KayLynn Hoing lies on the piercing table in a big open event hall at the Midnight Ballroom in Marshalltown, Iowa.  Her head hangs as boyfriend Troy Blocker - who calls himself a "professional body modifier" - marks four small dots on her back with a blue marker wearing Dons surgical gloves.

A Collaboration of Arts

The word "creative" is ascribed to a range of artists, from painters and sculptors to poets, fiction writers, essayists, and actors. But perhaps the best expression of creativity results when these artists fuse their talents.

Happier Laughing

Comedian Kathleen Madigan opts for a simpler lifestyle in order to not sacrifice the one thing she loves most - freedom. Madigan could be making much more money and garnering more fame, but she is glad that is not the case.

Life of a Dealer

"Something I was very interested to learn is that, drug dealers, when they're robbed, there's a code. If the drug dealer doesn't fight back and gives [the robbers] the money, the robbers will tend to let them keep their stuff. That was really fascinating to me," said Peter Madsen, a former journalist for The Daily Iowan and the author of the new book Dealers.

An Intimate Gastropub

Looking for a classy pub to shoot back some classy drinks and enjoy great food while talking with friends?

Passion for Fashion

My initial impression of American fashion came from the television show "Gossip Girl." I used to watch the series during high school when I was in China, and I was immediately attracted to the fashion.

Your Next Drink: Black and Gold

Author Talks Latest Project

Patrick Irelan has written a little bit of everything - instructional material, family memoirs, nonfiction, and fiction.

Winter Farmers' Market Begins

Three Decades of Music

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