Thursday, October 8, 2015

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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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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