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Posted March 27, 2013in Geek Chic

PERView provides X-ray photography

Just when it seems all smartphones are starting to feel the same, one developer has completely thrown the market for a loop. Two words: X-ray photography. Through a light-capturing advancement known as hyper light-refraction, the application “PERView” is able to amplify the ultra-violet light that bounces off cloth fibers, rendering

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Posted March 27, 2013in Sound Stage

A hum-dinger of a show

One of my favorite things about Des Moines is that you never know where you’re going to stumble upon live music. There are literally hundreds of places in town to find it, and now the Drake Diner is one of them. Steve Berry is something of an entertainment legend in

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Posted March 27, 2013in Sound Check

CD Reviews

Aimee Mann ‘Mann on Mann Action’ Nonesuch Aimee Mann has toiled for three decades as one of those “musicians’ musicians,” but she’s never exactly been known as a hit machine. Easily Mann’s most commercially successful and recognizable work is “Voices Carry,” the title track off of her band ‘Til Tuesday’s

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Posted March 27, 2013in Cover Story


At Cityview, we get a lot of suggestions from readers insisting we write about their latest plight of injustice. Despite our rabble-rousing reputation as an alternative newsweekly in Des Moines, and though we do entertain such intrigues on occasion, the majority of these complaints get filed into the “maybe” story

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Posted March 27, 2013in On The Tube

Rest in peace?

‘Crypt Collectors’ takes reality TV six feet under It seems no one is safe from the woes of economic turmoil. And as it often goes in Hollywood, if there’s a devastating plight out there, some TV show producer is ready to exploit it. Now not even the dead can rest

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Posted March 27, 2013in Belly Up

Burn one down at Tokers Lounge

At first glance, Tokers seems like a run-of-the-mill hippie bar one might stumble into unknowingly while visiting San Francisco: Bob Marley on the jukebox, bearded, dread-head patrons chilling in their grandpa’s Grateful Dead T-shirts under flannel button ups. Within the cloudy haze of euphoria, regulars lazily smile, eyes glassy, sipping

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Posted March 27, 2013in Rap Sheet

On the Clock

Play the “Name that Crime” Quiz!   BIG BALLS Police were called to the Walmart on Southeast 15th Street around 3 p.m. on March 16 after three male juveniles had released all the large bouncy balls from the ball corral. The balls bounced wildly through the store, knocking over elderly

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Posted March 27, 2013in Featured Story, Food Dude

Food crops out, tobacco in

Disembarking from a flight in Des Moines a few years ago, I observed a lady behind me being greeted by two children and an older woman. As soon as they saw her, the kids ran up enthusiastically proclaiming, “Mommy, Mommy, guess what? Grandma gave us chicken that had bone in

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Posted March 27, 2013in Locker Room

Jesus Walk tests the faithful

This weekend, countless Iowans will celebrate the return of their Lord and Savior during Easter. For children it is a day of sweets left by a precocious bunny after a long-awaited end to their time of penance. Adults celebrate with family and friends at church services and lunches with all

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Posted March 27, 2013in Book Review

‘Unidentified Flying Love’

Review by Victoria Jones Peter Publishing Group 2/12/13 $425.92 2,857 pp. The story begins with Melody, the daughter of an orange farmer, riding her horse through the orchards one sunny afternoon, when she stumbles upon a naked man sprawled out behind “a particularly forlorn tree.” Instead of galloping away in

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