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Posted March 26, 2014in Sore Thumbs

‘METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES’    (M) **1/2 Konami PlayStation 4 In terms of Big Boss’ career of covert infiltrations and extractions, Ground Zeroes is the equivalent of a quick stop by the office on a Sunday morning to take care of a few things before heading off to the

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Posted March 26, 2014in Duffy

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Posted March 26, 2014in Locker Room

Wrestlers face winds of change again

Wrestlers are homosapiens of a different breed. One minute they have a 4,000-calorie meal before them, and the next they’re spitting into a water bottle to cut weight. These mat warriors relish the competition and the thrill of not knowing for certain if they’ll come out on top or be

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Posted March 26, 2014in Belly Up

There’s always more to love at Pounders

One of the most clever euphemisms ever invented is calling a strip club a “gentlemen’s club.” If you’ve ever been to one, the male patrons along “sniffer’s row” are anything but gentlemen. They don’t extend a chivalrous hand to help the ladies off stage or pull out the chair for

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Posted March 26, 2014in Food Dude

Café di Scala mellows out

With 20 new dieting books published each week, one might think this is the golden age of nutritional wisdom. Actually, dieting obsessions have been recycled for hundreds of years. Lord Byron popularized an all potato diet. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was into low-carb dieting 150 years before Dr. Atkins. Horace Fletcher

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Posted March 26, 2014in Sound Circuit

Horn rock

Patrick Tape Fleming has his hand in a lot of projects. In addition to playing guitar for the biggest rock band to ever come out of Des Moines, The Poison Control Center, Fleming plays in a number of smaller local acts, including alt-country act Dillweed. Probably his most controversial, least

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Posted March 26, 2014in Joe's Neighborhood

Obamacare implicated in Grand Avenue Bridge fiasco

The recent fiasco at Grand Avenue Bridge, as reported first by Cityview, underscores once again how Obamacare has unmoored the very heart of red-blooded America. Listen to me when I talk to you about this because I’M ANGRY AND I’M LOUD. And you should be, too. After Obama almost stopped

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Posted March 26, 2014in Sound Check

Various Artists “DSM@SXSW” Maximum Ames Three weeks ago, the city of Des Moines, in collaboration with the Des Moines Music Commission and Maximum Ames Records, gathered a dozen of the capital city’s most popular acts together and took them down to Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest Festival. The

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Posted March 26, 2014in Sound Notes

Gas Lamp is now kid-friendly. The longtime alcoholic venue has announced it will be converting into a more family-friendly, “pub-style” diner, specializing in American comfort food. All shows currently booked will run as planned, but new kid-centric shows will be booked during the day and early evening hours, kicking off

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Posted March 26, 2014in Film Review

Samuel L. Jackson pays homage to Russia in ‘Mishkin’s Complaint’

“Pulp Fiction” star Samuel L. Jackson delivers his directing debut with a poignant sexy melodrama rooted in 1930’s Moscow, Russia. “Mishkin’s Complaint” pushes the envelope on modern cinema’s trend toward A- and B-list Hollywood actors engaging in full-fledged sex acts onscreen. The result leaves an impression. Jeremy Irons plays Mishkin,

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