Reviewed By Michael Morain.

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.

ia Magazine Invites You

Our annual sister publication, ia magazine, will be the showpiece of a new-issue launch party Tuesday, Sept. 27, and we’d love to have you join in this celebration. ia brings some of the character of dsm to statewide stories, and this issue will take you to scores of fascinating sites from every corner of Iowa. […]

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2016 SAGES OVER 70

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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By Wini Moranville Christopher Diebel held a steadfast vision for the lounge of his restaurant, Bubba—Southern Comforts: The lounge had to be its own draw — a captivating space unto itself and not merely a spot to wait for a table. Soft seating arranged in conversation clusters, a glistening chandelier, and two-story windows overlooking 10th […]

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When was the last time you waited 150 years for a party? Such patience will be rewarded at Book Ball 150, a celebration of the Des Moines Public Library’s 150th anniversary. For those rushing to Dewey Decimal section 423 for dictionaries, the word for a 150th event is sesquicentennial. What better place to celebrate such […]

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The Science Center of Iowa may expand your understanding of what makes music when “Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life,” a hands-on traveling exhibit, reaches Des Moines. Through sensory-stimulating activities, visitors will not only hear the music that surrounds them every day, but they’ll see and even feel it. Nature is filled with “musicians” […]

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dsm Review by Michael Morain The suitcase goes first. The slump-shouldered man who appears first in iconic silhouette in Repertory Theater of Iowa’s revival of “Death of a Salesman” sets the case down as soon as he returns home from another business trip. But it’s not the only thing that slips from his grip over […]

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We’re betting that Angela Davis’ presentation for the Chrysalis Foundation’s “Inspired” fundraiser Sept. 29 will be fascinating, enlightening and provocative. That’s because she is. Davis, who will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon, is an internationally known social justice activist, author and educator. Many may recognize Davis’ name from her days in the 1960s […]

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  By Wini Moranville Josh O’Connell from Black Sheep Social Club in Cedar Rapids took top honors in the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2016 Mixology Championship held last week at Vivian’s Diner + Drinks in downtown Des Moines. Django’s CJ Ryherd was runner-up. Recipes included a head-turning array of ingredients, including Heirloom Thai Chile Syrup, Swisher […]

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