Good morning, Iowa!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend playing Pokemon Go at the Sculpture Park. If you're into that whole human interaction thing, then you might have made good use of my five places to catch free music in Des Moines list. Speaking of music, Schoolboy Q announced that he'll be performing in Clive this October. What a time to be alive. And now for what Iowans are talking about this week...


Did you know that the Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association reports that Anheuser-Busch shipped nearly 16 million gallons of Busch Light to Iowa in 2015? That made it the top beer for the fourth straight year. (That’s nearly a seven-gallon pony keg for every adult in Iowa.) Native Iowans have a special place in their heart for this beer for many reasons, according to Mike Kilen:

"It’s cheap — you can secure a six-pack for less than seven bucks — and no frills. One Iowan presented with a can recently said it was like going to the beach, “because it’s damn near water.” An old knee-slapper." 


Siblings reunite with each other all the time, but it doesn't always happen on RAGBRAI. Courtney Crowder took us in on this brother-sister journey:

"After making the appropriate assurances that they were related, Anderson and Parkes became pen pals. The distance between Anderson in Minnesota and Parkes in Japan meant meeting in person would not be easy....Enter: RAGBRAI. On a Skype call in January, Anderson mentioned RAGBRAI and her future goal to complete the ride. Parkes, who regularly climbs Mount Fuji and is an adventurer at heart, was hooked."

And the rest is history.


How many people get to share the stage with Adele? Ally Gargano, a University of Iowa student andmember of the Alpha Phi sorority, got her 30 seconds of fame last week after she was invited on stage by the singer. According to a post by website TotalSororityMove.com, she went to Chicago to see the show with two friends, and as she was singing along crowd members around her called attention to her singing. Next thing you know, she's on the stage singing her heart out.


One of the most iconic female singers of all time, Diana Ross is a giant in the history of the music industry, with timeless hits such as “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and “Endless Love.” Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most influential singers make her debut at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $70.50-$130.50 at ticketmaster.com.


  • This bucket list of food that one must try before going back to school. (I'm obviously done with school at this point in my life, but I'm never too good for a food challenge.) 

- Ameena, Juice

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