‘Some Kind of Wonderful’

Reviewer: Michael Morain It’s possible that Carole King could have written all those songs with just a good imagination. But it’s more likely they were inspired, at least a bit, by the ups and downs of her own life. That’s the idea behind “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which opened a weeklong run Tuesday night […]

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Get ready for another irresistible restaurant interior from Annie Baldwin, the restaurateur behind Magnolia Wine Kitchen. Her completely different–but equally dashing–Blu Toro opens this Thursday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. She invited me in for a sneak peek days before the opening. What a beauty! Natural wood and neutral colors, with ocean-blue accents, dominate the […]

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Ebenezer Scrooge has another restless night as Repertory Theater of Iowa once again presents the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of redemption. Richard Maynard returns in the role of the crotchety old skinflint whose life is turned around by apparitions–or dreams inspired by “an undigested bit of […]

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Ballet Des Moines presents its 15th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 8-11 at Hoyt Sherman Place. Ballet Des Moines’ adaptation of this holiday classic features the resident professional company and more than 300 local student dancers. Tickets for evening and matinee shows are $25-$60 at the Hoyt Sherman box office or here.

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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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