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Feature Story
Best-selling menu items

Learn about Des Moines diners’ favorite dishes at the chains and the indies. Literature and painting have chronicled the foods that delighted and enchanted people of other centuries. What foods are the contemporary equivalences of Cezanne’s peaches, Laura Esquivel’s (“Like Water for Chocolate”) quail in rose petal sauce, Jorge Amado’s shrimp and coconut milk stew [...]

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Feature Story
Iowa’s best basketball… bar none

Men with elite athletic ability invade Wells Fargo Arena, as the Iowa Wolves begin NBA G League action. More than a half million students lace up basketball sneakers each winter for their respective high school squads. Statistically, each has roughly the same chance of being struck by lightning — 1 in 3,000 — than of [...]

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Feature Story
Restaurant ambiance

What is it, and which ones have it? Restaurant critics used to employ the word ambiance, or ambience, as a factor in their ratings. That’s not as common as it used to be, likely because the word is ambivalent. The Oxford Dictionary says use of the word exploded after World War II, peaked a dozen [...]

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Civic Skinny
Drake, schools plan new stadium on Forest. A judge calls Branstad’s lawyer a liar. The night they raided the old Cargill Hotel.

UPDATE: On Nov. 13, Drake and the Des Moines School District announced plans to build a $19.5 million stadium just east of the Knapp Center. The 4,000-seat stadium would be used for high-school football and soccer games and soccer games by the Drake’s women’s and men’s teams. Under the agreement, the school district would put [...]

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Political Mercury
An accidental nickname

And 7 other political takeaways 1. Retired Adm. Michael Franken of Sioux City, a native of the Sioux Center area of Iowa and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said he opted to bring his long military career to a close with the election of President Trump. “Having worked for every president since Jimmy Carter, [...]

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Film Review
Nothing is what it seems

“The Lighthouse” is a hypnotic and hallucinatory tale. “How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect.” Nothing is what it seems at the uncanny lighthouse where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe deliver a performance from beyond. The chemistry between the two of them grabs you on every [...]

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Food Dude
Motley School Tavern

Serving common dishes uncommonly well Motley School Tavern does not take itself too seriously. Its name plays on Shakespeare’s motley fool, and the stock market analysis company of that name that reminds customers not to take any guru too seriously. The idea at the restaurant is to serve common dishes uncommonly well. As Shakespeare’s fools [...]

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Your Neighbors
Skeletor!

Local pro wrestling referee offers insight from inside the ring. “What’s it like being a referee in a sport with absolutely no rules?” Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s question seems like a fair one. Before most pro wrestling matches, the participants gather beforehand to pre-determine who will win, with which finishing move and a host of other [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
The Ferris wheel

See the world from a different angle. “The Ferris wheel is going up right there,” Steve Smith says as he marks a line of white dashes that cover the entire concrete lot. And when you step back for a broader view of these fresh hopscotch marks, they actually designate the locations for each ride at [...]

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Center Stage
Youth and family shows are front and center

Two shows feature the talents of about 60 students. “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr” and “Seussical Jr.” will be featured productions in the Greater Des Moines theater scene during November, thanks to Class Act Productions (CAP) Community Theatre in Altoona and Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre, respectively. Combined, these two shows feature the talents of about [...]

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CITYVIEW's Question of the Week

CITYVIEW’s question of the week

Should Facebook ban political ads?

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