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10 Questions

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Interview with Mike Draper, RAYGUN

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013

Our first interview subject is Mike Draper, founder of beloved Des Moines T-shirt shop RAYGUN. Ben Gran talked with Mike about tasting chemicals, the worst date he ever had, why Philadelphians are awful, and why he thinks everyone needs to leave Iowa.

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Restaurants

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday: Table 128 Bistro & Bar

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

I assume wizards work in the kitchen at Table 128 Bistro & Bar. How could I have eaten cold, cooked Brussels sprouts and absolutely love every bite. It’s the wizardry of...

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Feature

The Canopy Provides Ambience, Opportunities

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014

I can’t say that I love winter. It’s not easy convincing me to go outside when the temps drop below freezing. One of few things I am willing to leave the comfort of my home for...

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Beats for the soul

Just Family Stuff: The 2013 80/35 Festival

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013

Originally posted on Iowaves Music Blog on July 8, 2013  Jeff Jarrett is a professional wrestler of some acclaim. He was actually an above average talent, but lots of learned...

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Holiday Promenade 2014

Holiday Promenade 2014

Nov 19, 2014

Last year I went to my first East Village Holiday Promenade. Looking back, even though it was bitterly cold, I still remember the night as sort of magical. A group of friends and I wandered through the east village in search of freebies and fun times. We started off in Raygun with a free bottle of hard cider and #overheardinthestore book with purchase. We wound...

The Holiday Season: Winter’s Silver Lining

The Holiday Season: Winter’s Silver Lining

Nov 18, 2014

While my distaste for winter is well-documented, it is understood that the only element of the winter season that is tolerable to me is the holidays.  I do wish the holidays came later in the winter season, maybe right before spring.  That way, January 2nd wouldn’t seem quite so bleak and foreboding.  Knowing that the cold and snow have only just started...

Malo: Quite an Enjoyable Experience

Malo: Quite an Enjoyable Experience

Nov 17, 2014

I had my first Malo experience last week and it was delicious. For my Spanish-speaking friends, I am not talking about having a deliciously bad experience. Malo is one of Des Moines’ newer restaurants, and though its name may say otherwise (Malo means bad in Spanish), it is not bad. In fact, I quite enjoyed my experience. I visited with friends over...

Wooly’s: Live Music and Life

Wooly’s: Live Music and Life

Nov 17, 2014

Music has always been a big part of my life. When I was in high school and college it got me through some tough times. As I got older, I had the opportunity to experience music first-hand: my music collection grew, I had time and money to attend concerts and I started playing several instruments. I’m not that good, but I wanted to be a rockstar! It has been a...

Waukee: Living in the Wild, Wild West

Waukee: Living in the Wild, Wild West

Nov 11, 2014

In March of this year, my family and I packed up our home in Urbandale and moved into a new home located just west of the old one.  We technically live in a little sliver of Clive, sandwiched between Urbandale and Waukee.  Even though I pay the city of Clive for water and trash pick-up, when I tell people where I live, I usually reference a landmark in...

The Des Moines 4 Track Compilation: Fun Sized Tastes of Some of Des Moines’ Best Music

The Des Moines 4 Track Compilation: Fun Sized Tastes of Some of Des Moines’ Best Music

Nov 6, 2014

I’ve been doing this for a while now. I started writing this column back in 2011 and my intention has always been to serve as an advocate. While I do reviews, I have never really considered myself a critic. I have always thought of myself more as a PR man. All I have ever really wanted is for someone who hears the term “local music” and immediately scoffs...

Happy Birthday G!

Happy Birthday G!

Nov 4, 2014

I may have mentioned in a recent blog or two that I recently had a baby.  What I may not have mentioned is the fact that in 5 days I will also have a teenager in the house.  My “original” baby turns 13 this month and I can’t help but marvel at the fact that at one moment I am changing a diaper and the very next I am sending my near-teenager a text...