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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Locker Room

I believe I can fly

Do you know what pickup line works without fail? “I can fly.” Sure, Lois Lane might have feigned disinterest and even made the Man of Steel compete with his own alter ego, but she never said “No” to a night in the clouds. Hell, even Steve Trevor had to contain

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Joe's Neighborhood

A sense of place

Look for Iowa farmers before planting. You’ll see their pickups parked at an angle in the entrance to their fields, like they didn’t have enough time to park straight with all the traffic in the ditch. Driver’s doors left wide open in the supposed rush. And a short distance away,

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Center Stage

Stripping and swinging and inviting the whole country.

One weekend, four events? With acts that range from swinging on a star, sort of, to stripping down to skivvies, sort of? Plus a national competition? “We’d chatted about collaborating,” says Felicia Coe, a.k.a. Iowa Fly Girl, one of the women behind the whole whoop-dee-doo. “But we couldn’t figure out

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July 16, 2014 by Lindsey in Tech Talk

Long live King Content

Of all the innovations and gifts Bill Gates gave the world of technology, the one that has crossed over more than any other is the idea that “Content is King.” Written as part of an open essay in 1996, Gates’ proclamed that in order to succeed in the burgeoning online

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July 16, 2014 by Lindsey in Political Mercury

Joni Ernst, meet your Snake River Canyon

With all that bread-bagging of shoes and hog castrating on the farm, life for a young Joni Ernst surely didn’t afford a lot of time for leisurely television. And in the 1970s, before the proliferation of cable TV and the development of modern satellites to reach into space and snare

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July 16, 2014 by Lindsey in Center Stage

Out of the closet at full, funky roar

Twenty-somethings these days were raised on the Disney Renaissance. The great run began with “The Little Mermaid” in 1989 and may have ended with “Shrek” in 2001. Afterwards, instead of new movies, the kids got spinoffs. “Shrek the Musical” came in 2008, an attempt to duplicate the breakout success of

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July 16, 2014 by Lindsey in Civic Skinny

Sheriff sells Tirrell house; his trial is delayed. That $40 million buyers’ club refund explained.

Marty Tirrell Update: The Tirrell homestead in West Des Moines was sold last month at a sheriff’s sale. The sale followed a lawsuit filed against the sports-radio talker and serial defendant by Great Western Bank, alleging the Tirrells took out a $168,000 mortgage on April 1, 2011, and three years

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July 16, 2014 by Lindsey in Sound Notes

The Civic Music Association has named Peter Stevenson as its new executive director. Stevenson comes to the CMA from his previous position as the director of development for the Des Moines Symphony and Academy. Stevenson replaces outgoing executive director Carrie Clogg and takes over the role on Aug. 1. Your

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July 16, 2014 by Lindsey in Art Pimp

Holy books and chewing gum vaginas

“From Speaker to Receiver,” the Des Moines Art Center’s big summer exhibition, takes its title from linguistic theorist Roman Jakobson’s writings on semiotics and language. Curator Gilbert Vicario explains its purpose is to explore “how contemporary artists use language as a platform for the examination and critique of authoritative and

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July 16, 2014 by Lindsey in Cover Story

Bigger. Bolder. Better. Brewfest is back!

Cityview’s Brewfest has become a well-known and highly anticipated event in central Iowa. And while similar beer-tasting festivals have sprung up in Des Moines and across the Midwest, the thousands of Brewfest participants each summer are a testament that this event continues to set the standard. In other words, it’s

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