My Night at The Ballet: A Prelude to The Nutcracker

Last month I had the most desirable of invitations to join Kari for an evening out to enjoy the arts – which, I might add, seemed like a strike of good fortune on my part.  Yes.  Something different. I love the arts – any type of cultural event – but admit that I felt Des Moines was a bit lackluster in this area. Kari and I went to see Ballet Des Moines’ premier production of Prelude: A Triple Bill at the Hoyt Sherman preceded by cocktails and tapas at the Coda Lounge downtown.

Savoring both my pinot noir and the display of talent on the stage that night I realized I had arrived, that Des Moines has arrived on the cultural scene.  Yes.  Something different tonight will definitely lead to something different next month. Could this really be good enough to come back? Uh huh. {Shameless plug: And, with the urban card offering 20% off tickets to The Nutcracker, I don’t have to think twice about incorporating this ‘something new’ into my not-so-new budget!}

Call it inspiration, but soon after I had this experience, I seized another opportunity I wasn’t going to pass up to see STOMP at the Civic Center, AND will be going to Ninety Miles on Saturday! You could say I’m back to feeling like Des Moines has got it all!

And, I’m not the only one that acclaims the performance by Ballet Des Moines  as they were recently featured in Plains magazine and got rave reviews from the Des Moines Register.

This month’s production, The Nutcracker, has been a Des Moines tradition for years, but this year will feature Des Moines very own professional company along with some up-and-coming local dancers to have our eyes on.  I really am excited about two things: 1) Des Moines is coming with it and my urban card rocks, and 2) experiencing something enriching this holiday season beyond the norm – something cultural and memory-making. I sort of get warm fuzzies just thinking about how this is exactly what this season is all about – spending quality time with my loved ones outside of a mall. Yes. Something different.

Last note: To utilize your urban card for The Nutcracker, simply present it to the box office when you purchase your tickets.


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