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Urban Street Art

On this video, David Safris, president of Urban Visionaries, shares his thoughts on urban street art and invites you to attend a June Art Week exhibit of the works. Read the story here (scroll down the page).

A Movable Feast

Food trucks serve up careers along with cuisine.

Like to Eat? Our Guide to Going Out

Finding a new spot for a night out just got easier, times two. First, our handy new guide to local dining and drinking establishments is now available. Look for the free handbook, Eat + Drink, at sites where you usually find dsm magazine. Or drop into our offices at 100 Fourth St. We’ll be happy […]

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By Larry Erickson Have you heard The Well Pennies? The husband and wife duo of Bryan and Sarah Vanderpool met in Boston, gained a national following while based in California and are now living in Des Moines, Sarah’s hometown, where they’re developing a recording studio and some interesting new projects that highlight their harmonies and […]

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By Wini Moranville Le Jardin Begins Saturday Brunch Service: Fans of Le Jardin’s Sunday Brunch — French-focused crêpes, omelets and salads — will be glad to know that Saturday brunch service has begun. The menu is somewhat smaller in scope than the full Sunday brunch menu, but a children’s menu has been added. Le Jardin […]

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This is the sale we always look forward to enjoying: Arts & Ends, the fabulous tag sale to benefit the Art Center’s education, outreach, and free admission programs. It has art, of course, plus everything you must might need, from furnishings to finery. If you can, attend the preview party this Friday, April 29, from […]

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It’s baffling that this hasn’t sold out yet, but what an opportunity for us this Saturday: Sutton Foster, the award-winning actor, singer and dancer, performs with the Des Moines Symphony April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Foster has performed in 11 Broadway shows, but who’s counting? (11!)  In addition to singing her socks off (really, you’ll […]

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The uproarious “Book of Mormon” is back for more uproar at the Civic Center May 3-8. If laughter is the best medicine, this will cure just about anything. If you missed it last time, don’t let that happen again. This Broadway blockbuster is the wicked brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of TV’s […]

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By Wini Moranville Can the former Jimmy’s American Café location finally become the hotspot that it once was? Since Jimmy’s closed in 2000, a few restaurants have tried and failed; the spot seemed cursed. If anyone can make it a success, Scott Carlson can. Not only does Carlson have proven chops in the industry (he […]

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