Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

Home is Where the Art Is

Home is Where the Art Is

Jan 14, 2014

A number of years ago, I became firm believer that original art can have a place in just about any home. Not only can it really enrich your living space, it’s also a terrific way to also support local artists and creatives (even better if the artist is a friend or family member). And you don’t have to spend a small fortune to start a collection. The first...

Electricity on a Sunday

Electricity on a Sunday

Mar 28, 2012

I cannot think of another occasion when I have spent my Sunday afternoon watching a play about orgasms but this past weekend, and at the risk of sounding crass, I had that the pleasure of doing so. StageWest Theatre Company’s production of In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, which runs for another weekend of performances, is a lovely treat. According to...

Discovering Dick Prall

Discovering Dick Prall

Nov 3, 2011

I went to The Gas Lamp’s Pumpkin Bash this weekend.  It was a fun time, if not a little chilly.  It had everything I like in a show.  There were great bands that I am very familiar with and so I got to warble along out of tune in and jump up and down in public and not look like a complete fool.  There were bands that I had heard a few times, but not...

Local music blog, DSM Vibe

Local music blog, DSM Vibe

Oct 11, 2011

It always bothered Des Moines resident Laurie Dephillips when she’d attend a great local music concert, and there were just a handful of people in the audience. After seeing this happen at too many good shows, she started to think there was something she could do about it.  An avid blog reader, Dephillips realized that by writing about the Des Moines music...

Come Out Wherever You Are

Come Out Wherever You Are

Sep 29, 2011

Since 1988 every October 11 has been celebrated as National Coming Out Day. Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community are encouraged to come out and let their sexual orientations be known to family and friends. This civil awareness day is celebrated by thousands all over the world. An event to take place next week at the Salisbury House...