Entries Tagged as 'Of Local Importance'

Twelve Local Promoters Hosting Shows at Maximum Ames Music Festival

September 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Nate Logsdon is the cofounder of the Maximum Ames Music Festival and president of Maximum Ames Records. Ames is blessed with active local booking agents and promoters who regularly put on shows in venues around Ames and Iowa. Maximum Ames Music Festival is bringing together twelve different local promoters who are each hosting their own [...]

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Tags: Nate Logsdon · Of Local Importance

Ten Must-See Shows at the Maximum Ames Music Festival This Weekend

September 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment

You Iowans are so lucky. If I didn’t have a killer economics test on Wednesday, I’d probably be playing with the Maximum Ames Music Festival app on my iPhone. Hell, I’ve been doing that even though I have two tests and zero plane tickets to Iowa this week. But here’s my point: I’m approximately 1,000 [...]

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Tags: Ezgi Ustundag · Of Local Importance · Reviews

In Loving Memory of Barbara Mack, Iowa Journalism Icon

August 26th, 2012 · No Comments

In the short time since Barbara Mack was found unresponsive in her home Thursday morning, just 59 years old, former students have penned dozens of touching tributes to the beloved matriarch of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism. They mention her “intimidating” presence, how “terrified, mystified, and totally in awe” they were of her, and [...]

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Tags: Essays · Gavin Aronsen · Of Local Importance · Reminiscence

Album Review: Jaw Harp Potential — My Boyfriend, Your Cat

August 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment

As a teenage songwriter, I have had the opportunity to listen to the music of countless other songwriters. My friend Luke is in a punk band called Gunpowder Fatty and he writes songs about nursery rhymes and getting drunk other people getting drunk.* My friend Eva used to be in a band called Vivacious Bean [...]

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Tags: Of Local Importance · Reviews

Local Musician Organizes Women’s Shelter Benefit Concert for Saturday

August 17th, 2012 · No Comments

As a haven for artists in the central Iowa area, the Space for Ames is known for hosting a wide variety of concerts and special events. And, despite its small size, big audiences frequently turn out to support local musicians, visual artists (there is a collection of local paintings all over the Space’s walls), and [...]

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“A Straight Month of Thanksgivings”: Observing Ramadan in Ames

August 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, with more than 2.6 million adherents today, according to data from the 2010 census. Despite this rapid rate of growth (in 2000, there were just 1 million Muslims in the US), Islam remains outside the spiritual mainstream of many parts of the country, especially in the predominantly [...]

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Tags: Ezgi Ustundag · Of Local Importance

Life on Mars

August 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Last night, Mars Cafe put on “Space Camp,” a celebration of its six years in the Drake University neighborhood of Des Moines, featuring the music of Billy and the Black Spot, The Poison Control Center, and Christopher the Conquered, the first band that ever played there. Mars Cafe will close its doors August 18. When [...]

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Starting Small and Staying Local, Store Brings Central Iowa Arts Scene to Main Street

June 27th, 2012 · No Comments

To both first-time visitors and seasoned shoppers, the Main Street Cultural District screams local. It’s a rare venue for the sale of Ames-made art, food, and music in America’s increasingly mass-produced culture. Lifelong Ames resident Shelley Jaspering wanted to take advantage of the booming central Iowa arts scene and the vibrancy of downtown Ames by [...]

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Tags: Ezgi Ustundag · Of Local Importance

A Different Vision for Campustown

February 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

Update: In June, the Ames city council declined to give Lane4 more time to come up with a workable plan for Campustown redevelopment but said that the city may approach the Kansas City development company in the future. Campustown needs some love. But it does not need to be demolished in order to be improved. [...]

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Tags: 2011 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · February 2011 · Lane4 · Nate Logsdon · Of Local Importance

A Different Vision for Campustown: Embrace What’s There, Don’t Slash and Burn

February 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

Update: In June, the Ames city council declined to give Lane4 more time to come up with a workable plan for Campustown redevelopment but said that the city may approach the Kansas City development company in the future. It’s clear that our Campustown needs work. Regardless of your stance on the current situation with LANE4, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · February 2011 · Lane4 · Of Local Importance