Sexual Harassment, Booze, and Barbecue: Inside Bruce Gerleman’s Restaurant Empire

In early June, shortly after restaurant dining returned to Des Moines from the COVID-19 shutdown, Kelly Anderson Vizcarra took her two sons, ages seven...

Mumbi Kasumba on Rafiki, Songwriting, and Her Ongoing Connections to Ames Music

Singer and songwriter Mumbi Kasumba made a lasting impression on Ames music fans during her years attending Iowa State University, penning some excellent original...

Barbara Fisher, Ames Resident Featured in Tiger King, Reacts to Doc Antle’s Felony Indictment

On Friday, South Carolina Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, a central figure in the Netflix documentary series Tiger King, had...

Christopher the Conquered: I Am Christopher (Grand Phony Music) Review

It’s been four years since Chris Ford's Christopher the Conquered has released a full length album, and on that one he gave up on...

Brittany Prater: The Informer Interview

Brittany Prater is a New York-based filmmaker and artist who grew up in Ames and set her first two documentary features in her hometown....

Gloom Balloon: So Bergman Uses Bach… (Grand Phony Music) Review

This year has been filled to the brim with calamities for musicians across the globe, with temporary and all-too-often permanent closings of music venues,...

Jordan Mayland: The Color of My Soul (Birdroom Studio) Review

One of the fun things about following Jordan Mayland’s musical trajectory is that the guy has covered virtually every genre of music out there...

Quarantine Catch-Up with Ramona Muse Lambert

Ramona Muse Lambert is an artist, educator, and performer in Des Moines who, as she says on her website, “often injects humor and playfulness”...

Two Des Moines Dunkin’ Employees Fired After Refusing to Serve DMPD Spox Parizek Over...

Two employees at a Des Moines Dunkin’ donut shop on East 14th Street who were fired after refusing to serve police spokesperson Paul Parizek...

Dee Wren on the History, and Temporary Absence, of Iowa Music

Dee Wren, also known by the online moniker Dee OlderMusicGeek, is an avid music fan and promoter in Des Moines, publisher of the Iowa...