The Iowa Source

What To Do!


Jessica Lang Dance brings contemporary ballet to Hancher on March 23 •  Itching for spring flowers? Head over to Rick Island for the Flower & Garden Show Mar. 25-26 • Revel in sweetness at Indian Creek Nature Center's Maple Syrup Festival Mar. 25-26 • The Lumineers come to Des Moines Mar. 24 ... read more


Bollywood comes to Sondheim when The Taj Express musical revue arrives on Mar. 23 • Sharon Bousquet returns to Cafe Paradiso on Mar. 25 • Annie, the world's best-loved musical comes to the Sondheim on Mar. 31 ... read more
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Threads That Matter

Fine Greek Textiles Aid Greek Artisans

Greek American Stacey Kitakis Hurlin has brought back a colorful selection of handmade rugs, blankets, and other textiles for sale to lucky American audiences ... read more

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Grow It, Eat It, Love It!

Asparagus: The Fresh Flavor That Grows on You

An Iowa native tells tales of an early spring vegetable that is soooo good for you, you should probably learn to like it (and grow it!) ... read more


Upscale Comfort Food

Chef Sepehr Sadrzadeh Elevates Pullman Diner

The Pullman, resembling the interior of an old railway car, offers American comfort food with a chef-driven twist and a side of team spirit.
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Pullman Diner

The Best of Brunch

Brunch: A Delicious Marriage of Meals

Venture out of town for some culinary indulgence this weekend. Here’s the rub on some mouthwatering grub in Eastern and Central Iowa  ... read more

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Chef Eric Johnson

Northside Bistro: No Shortcuts

Northside Bistro is passionate about buying from local growers and producers to make the freshest farm-to-table meals possible .... read more

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Chef Matt Steigerwald

Rapid Creek Cidery: Coming Soon to Wilson's Orchard!

A historic barn on the grounds of Wilson's Orchard will soon be the site of a new gastropub and event center ... read more

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Top Picks

The Best Movies of 2016

Neil Fauerso, our movie reviewer on the West Coast, picks his favorite flicks from last year among the dismal pile of studio releases .... read more


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What's Behind the Aroma?

Your Coffee Crush

Take a delicious trip into the world of coffee, and discover what goes into making the bean (or berry) that just might be your perfect match ... read more


Cookbook Therapy

Food for Romance

Can the secret to spicing up your love life be found in a cookbook? Hey, it's worth a shot! ... read more

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Fringe Toast's Picks

The 2016 Crispy Awards

Andy Bargerstock, host of Fringe Toast Music on KRUU-FM in Fairfield, picks his favorite tracks of 2016 ... read more

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Blogs from Source Writers

Musings, anecdotes, and stuff that didn’t fit in print

  • Homeless Man Living in an Abandoned Library 
    The books are all mine now.  It's too bad about the electricity, because it gets dark in here at night.  There's no climate control, so it can be pretty brisk in winter.  The books have fared well.  The rodents have done minimal damage, but strangely have chewed through t ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • The Philosopher Savant Meditates 
    Your mind goes on around you,practicing piano in the apartment belowor standing in the cathedral of time,meditating its stained-glass window,its mandala of red and blue,frankincense twisting to deletion.Wind gushes against the blinds.You listen not for completionnor what’s forward, nor behind. ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Roach Motel 
      I must do this to survive, Cardinal. No breathing allowed, Mr. Bee. I tripped on the stairs made of you, Maple. Es muy Piso Mojado, Mr. Snail. I will take my sleepwalk, Cloud. The world is the mirror and the world is purified. Throw your hands in the air and run. We'll be eatin' ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Revision for New Year's Eve 
    My Father Didn’t Dance With Sylvia Plath BY RUSTIN LARSON New Year’s Eve, curled in the swiveling chair in my parent’s TV room, “Garfield’s 9 Lives” cracking up Katie, my five-year-old, and Ariel in my hands as my father stalks from the left and growls within h ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Schloop: a novel. Chapter 2: Pizza buffet 
    In first grade my hands would sweat pools of liquid onto the fake blond woodgrain of my desk. Math classes made me tense. They warped my spine and made my neck hurt. Lift up the curtain of stars and show me the King's magic exit. They served chili in styrofoam cups and offered tiny half-pint b ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Schloop: a novel. Chapter 1: What went down in first grade 
    Schloop: a novel. Chapter 1: What went down in first grade I. John John Robert Jupiter appeared in Mrs. Greene's first grade in the fall of 1966. He and his family had lived in Iran while the Shah was in power. “It was great!” he said. “We had everything. ... by rustin READ MORE