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Art Meets Fashion

The seed of an idea—auctioning donated couture to benefit the Des Moines Art Center—has blossomed into an unprecedented weeklong celebration of fashion as art, personal expression and cultural commentary.

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New Art Center Acquisitions

  By Vicki Ingham Of the recent additions to the permanent collection at the Des Moines Art Center, my favorite is “Basin” (2012) by the Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui. His ability to transform discarded aluminum bottle caps and other junked metals into a fluid net of silver and gold is nothing short of magical. Anatsui […]

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Vintage Linens

  By Vicki Ingham I love vintage linens, especially white tablecloths, dresser scarves and hand towels. There’s something about the texture, weight and quality of old linen and cotton that’s so satisfying to the eye and the touch. Since a person can use only so many tablecloths, however, I like to find other ways to […]

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Fabulous Kitchen Finds

By Wini Moranville While researching my recent story for dsm on go-to kitchen gadgets, I asked my All Things Food DSM Facebook community which culinary tools had changed their cooking life. Among the responses, the microplane was a clear standout. Deb Cazavilan, a cooking instructor and owner of Wooden Spoons Workshops, says, “My microplane gets […]

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My Personal Board of Directors

By Susan Hatten I began traveling for business when I was 21, and on my first legitimate work trip involving air travel, my boss at the time suggested that I pick up the habit of reading a new book with each business trip. I took heed and waltzed to the nearest book station in the […]

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Finding La Quercia Out and About

By Wini Moranville It’s always great to see Central Iowa restaurateurs support local growers and producers, and a sterling example of that is the way in which our chefs bring La Quercia prosciutto—made in Norwalk by Des Moines residents Herb and Kathy Eckhouse—to their tables with great pride. Michael Bailey, executive chef of Embassy Club […]

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Happy Birthday, Satchmo!

If Louis Armstrong were still alive, he’d be 113 years old.  Celebrate the jazz legend’s birthday Aug. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Salisbury House & Gardens, which is hosting a live jazz concert on the south lawn. While you’re there, impress your friends with these little-known facts about the illustrious trumpet player: He […]

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