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Labor Day's over, signally the unofficial start of fall.

You can already feel fall in the air and it’s just a matter of time before the leaves start changing. So get excited about some of the big shows headed to Des Moines. Elvis Costello, one of the elder statesmen of alternative rock, “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” comedians Lewis Black and John Waters, and so much more are ready to fill your life with culture.

MODERN MEXICAN?

Looking for a new restaurant to try? Read what Datebook Diner Karla Walsh thinks of the modern Mexican fare at the relatively new Candela Modern Mexican on Ingersoll Avenue. Hint: You’ll dig the palomas and Candela classic margarita.

LISTICLE LOVE

Every week it seems like a new listicle comes out, and last week meant MSN tackling the best steakhouse in every single state (and the District of Columbia) nationwide. The restaurant earning love in Iowa might surprise you.

HOT TAKES ON PIZZA

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza opened its first lickety-split pizza joint on MLK near Principal Park and now comes the taste test. In 180 seconds, our reviewer had three pies to try. Were they worth it?

I’M DIGGING

This three-legged cat, one of nearly 1,500 animals awaiting adoption at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

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