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Crafty: Ombre napkins are luxury for your lap

Like I mentioned in my last column, I can really get behind simple indulgences. Whether it’s flowers, stationery or items for the home, anything that elevates the ordinary to even slightly luxurious is right up my alley. I could make a list a mile long of the little luxuries I love, but it’s outdoor dining […]

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Interview: Christopher the Conquered talks current projects and upcoming Eastern Iowa shows

Central Iowa staple Chris Ford (a.k.a. Christopher the Conquered) has a couple of shows scheduled for Eastern Iowa in the next week, one this Sunday at The Mill… […]

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Beyond the rerun: A guide to Summer television

Not too long ago, the beginning of summer marked the end of the TV season. As a child this annoyed me because summer meant that I finally had free time to watch all the television I wanted, yet nothing was on besides reruns and episodes of Maury. I thought the explanation for this was that […]

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Gabe’s patio to host free ‘very special’ performance prior to Run the Jewels show

This Thursday’s Killer Mike and El-P show at Gabe’s is one of those “get there early” events. The doors will be packed, true, but the real reason you’ll want to show up… […]

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Lit Scene: Studies abroad

This past March, four writers boarded a plane for the third millennium. There wasn’t anything particularly remarkable about the vessel in which they traveled, but rather the purpose of their journey. The travelers were literary ambassadors, dispatched to lands that had once embraced the beginnings of civilization, but whose stories are now unsung around most of the globe. These writers ventured to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on a creative tour that included readings, lectures and cultural stops along the ancient Silk Road. […]

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David Byrne journals about Iowa: “Beyond cool”

Following his visit for 80/35 alongside St. Vincent, David Byrne — one of the most celebrated artists of our time — has written a substantive reflection piece on his time spent in Des Moines. In it, he includes a bold proposition: …this is America as it’s suposed to be, or close to it. It’s imperfect, […]

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