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10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Jen Kees, founder of Kees Camp Pole Fitness Studio

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Jen Kees, founder of Kees Camp Pole Fitness Studio

Mar 12, 2013

ACTUAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN ME AND MY WIFE: Me: So, I’m going to write another article for Des Moines is Not Boring. My wife: Oh yeah? What’s this one going to be about? Me: Um…pole dancing. I’m going to go watch a pole dancing class, and then do an interview with Jen Kees, founder of the Kees Camp Pole Fitness Studio. My wife: So…you’re leaving me...

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Scott Siepker, the “Iowa Nice Guy”

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Scott Siepker, the “Iowa Nice Guy”

Mar 5, 2013

A few days before the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, a Des Moines actor named Scott Siepker released a YouTube video called “Iowa Nice,” which delivered a hilariously caustic, hard-edged defense of Iowa against the stereotypes which are often imposed upon us by the national media that bombards our state every 4 years. “Iowa Nice” took the Internet by storm, being...

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Bonita Crowe, owner of The Grapevine

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Bonita Crowe, owner of The Grapevine

Feb 19, 2013

Bonita Crowe is a dynamo. She and her husband Keith run The Grapevine, a unique music venue offering an intimate setting where people can drink wine and listen to live music performances from local musicians and national touring musicians. She’s also a booking agent and manager for several local musicians, booking gigs throughout Iowa and around the country....

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: the Iowa School of Burlesque

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: the Iowa School of Burlesque

Feb 5, 2013

I enjoy watching women take off their clothes. So when I was offered the chance to interview the lovely and talented ladies of the Iowa School of Burlesque, I eagerly said “Yes.” (Actually, I didn’t technically say the word “Yes,” but I did nod my head vigorously while making high-pitched whimpering sounds.) I devoted two full weeks to preparing for...

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Interview with Nate Logsdon, Mumford’s

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Interview with Nate Logsdon, Mumford’s

Jan 29, 2013

I attended college in Ames, Iowa from 1997-1999. Back in those days, it seems like all I ever heard from a lot of young people in Ames was a lot of negativity about how “lame” Ames was, and how they would have rather been in Iowa City. Fast forward to today, and Ames is home to a burgeoning music scene with some truly impressive national touring bands like...