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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 [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in Belly Up To...

Step back in time at High Life Lounge

When you look around and see every other person texting, face-timing, blogging and taking selfies, you realize how much you miss the simpler times of previous decades. There’s no denying [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in Civic Skinny

Anonymous fellow Democrats pile on Matt McCoy.

Some of his fellow Democrats are anonymously stabbing Matt McCoy in the back. Or maybe in the front. McCoy, the 49-year-old state senator who represents sections of Des Moines and [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in Film Review

More human than human

“Ex Machina” is a terrifying film. It does not get its sense of foreboding from jump scares or gore. There are no demons or ghosts or anything else traditionally scary [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in The Sound

Everything and nothing

It would be incorrect to say “Andrew W.K. is not who you think he is.” In point of fact, Andrew W.K. is exactly who everyone thinks he is. The fact [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in Sound Notes

The Hinterland Music Festival announced its final three lineup additions for its inaugural year. Added this week were Justin Townes Earle, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, and Des Moines’ [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in What the?

Next week’s photo:     This week’s winner: “Now that is hauling ass!” -Mel Dolan Runners-up: “Kim K., eat your heart out —mine is bigger than yours!” -Chuck “Dave was [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in Food Dude

W China thinks big

Thanks to Lost Des Moines’ Facebook page, the city’s restaurant history is becoming better known. I recently was reminded of Davey’s Supper Club and Curly’s Dinner Club. Both were Highland [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in On The Tube

Dreadfully Happy

“Happyish” Sundays (Showtime) Showtime’s current Sunday lineup is no match for the hype steamroller of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”/“Silicon Valley”/“Veep” trifecta, which makes it the perfect-ish place for a throwback [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in Rap Sheet

Two of a kind?

It’s getting hot in here for Nelly, 40, who was arrested on suspicion of drug possession on April 11 in Tennessee. Highway Patrol found five rocks that tested positive for [...]

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