Michael Morain, The Des Moines Register

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The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

5 old photos every Cyclone should see

A new book on Iowa State's history may surprise even the A-student know-it-alls. → Read More

Review: 'Bridges' crosses into new territory

The national tour of "The Bridges of Madison County" may surprise its naysayers. → Read More

Broadway's top-dog trainer coaches canine stars for 'The Wiz,' 'Annie' and more

He lives with 30 dogs in a Connecticut farm house. → Read More

'Bridges' composer to lead national tour debut in D.M.

In a rare move, composer Jason Robert Brown will conduct "The Bridges of Madison County" himself when it opens in D.M. Saturday → Read More

A scientific fact: 'MythBusters' is a hit

Nerd alert: The popular Discovery Channel show's live tour heads to Ames on Monday. → Read More

'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' car shifts into gear at Playhouse

The high-tech car took eight months to build. → Read More

Fa-la-la: Your headstart on holiday entertainment

This week's option range from "The Messiah" to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" → Read More

Tattoo artist draws delight from toddler with rare health condition

Tattoo artist illustrates generosity by answering Facebook plea, painting child's walker. → Read More

Tattoo artist’s generosity delights toddler with rare health condition

The mother of a 2-year-old from Des Moines said she was stunned by the generosity of a tattoo artist from Ankeny. → Read More

The ultimate tag sale: Millionaire's art collection for sale in Urbandale

Ted Townsend's lifetime collection of art and artifacts goes up for grabs on Friday. → Read More

Dive into these five soups this fall

Shortlisted: The best soups for the season. → Read More

Debate moderator seeks to focus on issues, not himself

CBS News' John Dickerson wants to sharpen Saturday's Democratic debate without getting caught in the fray. → Read More

Art workshops offer troubled teens a clean slate

ArtForceIowa sharpens creative job skills for teens and young adults who have had run-ins with the law. → Read More

If you know what a 'squinny' is, you're probably from Des Moines

It's what the rest of Iowa calls a ground squirrel. → Read More

Power and grace: A sneak peek at Ballet D.M.'s new triple bill

Catch the company's annual triple bill -- one classic, two moderns -- this weekend at Hoyt Sherman Place. → Read More

New opera project, new gallery, new mural and more

A&E Behind the scenes: The latest in Iowa arts and entertainment. → Read More

Black Iowans push for a more inclusive arts scene

African-American plays, concerts, movies and art exhibitions don’t always land in the mainstream spotlight. → Read More

Like a chef, D.M. Symphony shows off blend and technique

The Des Moines Symphony can be justifiably proud of what it served Sunday afternoon at the Civic Center. → Read More

Hot Sardines swim to three concerts in Iowa

The hot new jazz club is a rowdy crowd favorite. → Read More

New sculpture takes shape at Cowles Commons

A construction crew has started installing a massive steel-and-light sculpture in the middle of Cowles Commons. → Read More