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Events

Think we are going to need a good nights sleep

Posted by on Jun 3, 2010

This is going to be one of the busiest, if not THE busiest, month Des Moines has ever seen. The Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau predicts over 175,000 people will come to...

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Restaurants

Why eat at a chain Wednesday: Raul’s Mexican Restaurant

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012

I am fairly certain I’ve been to Raul’s before, but it was many years ago when it was on Douglas Avenue. I believe that was the same concept that now exists over on 8th Avenue...

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Feature

An Ames Brewery Worth the Trip

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012

Even though it’s a short drive away from Des Moines I don’t know Ames that well.  As a Hawkeye I don’t have too many reasons to venture into Cyclone Country.  In college I...

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Beats for the soul

Do More at 80/35

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010

An event like the 80/35 Music Festival is obviously good for the city of Des Moines. The Festival provides a great opportunity to show case our great city to many who travel from...

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Recent Posts

Ready for 80/35? Canby – Alive Inside

Ready for 80/35? Canby – Alive Inside

Jul 2, 2015

I like to think I am pretty solid with words. I mean, I have been doing this for a bit now and I think I have a pretty okay grasp on the whole “written word” thing (grammar, much less, but I digress). However, what I still cannot grasp properly are titles. Every title I have ever come up with has been complete garbage. It’s why most of the titles of these...

Des Moines Arts Festival: My Date with Des Moines

Des Moines Arts Festival: My Date with Des Moines

Jul 1, 2015

Give me art, good food, beautiful weather and one of my favorite musicians and you’ve got the makings of a perfect evening. This past weekend I found myself on a date with our city, enjoying the sights, sounds and everything that I love about Des Moines during the summer. I am not one to typically go out on the town by myself, but a kid-free evening at my...

Des Moines Concert Completes Musical Bucket List

Des Moines Concert Completes Musical Bucket List

Jun 30, 2015

Several years ago I decided to make a “Top Five” list of my favorite artists/musicians. I can’t recall if someone asked me to make the list or if I decided to make the list ‘just because’, but either way I made this list quite some time ago and so far not one artist has been dropped in favor of someone new. In the years since I made the list, I made...

Des Moines Arts Festival Offers Lots to Love

Des Moines Arts Festival Offers Lots to Love

Jun 23, 2015

There are a handful of events that happen each year in Des Moines that I do my absolute best to make sure I am able to attend. Of course things come up, but if at all possible I make sure to run Dam to Dam, be there for the opening day of the Farmer’s Market, go to the State Fair, and for sure attend at least one day of the Des Moines Arts Festival. I am not...

10 Places to Catch Free Concerts this Summer

10 Places to Catch Free Concerts this Summer

Jun 17, 2015

When it comes to doing fun things around town, anything cheap – or better yet, free – tops my list. Summertime in Des Moines brings lots of free things to do, including music. Here’s your guide to free concerts this summer. This is the 33rd annual Jazz in July festival. The month-long series consists of 17 free jazz concerts performed at 17 locations...

Movie Magic: Des Moines Style!

Movie Magic: Des Moines Style!

Jun 16, 2015

Going to see a movie is a pretty standard event no matter where you go. All across the country, if you go to a theater you can expect a fairly typical experience: spend way too much money on your ticket, spend way too much money on giant buckets of popcorn and oversized cups of pop, and sit in narrow seats with minimal legroom. If you are lucky, the movie is...

Des Moines Beer Week and Happy Beer-Day to Me!

Des Moines Beer Week and Happy Beer-Day to Me!

Jun 9, 2015

If you are reading my blog on the day it actually posts to Des Moines is Not Boring, then it is my birthday. As is the tradition in my family on someone’s birthday, instead of sending birthday cards, we deliver a birthday beer. My brother started the tradition years ago and it has stuck. Birthday cards get recycled (or worse, stuck in a shoe box never to be...