Goldfinch: First Look

Writer: Wini Moranville Photographer: Liz Brown for Goldfinch On a recent preview visit to Goldfinch, the new Court Avenue restaurant that’s replaced Dos Rios and is expected to open Nov. 10, it didn’t take long for me to realize just how much the farm-to-table spirit infuses the restaurant through and through. The utterly modern birchwood-white […]

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Few stories from the art world capture the popular imagination quite like the ones that emerge every so often about a long-gone Rembrandt or Picasso that somebody found in an attic or garage.

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Once again, Greater Des Moines has shown us how fortunate we are to live in a community shaped and guided by generous mentors. Reviewing nominations for dsm’s annual Sages Over 70 honor never gets easier, but it’s a challenge we have come to welcome, with its opportunity to consider so many uplifting examples of selfless […]

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The Des Moines Public Library is tapping a new brew of readers–young adults at local taverns, an age group most likely to be interested in the library’s 21,000 books, magazines and audiobooks available digitally. And they’re promoting the service with beverage coasters under drinks at University Library Cafe, Iowa Tap Room, El Bait Shop, Fong’s […]

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When you stock up on holiday wines now, it’s one less thing to deal with as the busy days of December speed by. Here are three of my favorites for entertaining during the holidays–two to kick off the evening with panache and one to wind down the evening with warmth and good cheer. Everybody loves […]

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Get acquainted with some–lots–of the area’s best artists in two holiday receptions this weekend: Moberg Gallery’s Winter Group Show opens with a reception Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit, featuring new work from 20 artists, runs through February at the gallery, located at 2921 Ingersoll Ave. New exhibitors include Wendell Arneson, […]

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Say it three times fast: Happy septuagennicentennial! Or maybe centenniseptuagennial? However you say it–the experts disagree–Iowa will turn 170 years old in December, and the State Historical Museum is celebrating with new exhibitions and a gala party. “Our new exhibits and programs will give Iowans a chance to learn what our state was like 170 […]

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Inspired by the Des Moines Art Center’s exhibition “Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens,” local photographers entered their own street photography in a competition that has yielded an exhibition of 67 photos. The exhibit opens Dec. 12 in the Adrienne and Charles Herbert Galleries and runs through Jan. 3. A “community celebration” event will be […]

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Being a community volunteer has never been easier: United Way of Central Iowa has written the book on helpful opportunities, just in time for the holidays. Whether you’d like to make meaningful donations or get more personally involved in helping with holiday events, services or programs, you can find something that feels right to you. […]

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