Latest Netflix Obsession

Latest Netflix Obsession

I really enjoy learning about different people's creative process and how they go about creating their particular works of art. Shows like Chef's Table and films like Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens are constantly on rotation in my apartment. Seeing their process and learning about their perspective makes me feel less alone because it shows me there are others like me out there.

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I'm Featured on My Midwest Is Showing

I'm Featured on My Midwest Is Showing

My Midwest Is Showing is a cool new site "celebrating smart and creative people with serious Midwestern charm." What's not to love? Editor-in-chief, Sammy Walsh, reached out to be about doing a little Q&A and I quickly agreed because it seems Sammy and I are basically two really cool peas in a pod. 

It was fun to answer all of her questions and be the subject of an interview for a change. It really helped me process some things about this site and about my life in general, too. You can read the feature by clicking here. Thanks for the feature, Sammy! I'm excited to see where your site takes you.

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Kyle Abraham at the Civic Center

Kyle Abraham at the Civic Center

Des Moines Performing Arts recently launched a dance series that will be going on for the next few months downtown. They kicked it off with Kyle Abraham's Abraham.In.Motion this past Wednesday and let me tell you that it was a captivating show! I was blown away.

Before I go any further, watch the short promo video below to get an idea of the type of dance his shows incorporate and then read my thoughts on the show and how you can attend the next production.

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first popup dinner of the year!

first popup dinner of the year!

Last month was Around the Table's first dinner of 2017 and it was a magical evening to say the least. Sixteen guests gathered on the rooftop of the Des Moines Building to share a meal with one another and experience the city in a new and unique way.

I can't really explain what it feels like to watch as a group of strangers become friends, but every time I see it happen it renews me faith in the power and importance of connection. We're online so often that I think we forget what it feels like to experience something with people by our sides. That's irreplaceable! And long as I'm here, I plan to help people remember its importance.

In lieu of more words, I give you pictures! All done by my mega-talented friend/storyteller, Liz Brown, who was scheduled to stay an hour but ended up staying for three. We love you Liz!

p.s. if you want to be notified of upcoming events with Around the Table, please click here. You'll be the first to know when we announce our dinner for this spring. 

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midwest to manhattan: that midwest spirit

midwest to manhattan: that midwest spirit

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.

Last month, Erika Veurink kicked things off with her essay and this month, we have Eileen Moores sharing lessons she's learned while working in the fashion industry. 

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Taylor Vander Well (See Through Stories)

Taylor Vander Well (See Through Stories)

I heard about Taylor's project from a friend of mine and I had to learn more about it. She's combining art with medicine to create a beautiful hybrid of holistic creativity. Taylor's focus is on dementia and those suffering from it, but take note: her project doesn't paint them as victims. 

You'll see the term "art therapy" mentioned a few times throughout this piece. I know it sounds self-explanatory, but I asked Taylor to explain it for me. She says that it's similar to any other mental health professional, except that they incorporate art into the process. It's been found to work well with children or the elderly who may not be able to easily verbalize what they're thinking or feeling. Cool, right? 

Read my feature after the jump.

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Jami Milne (Artist-in-Residence with Ballet Des Moines)

Jami Milne (Artist-in-Residence with Ballet Des Moines)

Last winter, Jami Milne was the inaugural "artist in residence" with Ballet Des Moines. Jami was given space within the ballet studio, as well as access to staff and dancers. Over a six week period she documented their craft in a series of stunning, sometimes ethereal portraits. Read about her experience below.

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