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Feature Story
Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide

A jam-packed autumn season includes must-see live music, theater, sports and art events from all around the area. Are you ready for some fall entertainment? Prepare to fill up on fine art, up-close theater and on-stage action, spectator sports, brisk outdoor autumn weather and fun festivals. CITYVIEW’s Fall Arts and Entertainment Guide for 2019 is [...]

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Feature Story
Beauty Queens

Iowans give the behind-the-scenes scoop on pageant life. Behind the brief stage moments, the bright white smiles and the sparkling crowns that accompany most pageants are months of preparation in hopes of a title that will lead to a paid college education, a modeling contract or another career opportunity. Pageant contestants say today’s competitions go [...]

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America’s Sport

How football has replaced baseball as our sport of choice In 1919, two years before the first baseball radio broadcast, the New York Times reported that all records for crowds at Times Square had been “shattered” by the horde that rubbed shoulders for blocks to watch a scoreboard reenactment of the first game of that [...]

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Civic Skinny
Reynolds sat on $600,000 in bills in the Godfrey case. Tirrell trial delayed. Campus sex, drinking and helmets.

The Governor’s office sat on more than $600,000 of legal bills from the Nyemaster law firm in the costly Chris Godfrey trial until the trial was over. The bills — which raise to nearly $2 million the cost to the taxpayers so far in defending the seven-year-old lawsuit — were held back by Gov. Kim [...]

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Political Mercury
Governor, Congressman Khanna headlining Pillar’s Jefferson opening

Slate of events, national attention expected for Sept. 7 event on town square. California Congressman Ro Khanna sees so much potential in Jefferson that he brought a delegation from Silicon Valley, the technology center of the nation, to visit the Greene County seat in December. Just weeks later, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds spotlighted Jefferson as [...]

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Film Review
‘Good Boys’ is overkill on kids behaving badly

Nearly impossible not to telegraph every joke before the punchline Where “Booksmart” was essentially a gender-bent “Superbad,” “Good Boys” follows a similar story archetype though substituting tweens for high school seniors. The boys are still trying to get some (albeit a kiss rather than getting laid), must-attend parties that define one’s social status at school, [...]

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Food Dude
Cool Basil masters balance

The biggest Thai place in town is also my favorite. Forty years ago, Thai cuisine was a new thing in Des Moines. Prasong “Pak” Nurack and his wife, Beni, introduced us to their native food on weekends at the Italian cafeteria Little Joe’s on Court Avenue. Later they would move to a stand-alone place on [...]

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Your Neighbors
Painting a picture with yarn

Joyce O’Brien’s fiber art has been displayed in the offices of Gov. Terry Branstad, U.S. Congressman David Young and State Senator Jack Whitver. “I made it up,” says Joyce O’Brien. The 95-year-old is referring to her unique brand of “paintings” that don’t require paint. “I call this fiber art. It is a unique treatment of [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Bald men full of grandeur

“Jason Statham saved a lot of guys.” Smacked broadside by a car at the top of a hill, I was 5 years old when I had my first bike accident. I was so embarrassed, I limped home and kept my bruised body and the ruined bike a secret. My first embarrassment. Wahoo. And that was just [...]

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Center Stage
From love to murder in musical comedy extravagance

September marks the start of Greater Des Moines’ 2019-2020 theater season. A promising array of musicals, comedies, family theater and drama await the cultural consumer. More than a dozen companies will present about 50 productions, beckoning patrons from near and far to join in the unique communal experience that only live theater delivers. Tens of [...]

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