Amedeo Rossi (80/35 and Many Other Things)

Amedeo Rossi (80/35 and Many Other Things)

As Des Moines experiences tremendous growth, my eyes tend to wander behind the scenes, in search of those who are working to facilitate the growth. Amedeo Rossi is one of those people. I talked with him last year and have been sitting on this interview for awhile, but it feels like a good time to post it with the music festivals coming up this summer. 

Ameodeo runs Vaudeville Mews and the Lift, helped found Des Moines Music Coalition, and was also one of the organizers of 80/35 Music Festival. I left our meeting feeling inspired and I think you'll leave this article feeling inspired, too. 

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Sammy Walsh (My Midwest is Showing)

Sammy Walsh (My Midwest is Showing)

Sammy Walsh is the founder of My Midwest is Showing, a Milwaukee-based site that features interviews with Midwest folk. Sound familiar? Sammy's site and my own share many similarities and it just goes to show that the Midwest is just as cool as you think. Read my interview with her below and (if you missed it) you can read her interview with me right here.    

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midwest to manhattan: my midwest is showing

midwest to manhattan: my midwest is showing

For whatever reason, New York has always remained in my line of vision and someday I hope to live there. Who doesn't have that dream? Midwest to Manhattan is an ongoing series here on the site, dedicated to folks with connections to both the Midwest and Manhattan.

This month, I wrote about my recent trip to the City and now I'm republishing a portion of an essay written by Sammy over on My Midwest is Showing. This is a stellar piece of writing, folks! Enjoy.

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The students and teachers of RunDSM

The students and teachers of RunDSM

Two years ago, I featured Emily Lang and Kristopher Rollins of RunDSM here on the site. They couple teaches here in Des Moines and uses spoken word/poetry to give students a voice and a platform. You can read that feature by clicking here.

Over the last few months, I've heard from quite a few readers about how much their story impacted them, so I decided to check in and see how things are going. This time around I was even able to talk with some of their students.

Special thanks to Jami Milne for allowing me to use her portraits. 

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midwest to manhattan: reaching the mirage

midwest to manhattan: reaching the mirage

I've always liked New York. Maybe it's because of Billy Joel, Nora Ephron, and Shake Shack. Maybe it's something deeper. The City seems to symbolize so many different things to different people - dreams, achievement, progress. For whatever reason, New York has always remained in my line of vision and someday I hope to live there. Who doesn't have that dream? 

Over the next few months, we'll be having guest contributors here on the site and each will share a piece about life in New York for a series entitled 'Midwest to Manhattan.' Last month, Eileen Moores shared her story and this week, it's my turn. I just spent this past weekend in New York and it was everything I wanted it to be and more.

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