Monday, April 27, 2015


Cover Story
Fearless

Few people can say they have sustained two broken thumbs, a broken ankle, a badly bruised knee and multiple concussions and then finish by saying that they’ve been pretty fortunate in their careers. But bull riders are not like “average” people. They spend most of their lives training every day to face animals more than […]

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Belly Up
Hull Avenue Tavern: the new oldest bar in town

Cradled by the booming arms of Des Moines, Snusville is a homey town where everyone knows everyone. It’s like when you call a friend to tell him or her about your new promotion on the way home from work, and by the time you arrive, people are already celebrating your big news. In times like […]

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Film Review
Who took Johnny?

When you start talking about the disappearance of Johnny Gosch, it can be difficult not to start sounding like a conspiracy theorist. The fact that a young boy could be taken from a street in the middle of West Des Moines and disappear so completely is odd enough. Add in claims of police indifference, Omaha-based […]

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Food Dude
La Peña’s still one of a kind

Chefs complain that Des Moines diners are resistant to change. If a restaurant replaces a dish or alters a recipe, someone will complain. In this environment, any change of ownership at traditional establishments comes with customer anxiety. In the last year-and-a-half, La Pena, Chuck’s, Tally’s, The Radish and the Des Moines Art Center Café all […]

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Joe's Neighborhood
‘I’m not a vegan, I’m a meatatarian.’

The clean water appears below us, deep down the shaft at Des Moines Water Works.  A submarine view.  The man and I gaze reverently down the tube.  Neither of us talk.  It seems we’ve discovered a new planet.  Clean water.  In a galaxy far, far away. My guide to Des Moines Water Works checks me […]

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The Sound
Back where they started

In many ways, a band’s relationship with a major label can be like a marriage. There is the trust involved; the hope that the artist and the label will both go further together than either could alone. Unfortunately, just like a marriage, when the relationship goes wrong, it has the potential to be disastrous. Few […]

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Cityview's Question of the Week

Cityview’s question of the week

Are there too many beards in baseball?

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