PICK 6: Clutch your pearls, Mildred: StageWest’s next show is “Cock.”

Article by: Michael Morain, mmorain@dmreg.com 11:03 p.m. CST January 10, 2015, Des Moines Register

1. Rusted Root’s 25th anniversary tour swings through town for a concert at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wooly’s. Their most recent album, “The Movement,” is a “joyous recording with seriously deep undertones,” according to frontman Michael Glabicki. But their most famous song is still “Send Me On My Way,” from 1994. Doors open at 8 p.m. $20-$25.

2. The true 1880s story of how Helen Keller overcame a world of dark silence hits the stage in a revival of “The Miracle Worker,” opening Friday in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theater at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 1. A special audio-descriptive performance for the whole audience is set for 4 p.m. Jan. 24. No 4 p.m. show Feb. 1. $13-$19, with discounts for seniors, students and groups. www.dmplayhouse.com

3. Clutch your pearls, Mildred: StageWest’s next show is “Cock.” The new play revolves around an out-and-proud gay man who might ditch his boyfriend for a woman. $25-$30 for adults, with half-price seats for seniors and students. Opening Friday, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 25. www.stagewestiowa.com

4. The Magic Circle Mime Company takes viewers through the inner workings of the Des Moines Symphony in a Family Series program called “The Listener” at 1 p.m. Saturday. Instrumental duels and tap-dance outbursts are likely. $10. www.dmperformingarts.org

5. The Canadian step-dancing, fiddle champ April Verch brings her Bigger Band for a Celtic Music Association concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Church in Beaverdale. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

6. The world premiere of a choral work about Martin Luther King Jr. is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the First Christian Church. “There Comes a Time: An MLK Trilogy” will be performed by its composer, the Iowa native organist Lonnie Liggitt, who accompanied King on his Iowa visit in 1959; soprano Ernestine Dillard; baritone Roosevelt Andre Credit; singers from the church and the Bridges to Harmony Gospel Choir; and readers from the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa. Freewill offering. www.fccdm.org