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Tour farms, barns, and wineries at the J40 Farm Crawl in Keosauqua July 22 • Paul McCartney brings his One on One Tour to Des Moines on July 21 Blues Hall of Famer Catfish Keith comes to Iowa City on July 28 • Mary Chapin Carpenter comes to the Englert Theatre on July 28 ... read more


Progressive bluegrass band Circus No. 9 performs at Cafe Paradiso July 20 • Fairfield-born talents return to their hometown for Coming Home on July 29 ... read more
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The Des Moines Arts Scene

80/35 Festival—Celebrating 10 Years of Great Outdoor Music

This large-scale event at Western Gateway Park has celebrated the modern music scene for a decade now. Catch top-flight headliners as well as gotta-see regional acts ... read more

charles bradley

River Getaway

Summery Escape to Bentonsport on the River

Want to cool off this summer? The tiny historic town of Bentonsport in Van Buren County offers kayaks, canoes, and more for paddling down the Des Moines River ... read more

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Chad Pregracke's Finds

Message in a Bottle: Treasures Amidst River Trash

You won't believe what Quad Cities native Chad Pregracke and his Living Lands & Waters crew found buried in our rivers  ... read more

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A Cat and A Hat

Adopt a Cat at Kimberlie's Clothing Boutique

Kim Stanton came up with the perfect business for herself—selling an ecletic mix of clothing & accessories and offering cats & kittens for adoption from Heavenly Pet Sanctuary ... read more

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Artists on the Cutting Edge

Pitchfork: Trailblazers on the World Music Scene

Chicago's annual Pitchfork Music Festival offers three stages of mind-blowing music .... read more


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Eat Well This Summer

What to Make When It's Too Hot to Cook

Try two refreshing and fun recipes to make your taste buds happy and give your energy a boost on sweltering days .... read more

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Texas Truth

Sunny Sweeney Bares Her Soul on Trophy

The old-school country singer comes to the Des Moines Social Club in July  ... read more


Suspended in Serenity

Aerial Yoga: Floating Beauty

There's a new way to stretch and feel beautiful, and it's coming to a yoga studio in Fairfield, Iowa  .... read more

aerial yoga

Blogs from Source Writers

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

    Fountaining lobelia: we hang a pairon the porch to welcome summer and ward off broken bones. Purple finches weavea perfectly symmetrical nest. The male perches on the guy wire and sings. I dream the Rembrandt Mary cradling, shepherd’s flute and the muffled lowing,the infant’s cooi ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Bells 
    Someday you’ll forget, he thanked God. Newspaper where the words for the opportunity, a choice, came from having my eyes opened by bells. The dog will hand blitzkrieg, flying chairs; the mouse made its rapid advance through chamber pots. The bell became paramount. Three bullet holes and the ... by rustin READ MORE 
    6:35 a.m. Not suffering. The quietest time Of morning. I can hear a train rumbling Miles away. A “Charles Pretzels” can serves As a waste basket. The rodent digs Litter under its spinning wheel. My senses say Attack another expectation. Run by another Temporary solution. I think ... by rustin READ MORE 
    Even after a full dayof housekeepingat Johnny and Kaye'snear the airport, strippingthe sheetsof Robert Gouletand other famouspassersthrough,she would stand at homeat the sink with her bucketof potatoes, and peeland sliceas the lard meltedin the skillet. She would humlike Loretta Lynn,whistl ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • 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