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Ankeny and Des Moines Metro Weekend Events: 'The Maginot Line', ‘Love Letters,’ Wine and Food Showcase, Second City, plus Tosh.0 and Kenny Chesney Tickets on Sale

Time, dates and ticket information for what’s going on in Ankeny and the metro, including Iris DeMent, plus upcoming Miranda Lambert and Tracy Morgan shows.

There’s plenty to do in Ankeny in the days ahead, and if you want to travel into to Des Moines and around the metro, there’s plenty to do there, too.

Here are some selected events, with a full list of Des Moines metro events available here.

ANKENY

"The Maginot Line": The Ankeny Community Theatre will present its performance of "The Maginot Line" this weekend. Shows will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., as well as a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults.

Ankeny Community Theatre, 1932 S.W. Third St.

METRO

Singer Iris DeMent: Released “Sing the Delta,” her first original album in 16 years, in November. In it, she drew on her upbringing in the Arkansas Delta.

8 p.m. Friday at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. in Des Moines.
Tickets: $28 through www.ticketfly.com or $32 at the door.

Wine and Food Showcase: Raise a glass at the Des Moines Metro Opera Wine and Food Showcase. VIP ticket holders receive early access at 4:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Friday at the downtown Marriott, 700 Grand Ave.
Individual tickets are $50, or $35 when purchased in groups of six or $25 in groups of 10. Go to www.desmoinesmetroopera.org.

Kenny Chesney Tickets on Sale: The country superstar will play in concert April 27 at Wells Fargo Arena. Tickets are $22-$79.50 and go on sale Friday throughwww.dahlstickets.com.

Chesney’s tour is called “No Shoes Nation,” and includes the Eli Young Band and Kasey Musgraves.

'Love Letters': Spend Valentine’s Day at a performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy “Love Letters” presented by Repertory Theater of Iowa at the historic Salisbury House. The perform­ance will benefit the 2013 production of Shakespeare on the Lawn.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Salisbury House, 4025 Tonawanda Drive in Des Moines
Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. Go to www.salisburyhouse.org.

Five By Design's Club Swing: From the frenetic-paced opening of Benny Goodman's "Bugle Call Rag" to the show's finale of Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing," Club Swing celebrates the songs, events and personalities that defined American popular culture during the Swing era.

Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
3 p.m. Feb. 17
Tickets: $27.50-$30.50; visit theater box office online

Daniel Tosh Tickets on Sale: Tosh.0's Daniel Tosh will visit the Iowa State Center  in Ames June 4. Tickets to his The June Gloom Tour go on sale Friday. He will present two shows one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday June 4 at Stephen's Auditorium.

Des Moines Social Club: The group’s in-house theater company produces its first musical this weekend. “The Last Five Years” is about a New York couple whose stories unfold in opposite directions — one chronologically, the other in reverse.

400 Walnut St., Des Moines
2 p.m. Feb. 17.
Tickets: $14-$20. Buy tickets at the door on Feb. 13 for whatever dollar amount rolls on a pair of dice.
www.desmoinessocialclub.org

“Good People”: The play about a determined middle-aged woman who can’t seem to escape Boston’s rundown South End, opens this weekend at the Civic Center’s Stoner Theater.

Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St.
7:30 p.m. Feb.13-16, Feb. 20-23, 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24
Tickets: $25-$30, with half-price discounts on Wednesdays and $15 seats for seniors and students on Sundays.www.stagewestiowa.com

Five By Design's Club Swing: From the frenetic-paced opening of Benny Goodman's "Bugle Call Rag" to the show's finale of Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing," Club Swing celebrates the songs, events and personalities that defined American popular culture during the Swing era.

Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
3 p.m. Feb. 17
Tickets: $27.50-$30.50; visit theater box office online

UPCOMING

The Second City: Laughing Matters: Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world's best and brightest. Their alumni list includes: Joan Rivers, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. No topic or subject matter is off limits for The Second City.

Des Moines Civic Center
Feb. 20-March 3
Buy tickets

Miranda Lambert: Locked and Re-Loaded tour stops in Ames with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice.
 Hilton Coliseum in Ames
 7:30 p.m.  Feb. 21

Tickets on sale

“Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical”: “American Idol” star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins Grammy nominee Deborah Cox in new, lively version of the classic tale of good and evil that spent four yours on Broadway. This new pre-Broadway production includes all the classic songs -- “This is the Moment,” “A New Life,” “Someone Like You” -- that first won over audiences.

Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St.
March 5-10
Buy tickets

Beer ‘n’ Bread: Sample more than 20 different Iowa micro-brewed beers along with fresh artisan breads and other goodies. Explore the art of home brewing with the experts from Beer Crazy and taste food and beer samples from 515 Brewing Company, Confluence Brewing, Exile Brewing, Great River Brewery, Twisted Vine, Back Pocket Brewing, The Beer Bread Company, Cabot Creamery, Doll Distributing, DMACC Culinary Arts, Iowa Brewers Union, La Mie, Madhouse, Millstream, Peace Tree Brewing, Raccoon River Brewing Company, South Union and Sweet Binney's.

Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
March 9
Tickets are $20 and are on sale now atwww.livinghistoryfarms.org/cabinfever.

Tracy Morgan – Excuse My French: The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star brings his comedy tour to Des Moines in March.

Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
7 p.m., March 15
Tickets: $45.50-$55.50; visit theater box office online

Jon Bon Jovi: The New Jersey rocker and his band will return to Des Moines on April 14 with the "Because We Can" Tour at the Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. Ticket prices start at $19.50; tickets for the Iowa show went on sale Dec. 3 through dahlstickets.com.

Taylor Swift: Country star Taylor Swift returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Aug. 1. No word yet on ticket prices or an on-sale date. The event is listed on Swift's website but is not listed on Ticketmaster or its partner website. In nearby Kansas City, MO tickets range from $30 to $85.

Justin Bieber: Pop star Justin Bieber will also make an appearance at the Wells Fargo Arena on July 7. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets range from $40 to $95.

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