June 2023

When you visit Chris James at his home in West Des Moines, you’re welcomed by the luxurious smell of fresh coffee and mellow guitar tunes, as if he were living in a Brazilian cafe instead of a suburban house in Iowa. He might as well be, thanks to the on-site roastery that turns out nearly 600 pounds of freshly roasted

At dsm’s Discover Diverse Des Moines event last year, Kate Hightshoe shared a few tips to find diversity in nature. She told the crowd how her early years, as the daughter of a landscape architect, have helped her notice and appreciate the natural environments that surround her. Her father, Gary Hightshoe, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at Iowa State University,

The Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus (DMGMC) is a non profit organization based in Des Moines, Iowa, that sings music that matters so that we all can live in a world where unconditional love and acceptance is woven into our common humanity. 

Before 193 artists from 32 states and a couple of other countries set up camp for the Des Moines Arts Festival, June 23-25 in downtown’s Western Gateway, a week of events will spotlight artists who live right here in town. The ninth annual Art Week Des Moines focuses on a different neighborhood each day with pop-up exhibitions, tours, activities and,


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