Welcome to issue 001, Little Village’s very first Central Iowa magazine! In these pages, LV investigates the history of Des Moines’ Center Street district, a hub of Black business, music, dance and life in an era of pervasive housing discrimination. Also inside: How Coral Thede managed to establish a successful women-led comedy showcase in a global pandemic, and why shopping and clerking at record shops made Good Morning Midnight frontman Charlie Cacciatore the artist he is today.
Plus: Bills banning hair-based discrimination stall in state legislature, Peace Tree Brewing evolves its beloved brand, Mary Kline-Misol debuts a visceral meditation on climate change, LV Spanish language editor Spenser Santos introduces themself, and our resident sexpert Kiki provides some workplace advice. And since you’re new here, be sure to check out the events calendar, cartoons, album reviews, book reviews, astrology forecasts and crossword puzzle found in every issue of Little Village magazine. Happy reading!