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Feature Story
Best of Des Moines

You won’t find the iconic black and white Best Of Des Moines logo everywhere you go, so, when you do, a feeling of comfort is sure to set in. You’re about to receive elite service, send your taste buds on a heavenly journey, or make a memory that will last a lifetime.  Two-hundred-seventy-one categories. Thousands [...]

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Feature Story
Love will keep us together

What is your favorite true-life love story? Always an interesting question when getting to know someone, it can solicit many different answers. Achilles and Patroclus’ love story has been both cherished and debated for 3,300 years. It was also far more honorable than the love “that launched a thousand ships,” between Helen and Paris.  The [...]

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Business Feature
The tournament boom

The Iowa High School Athletics Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) bring in thousands of fans with their annual tournaments at Wells Fargo Arena each year. Athletes, families, friends and students alike make their way to downtown Des Moines to celebrate the year’s athletic achievements and cheer on their respective [...]

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Civic Skinny
University sabbaticals — cookbook, bees, knitting. Also… Baby names. Broken records. Growth ranking.

For most of us, taking a “sabbatical” is veiled as a simple vacation. It is a nice break from work, if nothing else. However, the definition, at least according to the Oxford dictionary is, “a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for [...]

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Political Mercury
What Tom Harkin would do if he were running for political office in 2024

Tom Harkin still has it. The pulse of Iowa on instinct auto dial and a force of moral clarity and that defining doggedness, an aw-shucks ease with voters, and a rhetorical sledgehammer ever ready when he needs it. He’s fast, too, on the draw with a prescription for Democrats in Iowa in 2024. It’s discipline [...]

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Food Dude
Romance by any other name…

Romance has been defined more ways than there are to ask for a date to the prom. Hollywood and the merchants of St. Valentine brand our young minds with very sentimental trappings — chocolates, flowers, linen table cloths, candlelight and violins.  There is another more expansive definition, sometimes ascribed to James Joyce but usually credited [...]

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Des Moines Forgotten
The Bock Stops Here

It’s the busiest time of the year at the CITYVIEW offices with our annual BEST OF DES MOINES winners being announced. I thought it would be fun to dive into some of the past BEST OF DES MOINES winners, which means taking a walk into the deep dark tomb that is under the CITYVIEW headquarters. [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Bad luck as… comedy?

Bad luck is bad luck. True enough. But there are certainly different types of bad luck. There’s the really bad luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it’s a matter of life or death. Like getting trapped by a falling boulder and having to cut off your arm to survive. [...]

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Center Stage
From stage famine to performance feast

February stages come to vibrant life, enticing winter dwellers from their cozy confines. A tantalizing range of shows spans from classic to comedy to musical to children’s theatre as the region’s talent focuses on a bounty of shows to savor. Ballet Des Moines even brings another world premiere to the stage as they continue their [...]

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Film Review
‘American Fiction’ explores racism, identity and the commodification of Black narratives

Cord Jefferson’s directorial debut, “American Fiction,” is a delightful movie that transcends conventional storytelling. It’s fueled by an exceptional cast and enriched by its exploration of identity, family dynamics and the challenges faced by Black creators in the creative industry. Adapted from Percival Everett’s 2001 novel “Erasure,” the screenplay intelligently explores racism, identity and the [...]

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CITYVIEW's Question of the Week

CITYVIEW’s question of the week

Do you believe there is life on other planets?

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