“The rowdy night that New York writer Joseph March described in his 1928 poem “The Wild Party” had something for everyone – music, booze, hanky-panky, the whole works.
It was fictional, mostly, but it’s just the sort of evening that may come soon to a new Des Moines club, whose developers hope to offer all that Jazz Age fun but the kitchen sink and the bathtub of gin. It’s the next arrival in downtown’s decade-long party of development.
Noce, as it’s called – which means “walnut” in Italian and sounds like the Spanish word for “night” (pronounced NO-chay) – is in the works at 1326 Walnut Street, in one of the old brick auto shops south of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. It’s slated to open in time for a wild party on New Year’s Eve, providing a hub for a local jazz scene that has made do for decades without its own downtown space.“