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...

A Conversation with Hannah Harmsen of The Lantern Cinema

Hannah Harmsen is one of the founders and programmers of The Lantern Cinema, a film society in Des Moines that has hosted screenings of...

Five Iowa-Connected Films on the Library Streaming Platform Kanopy

Kanopy is a public library video streaming service, available for free to cardholders of participating libraries, including the Ames Public Library among other Iowa...

Despite Eased Coronavirus Restrictions, Some Downtown Ames Bars Proceed Cautiously

As positive test results for COVID-19 continued to rise in Story County, Governor Kim Reynolds’ latest proclamation to further reopen businesses went into effect...

COVID-19-Related Closures in Ankeny Highlight Uncertainty for Iowa Bars and Restaurants

Three restaurants in one of the Des Moines metro’s largest suburbs announced to the public this week that employees have tested positive for COVID-19,...

Director Andre Perry on the Mission Creek Festival Cancellation

Andre Perry is the co-founder and director of Iowa City’s Mission Creek Festival and the executive director of the historic Englert Theatre. On May...

Living History Fiasco

On March 13, after repeatedly raising concerns about the fast-developing COVID-19 pandemic, Caroline Schoonover, a seven-year veteran at Urbandale’s Living History Farms, was effectively...

Mara Spooner, Organizer for Maximum Ames Music Festival and Pridefest, on Their Cancellations

Mara Spooner is a board member of the LGBTQ advocacy group Ames Pride, entertainment coordinator for Ames Pridefest 2020, and a co-producer of the...

Maximum Ames Music Festival, Pridefest Canceled Over Coronavirus

Organizers of the annual Maximum Ames Music Festival announced in a Tuesday morning press release that the 2020 festival has been canceled in the...

A Call to Cultivators

The reaction from the National Corn Growers Association to a recent Bud Light ad depicting the inclusion of corn syrup as a negative recipe...