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Posted September 25, 2013in The Sound

Switchfoot toes two sides of the line

Switchfoot, the San Diego-based five-piece, got its start in the world of contemporary Christian music. And while the band’s members have never shied away from their faith and continue to play Christian music festivals, they’ve never liked to pigeon-hole themselves. “Growing up in San Diego, there was no CCM scene,”

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Posted September 25, 2013in Film Review

Shocks, surprises and scares

“The Prisoners” 3 stars Rated R 146 minutes Action Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis While it lacks the oomph of a concrete true-crime drama such as “Zodiac,” Denis Villeneuve’s taut innovative suspense-thriller keeps you guessing. Renowned for his deserving 2011 Oscar-nominated drama “Incendies,” Villeneuve keeps the narrative puzzle

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Posted September 25, 2013in Sound Check

Icona Pop “This is…Icona Pop” TEN/Big Beat Icona Pop is intriguing, because it’s a band that seemed to have more potential than might first be evident. Take, for example, its now ubiquitous hit, “I Love It”: Replace the synth beats with a guitar, and put that song in the hands

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Posted September 25, 2013in Civic Skinny

Who, what, when, where, why and how

WHO…. …is teaching your children at the state universities? Not necessarily the faculty. At the University of Iowa, only 45 percent of total undergraduate student credit hours were taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty in the fall of 2012, the latest period for which there are figures. Non-tenure-track faculty —

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Posted September 25, 2013in Belly Up

Ready for some football, B-Dub style?

Nearly everyone who’s ever had a hankering for hot wings, a tall, frothy beer and a big screen TV to highlight every detail of the weekend’s must-see game has probably been to Buffalo Wild Wings somewhere in the country. The franchise includes 600 establishments in 41 states across the nation.

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Posted September 25, 2013in Game Day

It’s a plot, we tell you!

FIRST DOWN… and goal to go: Baylor scores 70 points a week, produces Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, and does everything that the Texas Longhorns are SUPPOSED to do. And yet the word on the street is that some of the high-rollers in Austin feel they’re above poaching the little brother

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Posted September 25, 2013in Joe's Neighborhood

The end of the season

“Two books of tickets, please.” You shout over the music and through the small hole in the glass. Money passes one direction; tickets slide out the other direction. Vicki Smith looks out at you with a weariness. It’s late, and the season is almost over. You are another one of

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Posted September 25, 2013in Your View

Thankful for Neal Smith

Perhaps the most important comment to be published in Cityview came last week from Michael Gartner (Civic Skinny Comment, Sept. 19). His comments about Neal Smith were most appropriate, including the fact that after being defeated, the Smiths moved home to Des Moines — not taking the usual lobbying or

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Posted September 25, 2013in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… West Des Moines

Amount: $2,383.82 To: Midwest Tap LLC (Ohio) For: Purchase of DVDs for the library.   Amount: $800 To: Memorial Services of Iowa Inc. For: Payment for two memorial services — a grave opening and closing — performed on July 19 and Aug. 8 ($350 for an urn and $450 for

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