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Who tells the story? Madhushree Ghosh speaks on science and the arts at the Examined Life Conference

Madhushree Ghosh returned to California from Belgium on Friday and will fly to Iowa this week to be the featured presenter at the 16th annual Examined Life Conference, hosted by the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver […]

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Des Moines Playhouse aims to fund new addition with Tomorrow Begins Today campaign

The Des Moines Playhouse is about halfway to their goal of raising $3,500,000 to create a new facility for the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre. The “Tomorrow Begins Today” capital campaign is accepting donations that will be used to upgrade theater […]

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Sherman Hill’s neighborhood-wide Halloween celebration will rise from the grave on Oct. 31

The oldest neighborhood in Des Moines is back with their beloved Halloween tradition after a two-year hiatus. Halloween on the Hill returns to the Sherman Hill neighborhood on Oct. 31, larger than ever. “The event has really started as just […]

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Book Review: ‘Searching for Petco’ by Skylar Alexander

Searching for Petco (Forklift Books, 2022) opens like someone suddenly turned on a speaker. I felt accosted by author Skylar Alexander’s opening poems: clearly meant to be spoken, clearly friends with slam poetry. Extra-sensory and openly branded “millennial.” Alexander brazenly […]

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Five questions with author Adib Khorram, who explores queerness through the lens of a boy band in his latest YA novel

If you thought you left young adult novels in your past, Adib Khorram is going to make you rethink your choices. The Kansas City native is the bestselling author of the YA series Darius the Great and a 2021 picture […]

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Weekender Eastern Iowa! Warlock Hour Festival | Misery @ TCR | Songs of Black America

READ THE LATEST | SUPPORT LITTLE VILLAGE | SHOP PERKS THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium It’s a jam-packed weekend in Eastern Iowa! Just compiling this list was exhausting. You can catch burlesque, roller derby, opera and drag, along with some phenomenal music […]

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Children’s authors, illustrators headline two-day Kidlit Pizzazz Festival, returning to Sidekick Coffee and Books on Nov. 5

Sidekick Coffee and Books has cozy green couches and private booths. It has a long coffee bar, complete with pastries and ice cream. But apart from its floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, the bookstore’s most prominent feature is the children’s section. Rows of […]

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After making a splash at BET Awards weekend, Entre Luche is ready to enter the spotlight at home in Iowa

“It is the biggest adrenaline rush,” R&B artist Entre Luche said of performing. “I feel like I’m my truest self when I’m on stage. … Not being on stage is the hard part. When I’m up there I’m at peace.” […]

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