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Posted October 29, 2014in Center Stage

Hitler, heartbreak and lingerie

On the chalkboard outside the Des Moines Social Club Basement, I saw some sad news. I was there for last week’s late-night “Cabaret,” but for this week, I saw conventional [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in Book Review

‘A Deadly Wandering’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Shirley Shiffler William Morrow & Company Sept. 23, 2014 $28.99 416 Pages In “A Deadly Wandering,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel has written a [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in Food Dude

Clay pots star at H’s Pho & Restaurant

For whatever reasons, geography has swayed the way restaurants cluster in the metro. Local independents thrive in the inner city, and big chains in the far-flung suburbs. It’s been so [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in Civic Skinny

After winning $10 million, Pavone sues Kirke again. Register seeking sports editor — by another name.

Three years ago, John Pavone won a $10 million judgment against Gary Kirke. Now, Pavone is suing Kirke again, on the same issue. Pavone claimed — and the Iowa Supreme [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in Your View

Good and hard

Reading Douglas Burns’ cautionary column (Political Mercury, Oct. 23) about the prospect of Joni Ernst actually getting elected to replace Tom Harkin reminded me of H.L Mencken’s assertion that “Democracy [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in Sound Circuit

Lake effect

Their band name is ridiculous. Their EP is being recorded in another band’s practice space and produced by a guy they met on Omegle. This is the unconventional, unexpected world [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in The Sound

Asking for your attention

The Milk Carton Kids are gloomy. Or at least, that’s the look they’re going for, in spite of themselves. “It turns out that the name doesn’t reflect the dark morbid [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in Film Review

Here’s Johnny

“John Wick” Rated R 96 minutes Starring Keanu Reeves and Alfie Allen Cinemark 20 showtimes: 3:45, 5:05, 6:25, 7:45, 9:05 and 10:15 p.m. “People keep asking me if I’m back,” [...]

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Posted October 29, 2014in Cover Story

30 years of terror

Sometimes, watching Merlyn Linn move, it’s not hard to see each and every one of his 74 years. “I’ve had 11 surgeries, you see,” he said, sitting in the tiny [...]

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