Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Feature Story
Pages of horror

Des Moines man publishes Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine for 46 years…and counting. I had heard rumors about a man who had been publishing his own horror fanzine in the basement of his Des Moines residence for four decades. Since I was 15, I have been reading Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine. So when someone tells me about some guy publishing [...]

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Feature Story
Pucks in the city

The hunt is on for playoff hockey in Des Moines. Tune up the Zamboni. Prepare the penalty boxes. Start practicing your slap shot. Here come the power plays, missing teeth, Minnesota accents, red lines, blue lines… In case you hadn’t heard, central Iowa’s on-ice action is starting to sizzle, and hockey fans are asking: “Is Des Moines becoming a hockey town?” CITYVIEW sifts [...]

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Feature Story
A 26-mile parade

Neighborhoods embrace IMT Des Moines Marathon. Jamie Seitz remembers the first year she and her husband read signs that their neighborhood would be shut down for the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Driveways would be inaccessible. Vehicles parked in the street would be towed. “We were like, ‘Really? Does that really happen?’ ” recalls Seitz, who moved to the Ingersoll Park Neighborhood five [...]

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Civic Skinny
Caldwell-Johnson for Mayor? Sheriff to retire? Botched judicial choice could have consequences.

Teree Caldwell-Johnson is thinking of running for mayor next year. And Sheriff Bill McCarthy is thinking of retiring this year. Caldwell-Johnson, 62, is well-known in Des Moines. She was Polk County Manager from 1996 to 2003, is the very visible chief executive of the Oakridge Neighborhood Services, has been on the school board since 2006 [...]

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Political Mercury
It’s hard to admit, but Andrew Yang may be right

It feels, sounds and smells like surrender of the basic, motivating values of more than 40 years for me. And it will to most of you, too. The facts, though, are not on our side. They are quite possibly with a man who sounds an awful lot like a canary in a cornfield. Instinct and [...]

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Film Review
‘The House with a Clock in its Walls’

Fear-inducing madness is sure to scare — and no doubt confuse — younger audiences. The first children’s movie by director Eli Roth, known for grotesque, grindhouse films like “Cabin Fever,” “Death Wish” and “Hostel,” “The House with a Clock in its Walls” adapts the 1973 John Bellairs novel into a mishmash of a coming-of-age story [...]

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Food Dude
It’s Irina’s!

Winner of CITYVIEW’s Ultimate Steak de Burgo challenge It was inevitable. Russians won an American election, yet no one called for an investigation of Kremlin collusion. Irina’s won the Ultimate Steak de Burgo challenge by collecting the most votes from CITYVIEW readers, beating out AJ’s, Sam & Gabe’s and Chef’s Kitchen in the finals. It’s about time Irina’s won some respect. [...]

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Your Neighbors
Soldier’s Mrs. Iowa journey lifts combat mask

Major Finken rediscovers herself through pageant. When Mrs. Iowa Jill Finken competed at the Mrs. America pageant in August in Las Vegas, it is quite likely that she was the only contestant who is a mother, wife, lawyer and major in the National Guard, with a deployment to Afghanistan and air assault training under her belt. Sitting at [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
If we build it, the bikers will come

There are more bikes than residents in the Netherlands. “Protected bike lanes are different from conventional bike lanes where the bike lanes are placed along the curb and protected from vehicle traffic. [East Grand] is the first of its kind in the City of Des Moines.” – City of Des Moines Construction Projects. Being on [...]

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Center Stage
The power of musical theater

Two musicals open in Greater Des Moines with much fanfare. From an English mining town to 1907 Coney Island, two musicals open in Greater Des Moines with much fanfare. The Des Moines Community Playhouse christens its new performing hall with an ambitious show, “Billy Elliott The Musical.” Des Moines Performing Arts welcomes the national tour [...]

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Cityview’s question of the week

How often do you lock your car doors?

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