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...

The Poison Control Center’s Patrick Tape Fleming: The Informer Interview

Patrick Tape Fleming is a longtime central Iowa musician best known as the frontman for indie rock band The Poison Control Center, which released...

The Separate World of Taco Trucks in Des Moines

Around lunch time on a mid-October day on Des Moines’ east side, just past the gleaming and gold domes of the state Capitol building,...

Urban Chicken Farming in Ames

Editor's note: This article was originally published in October 2009 in Volume 4 Issue 2 of the now-defunct Ames Progressive zine. Unlike in neighboring...

Album Review: Contakta EP

Contakta is a new Iowa group based in Des Moines, a project based on the singing and songs of Diana Weishaar, the featured singer...

Gloom Balloon: Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom Underneath the Stars and...

One of the things that Patrick Tape Fleming does perhaps better than anyone is to write confessional songs that are heartfelt, but not whiny,...