Sunday, August 30, 2015


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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Posted July 22, 2015in Cover Story

Up, up and away!

How Indianola’s National Balloon Classic came to be one of the top hot air ballooning events in the United States.   Approximately 15,000 people reside in the city of Indianola, which is roughly 30 miles south of Des Moines. But when the National Balloon Classic sets up camp for nine

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Posted July 15, 2015in Cover Story

Barbershops & the art of men

Things change — hopefully for the better. Women can vote. Gay marriage is found constitutional. Jim Crow laws are prohibited. And so it was in 1974 that the Iowa Supreme Court faced a hairy problem. Long hair was the style, and some men felt the barbers were not keeping pace. So, they went where cutting

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Posted July 08, 2015in Cover Story

Murals of Des Moines

They can be found all over Des Moines. The downtown and East Village areas are peppered with spots of color that catch your eye as you drive past. Faces looking back at you, scenes lamenting times gone by, moments of creativity, stories of change, hopes of the future — all

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Posted July 01, 2015in Cover Story

80/35 Preview

Nobody involved with the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) or its flagship event, the 80/35 Music Festival, will deny that last year’s festival was a bit rocky. Last year’s first announced headliner, Conor Oberst, was given a lukewarm reception from the masses via social media, then a series of issues

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Posted June 24, 2015in Cover Story

Saving a bridge

This is a story of corporate bid-rigging (absolutely), municipal corruption (allegedly), political in-fighting (definitely), opportunistic land-owners (seemingly), nasty lawsuits (certainly) and east-side-vs.-west-side chauvinism (naturally) in Des Moines. And of salvation. All the intrigue took place in the 1890s. The salvation is taking place right now. What is being saved is

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