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Posted September 30, 2015in Cover Story

Honeymoons gone bad

The honeymoon is the paradox of romance. Theoretically, it plays out as scripted in bridal show dreams conjured from the promotions of high-end resorts. Like all things theoretical, honeymoons sometimes [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Film Review

‘The Intern’ has a lot to learn

Though it might not seem like it at first glance, the way “The Intern” is constructed actually has a lot in common with “Million Dollar Baby.” The latter film, the [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Featured Story, Food Dude

The youngest old pro

Long ago, in a restaurant world without bistros, gastropubs, sports bars or media buzz, Des Moines’ food scene was personality driven. Excellent cafés bore the names of their owners — [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Sound Circuit

Madison Ray and the sincerity of creation

Not everybody is picking up what Madison Ray is putting down. Like virtually any artist who has created for public consumption, Madison Ray has suffered the slings and arrows of [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Tech Talk

Facebook finally lets us say ‘No’

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Children across the country are told this every day when they say something hurtful. The problem is [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Sound Notes

When the Des Moines Symphony kicks off its newest season, astute ears will notice a difference in the way the music sounds. The Des Moines Civic Center has made a [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Center Stage

Bent logic on the fly

“Improv-nesia” is the word for it, according to the members of Comedy Xperiment. The Des Moines troupe has been doing its special brand of improv for years now, and yet [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Your View

Pope Francis tells Republicans to cooperate for the common good

Republicans now find the shoe on the other foot with this pope. In the past, the GOP have used the church and religion to bash Democrats over narrow issues like [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Featured Story, On The Tube

Ice holes

“Benders” Thursday, Oct. 1 (IFC) Series Debut: Denis Leary has produced shows firefighters (“Rescue Me”), EMTs (“Sirens”) and music (“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”), so it was inevitable that he’d get around to another [...]

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Posted September 30, 2015in Joe's Neighborhood

Room at the table

If you’re all the way to the mermaid tank at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire, you’ve gone too far. This is understandable, because you were probably distracted and beguiled by [...]

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