LIVE AT THE TEMPLE AND TEMPLE COMEDY SERIES 2017-2018 SEASON TICKET PACKAGES On-Sale Now!

Monday, April 24, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa - Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce that the 2017-2018 Season Ticket Package for the PRAIRIE MEADOWS TEMPLE COMEDY SERIES and LIVE AT THE TEMPLE CONCERT SERIES will go on sale Monday, April 24, 2017 starting at 9 a.m. Season Ticket Packages can be purchased at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300. All shows will be held at The Temple Theater.

2017-2018 TEMPLE COMEDY SERIES 3-SHOW PACKAGE:

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY

Nov. 28, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018

Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway, the UK & Australia by storm!  Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol'fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became a member of the illustrious "#1 Tupperware Seller in the World" Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products!

“Not your grandmother’s Tupperware Party!”---NBC Today Show

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN

Feb. 13–March 4, 2018

Defending the Caveman holds the record as the longest running solo play in Broadway history. Caveman is also now a worldwide rock-solid tour de force that has won the hearts of millions and it’s sure to win yours. Caveman has been seen in 45 countries and translated into 18 different languages (and counting!).

A hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate, Caveman has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Affectionate nudging between audience members occurs during the performance as they recognize themselves in the stories being told on stage.

Defending the Caveman makes us laugh at ourselves about all the ways men and women fight, laugh and love. That’s why couples all across America and around the world are in love with Defending the Caveman.

THE SECOND CITY: LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE TALKING

April 10–29, 2018

Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.

2017-2018 TEMPLE COMEDY SERIES PACKAGE ADD-ON:

ONE FUNNY MOTHER

Jan. 30–Feb. 4, 2018

One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard, in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. An outrageous and side splitting 80 minutes of sass that follows Dena on her hilarious journey through a day of cleaning as she prepares for her big “Girls Night Out.” Along the way she laments how her life and marriage have changed since becoming a mother of three, wrestling with the eternal question, “Have I gone crazy since having these kids?” The answer is a hysterical, “laugh ’til your face hurts” comedy that you won’t want to miss!

2017-2018 LIVE AT THE TEMPLE CONCERT SERIES 6-SHOW PACKAGE:

VELVET CARAVAN

October 12, 2017

This unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has, over the past few years, emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. In that time, the band has grown from a somewhat informal instrumental combo which routinely drew enthusiastic and loyal followers at raucous restaurant and bar gigs to a respected and admired touring act that’s as comfortable in an attentive listening room or large concert hall as they are in a crowded nightclub.

Velvet Caravan’s unique ability to subtly shift musical gears without sacrificing their integrity as composers and performers is rare indeed. This has resulted in an envelope-pushing group that’s just as successful at dazzling jaded cocktail drinkers as they are at commanding the rapt attention of serious music aficionados in whisper-quiet recital environments. Of late, the band has even taken things a step further, by mesmerizing and inspiring even the most finicky of schoolchildren through fun and engaging music educational programming.

RUTH MOODY BAND

Nov. 3, 2017

Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exquisitely crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers.

In 2010, Ruth released her first solo album, The Garden. Produced by David Travers-Smith, it was nominated for two Juno Awards, a Western Canadian Music Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American Folk Radio.

The Ruth Moody Band is Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals; Adam Dobres on guitars, ukulele and vocals; and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals.

ORDINARIUS

Jan. 16, 2018

The vocal sextet Ordinarius offers a varied repertoire, with the voice as its primary instrument. The group’s original and exclusive arrangements are the work of Augusto Ordine, musical director and founder. The repertoire includes both acapella pieces and songs with guitar, ukulele and percussive instrumental accompaniment. Works are drawn from Brazilian and international sources, from American pop music by Stevie Wonder to the rock music of the Beatles, from Brazilian bossa nova by Johnny Alf to traditional “choro” by Ernesto Nazareth to samba by Gilberto Gil.

With the repertoire of their first CD, considered to be one of the best CDs of Brazilian music in 2012 by the music site “O embrulhador,” they have toured in Brazil and Europe. The group’s music clips have more than 300 thousand visualizations on YouTube and are drawing in fans from all over the world. The Ordinarius version of “As Long as You Love Me,” originally performed by the Backstreet Boys, was recommended by the American group itself on Twitter and Facebook, drawing additional attention to the group’s rendition of the song, which ended up being included in the soundtrack of the popular TV drama Salve Gorge, on Brazil’s Rede Globo.

Over the last few years, besides showcasing their first CD in live performances, Ordinarius has expanded its presence on social networks through music clips that have proven very popular. Besides a number of clips of live performances and the extremely successful “As Long as You Love Me,” they have produced clips of Gilberto Gil’s “Ladeira da Preguiça”, “Baião de Quatro Toques,” a song by José Miguel Wisnik e Luiz Tatit that accompanies images of the group’s trip to Germany, and the classic “Carinhoso” by Pixinguinha and João de Barro, which incorporates voices and images of the group’s fans.

THE QUEEN’S CARTOONISTS

Feb. 11, 2018

The Queen’s Cartoonists are a jazz band specializing in music from cartoons.  The music runs the gamut from lightning fast swing arrangements to sync’d video projections, vocal numbers, and comedy. Be prepared for music from classic Warner Bros. cartoons, early Disney films, cult cartoon classics, and modern animation.  Featured composers include Raymond Scott, Carl Stalling, Danny Elfman, Alf Clausen, John Williams and countless adaptations of classical favorites!

Tying this diverse and challenging repertoire together are stories and anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers. The band is on a musical mission of equal parts music preservation, education, and performance. The Queen’s Cartoonists tap into the rich tradition of cartoon music to bring a fun, cross-generational concert experience to any and all who will listen! 

ffffffTQC has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and on NPR. They have been bringing their unique (yet nostalgic) sound to performing arts centers and schools all over the US. 

DANIKA PORTZ

March 8, 2018

Nashville recording artist and songwriter, Danika Portz, is creating a buzz in Music City. Originally from Remsen, Iowa, Danika has been performing since the age of 6. Her mother recognized her talent at an early age and put together her first "tour" to all the local nursing homes at the age of 8 and started competing in competitions at the age of 9. From collegiate choirs to professional theatre companies, corporate events to state and county fairs, Danika is a seasoned veteran to the stage.

Since moving to Nashville, Danika has caught the attention of several record labels and publishers around town. Her distinctive sound and style is what sets her apart from the typical country act as her music has been described as a mixture of Mumford and Sons, Kacey Musgraves, and Katy Perry—with a voice on par with Norah Jones. Lyrically grounded in country music, yet unafraid to think outside the box melodically, Danika phrases things in such a way that grabs the listener and makes them want more.

In 2013, Danika signed a publishing and artist deal with Grin Like A Dog Songs in partnership with Green Hills Music Group, which is headed by former Sony VP, Woody Bomar, who during his tenure at Sony signed Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts and many more.

RANKY TANKY

May 17, 2018

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

For additional information, please visit DMPA.org.

About Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 37 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on three stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater and the Temple Theater. The organization also operates Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza), a longtime Des Moines landmark currently under redesign and renovation. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit DMPA.org.

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