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Iowa Creativity Summit: Free Beer at Work?

Iowa Creativity Summit: Free Beer at Work?

May 5, 2015

Unlimited vacation, free beer & kids at work. Is this the future workplace? CEOs and leaders of all organizations covet the creative culture of companies like Google or Zappos — it feels out of reach, but it may be right under their finger tips. The Iowa Creativity Summit is featuring Nancy Lyons of Clockwork in Minneapolis on May 28. Free beer,...

The Des Moines Comedy Scene

The Des Moines Comedy Scene

Feb 13, 2015

There is no better way to beat winter cabin fever than to go see a comedy show, and the Des Moines comedy scene has a lot to offer. The comedy industry in the U.S. is experiencing a healthy boom and Des Moines is right up at the forefront because of its eclectic blend of comedy styles and forms. Most cities have separate scenes where improv, sketch, and...

‘AMA Iowa Experience’ Event Offers All-Iowa Speakers Line Up

‘AMA Iowa Experience’ Event Offers All-Iowa Speakers Line Up

Jan 23, 2015

On Friday, Feb. 6, the Iowa chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA Iowa) will host its second day-long AMA Iowa Experience event. The award-winning chapter, which has a strong focus on bringing national speakers to Iowa each year, promises this event will feature only homegrown speakers. “The AMA Iowa Experience is designed to celebrate, learn and...

Big Creek Lake and other waterways key to summer fun

Big Creek Lake and other waterways key to summer fun

Sep 4, 2014

With 397, 088 fishing licenses, tags, and permits, as well as 223,228 registered boats in Iowa alone, it’s no wonder that Big Creek Lake and Saylorville Lake are popular summer destinations. Nearly 11.5 million people visit state parks with waterways in the summertime, according to Environment Iowa’s new Summer Fun Index. The new fact sheet comes as summer...

Comedian Ben Gran brings “sophisticated parenting humor” to Civic Center Stoner Theater

Comedian Ben Gran brings “sophisticated parenting humor” to Civic Center Stoner Theater

Jul 10, 2014

Ben Gran is a Des Moines writer and comedian who got his start in comedy by wasting time on Facebook. But all of those hours writing jokes have led to some surprising opportunities: last year, Ben Gran was contacted by a producer at Rooftop Comedy, a comedy publishing website and record label in San Francisco, and Rooftop Comedy has started to syndicate video...