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Feature Story
Revisit Des Moines’ Drive-ins

Get your popcorn ready! CITYVIEW takes a look at the drive-in movie theaters of central Iowa — then and now. I moved to Des Moines in 2007. I was 21 and going through an addiction to the old grindhouse films of the 1970s and 1980s. The Tarantino/Rodriguez “Grindhouse” double feature had just been in theaters, [...]

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Feature Story
Under the knife

Learn the questions to ask about elective plastic surgery before you decide if it is right for you. The face of plastic surgery has become younger, more familiar and more masculine. Procedures aren’t only for models or the rich and famous. It’s everyday people,moms and even businessmen who are now under the knife. “There’s definitely [...]

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Feature Story
Walking on sunshine!

Summer’s slate of outdoor live music has no shortage of music festival offerings, all within driving distance of Des Moines. Woodstock. This summer marks the 50-year anniversary of 1969’smother-of-all music festivals. Hosted on a 600-acre dairy farmin upstate New York, the event somehow caught the proverbial lightning in a bottle and attracted upwards of 400,000 [...]

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Civic Skinny
Dico, owing millions in fines, thumbs its nose at Feds. Register circulation plummets, more reporters leave.

Titan Tire is a deadbeat. The company or its affiliates own those 38 acres at 16th Street and MLK Jr. Parkway on the edge of downtown, land where the soil is dangerous and the buildings are dilapidated. Demanding the site be cleaned up, the federal government has been suing them for nearly 25 years, winning [...]

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Political Mercury
Republicans rebuke Mauro’s ‘offensive’ comments on Ernst’s military service

Democratic candidate contends senator’s military background hamstrings independence. Republicans forcefully pushed back on Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Eddie Mauro’s contention that Iowans deserve a “different kind of courage” than Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, showed in the military — a hierarchical environment Mauro suggests restricts independent thinking and forces veterans to “fall in line,” an experience [...]

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Film Review
‘Booksmarts’ is familiar yet wholly new

Turns out, it’s not that hard to get into college. “Booksmarts” follows the high school BFFs Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), who’ve stayed out of trouble for their entire academic career so that they could get into the best colleges. But when Amy and Molly discover that all their hard-partying peers got into [...]

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Food Dude
Pad Thai Garden

Probably just what suburban diners want. Pad Thai is much more than a restaurant named for a famous dish. One of the world’s most famous inventions, Pad Thai is also a government-created cause. In the 1940s, Thailand suffered a rice shortage due to war and floods. Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram encouraged his people to eat [...]

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Your Neighbors
148 medals and counting

When Frank Perez hears footsteps, the 76-year-old can still shift into another gear. Thump, thump, thump. “I heard these footsteps,” says 76-year old Frank Perez, as he remembers his best competitive moment at the Iowa Senior Games. Perez led after making the turn in the 200-meter dash. But behind him… Thump, thump, thump. “When I [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Homemade cheese sandwiches and Mom

The stuff of good dreams. Traveling with my mom was, for most of my life, the stuff of one of those late-night dreams we all have at one time or another — and not those good dreams. Rather the dreams where you forget to go to an important test at school. Or you are falling [...]

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Center Stage
A tribute to one of our community’s theatrical finest

Theater legend Jeanne Hopson takes her final bow. The adage goes that it’s the “-” connecting a person’s birth and death that counts. Jeanne Marie (Ferris) Hopson’s “dash” was a super microchip filled with enough achievements and contributions to fill several lives. Her passing leaves a vibrant legacy in its wake. A Des Moines native [...]

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CITYVIEW’s question of the week

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