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“It’s not just getting the innocent out of prison. It’s a matter of public safety,” said Peter Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project. Neufeld recently spoke about the weaknesses in the U.S. criminal justice system and the...
“Take all the pictures you want before you open the lid,” said the wise person at Reiman Gardens’ Butterfly Blizzard in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing in Ames Saturday. For a few dollars, anyone could sign up in advance to...
The waterfowl were not on display for me as I wanted them to be, but there were other benefits that made it worth the detour to the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri Valley, Iowa. The 8,365-acre refuge is a...
If this 52-room mansion was a “summer retreat,” what was their daily home like? The Arbor Lodge/Morton Mansion is an immense neo-colonial mansion at the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City, Neb. What began as a four-room, L-shaped,...
The Blank Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees and Lights is always a test of my ability to endure too many humans attempting to view the same thing at the same time. Please move so the beautiful tree is in my...
The Des Moines Performing Arts center opened its sixth dance season Tuesday, Nov. 10 with a series of pieces by Pilobolus, a dance company described as “an internationally acclaimed collective, renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that ignore preconceived...
“The tenor always wins the soprano,” said internationally renowned bass baritone Simon Estes. The Iowa native and artist-in-residence at Iowa State University spoke prior to the Saturday, Nov. 7 student performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in ISU’s Fisher...
“Thanks for coming to my workout,” said the breathless performance artist after completing one of his larger-than-life portrait paintings. The artist was David Garibaldi, and he completed several of his large portraits of pop icons at Iowa State’s After Dark...
Why are we fascinated by gangsters, thugs and criminals? Even tales nearly 100 years old can attract large audiences, as seen when the Dexter Roundhouse was recently packed with people wanting to hear again the bloody stories of Bonnie...
“I want statistics to look sexy.” That’s what an Iowa State University statistics professor once told visual artist Thomas Rosborough he wanted to see in the mural planned for Snedecor Hall, home of the ISU statistics department. Rosborough recalled the...