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Let’s go out

When shows leave Broadway, they head straight to Des Moines. Iowa City was the first United Nations-designated City of Literature in North America. 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 Iowa's homegrown artists. Bars are filled with music every night of the week. New murals seem to be perpetually unveiling in urban centers, and new productions are always opening in Iowa's community theaters. 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.

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