When shows leave Broadway, they go straight to Des Moines. There’s one United Nations-designated City of Literature in North America, and it’s Iowa City. When the Figge Art Museum opened in Davenport in 2005, the director of Chicago’s premier art museum said he had never seen a public gallery in America with so many important paintings already in place. With two major transcontinental interstates, bisecting the state, there’s no lack of touring musicians.
Let’s not forget our homegrown artists. Our bars are filled with music every night of the week. New murals seem to be perpetually unveiling in our urban centers, and new productions are always opening at our community theaters. Our chefs partner with local farmers to open palates and minds.
It’s all here in Iowa, and it’s all easy to get to. Sure it’s a school night, but let’s go out.