Bill Hicks’ ‘Arizona Bay: Extended’ Is Now Available

Revolutionary comedian Bill Hicks is back with Arizona Bay: Extended, now available from Comedy Dynamics. Bill Hicks was a strange combination of jester, philosopher and poet. Much of his material contains prophetic commentary with his incendiary insight on racial unrest, police brutality, US wars in the Middle East, celebrity culture and what he felt was […]

Forum on America’s Global Leadership to be hosted in Des Moines

The Forum on America’s Global Leadership is meeting to discuss “What’s At Stake in 2016?” in Des Moines on November 23. Sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition based in Washington D.C., the forum is seeking answers to difficult but important questions at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Local and national leaders in politics, business, […]

Folk Singer Will Channel Labor Martyr Joe Hill in Cedar Rapids

Grammy-nominated folk singer John McCutcheon will perform in the one-man musical “Joe Hill’s Last Will” at the CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids on November 21. The stage show celebrates the legacy of Swedish-born songwriter and union activist Joe Hill, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. ¬†Historian Philip S. Foner referred to him […]

Benefit for Jimi Strychnine: Lefty’s Hosts Fundraiser for Friend in Need

Lefty’s Live Music is hosting a fundraiser for Jimi “Strychnine” Scribner in Des Moines on November 21. Scribner served as the head chef at the House of Bricks performance venue in Des Moines and has worked there as a sound technician. Throughout the years he befriended many walks of life and has since become “a […]

‘Psychedelic Siren’: Crusin’ with Max Allan Collins and The Daybreakers

“There’s a psychedelic siren, wailing in the night.” These words signaled the arrival of underground legends¬†Crusin’ and their unique brand of 1960s rock n’ roll that first rocked Eastern Iowa nearly 50 years ago. Crusin’s lead singer and keyboardist Max Allan Collins is better known to fans as a prolific author of novels, short stories […]

‘Mission Possible’ fundraiser in January to help fight human trafficking

The “Mission Possible” fundraiser on January 28 will contribute to the goal of ending human trafficking in the Quad Cities, according to event organizers. The Davenport non-profit group Braking Traffik and the Quad Cities Lodging Association are teaming up to continue the fight in eradicating human trafficking, one of the largest criminal enterprises in the […]

Man Arrested In Wisconsin, Charged with Elkader Attempted Murder

The Elkader, Iowa police department have announced that 25 year-old Brandon James Thoma was arrested in Madison, Wisconsin on a charge for an attempt to commit murder, a Class B felony, that occurred from a November 10th incident at an Elkader home. The Elkader police allege that Thoma drove a car from Pella to Elkader […]

Education Company Agrees To Forgive Student Loans of Iowans

The Iowa Attorney General’s office has announced that the Education Management Corporation (EDMC), a Pennsylvania for-profit education company, has agreed to forgive approximately half a million dollars in loans for more than 600 former Iowa students and over 102.8 million dollars nationwide that was held by over 80,000 former students. According to the Iowa Attorney […]

Iowa-born Attorney to Discuss ‘Right to Know’ legislation in Waukee

Iowa native and legal expert Amanda Knief will speak about proposed legislation known as “The Patient’s Right to Know Act” at the Waukee Public Library on November 17. Knief is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists, a group that describes itself as being “dedicated to working for the civil rights of […]

Anderson Erickson Dairy and the Search for Missing Children

Before the advent of AMBER Alerts and social media, communities had to figure out constructive ways to raise awareness and locate missing children. One such effort was the campaign to place photos of missing children on the sides of milk cartons, which started with Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines, Iowa. AE Dairy began publicizing […]