dmpa.org or at the Civic Center box office.

3. Caucus Fun

When it comes to politics these days, we could all use a laugh or two. We’re betting Iowa Stage Theatre Company will deliver those laughs when it presents the premiere of a new musical by Robert John Ford, “Adore Us! Line,” Jan. 24-Feb. 2 at Stoner Theater in the Des Moines Civic Center. To read more about the show, click here.

4. Hoping to Connect

Elise Quagliata

Des Moines Metro Opera extends its innovative Second Stages Series with a performance of Francis Poulenc’s “The Human Voice,” a one-woman show playing Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 at Grand View University’s Viking Theater. 

The one-act opera (sung in English) stars acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, a DMMO audience favorite, who portrays a young woman on a phone call with her lover. When she finds out he’s leaving her, she tries to win him back through tactics ranging from tender pleading to threats of suicide and fits of violence. 

The opera explores the struggle of maintaining meaningful relationships in an age when digital devices serve as the primary way people communicate—or don’t communicate, says Michael Egel, DMMO’s general and artistic director. He adds that the production “is the first time we’ve staged a one-woman show in Des Moines. This is special for us.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets are $30-$50, available through dmmo.org. 

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