Sunday, November 23, 2014

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in Guest Commentary

Tales of two atrocities: political ads and language

Tale I: Next to the biblical “In the beginning…,” the best-recalled opening line in literature likely is, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” Given today’s “times,” if you believe the recent campaign ads, we might shorten

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in Sound Notes

Winter is indeed a season of change. Last month, JC Wilson announced that House of Bricks would book its last heavy metal show this November before undergoing a remodel, rebrand and name-change. Now word is coming down the mountain that, beginning in 2015, el Bait Shop will stop being a

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in News of the Weird

The other World Series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team left standing, rewarded for months of grueling practices, to the cheers of adoring, frenzied fans. The “world series” of professional team computer games was settled on a stage in a packed, 40,000-seat stadium

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in Duffy

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in Sound Circuit

Going thermal

If you have been to a local music venue with any kind of regularity in the past couple years, or if you’ve made your way to the 80/35 festival in recent summers, odds are good that you have seen Jordan Mayland do his thing. Whether it is as the front

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in Sound Check

Pink Floyd “The Endless River” Parlophone Pink Floyd has always had a keen eye toward higher concept material. In that vein, “The Endless River” isn’t the kind of album that’s going to provide Floyd fans a lot of radio-ready moments. Instead, the album is broken up into four conceptually-distinct parts.

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in On The Tube

X-mas onslaught

“An En Vogue Christmas” (Lifetime; Saturday, Nov. 22) The singers of En Vogue (as played by the current legally recognized singers of En Vogue) reunite for a holiday benefit concert to save the nightclub that gave them their start and to forgive the sleazy manager (David Allen Grier) who “broke

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in Art Pimp

Abstraction isn’t what it used to be

A number of exhibitions in Des Moines this month investigate a subject that has been dividing generations and offending traditionalists for a century — abstract art. The Des Moines Art Center’s “From Icon to Abstraction” recognizes the 100th anniversary of World War I by suggesting the possibility that abstract art

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in Tech Talk

The importance of being socially cool

There are two things that launch upstart social networks from nothing to necessities: a feature that isn’t offered anywhere else, and being cool. While coming up with an original social network feature seems nearly impossible, being cool and maintaining can be much harder. Friendster, MySpace, and even America Online —

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November 19, 2014 by Lindsey in On the Move

Brenton Skating Plaza opens Nov. 21

The outdoor skating rink at 520 Robert D. Ray Drive opens at noon on Nov. 21 for the 2014-2015 season. Brenton Skating Plaza, which first opened in 2006, will be open every day from now through March. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.25 for seniors and children ages 6 to

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