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Posted May 21, 2014in Cover Story

2014 Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide- Film

Get ready to laugh, scream and even shed a tear, because this summer brings a wealth of comedies, action flicks and sweet romantic dramas to local cinemas. Superhero blockbusters will fight to become new fan favorites, and film adaptations will have readers/viewers comparing the big screen story to the book.

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Posted May 21, 2014in Cover Story

2014 Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide- Art

Picasso mused that artists are children who never grow up, a metaphor encouraged by the school-like calendar on which the traditional arts keep time. As if air conditioning had never been invented, the art world still closes shop and heads for the hills and beaches at the first utterance of

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Posted May 21, 2014in Cover Story

2014 Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide- Music

The list is long, and it’s as comprehensive as possible, but it’s pretty much impossible to include them all. Still, here’s our best effort at bringing you a summer-long lineup of musical acts to hit the indoor and outdoor stages, patios and venues across the metro in 2014. Check back

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Posted May 14, 2014in Cover Story

Helmets, laws and outlaws

Motorcycles are built with equal portions of romance and mechanics. From Robert Persig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” to Patrick Symmes’ “Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Legend,” biker literature has spawned a cult of self-discovery that exceeds all other human-machine relations, save the airplane. In fact motorcycles and airplanes

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Posted May 07, 2014in Cover Story

Vacationing in Iowa

Windows down, toes out the passenger side bopping in the wind to a local country station that splits Tanya Tucker and Toby Keith hits with DJ announcements of senior living menus and auction calendars — ahh, it’s a road trip in Iowa summer. This is our third annual Vacationing Iowa

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Posted April 30, 2014in Cover Story

All summer long

It’s time for the best season of the year in Iowa, and we ain’t talking about summer: It’s festival season. All summer long (and into the fall and winter), cities and towns all over the Hawkeye State are going to be throwing parties. Indoor, outdoor, one-day or multiple, chances to

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Posted April 23, 2014in Cover Story

From lost to found

“When there’s a fire burning behind you, you don’t get to choose where to go. You just run.” That’s how Wilondja “Willy” Msiando explained how a family gets separated while fleeing from the carnage of war and genocide. He, his wife and their children were forced out of their home

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Posted April 16, 2014in Cover Story

A preview of Iowa’s 2014 races Primary colors

For decades, the race for President of the United States has always been front and center in the Iowa political arena. But for the first time in years, the battle for the White House is taking a temporary back seat to the blockbuster state races in the 2014 election. The

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Posted April 09, 2014in Cover Story

Puppy wars

With a name like Breezy, you’d think life would be easier. But the 9-year-old papered wheaten terrier purebred has, her entire life, suffered from ongoing bacterial skin infections, stomach ulcers and bouts of violent vomiting, says her owner Marilyn Soper. But life could be worse. She could be like her

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Posted April 02, 2014in Cover Story

Gangs of Des Moines

There was only one point in the past six months when I thought I was going to die. I was sitting in a house on the south side of Des Moines with six Skinheads, discussing the “beat in” ritual for initiating new members. Midway through the conversation, a seventh member

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