Dec 16, 2021 - News

Little Village Magazine coming to Des Moines

Cover of Little Village Des Moines
A mockup cover of Little Village Des Moines. Photo courtesy of Mike Draper

Little Village, an alt-weekly publication based in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, is launching a Des Moines-focused magazine in spring 2022.

Why it matters: Alt-weeklies are cool. They're where you can find a new underground band, funny quips about city politics or the columnist that sticks it to the man.

Between the lines: We're seeing fewer print publications focused on the city's arts and entertainment scene (RIP, Juice).

  • And the pandemic created its own problems. Local artists and business owners have felt a bit disconnected following a year of closures and COVID-19 struggles, said Raygun owner Mike Draper, who's helping the local launch.

What they're saying: By producing an alt-weekly magazine, Des Moines regains a central source for local entertainment.

  • It's a community building block — where you can support the local metal band or riff on intensely local issues, Draper said.

What to watch: Little Village is looking for Des Moines writers and advertisers before its launch next year.

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