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Posted January 30, 2013in Locker Room

Ping pong, anyone?

Beginning in 1930, Hotel Kirkwood was a place where socialites could gather together and enjoy a night of entertainment and camaraderie. The building has changed a bit since then, but the setting remains the same thanks to the Des Moines Social Club. The historic hotel’s lobby plays host to one

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Posted January 30, 2013in Cover Story

Winter arts & entertainment guide

It’s cold. It’s damn cold. Fortunately, in Iowa we can get pretty inventive in finding ways to keep warm (hence Templeton Rye whiskey). But contrary to coastal belief, there is much more to do in Iowa than get drunk and chew gum — from movies to music, theatre to sports.

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Posted January 30, 2013in On The Tube, Recent Posts

Soviets in the suburbs

‘The Americans’ seeks to undermine our way of life We’ve seen many dramas about married couples living a lie in the suburbs, with tensions cracking the cheery façade. The lie in “The Americans,” however, is bigger than most. Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) are KGB agents passing as

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Posted January 30, 2013in Featured Story, Food Dude

Bacon Week honors ancient rites

Bacon Week is Des Moines’ Lupercalia, or more literally, our Fastnacht — a series of pig-outs preceding the fasts of Lent. Iowa celebrants are more apt to wear hog costumes than goatskins, but the soft underbelly of this state’s most plentiful mammal provides inspiration for a week of excess and

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Posted January 30, 2013in Geek Chic

State taxes accepts Dwolla

Iowa businesses could be in for a lifesaver when it comes to paying state taxes. The State of Iowa recently announced some major changes in its payment procedures, and it involves a tech startup from the very unlikely city of… Des Moines.                 Dwolla, a 3-year-old startup created by Ben Milne

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Posted January 30, 2013in Recent Posts, Sound Check

CD Reviews

Tegan and Sara ‘Heartthrob’ Sire This is not the Tegan and Sara you went to college with, and that’s a good thing. The Canadian twin sisters spent most of their 20s developing the acoustic, almost folky, kind of emo sound that became their trademark. But the ladies aren’t in their

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Posted January 30, 2013in Belly Up

Sambetti’s, a Second Avenue legacy

I got an education on how to drink beer upon my first visit to Sambetti’s on Second Avenue in Des Moines. My uncle — a veteran drinker even then — introduced me to the cozy booths, the warm Italian food and the term “big boy” in reference to beer. I

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Posted January 30, 2013in Featured Story, Political Mercury

Senate’s ‘Martin and Lewis’ act, and candidates you shouldn’t overlook

Congressman Bruce Braley admitted he had a hard act to follow. Iowa’s two U.S. senators, Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley, who were both sworn into Congress in 1975, celebrated their 10th presidential inauguration dating back to President Jimmy Carter, who was in attendance in Washington, D.C., last Monday as President

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Posted January 30, 2013in Rap Sheet

On the clock

Published arrest charges are obtained from official law enforcement records, which are available to the public. All who are charged are innocent until proven guilty.   Play the “Name that Crime” Quiz!   PISTOL-WHIPPED A man was walking down the sidewalk at the 3100 block of East Euclid around 9

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Posted January 30, 2013in Recent Posts, Sound Notes

Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week

Hearts are heavy in Iowa this week, as thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and loved ones of Brad Engeldinger who died in a car accident over the weekend. A consummate drummer, Engeldinger had played with the likes of High and Lonesome, David Zollo, The Pines and Brother

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