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Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause

Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause

by Jesiah Dorpat As a partaker and lover of all things beer and music (and of course the lovely Des Moines people), my stomach, ears and my sweet bluesy soul were filled by this event to the uttermost. Sax... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

by Dave Markwell This morning a couple of my favorite CrossFit members bought me a coffee. Tanya and Roxane had finished their workout and, per their Friday ritual, traveled down the street for a coffee... [Read more]

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

More comments from shoppers about how friendly our market is and this is true of the vendors themselves. Witnessed last Saturday, a jewelry vendor’s canopy broke while she was putting it up. Her competitor... [Read more]

Sound and Fury Morris Dancers to delight at St. Luke’s English Fete Sept. 13

Sound and Fury Morris Dancers to delight at St. Luke’s English Fete Sept. 13

Part Steampunk, part Renaissance Faire – Morris Dancing is a staple of Country Village fetes (rhymes with plates) or fairs all over England. Some have called it “organized chaos,” with its... [Read more]

Des Moines Arts and Culture wants your thoughts – take their online survey

Des Moines Arts and Culture wants your thoughts – take their online survey

Have thoughts on arts and culture in Des Moines? Then take the Des Moines Arts and Culture Participation Survey! “We believe that arts and culture play an important role in the quality of life here... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

by Dave Markwell Last night I took my first “actual” shower in seven days. My son and I spent a few days traveling around the state, fishing, eating beef jerky and bathing in the lakes and rivers... [Read more]

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

We are becoming an international market! While working in the wine tasting booth this past Saturday, I talked to people from Great Britain, New Zealand, Germany and Japan. They of course didn’t travel... [Read more]

REMINDER: Des Moines Rotary’s Blues & Brews Fest is this Saturday, Aug. 23

REMINDER: Des Moines Rotary’s Blues & Brews Fest is this Saturday, Aug. 23

REMINDER: For the fifth year in a row – this coming Saturday, Aug. 23 – people from around Western Washington and beyond will be flocking to the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park... [Read more]

Flute Quest is this weekend at Saltwater State Park

Flute Quest is this weekend at Saltwater State Park

Flute Quest is this weekend at Saltwater State Park – Friday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 17. Flute Quest is the largest Native American Flute Festival in the Northwest. Adults and children interested... [Read more]

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

What can I say about last Saturday – sun, food & friends meeting friends! Many people say they love the market for its friendly atmosphere amongst the vendors as well as the shoppers. Another big... [Read more]

Two local filmmakers wrap production on new Sasquatch horror film

Two local filmmakers wrap production on new Sasquatch horror film

Two local filmmakers – John Portanova (Writer/Director) and Jeremy Berg (Director of Photography) – have just finished shooting a new feature horror film called “Valley of the Sasquatch.” These... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

by Dave Markwell With the cool mist of an early August morning breaking the sleepy grip of my night’s rest, I see my world in my yard and understand that it’s a good place to be. As the sun begins... [Read more]

Frank Ferrante returns from Australia with more of Groucho Marx

Frank Ferrante returns from Australia with more of Groucho Marx

by T.M. Sell Frank Ferrante was afraid. Every actor with a pulse is a little afraid before going on stage, but it’s a kind of fear and excitement and adrenaline that most use to drive their performances.... [Read more]

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

The gorgeous days just keep coming and the farmer’s fruits and vegetables are in full bloom…we purchased a baby watermelon, yum! And, did you get any of the first arrivals of the red plums? Life is... [Read more]

Wednesday night’s FREE Concert in the Park features ‘The Coats’ band

Wednesday night’s FREE Concert in the Park features ‘The Coats’ band

Wednesday night’s (Aug. 6) FREE concert in the park will feature The Coats band at Des Moines Beach Park, starting at 7 p.m. The Coats are a contemporary a-cappella group with a twist! Definitely... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

by Dave Markwell Two days ago I was ripe with anticipation awaiting my wife’s return home from her week-long adventure. Well, she’s home now and I have moved on to anticipating leaving her for a four-day... [Read more]

Local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ to be IndieFlix’ ‘original series’

Local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ to be IndieFlix’ ‘original series’

“The Maury Island Incident” – a short film that was shot locally last summer (and which plays tonight at a fundraiser at the Tin Theater) – has been turned into a 6-part original series... [Read more]

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market

Last Saturday was another gorgeous day by the bay. I talked with a couple from Coeur d’Alene Idaho at the wine booth who said it was their second vacation in Puget Sound and they fell in love with... [Read more]