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Let's talk about love. No, really ... The Des Moines Register's Courtney Crowder is hosting the next Des Moines Storytellers Project event and the topic's "Love & Heartbreak." Bring cash for the bar, stuff your face with treats from Chocolaterie Stam and listen to true stories of love, loss and everything in between. Tickets to the event, which takes place Feb. 16 at the Des Moines Playhouse, are on sale now

WINTER WON'T LAST FOREVER ... I HOPE. 

Brace yourself ... the RAGBRAI route announcement is coming. The long-standing statewide cycling event will announce this year's overnight towns at its annual party this Saturday at Capitol Square in downtown. Rabid for all things RAGBRAI? Purchase a ticket to attend the event. Each attendee scores a free pint glass. Can't go? Tune into the live broadcast at RAGBRAI.com and DesMoinesRegister.com.

Liquid courage for a cold winter: Five ways to enjoy Iowa Legendary Rye

WARM UP WITH ALDEAN

Country star Jason Aldean wants you to get out of the house tonight and warm up with his red-hot "We Were Here" tour stop at Wells Fargo Arena. The "Dirt Road Anthem" and "Burnin' It Down" singer told the Register in an interview that he plans to release a new record later this year. Dig up more info at the Iowa Events Center website.

Local connection: South-side to arena stage: Aldean guitarist talks D.M. roots

HELLO, IT'S ME

Guru BBQ ...   the Adele of Des Moines? That's what the Datebook Diner's saying in this week's review of the bbq joint. Read the review in full to find out how she graded the restaurant. Looking for more to feed your Adele addiction? Watch this viral video of her rapping in a car.

More to munch on: Euphoria on a fork

I'M KINDA BUZZED AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE ...

Matt, Juice.

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