Pulp and Circumstance

By Kellye Crocker Sludge monsters! A nefarious hypnotist! A mysterious . . . librarian! Holy cheeky dramaturgy, dsmWeekly readers, “The Intergalatic Nemesis—Live-Action Graphic Novel” even has robots! Alien robots. Landing April 30 at the Temple Theater, the show melds the visual poetry of a comic book, the symphonic melodrama of a retro radio play and […]

‘Dead Man Walking’

Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) this month launches “Staging Connections,” a series of events exploring capital punishment that will lead up to the company’s performance this summer of Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking.” The graphic, searing opera, about a defiant death-row inmate and a nun who reaches out to him, is based on Sister Helen […]

Sneak Peek: Eatery A

Today, if you drive by 2932 Ingersoll Ave., you might be able recognize the building as the former Blockbuster video rental store. The boxy outline remains, in spite of the promise of outdoor dining patio taking shape. But step inside, and any memory of the blunt, industrially lit store will be erased. I literally gasped […]

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Lists and More Lists

By Kellye Crocker Des Moines has landed on yet another “best of” list. Pop-culture bible Paste magazine recently unveiled “10 Undercover Stylish Neighborhoods in the US,” ranking the East Village No. 10 (ours, not Manhattan’s), with shout-outs to Raygun, Hill Vintage & Knits and the Blazing Saddle. And now there’s a T-shirt for that. After learning […]

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Onward and Upward

Looking for a challenge? A major challenge? An I-could-never-possibly-do-that challenge? Then join inspirational speaker and life coach Liz Nead on her journey to climb Mount Kilimanjaro June 26-July 11. The founder of Nead Inspiration assures us it’s not too late to sign up, and that if she can do it, you can too. That’s because Nead […]

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Chef’s Table

By Wini Moranville With all the great restaurants in Des Moines, you might think twice about driving to Perry for dinner at the Hotel Pattee. Especially if you, like me, had a less-than-stellar experience there under previous owners before it closed. Happily, judging from a recent visit, it looks like new owner Jay Hartz and his […]

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Rebirth and Renaissance

By Susan Hatten Nearly three weeks ago, Junior League of Des Moines hosted Capital City Follies at Hoyt Sherman Place, raising funds for the Lighthouse Host Home for Women. Those of you who have been integrated in the charitable space in Des Moines for the past 20 or more years likely recall the original Junior […]

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Exhibit A(rt)

Last Friday night, Walnut Street downtown offered plenty of evidence of Des Moines’ robust gallery scene:  Studio Gallery in the East Village (323 E. Walnut St.) opened “Flora Project,” a new exhibit of works by artist and gallery owner Jay Vigon. We’re wild about the floral digital prints Vigon creates—so wild, in fact, that we […]

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Lessons From Younkers

By Wini Moranville The Younkers building fire has caused an outpouring of memories of the grand old department store. Allow me to add one myself. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, I was lucky enough to work in the Younkers restaurants—specifically, the Tea Room and Parkade Pantry (both downtown) and the Meadowlark (at Merle […]

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