Warm Milk: The 80/35 Afterparty with Pachyman, Feel Free Hi Fi, Zach Zimmermann, DJ Johnny Two Tone, DJ Eight Ten. Presented by Alex Brown Foundation and 80/35 in partnership with Surety Hotel. Friday July 8th, 9 PM at Surety Hotel. (21+ RSVP does not guarantee entry)

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Alex Brown Foundation and 80/35
80/35 is partnering with the Alex Brown Foundation to present WARM MILK: an 80/35 after party featuring a headlining set from Pachyman. Alex was not only an acclaimed visual artist but also a leading member of the early hardcore punk scene in Des Moines and New York as part of Gorilla Biscuits, Side by Side, and Project X, and before his death could be found DJing parties in Des Moines. 80/35 is excited to help celebrate Alex’s musical legacy through this partnership.

The studio

The 1400-square foot studio space at Mainframe Studios, a renovated 1970s telecommunications building in downtown Des Moines operated on a 501(c)(3) nonprofit basis, provides permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines. Originally built out to Alex’s specifications, this spacious and quiet studio has great natural light from a northern exposure, in a secure facility occupied by local artists and designers.

Mainframe Studios has recently installed building-wide improvements including an Air Purification system that proactively attacks airborne contaminants and better humidity controls. Mainframe also houses its very own art store, The Blok, to aid our artists creative endeavors.

Mainframe Studios, downtown Des Moines

Des Moines

For a city of its size and regionally rooted culture, Des Moines has a remarkably strong arts community. At the root is the Des Moines Art Center, a world class institution with a remarkable collection and diverse program housed in tremendous facilities with wings by Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, and Richard Meier. The main Art Center facility is complemented by other public art throughout the city, most notably the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden at the west end of downtown, and by a rich municipal architectural heritage. In recent years, the city has become an increasingly attractive permanent base for artists, with a wide array of outstanding and affordable studio space and housing.

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The painter Alex Brown (1966-2019) began his career in New York and later lived and worked for two decades in his hometown of Des Moines until his untimely death from an aneurysm in January 2019. The Alex Brown Foundation and Residency program was established in 2020 with the aim of providing emerging and established artists of exceptional merit with an opportunity to focus entirely on their work for an extended period of time, in a comfortable environment, and in a city consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S.