A $10 ticket to The Des Moines Register and USA Today Network's One Nation Energy forum — held Jan. 14 at Wooly's — gets you free beer from Exile Brewing Company and music from Des Moines' own soul-filled act The Maytags. What else does it get you? A discussion featuring expert panelists on the topic of energy issues. Come early, the free beer's offered while supplies last.
Purchase a ticket and get involved now ... the Iowa caucuses are only a few weeks away.
Sad news, Iowa music lovers. Lazerfest, the annual rock music event put on by Des Moines-based radio station Lazer 103.3, is no more. Once upon a time, Lazerfest brought modern hard rock staples like Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Temple Pilots to a field in central Iowa. Now, the station says "it's just time" to part ways with the event. We bid you farewell, Lazerfest. Have a favorite memory from past Lazerfests? Share it with Juice on Twitter.
Big City Burger's shaking up the way it dishes out lunch in downtown Des Moines. The standard burger remains, but you can no longer make your own burger and salads. Everything on the menu — including the new turkey club (nom nom nom), patty melt and tuna salad — is offered a la carte.
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As if the news of Lazerfest callin' it quits isn't enough heartbreak, two longtime Chinese restaurants in the metro have closed. Kwong Tung, an Ingersoll staple since 1954, and Great China, located on Hickman Road, both shut their doors at the end of December. Had your fill of closings yet? Too bad, because this weekend's Hole in the Wall's last for dishing out late-night meals. Better grab one last order of steamed buns before it's too late.
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