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Feature Story
Out of the park

Friday night fireworks. Bobblehead nights. B-Bops burger races. The family-friendly fountain in right field. Win or lose, the Iowa Cubs continue to attract fans with as much entertainment as the biggest brand names in baseball across the entire country.  Yes, the Iowa Cubs are a big draw in central Iowa. One of the reasons is [...]

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Feature Story
How baseball saved the arts

The high arts are flirting with existential jeopardy. What are the “high arts?” Late Des Moines artist Don Dunagan explained:  “ ‘Titanic’ defined it. The music on the first class level was ‘high,’ and the music in steerage was ‘low.’ So were the clothes and food.”   High arts’ elitism has always been swallowed with [...]

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Business Feature
Prom is big business

Prom season is here. The annual tradition for high school juniors and seniors promises to bring more glitz and glamour each year. For many young people, this may be their most photographed event since birth. Vying for the attention of parents and students are local businesses promising to help prom-goers show up in style — [...]

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Civic Skinny
Des Moines workers balance work and life. Hogs top domesticated animal list in Iowa. Water quality in Iowa lakes is a concern.

The citizens of Des Moines have some of the best work/life balance in the country, according to a study by With the 32-hour work week proposed recently by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and mentioned under hushed tones by office workers who are slacking off at water coolers, work/life balance is on the minds of [...]

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Political Mercury
‘The Beekeeper’ is a not-so-subtle Trump fantasy movie

If civil judgments don’t drain the Trump Machine into cashless-ness, the former president may want to open up theaters in the swing states for free showings of the Jason Statham movie “The Beekeeper.” Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer may be accidentally inspiring MAGA more effectively than any speechwriter in Trump’s infamously off-script political orbit. “The Beekeeper” is a trope built on a [...]

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Film Review
‘Road House’ is a rollicking good time

The release of a new “Road House” film sparks both curiosity and skepticism. Attempting to fill the shoes of the gritty, sweaty Patrick Swayze classic from 1989 is no small feat. Sequels and remakes often struggle to strike the delicate balance between good and so-bad-it’s-good that defined many films from that era, with many tipping [...]

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Food Dude
Flying Mango is unique to the bone

Flying Mango has been around for a quarter century, 21 years at its present location in Beaverdale and five before that at farmers markets and as a catering service. Its name came because owner Mike Wedeking has been a licensed pilot for more than half a century, and mango is his favorite fruit. When Wedeking [...]

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Des Moines Forgotten
Now it all makes sense

I moved to Des Moines from Denver, Colorado, in 2007. If you asked the 22-year-old me why I did so, it may not have made a lot of sense. If you ask the 38-year-old me the same question, it would be a different answer but probably still wouldn’t make a lot of sense. My first [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Expedition to the top of the head

My dermatologist slowly goes over my bald head with gentle fingers and a calm voice. He dictates to his assistant as he goes — much like an explorer taking notes on the unusual flora and fauna found in this remote and inhospitable landscape:  “Blah blah blah, and here’s a blah. Oh my, more blah blah. [...]

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Center Stage
Murder in Ankeny

Oh, those wicked thespians up north. Ankeny Community Theatre embarks on a classic lethal, suspense-laden romp with “Dial M for Murder.” It’s no secret that influences from “across the pond” have saturated America’s fascination with murder mysteries. Blame Britain’s 19th-century Industrial Revolution, which stimulated its passion to read about murder. Why? 18th-century Englishpersons often lived [...]

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CITYVIEW's Question of the Week

CITYVIEW’s question of the week

Should Grand Avenue and Locust Avenue in downtown Des Moines be converted from one-way streets to two-way streets?

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