Tuesday, July 7, 2015


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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Posted June 17, 2015in Cover Story

Rock ‘n’ roll road trip

On May 20, I set out on a mission to record, on paper and in imagery, what I thought would be an interesting junket of “wrecks, thugs and rock and roll,” as I deemed it. Over the course of three days, I would travel more than 800 miles to attend

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Posted June 10, 2015in Cover Story

Comic Craze

Dajuan Kinney is not your average mother. Kinney loves to sew, but she doesn’t make quilts or simply repair the holes that inevitably appear in her 4-year-old kid’s jeans. Instead, Kinney spends her time sewing costumes for her family, friends and anyone else who asks for one through her Etsy

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Posted June 03, 2015in Cover Story

Back to the heart

Now in its 37th year, the Capital City Pride Festival is, according to this year’s theme, going “Back to the Heart.” While it is a sentiment that will mean a number of things depending upon whom you ask, the most obvious manifestation will be in location. After a year on

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Posted May 27, 2015in Cover Story

Pour your heart out!

Cityview Brewfest: the original craft beer festival — sample more than 500 beers at Principal Park on Saturday, May 30, from 2-5 p.m. It all starts with one good idea. Someone thinks of an invention, tradition or event, people love it, and suddenly dozens more of those same (or strikingly

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Posted May 20, 2015in Cover Story

Summer Art & Entertainment Guide

Music By Chad Taylor Summer wouldn’t be complete without a plethora of outdoor concerts to keep all the music lovers happy. Though there’s no way we could pack all the music offerings Des Moines has into one issue, we’ve done our best to make this list as all-inclusive as possible.

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Posted May 13, 2015in Cover Story

Travel to eat!

From kranskake to rhubarb pie, or strawberries to barbecue, expand your culinary tastes at these diverse Iowa food festivals Why do we travel? Aesop answered that question simply. “Adventure is worthwhile.” Gustave Flaubert considered it humbling. “Travel makes us modest. It reveals what a tiny part of the world you

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Posted May 06, 2015in Cover Story

Summer music festivals

We are gearing up for my favorite portion of the year, boys and girls: Festival time! As the weather gets warmer, people start looking for more and more outdoor activities, and when people start heading outside in droves, bands follow. No matter what kind of music you are into, no

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Posted April 29, 2015in Cover Story

Vacationing in… Iowa

As the school year winds down and the temperatures climb, families are packing their bags and leaving for summer vacation. But for those looking to save a few bucks, there’s nothing quite like a staycation at one of Iowa’s many tourist destinations. Whether a recent resident or a lifelong Iowan,

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