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Posted February 27, 2013in Sound Stage

Old school cool

Is there anything more ring-a-ding-ding cool than sitting at Chuck’s Restaurant, having jazzy standards and covers crooned at you while you scarf down a mouthful of carbs? Saturday, Feb. 23 was a night for just that sort of thing, courtesy of Steve Charlson.                 Charlson, an accomplished bassist who’s played with

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Posted February 27, 2013in Cover Story

2013 Best of Des Moines- BEST OF THE REST

As the old adage goes, any job worth doing is worth doing right. Whether you’re flipping burgers at a local bar and grill, parading a catwalk dressed in drag, balancing the budget of a multi-million dollar corporation or running the state government, we believe you should take pride in your

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Posted February 27, 2013in Duffy

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Posted February 27, 2013in Featured Story, Political Mercury

Can King pass the bully test?

The thing about a bully is, nobody expects the bullied to win the fight — they just want to see some fight. So let’s say you’re on the school bus, a squirmy, gangly, pimple-faced seventh-grader so uncomfortable with talking to girls that you run from animated female characters when playing

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Posted February 27, 2013in Sore Thumbs

PLAYSTATION 4 PREVIEW In a New York City press event that was streamed live on the PlayStation website last week, Sony unveiled its next-generation game console, the PlayStation 4. Sort of. The guest of honor — the hardware itself — was a no-show, but the two-hour presentation did feature a

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Posted February 27, 2013in The Sound

Chad Elliott, the tireless troubadour

Chad Elliott’s route to professional music should serve as a parable to aspiring musicians on the importance of creating your own opportunity. “I was going to school for art, and all my roommates were all musicians,” he said. “They had a guitar sitting there, so I taught myself that and

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Posted February 27, 2013in Cover Story

2013 Best of Des Moines- CULTURE & NIGHTLIFE

As the old adage goes, any job worth doing is worth doing right. Whether you’re flipping burgers at a local bar and grill, parading a catwalk dressed in drag, balancing the budget of a multi-million dollar corporation or running the state government, we believe you should take pride in your

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Posted February 27, 2013in Locker Room

Amateurs and Pros take aim in archery

Take a deep breath. When you reach into your quiver to grab an arrow, all your cares slowly drift away. The memory of losing hours upon hours at summer camp begging the counselors for just one more shot meanders across your mind as you set your feet according to the

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Posted February 27, 2013in Cover Story

2013 Best of Des Moines- EATS

As the old adage goes, any job worth doing is worth doing right. Whether you’re flipping burgers at a local bar and grill, parading a catwalk dressed in drag, balancing the budget of a multi-million dollar corporation or running the state government, we believe you should take pride in your

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Posted February 27, 2013in Featured Story, Food Dude

Sizzle and pizzle at C Fresh Market

With federal financial aid, C Fresh Market opened recently on University. Besides bringing a supermarket to an underserved part of the inner city, it fills several niches in the city’s appetite for exotic foods and bargains. Reminiscent of the Ranch 99 chain in California, the store’s fresh fish section provides

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