Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Posted September 30, 2015in Cover Story, Homepage Cover Story

Honeymoons gone bad

The honeymoon is the paradox of romance. Theoretically, it plays out as scripted in bridal show dreams conjured from the promotions of high-end resorts. Like all things theoretical, honeymoons sometimes fail the test of real-world complications such as delayed flights, missed connections, downgraded rooms, bad weather and unrealistic expectations. The

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Posted September 23, 2015in Cover Story

100 Favorite Bars

When people see the cover of this issue, they sometimes ask, “100 bars? Isn’t that pretty much all of them in Des Moines?” Those people clearly don’t know the metro area very well. The Des Moines area is home to hundreds — plural — of bars, restaurants and other quirky places

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Posted September 16, 2015in Cover Story

Stripping pounds, not clothes

Have you been looking forward to the gymnastics competitions at the 2016 Olympics? There may be a whole other reason to get excited. The International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA) says they are seeking to gain the International Olympic Committee’s recognition of pole dance as a sport. All signs are

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Posted September 09, 2015in Cover Story

Stars in stripes

They are on national television in front of millions of viewers; they are in photos in nationally known magazines and online. Still, you don’t know their faces or their names. They are the thankless ones — the referees. Iowa is a hotbed for high-level officials with a long, rich history.

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Posted September 02, 2015in Cover Story

Keeping pace

The Hy-Vee Triathlon had a rich, if not spectacularly long, history. Started in 2007, the event immediately made waves in the racing world by offering the largest prize in triathlon history, $200,000 each for the men’s and women’s elite winners. That would be a trend that Hy-Vee would continue throughout

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Posted August 26, 2015in Cover Story

Cityview’s Ultimate Pizza Challenge

Call it Mussolini’s Revenge. The Italian dictator didn’t fare too well in World War II, but since then, pizza has conquered America. Before that war, pizza was either obscure or unknown in Des Moines. Today it’s ubiquitous, being made from scratch in convenience stores like Casey’s and QT, in neighborhood

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Posted August 19, 2015in Cover Story

2015 Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide

As we say goodbye to summer once again, at least we have the satisfaction of knowing we are not saying goodbye to the fun and entertainment that we’ve enjoyed for the last three months. The fall calendar in the metro is almost as jam-packed as the summer one, thanks to

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Posted August 12, 2015in Cover Story

Takin’ it to the streets

There’s no way around it: Iowa loves bicycling. Hoping to raise money for a charity event? Host a moonlit pub-to-pub bike ride. Want to take a relaxing day trip? Pedal the scenic High Trestle Trail. Taking a week off work in July? Must be for RAGBRAI. No other place in

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Posted August 05, 2015in Cover Story

Rock of Ages

Everybody knows that the Iowa State Fair is the place to go for all kinds of strange and wonderful foods on a stick — or deep-fried and then put on sticks. But the one thing that always changes at the Fair is the entertainment. Sure, there are some things that

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Posted July 29, 2015in Cover Story

Swimsuit Edition

It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Because if we didn’t go through the rigorous processes of selecting models, organizing photo shoots and picking images to publish in these pages, who would? We figure that if it is good enough for Sports Illustrated, then it is good

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