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Winery Guide We are a family owned and operated winery specializing in locally grown fruit and grape grape wines wines Visitors can enjoy • Wine Tasting • Outdoor Patio • On-site lunch menu • Event center for special occasions • Wine Cellar and Vineyard Tours • Gift shop • Monthly brunch

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Come enjoy a two-day fun family event! 12:00 – 7 pm • Saturday September 28th AND 12:00- 5 pm • Sunday September 29th Free: hay rides, food, music, winery tours and wine tasting available. For Sale: fresh apples (picked or pick your own), fresh apple cider, caramel apples and wine.

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for event calendar and more information. 1441 Marak Road Swisher, IA Wed-Fri - 11-9 Sat- 11-5 Sun - 11 -6 Sunday brunch served from 9-1

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What started as a hobby has become a passion and business idea. A Waterloo beer brewer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to open his own microbrewery.



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From beer trivia contests to a Girls Night Out to a highend wine tasting, there’s a lot going on in the Cedar Valley. We hope to see you there.

Iowa Public Radio is looking to draw new listeners through a concert by The Pines. Dubbed a “friend raiser” as well as a fundraiser, this is one event you won’t want to miss.



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OKTOBERFEST celebrations Bust out your lederhosen and dust off your beer stein! These Oktoberfest events from across the state are the perfect kickoff to fall.


Assassin’s Creed IV and The Wind Waker both shove off this month, and Batman’s back for more action. Plus see reviews of GTAV, FFXIV and a Kingdom Hearts collection.

BOB & TOM Comedy Show At the Paramount Theatre you’ll hear from the guy who said “the finest coffees in the world come from countries where no one has a reason to get up in the morning.”


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ike a corpse rising to feast on living flesh, the underground punk scene in the Cedar Valley is coming up for some air. For the culmination of the two-day Cedar Valley of the Zombies event, five area punk, rock and hardcore bands will take the stage at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre in downtown Waterloo for the Zombie Ball -Rockpocalypse on Oct. 5. The lineup features Lover’s Speed, Peas and Carrot, Joe Meteorite and the Space Peanuts, Growing Cold and Desire My Difference. Oliver Weilein, lead singer of pop punk band Lover’s Speed, said he’s looking forward to showing a new audience the talent the Cedar Valley offers. The show is recommended for people 13 years of age and older, which Weilein said he prefers to the age restrictions that come with playing in bars and clubs. Most of the shows Lover’s Speed plays are house shows in basements, garages or living rooms of people’s homes. “I hate the idea of putting an age limit on art,” Weilein said. “I know when I was 13 I really wanted to go to shows and I couldn’t.” Lover’s Speed has played multiple shows with Peas and Carrot, Joe Meteorite and the Space Peanuts. The groups thrive on house concerts, even if it does take some initial convincing for those new to the concept. “We always love to bring new people to shows, introduce them to the DIY underground scene,” Weilein said. “A lot of times people are intimidated by it because it’s somebody’s house.” Instead, the those shows most often provide a safer environment than an average bar show. “It’s one of the most caring communities,” Weilein said of the Cedar Valley underground music scene. “I’d rather go to a house than a bar where drunk fights happen.” Weilein said he’s looking forward to playing in the amphitheater’s open air. “We always love to play in new, different spaces,” he said. Peas and Carrot is the newest of the bands  PULSE

on the Zombie Ball roster. They most recently played with Lover’s Speed at Spicoli’s in July. The group features a mix of punk and blues rock. Joe Meteorite and the Space Peanuts joined Lover’s Speed for a recent short Midwest tour. Desire My Difference and Growing Cold feature more hardcore sounds. Admission to the concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a food donation for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. The Zombie Ball is the part of Cedar Valley of the Zombies event that features two days of activities for families, sponsored by the Grout Museum District, the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo Community Playhouse, Black Hawk Children’s Theater and the Cedar Falls Public Library.

CEDAR VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES Friday, October 4 n 6 PM — Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum Lobby & Theatre, Zombie finger food reception, meet with Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly. Double feature: Warm Bodies and I Am Legend. Cost: $10

Saturday, October 5 n 11 AM — Cedar Falls Public Library, talk and book signing with Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly. n 3 PM — Better Safe than Zombie with Steve the Zombie and Zap the Zombies demo, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Waterloo. Cost: free with $5 Imaginarium admission n 6:30 PM — Zombie makeup clinic, Walker Building, Waterloo. n 7 PM — Zombie Ball - Rockpocalypse (ages 13 and Over), RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Waterloo, featuring local bands Lover’s Speed, Joe Meteorite and the Space Peanuts, Growing Cold, Peas and Carrot and Desire My Difference.



BRANDON POLLOCK / PULSE Photographer Eric Dodge transfers a batch of porter to the boil kettle at his home in Waterloo on Sept. 11.

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ric Dodge would like to see his home brewing operation go public. He isn’t the only one. Dodge’s brews got favorable reception at the second annual Stem & Stein event in August in Waterloo. His family wouldn’t mind either. “My wife is getting tired of having fermentation buckets around the house,” Dodge said. Dodge has been brewing five- to 10-gallon batches of beer in his kitchen and garage. He now has his sights on opening a micro brewery in Waterloo. Dodge wants to make and distribute a beer that is also native to his hometown. Micro brewing is a big trend. In 1890, the U.S. was home to 2,011 breweries. After nearly a century of breweries becoming bigger and fewer, only 89 breweries operated in the U.S. by around 1980. The craft brew explosion — which took off in the 1990s — brought the number of breweries in the U.S. to 2,538 as of June this year, according to the Home Brewers Association. The Cedar Valley has seen some of that influx. Guerrilla Brewing offers a new brew each week at the Beer Hall, 2401 Falls Ave., Waterloo. Single Speed Brewing opened a brew pub at 128 Main St. in Cedar Falls at the end of


last year. Broad Street Brewing Co. in Reinbeck opened in 2011 and has steadily increased the number of venues where its brews are available on tap. Dodge said he is exploring a slightly different operation. He wants to offer his beer in bottles. Although customers can fill a growler at Broad Street and Single Speed to take home, none of the local brewers offer retail distribution. “There’s a big market for people who just want to buy it and bring it home,” Dodge said. Spurred by the reception his beer got at Stem & Stein and his desire to see his hometown have its own brew, Dodge launched a Kickstarter campaign toward opening Dodge Brewery. He doesn’t have a site identified yet. He plans to crowd-source funding to buy larger vats and tanks to brew larger batches. Dodge has been brewing for nearly five years. His hobby has quickly grown into a passion. “Really, I’ve developed a love for the craft,” he said. “I think if you love what you do, you’re going to be happy.” Brewing for himself and his friends has given him a chance to refine recipes and try new things. He has

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brewed beer using maple syrup, hazelnut spread and other unorthodox ingredients. The brews he plans to offer at Dodge Brewery would be a little more conventional. The stout and the wheat beers he offered at Stem & Stein would be two of the main beers, along with an IPA. A fourth seasonal brew would join the menu. Dodge is hoping his funding campaign on Kickstarter can help him acquire the equipment to brew the four types on a larger scale. The campaign would also fund bottling equipment, including bottle caps, labels and six-pack holders. Although bottling is a big part of his plan, the tap room is an essential part to his operation and reasons why he brews, he said. “I like people trying it and telling me their reaction,” Dodge said. Want to fund Dodge Brewing Co.? dodgebrewery/make-dodgebrewery-a-reality Goal: $15,000 by Oct. 12




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o draw more listeners to Iowa Public Radio, the friends of KUNI/KHKE is looking beyond the airwaves. Roots rockers The Pines will be playing Oct. 3 at the Hub Live Music Club in Cedar Falls. Proceeds from the show go to benefit the Friends of KUNI/KHKE, a non-profit fundraising group affiliated with Iowa Public Radio. The Pines, founded by Iowa natives David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, are a good example of the variety of music offered on the dial, said IPR music director Al Schares. Friends board members said raising money is not the main goal of the show, calling the event a “friend raiser.” “It’s an effort to reach out to a new audience,” said Denny McCabe, Friends board member. Schares said a live show featuring The Pines is a good way to draw new listeners to IPR. “Sometimes you have to go beyond what you’re doing on air to reach people who may not be listening to Iowa Public Radio,” Schares said. The Pines, now based in Minneapolis, specialize in haunting musical arrangements that blend folk and roots

music with modern rock elements. The band has been getting radio play since before the group left Iowa, Schares said. They will be joined by fellow Iowa natives Har-di-Har, an experimental rock duo also based in Minneapolis. The pair represent an eclectic mix of music not available on most radio stations. “Our goal is to expose listeners to music that’s not found up and down the radio dial,” Schares said. McCabe said he and members of the Friends board plan to hold multiple similar shows throughout the year to promote IPR. The Friends already plan and sponsor the annual Blues Blowout, which takes place at Electric Park Ballroom early in the year. The crowds at that annual event are always strong, he said. Other shows like the upcoming Pines concert might help IPR draw a more diverse crowd. “We want to attract a younger, music-driven audience,” he said. The concertgoers then may become new listeners. “It’s a good example of the kind of music people can hear every day on Iowa Public Radio,” Schares said.

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Otep Shamaya to perform at Spicoli’s Front woman, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya will perform at Spicoli’s to support the release of her final album Hydra. Released on Jan. 22, the concept album is based on a graphic novel that Otep has been writing for two years. Hydra has solidified Otep’s place as one of the most prolific, unique, female-fronted metal groups of our time. Otep Shamaya Sunday, Oct. 6 @ 7 PM Spicoli’s, Waterloo



Hilton Garden Grille and Bar 7213 Nordic Drive Cedar Falls, IA 50613 319.266.6611 MONDAY - FRIDAY HOURS Breakfast: 6:30 AM - 10 AM Lunch: 11 AM - 2 PM Dinner: 5 PM - 10 PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY HOURS Breakfast: 7 AM - 11 AM NOT OPEN FOR LUNCH Dinner: 5 PM - 10 PM



he Garden Grille and Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn brings to the Cedar Valley an inclusive dining experience with much to offer everyone, from the T-shirt and jeans crowd to suit-and-tie businesspeople. “My goal here is to have this place available to everyone,” said Chef Matt Hoecker. “All cultures, all classes. Bridge the gap. Everyone deserves to come in here and have a great meal, and they should.” As the newly appointed executive chef, Hoecker brings to The Garden not only passion for the culinary arts, but for the establishment itself, which he literally helped build last year well before its doors opened to the public. With that passion comes a commitment to making The Garden not just match the high quality associated with the Hilton name, but exceed it. Hoecker’s contributions to the menu are best described as an eclectic mix of delectable items, a selection that’s rustic but refined. Featuring classic selections from France, Italy and the American South, there’s something to satiate an array of appetites. Diners might care to start their evening with a crisp Bibb lettuce salad topped with shaved fennel and mac 8 PULSE PULSE


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erated onion, or enjoy a bowl of carrot-ginger soup. They might then take pleasure in a generous meal of shrimp and grits, with bacon cream cheese grits, brown butter shrimp and blackberry ancho gastrique. Or perhaps they’d prefer to luxuriate with a perfect New York strip served with blackened baby red potato-and-bacon hash, confit cherry tomatoes, cilantro chimichurri and marrow butter. In the morning, guests can take heart in a sumptuous breakfast, one that can include omelets prepared before your eyes. For lunch, there’s a number of appealing items. A good start would be the classic turkey sandwich with herbed cream cheese and applewood smoked bacon and served on wheatberry bread. Another wise choice is the house burger made from free-range beef, topped with truffle aioli, balsamic onion jam and applewood smoked bacon, served on a delicious brioche bun. The selections also change with the season, ensuring that returning customers can look forward to items that are as fresh in spirit as they are in ingredients. With a name like The Garden Grille and Bar, it’s expected that dishes be made with the freshest ingredients. The Garden orders its supplies from a number of local and regional vendors. Free-range meat is purchased from Niman Ranch, with fresh fish flown in and delivered daily.

“The Hilton Garden Inn was built with the premise of bringing the outside in and the inside out,” said Lisa Donnenwerth, the hotel’s food & beverage manager. It’s an idea that pays off with an open layout that’s pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul. Diners will notice an atmosphere that’s pleasurably comfortable, an ideal spot for purposes ranging from an intimate dinner to productive business meetings. Whether patrons desire an after-work imported beer, a cocktail while discussing business logistics or simply a fine glass of red wine with a flawless New York strip, The Garden’s bar has guests covered. The bar features 10 beers on tap, a diverse wine selection and tasty cocktails made from scratch, such as their Bloody Mary, assembled with individual ingredients without a mix in sight. The bar itself serves as a fine spot to enjoy food also, be it a snack like hand-cut fried pickles, poutine fries with cheese curds from Hansen’s Diary or a delectable crispy Korean beef taco served with dipping sauce and sesame peanut salad. As word of mouth spreads, The Garden’s staff hope to see the whole community pass through their doors. “This is a restaurant that can stand on its own,” said Carlson. “We welcome people from all over, be they from the area or far away, to come and have a wonderful time.”



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Local & organic food & other sustainable practices priority. Nearby: bike trails, Ahrens athletic complex, Krumm Nature Preserve, golf courses, disc golf, movies, restaurants, more! Savvy Rest organic goods including mattresses, sheet sets, pillows, other bedding items, & BABY mattresses are sold here. For more information go to our website. Come stay with us. Sleep on SAVVY REST comfort!

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A century home in the heart of the cultural, historic and architectural district of Mason City. Lodging & Breakfast Private Dinners & Parties Special Weekend Packages

641.423.4700 119 2nd St. SE Mason City, IA

in good Bourbon Street |  American, Cajun and Creole 119 Main St., Cedar Falls 319-266-5285 Hours: Monday - Saturday 4 - 10 pm

CEDAR FALLS Beck’s Sports Grill |  American, Sports Bar 2210 College St., Cedar Falls 319-277-2646 Hours: Open daily at 11 am

Bourbon Street is a step off of Main Street into the French Quarter featuring Certified Black Angus steaks and delicious seafood complimented by an extensive wine list.

Featuring Beck's homemade microbrews, voted best burger, locally owned restaurant, sports bar and place to play pool in the Cedar Valley.

Ferrari’s Ristorante |  American and Italian 1521 Technology Pkwy., Cedar Falls 319-277-1385 Hours: Monday - Friday 11 am - 10 pm Saturday 4 - 10 pm Ferrari's features only the finest steaks, freshest seafood and authentic Italian fare. Offering light, quick lunch options along with an extensive dinner menu and wine list.

Beck’s Sports Brewery |  American, Microbrewery 3295 University Ave., Waterloo 319-234-4333 Hours: Open daily at 11 am

WATERLOO Guerilla Brewing/Lava Lounge |  Microbrewery and Bar 2401 Falls Ave., Waterloo 319-234-5686 Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am - 9 pm A double brown ale and an imperial American pale ale were the first two to debut; other varieties will follow depending on the season. None of the brews will be less than 7% alcohol.

One of the area’s only microbreweries! Voted best burger, locally owned restaurant and sports bar in the Cedar Valley. Featuring steaks, pastas, seafood, sandwiches and our famous chicken tortilla soup.

Ginger Thai Cuisine |  Authentic Thai Food 111 W. 2nd Street, Cedar Falls 319-266-2150 Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, 5 - 9 pm; Sunday 10 am - 4 pm Authentic thai cuisine offering lunch and dinner options. Appetizers, entrees, desserts and express menu for a quick lunch. A variety of flavors from coconut, fresh lemongrass, ginger, tofu and vegetables. Take-out and delivery available.

Soho Sushi Bar & Deli The Stuffed Olive |  Deli, Sushi, Tapas, Martinis 119 Main St., Cedar Falls 319-266-9995 Hours: Monday - Saturday at 11 am Fresh made sushi and deli sandwiches, salads and paninis combined with globally inspired tapas dishes and over 100 different martinis. Homemade cookies made from scratch daily!

The Lone Wolf |  Bar, Restaurant 7777 Isle of Capri Blvd., Waterloo 319-833-2241 Hours: Open daily 11 am - 2 am Kitchen open all hours Whether you feel like getting food to go or plan to stay a while, The Lone Wolf is sure to please. We have mouth-watering food and thirst-quenching drinks with an atmosphere unlike any other.

Southtown Bar & Restaurant |  American 2026 Bopp St., Waterloo 319-236-9112 Hours: 7 am - 10:30 pm, bar open later

Otis and Henry’s® Bar and Grill |  Bar and Grill 7777 Isle of Capri Blvd., Waterloo 319-833-2241 Hours: Sunday - Thursday 5 - 10 pm Friday - Saturday 5 pm - 11 pm

Rudy’s Tacos |  Mexican 2401 Falls Ave., Waterloo 319-234-5686 Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am - 9 pm

Located next to Witham Ford behind Golf Headquarters. Stop in for the great broasted chicken or fresh-made pork tenderloin.

Combines the comfort of a neighborhood bar and grill with the favorites of a steakhouse. Choose from the delicious pastas, sandwiches, salads, steaks, fish and more.

Rudy’s uses local ingredients through the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership’s Buy Fresh/Buy Local program.

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Hilton Garden Inn |  Conference Center 7213 Nordic Dr., Cedar Falls 319-266-6611 New Hilton opened in 2012, elegant dining and entertaining of Hilton standards. Full service hotel with Ballroom seating up to 350 people. Garden Grille Restaurant and Bar open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as large exterior patios with firepits. Full service dining on site, Chefs with banquet menus and banquet bars available. Deposits and minimums required, full payment required prior to event. Guest room blocks available.

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Runner Runner


Stars: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.

Machete Kills Captain Phillips


Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.

Romeo and Juliet


Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues. 10 PULSE


Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

The Fifth Estate


Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brßhl, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander A dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.


STARS: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Eric Michels A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

Escape Plan


Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Vincent D’Onofrio When a structural-security authority finds himself incarcerated in a prison he designed, he enlists his escape skills to find out who framed him.

All is Lost


Stars: Robert Redford After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Bad Grandpa


Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Spike Jonze, Georgina Cates 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion -- his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.



Stars: ChloĂŤ Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

12 Years a Slave


Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

The Counselor


Stars: Brad Pitt, Goran Visnjic, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. SONY PICTURES, WARNER BROS. and EPK.TVPULSE IMAGES11

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Battlefield 4 Using the Frostbite 3 engine, the landscape reacts to you in Battlefield 4, so if those pesky enemies are hiding behind a building, just blow it up and press the attack.

If it’s got Origins in the title, it’s a safe bet it’s a prequel. So it goes with the newest game in the Batman: Arkham series, set several years before Asylum and City. Play as a younger, brasher Bats as he meets several key characters for the first time. The handheld version, Arkham Origins Blackgate, is a companion to the console version and further extends the story.

For: 3DS, PC, PS3, Vita, Wii U, X360 Oct 25

PC, PS3, X360; Oct. 29. PS4; Nov. 15. XB1; Nov. 22.

Regular Show The hit animated series gets its first game, Mordecai & Rigby in 8-bit Land. If you can beat it on hard in under an hour, I hear you win a sweet trucker hat. Ohhhhhhhhhh! 3DS; Oct. 29.

Sonic Lost World Sonic’s back in a game that looks like a cross between Super Mario Galaxy and Mirror’s Edge, as weird as that sounds. Run around like a crazy person, using color powers and spin dashes.

Yo ho, yo ho, an assassin’s life for me? The series focused on master killers takes to the high seas of the Caribbean with Edward Kenway, a fearsome pirate who can switch between the armaments of the Assassin’s Order and more swashbuckly items like cutlasses and pistols.

Oct 29 For: PS3, Wii U, X360 Nov 15 For: PS4

Nov 22 For: XB1


3DS, Wii U; Oct 22.

Pokemon X & Y The world of Pokemon makes the leap to 3-D, including such perks as mega evolutions, diagonal movement and a mode where you can bond with your pocket monsters. 2DS, 3DS; Oct. 12.

BEYOND: Two Souls This adventure game features the weird talent combination of Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. Follow Jodie across several years of her life, controlling both her and an invisible companion. Oct. 8. 12PS3; PULSE

Wind Waker might be the best Zelda game ever made, and it sounds like this high-def remake has polished any imperfections to a brilliant shine.

Oct 4 For: Wii U out now For: Wii U eShop

GTAV is a barbaric mirror of us James Frazier | Pulse Writer


rand Theft Auto V is, for better or worse, an event. This, more than any other game, exemplifies the vast power and potential of the medium to both represent and shape our culture. It’s a stunning synthesis of ambitious design, audacious presentation and technical wizardry. Rockstar Games’ flagship series embodies the best that gaming has to offer as entertainment, as well as the worst in how we collectively celebrate and encourage depravity. The game further expands upon its predecessors’ wide range of available activities, focusing on the exploits of three criminal protagonists in Los Santos, a fictional version of L.A. The “heroes,” each representing a certain subset of criminality, have individual plotlines that intersect and branch out in interesting ways, with the player able to jump in and out of different characters as needed. The setting itself is gigantic, a city that extends from a rural, meth-riddled cesspool to the glitzy streets traveled by the city’s upper class. There’s some genuine awe to the sights; it’s easy to forget about the action and the story and just marvel at what all those 1’s and 0’s can do. Other than the visuals, GTAV doesn’t have any areas that are brilliantly executed in and of themselves. But they do all coalesce into something amazing, thrilling, astounding and horrifying. It’s with impressive

For: PS3, X360 | Price: $59.99 Rated: M PROS: Gorgeous graphics, seamless play, huge world. CONS: Some bugs, emphatically mean.

fluidity that players segue from one aspect of the game to the next, making it nearly effortless to race a car down the highway, leap out, engage in a gun battle, call a cab, go shopping for jeans, get drunk, then start another gun battle. The world itself is jammed with countless satires, spoofs and parodies of easily recognizable cultural hallmarks like Facebook and American Idol, so many that it quickly becomes clear that the designers didn’t have an agenda in mind other than to take a swing at any and everything. In a sense, this just gives gamers what they want, which is to say a morbidly sadistic, emphatically lurid trip through the underworld, one where the player is free to enact the sort of blood-soaked, senseless carnage that in real life dominates newspaper headlines. The game makes no active effort to penalize destructive behavior, other than the obvious police response, while the story itself doesn’t spare the bloodletting, sex, debauchery, hostility and even torture. After countless hours of immersion into Los Santos, it’s hard not to be shaken by the incessant brutality of it. By design and necessity, GTAV is a societal mirror, one that exposes the player’s own dark yearnings; if it’s violent, angry, sexist, lustful, misanthropic and cruel, it is so only because, in some way, its players are too. GTAV is equal parts exhilarating, troubling and important.

FFXIV relaunch hits all the right notes Alan Simmer | Pulse writer


didn’t jump on board the Final Fantasy XIV train the first time around, which was apparently a good decision. The reception the MMORPG got was so negative that Square Enix brought in Bahamut, the baddest-ass dragon imaginable, to obliterate the game world, which coincided with the servers going dark. Now the world of Eorzea is back in FFXIV 2.0, known more properly as A Realm Reborn. Five years after the Calamity, adventurers are filtering back into a continent very much trying to rebuild — and remember the details of the disaster. Part of me wishes I had a ringside seat to the original. I just can’t fathom how Square apparently got things so wrong the first time around, because they’ve gotten the relaunch so right. Eorzea is a really immersive world, with great visuals and an intriguing story. And you’re really free to make your own way in it. Players pick their characters from one of five races and one of eight classes, but only the first choice is permanent. After progressing past level 10 in their initial class, adventurers are free to join other guilds and learn multiple ways of war. Or they can delve into 11 craft and gathering trades to create or enhance weapons, armor and items. The class you pick does slot you into one of three starting areas: the desert sultanate of Ul’Dah, the lush forest city-state of Gridania and the sea empire of Limsa Lominsa. The plot advances similarly in each area, though each has its own subplots and machinations. The controls on the PS3 are fairly slick, with the cross pad and face buttons mapped to several customizable banks of actions, each bank selected with the shoulder buttons. Once you get your mind (and your fingers) wrapped around it, it’s easy to

For: PC, PS3 | Price: $29.99 - $39.99 plus monthly fee | Rated: T PROS: Real-time combat with excellent granular control. CONS: Initial server trouble, though that seems to be fixed. get the right action at the right time. It’s finally the right balance of real-time combat with actual control over your character’s actions. The gameplay is well balanced for single players and groups. There are certain quests that can only be accomplished solo, and some dungeons you’ll only want to attempt as part of a party. The FATE events are a nice touch; they pop up spontaneously on the map and feature swarms of enemies or a powerful monster everyone in the area can help defeat. A Realm Reborn has that Final Fantasy je ne sais quoi without feeling stale or repetitive. And there’s enough content to keep anyone happily entertained for weeks. FFXIV isn’t just a good MMO, it’s a good Final Fantasy.

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For: PS3 | Price: $39.99 | Rated: E10+ PROS: Really does look good. CONS: If you’re a fan, you already own these.

Kingdom Hearts set looks sharp Alan Simmer | Pulse writer


f you can’t wait for Kingdom Hearts III to see Sora in high-definition, Square Enix has got you covered with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX.

The compilation disc features the international version of Kingdom Hearts, Final Mix; Re:Chain of Memories, which was already a PS2 remake of a GameBoy Advance game; and what I like to call 358/2 Days: The Movie, which features cutscenes and diary entries but no gameplay from the DS title. When I popped the game in and checked out the HD visuals, it was something of a shock: things looked pretty much as I remembered. So I hauled out the original games to compare. I suspect exposure to present-day graphics has led me to retroactively upscale older games in my mind, because the contrast between the originals and the remake is the difference between looking through a mudsplattered windshield at night and a clean sheet of glass during the day. There are some gameplay tweaks — and some new content available in North America for the first time in Final Mix — but the biggest draw are the crisp images. Side note: For those of us eagerly awaiting KH3, well, it seems pretty evident that a 2.5 Remix will be coming out first, so plot that into your release date calculations. Did we need this set of re-releases? Probably not. Are you going to buy it anyway? Probably so. It’s a good excuse to dive back in to the series at the beginning — back when things weren’t so very convoluted — and relive the experience before the closing chapter of the saga arrives. And I won’t turn up my nose at the polish that’s been put on these timeless classics.


Keith Urban pulls in team of 8 producers on ‘Fuse’ Associated Press


eith Urban didn’t need to change a thing. With an enviable consistency, the American Idol judge remains a platinum-selling, arena-filling guitar slinger after spinning hits for 15 years — not to mention the movie-star wife and the Dorian Gray good looks. Yet when it came time to record his latest album, Urban decided to alter the formula even as he reached new peaks in popularity. The deluxe version of Urban’s new album, Fuse, is stuffed with 16 songs recorded with eight producers from widely different backgrounds. There are entries from Urban’s longtime collaborator, country hit machine Dann Huff, but also tracks from a menagerie that includes rock and rap mainstay Mike Elizondo, Nashville maverick Jay Joyce, Norwegian hitmakers Stargate, Taylor Swift collaborator Nathan Chapman and rocker Butch Walker. “I felt like an air traffic controller trying

to land 16 planes,” Urban said. Getting everything down on the tarmac took the 45-year-old Australian a year longer than expected. It’s been three years since Urban released his last album, and he’s long since missed the perfect marketing window his first year on Idol provided. He initially intended to meet with a large group, then settled on a single producer. Things got out of hand as Urban began to see the possibilities. “As I started working with different people, they’d bring out different things in me,” Urban said. “I’d play different for Butch Walker than I would for Dann Huff. I’d sing a little different for Stargate than I would for Jay Joyce. So I thought, ‘Let’s just keep going on this a little longer.’” Urban’s seventh album still sounds very much like a Keith Urban album. He said his goal wasn’t to have Walker write a rock song, but to meld sounds and ideas to update and diversify his music.

“I realize now, particularly after this journey, apparently I love hokey songs,” Urban said. “I love choruses. I love guitar riffs. I love particular grooves and rhythms and I like them being prominent. I love acoustic instrumentation fused with electronic-type instruments. I like ballads. I like rockers. I like pop aspects. I like all that stuff. I just make my record it’s all me. If I was to label it, I’d probably say it feels like a progressive crossover country album, 2014.” Joyce said Urban called and dropped by his Nashville studio for a visit. He was drawn to Urban’s energy, and like the singer, he loves to mix things up in the studio. “It was different because he’s really heavily involved, so it really was a lot of pushing and pulling each other to get to this place,” said Joyce. “And I kind of admire anybody that’s Urban agrees he could have taken the safe route, but didn’t see his approach as

Fuse by Keith Urban much of a gamble. Fuse hits during one of the most creative points in Urban’s life. He’s finishing up a tour, preparing for a second season on Idol and is raising two young girls with his wife, Nicole Kidman. The album is simply Urban embracing the possibilities life has presented him. “I feel very alive and I find this to be a very alive album,” he said.

Someone Dylan sires and neighbors


Moment of truth Glenn Lewis

Ariana Grande Yours Truly

Just months on the heels of their debut album, Waterloo rock trio Dylan Sires and Neighbors are releasing a follow-up in October. Someone is due for release October 18. Dylan Sires, lead singer, said the group had enough material for nearly three albums when they started recording their first album, No One, which came out in June. The group planned to release three full-length albums within one year of the release of No One. Ross Klemz, drummer, said the band was writing songs faster than the group could record them. So far, the group is on schedule with its ambitious goal. All three albums are related, Sires said. “They’re part of an over-arching theme,” he said. Dylan Sires and Neighbors won honors this summer to play the main stage at the annual 80/35 music festival in Des Moines.

At the beginning of 1969, Sly and the Family Stone released a 45 that paired Everyday People and Sing a Simple Song, the first an idealistic singalong with a winning, childlike melody and irresistible pop hooks, the second a slice of pure, hard funk with an irresistible groove. Few bands have been equally adept at formalist pop and unadulterated funk as Sly and the Family Stone, led by Sylvester Stewart from 1966 to 1975. The four-CD set Higher! contains the familiar hits, often in their mono, AM radiofriendly original mixes, as well as select album tracks. But its real value is in how the outliers, including 17 previously unreleased tracks, display the breadth of Sly’s genius through early, pre-Family Stone garage-rock singles, brilliant live performances, instrumental workouts, eccentric experiments and late, post-Family disco tracks.

For his first album in nine years, Torontoborn singer Glenn Lewis returns to the smooth sound of his debut album with a local production/cowriting crew to steer him into salty hip-hop waters. Lewis’ jazzy, elastic tenor does undeniable homage to Stevie Wonder. On new Lewis tunes such as Can’t Say Love, Lewis clips Wonder licks and vocal tics as if borrowing sugar from a neighbor. What producers such as Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias bring to Lewis’ game is deep hip-hop rhythm, without smothering the melancholy melodies or Lewis’ need to breathe. They even give Lewis and Melanie Fiona a handsome island lilt on All My Love without sounding corny. Whether working on his bump and grind (Make Luv) or his insult skills (Ugly Face), Lewis gets the right balance of atmosphere and rhythm.

Ariana Grande has taken an unconventional path to becoming a pop princess, in that she isn’t a Disney Channel ingenue. Instead, she starred on a Nickelodeon sitcom, Victorious. But make no mistake: Girl can sing. She’s got a full-bodied voice, a mature sense of phrasing, and, as displayed on The Way, a vertiginous range that will draw comparisons to Mariah Carey. On her slick if superficial debut, she wields a throwback R&B vibe that recalls singers like Minnie Riperton and Stephanie Mills. (Or even farther back on Tattooed Heart, all the way to Ronnie Spector.) Impressive showing for a 20-year-old studio novice.

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D3mons by Machine Gun Kelly This song is creeps from front to back. Its sound is sinister and its lyrics diabolical — a man chased and trapped by his inner demons. — Meta H., editor

Stan by Eminem, feat. Dido Em spits as fictional obsessed fan Stan, who, in the end, commits suicide while his pregnant girlfriend suffocates in the trunk of the car. — Meta H., editor

Theme from Psycho by Bernard Herrmann Yes, Mother. Right away, Mother. Of course, Mother. Heh. Heh heh. Heheheheheheh. — Alan S., assoc. editor

Danger! High Voltage by Electric Six The video is really the scary part of this, but any song about a fire at a Taco Bell has to be a little unhinged. — Alan S., assoc. editor

Once Branches by Har-di-Har The haunting beginning gives way to a bouncier song, but the lyrics are uncharacteristically spooky for the experimental rock duo. — John M., writer

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome by House of Large Sizes The song itself isn’t scary, but the grinding guitar and lyrics say this belongs in a film about a trailer court-dwelling serial killer. — John M., writer

Thriller by Michael Jackson The song starts with a wolf’s howl and the video features dancing zombies. What’s scarier than that? — Chris E., online

Halloween by The Misfits From their goth attire and album covers to their slasher-film-inspired lyrics, The Misfits embodied Halloween in every way. — Chris E., online

Call Me by Blondie I heard this song on the radio right after I saw The Exorcist for the first time as a kid. Whenever I hear it, I can’t help but think of the devil. — David H., artist

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes Oh, sure, it’s a great song, but Kim Carnes has a raspy voice that just sets me on edge. I imagine it’s what Marge Simpson would sound like if she were a serial killer. — David H., artist

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Spencer Day American singer-songwriter and pianist Spencer Day is cut from the same cloth as Harry Connick Jr. and Jamie Cullum, crooners building on the effortless blend of classic jazz, pop and soul that Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis cornered the market on cool with back in the Swinging ’60s. Born in Utah and raised in Arizona by his mother, Day spent his formative years soaking in the works of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.



Spencer Day Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 7 PM CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids $15 advance | $18 door



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Suzy Bogguss Suzy Bogguss is country music royalty, a singer with an instantly recognizable, crystal clear voice that took songs like Aces, Drive South, Someday Soon, Outbound Plane and Letting Go to the top of the country music charts. Her appreciation for tradition really shines through on her most recent release, American Folk Songbook. The album is filled with songs that are the very fabric of American musical history, and Bogguss reclaims this history and revives it with a fresh and beautiful take on classics like Shenandoah, Wayfaring Stranger, Ol’ Dan Tucker, Beautiful Dreamer and Red River Valley. Suzy Bogguss Sunday, Oct. 27 @7 PM CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids $30 advance | $35 door



Pokey LaForge Over the last decade, Pokey LaFarge has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing, all while writing songs that ring true in both spirit and sound. His music transcends genre, challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Cleverly striding between numerous forms of traditional American music, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own.

Gina Sicilia Blues critics are raving about young singer/songwriter Gina Sicilia and fans have loved Sicilia’s bold dark-honey voice since her earliest days on stage in weekly jams at Philadelphia blues and jazz club Warmdaddy’s in 2005, when she was just 19. She’d already acquired her eclectic musical taste from her parents, who played all kinds of music on their home stereo, including pop tunes from her father’s native Italy.

Pokey LaFarge Sunday, Oct. 6 @ 7 PM CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids $16 advance | $20 door



Gina Sicilia Friday, Oct. 11 @ 8 PM CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids $15 advance | $18 door



Grab your girlfriends and head downtown for a night of great shopping, dining and fun during Girls Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in downtown Cedar Falls. More than 50 downtown businesses will be participating, including several on Main Street’s side streets. The theme for this year’s event is “A Trip Around the World.” Participating businesses will highlight different countries as they offer discount specials and giveaways. “Passports,” which include a map of downtown and a list of participating businesses, will be available at all participating businesses. Sponsoring this year’s Girls Night Out is the Blue Zones Project. Blue Zones volunteers will be on hand throughout the downtown area to answer questions about the evening’s events, as well as offer information about the Blue Zones Project and the organization’s goals. After traveling through downtown, participants may turn in their passports at participating restaurants to be eligible for door prizes. Girls Night Out also is donating $1,000 to a local school for teacher supplies. A passport allows participants one vote for their favorite local school. For more info, call Community Main Street at 2770213 or visit

Ready for some high-end sipping? Head on over to Main Street in Cedar Falls from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 for Sips in the City. You’ll get to sample signature food and drinks from downtown restaurants and bid on gift baskets to help raise money for Community Main Street projects like Holiday Hoopla and flowers along Main Street. There will also be an after party at Joker’s at 8 p.m. where you can make final bids on baskets and enjoy a free beverage courtesy of Joker’s owner Darin Beck.

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The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo will hold a Drink Beer Day Trivia Night on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. Join the Museum District for a night of beer, snacks and beer-related trivia. The Museum District will hold two other Trivia Nights: n National Nut Day Trivia Night: 7-9 PM Oct. 22 n National Guacamole Day Trivia Night: 7-9 PM Nov. 14 Grout Trivia Nights Cost: $5





100.7 The Fox presents

Oktoberfest celebrations Lift your stein, put on some oompah-oompah music and toast the changing season at one of these Oktoberfest celebrations.

Des Moines Oktoberfest

101 Fourth St., Des Moines Sept. 27-28. Ceremonial keg tapping, beer maiden contest, stein holding contest, beer gardens, German food and polka dancing.

Oktoberfest on the River

Port of Burlington Building, 400 N Front St., Burlington Oct. 5.

Tickets available at the Paramount Theatre or online at 319.366.8203 ©2013 The BOB & TOM Comedy Show. All rights reserved.

Authentic German food, beer, live Bavarian music and kids activities.

Oktoberfest Northside Oktoberfest Riverside fairgrounds,

200 N. Linn St., Iowa City Sept. 28

La Crosse, Wis. Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

Includes brewfest with over 500 beers, Sodafest, live music, beaked chicken dance, contests, a stage with children’s entertainment and harvest market.

Music, food, beer, carnival, Maple Leaf Parade, German Heritage Day and Torchlight Parade.

Amana Oktoberfest

Amana Oct. 4-6.

Keg tapping, parade, live entertainment, games and activities for both adults and kids.

Remsen Oktoberfest

Remsen Oct. 26.

40th annual celebration includes beer keg tapping, German feast and a children’s Bavarian costume and dance contest.


Riverfront, Galena, Ill. Oct. 5.

Cedar Valley GO RED for Women Luncheon Friday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center | Waterloo

Wiener-dog races, polka lessons, hammerschlagen, pumpkindecorating and a beanbag tournament, plus food and beverages.

• Keynote speaker: Dr. Jo • Healthy lunch • Silent auction • Pampering • Vendor booths • Breakout sessions

Oktoberfest Chicago

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Lakeview neighborhood Sept. 27-29.

Beer, brats and bands under a big top in the Lakeview neighborhood at St. Alphonsus church, founded by German immigrants in 1882.

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Hat trick of comedy The Bob & Tom Comedy Show has toured for seven years and more than 300 shows, presenting a rotating ensemble of the world’s best comedians. Get blown away as a whirlwind of funny hits Cedar Rapids in October. The Bob & Tom show will bring funny guys Drew Hastings, Donnie Baker and Costaki Economopoulos to the Paramount Theatre Oct. 25.

Donnie Baker

Drew Hastings: “Isn’t it ironic that the finest coffees in the world come from countries where no one has a reason to get up in the morning?” Donnie Baker: “Due to the fact that I’m still on probation much of my background is sealed in Court 7. I swear to God it is. You can look it up but good luck getting access because the new



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judge is a d*ck and I’d say it right to his face thru a privacy fence. Again!” Costaki Economopolous: “Now that I’m a grownup, they want me to be afraid of identity theft. You know what? I f*cking dare you. If you can spell my name without looking, you win my sh*t.” Bob & Tom Comedy Show Friday, Oct. 25 @ 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids | 319.366.8203

Costaki Economopolous

Craig Ferguson live


This takes the cake

Craig Ferguson, star of The Late Late Broadcasting for his interview with Show With Craig Ferguson on CBS, will Archbishop Desmond Tutu. bring his hilarious brand of stand-up comedy to the Adler Theatre on Oct. 12. Craig Ferguson Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Fergu- Saturday, Oct. 12 @ 8 p.m. son got his start in the entertainment Adler Theatre, Davenport industry as a drummer for some of $44.50 & $49.50 the worst punk bands in the UK. Too | 800.745.3000 wimpy to be in punk rock, he started acting. He played Drew Carey’s boss, Nigel Wick, in The Drew Carey Show from 1996-2003. Performing all over the country, Ferguson has become a huge success on the North American comedy circuit. He won his first Emmy nomination in 2006 and received the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in

TLC’s Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will A limited number of VIP tickets are appear at the Adler Theatre in Daven- available, which include a post-show port on Nov. 21 as part of his Family meet and greet, a Cake Boss tour lamiCelebrations Tour. nate and a special surprise. In this live, interactive event, Valastro will share stories from his highly popular TV shows (Cake Boss, Next Great Baker) Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss and his family at Carlo’s Bakery. He’ll Thursday, Nov. 21 @ 7:30 p.m. also answer audience questions and give Adler Theatre, Davenport cake and cupcake decorating demon- $29.75 & $39.75 strations, sharing tips and techniques in | 800.745.3000 a high-energy presentation.

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The Catholic Parishes in Waterloo Welcome Our Neighbors, Friends and Guests.

Central Christian Church

Find Mass Schedules and Information about our parishes online at: Find us on Facebook at Waterloo Catholics • BLESSED SACRAMENT • SACRED HEART • QUEEN OF PEACE • SAINT EDWARD



Cornerstone Fellowship 5625 Prairie St. Cedar Falls Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Chalk Talk Wed. 7:00 p.m. LUTHERAN ELCA


St. Paul Lutheran Church

2812 Willow Lane, Cedar Falls 266-4183 Traditional Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. We are not a homophobic Lutheran Church-all welcome Serving adults and their families. Christian ed each Wednesday at 6 p.m.



(Disciples of Christ) 3475 Kimball Ave., Waterloo 319-234-6231

Saturdays 5:30pm Sundays 7:45, 9:00 & 11:00am 112 Second Ave. NW, Waverly (319) 352-3850

Hospitality Hour following worship Wednesday Evening Activities 5:45 pm LUTHERAN ELCA



Worship 9:30 a.m. Nursery available

College Hill Lutheran & Brammer Student Center

8 a.m. Worship-Sanctuary 9:30 a.m. Worship-Faith & Life Center 11 a.m. Worship-Sanctuary



Pastor Curt Schneider Pastor Joyce Sandberg

Transformation Worship 8:30 Sunday Mornings Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00 Sunday Mornings Ignition Worship Experience Wednesday evening 319-277-8520 Sunday Eucharist 9:15 AM Christian Formation Classes for all ages 10:45 AM Adult Forum 10:45 AM

715 College St., Cedar Falls 268-0165 Website:

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Christian Crusaders Radio and Internet Ministry Sundays on: KXEL/AM 1540 10:30 a.m. KNWS / AM 1090 3:00 p.m. KWAY / AM 1470 7:30 a.m.


2001 W. Bremer Avenue, Waverly 352-1325 Saturday Worship 5:30 pm Sunday Traditional Worship 8:00 am Education Hour 9:15 am Sunday Contemporary Worship 10:30 am (Communion served at all services)

718 Clay Street Cedar Falls, Iowa USA 319 266 1713

Proclaiming Jesus Christ as Redeemer of the world and personal Savior to all who receive Him.

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1st Presbyterian Church 505 Franklin Ave. Waterloo, IA 50703 319-233-6145 Worship every Sunday at 10:00 am Adult Classes at 8:45 am and 11:15 am Sunday School for Children and Youth at 11:15

St. John Lutheran Church LCMS 415 Fourth St., S.W. Waverly 352-2314 Sunday Worship 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Education Hour - 9:15 a.m. Rev. Matthew Versemann REFORMED

Pleasant Valley Church 20979 150th St. rural Holland/Parkersburg just North of US-20, exit 208 319-346-1090 Sunday morning blended worship 9AM Various group & events weekly & monthly.


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Command and Control | Eric Schlosser

It is shocking to contemplate, but the nuclear detonations that destroyed Nagasaki and Hiroshima were mere pinpricks. Consider this: the W-53 warhead, the most powerful weapon in America’s Cold War nuclear arsenal, had three times the explosive force of all the bombs dropped in World War II. The Soviet Union and the United States avoided nuclear war — mutually assured destruction, the theory goes, enforced the peace. Yet things might have gone very badly. As Eric Schlosser suggests in his extraordinary new book, that things did not go boom was more a function of dumb luck than wise policy. Awe-inspiring in its research and organization, Command and Control is the most edifying work of nonfiction I have read this year. It is also the most frightening. — Matthew Price, Newsday



Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. | Delia Ephron

When filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron was in the hospital last year undergoing treatment for leukemia, she sent her younger sister, Delia Ephron, a bouquet of flowers — not just any flowers, but “two-dozen gorgeous plump peach roses in full bloom,” as Delia recalls in her new essay collection, Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. The gesture was thoughtful, but it was also, according to Ephron, “a heartbreaking way to have a bit of control” — a move typical of a perfectionist who was “brilliant at giving” but impossible to please when she was on the receiving end. The loving if not uncomplicated relationship between the two sisters — both screenwriters and journalists, as well as discriminating foodies and die-hard New Yorkers — is at the center of this slim volume. — Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times

Enon | Paul Harding

Paul Harding was virtually unknown in literary circles when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for his debut novel, Tinkers. It was an unlikely, somewhat startling choice for one of America’s top literary prizes. Harding is focusing on literature full-time these days, and his followup novel, Enon, comes out this month from a much larger publisher, Random House. It’s bound to receive multiple reviews and cement the New Englander’s status as one of America’s most admired prose stylists. As with Tinkers, however, Enon deals with weighty matters — primarily love and mortality. Like Tinkers, it will simultaneously break your heart and restore your faith in the value of life, even amid all the aches. —Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman




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Bleeding Edge | Thomas Pynchon

Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s fabulously entertaining new novel, begins on New York’s Upper West Side during the first day of spring. Maxine Tarnow is walking her two boys to school. The sun shines through clusters of pear blossoms, filling the world with light. This being Pynchon and the year being 2001, the good times don’t last. Long before the towers come tumbling down just past the novel’s midway point, we’ve descended into an underworld featuring Russian gangsters, an Italian mobster, a foot fetishist, an embezzler and Maxine herself, who is a decertified fraud examiner running an outfit called Tail ’Em and Nail ’Em. And these are among the good guys. — Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bitter River | Julia Keller

The Bitter River that runs near the small, economically depressed town of Acker’s Gap, W. Va., has myriad meanings. For those residents who have ambitions to leave, Bitter River represents hope as it flows way beyond this “shabby afterthought” of a town. For others who have “settled,” whose goals don’t reach beyond the town limits, seeing only a future of poor wages and even drugs, Bitter River offers a handy spot to dump garbage, unwanted appliances, used beer cans, the discards that represent the detritus of many lives. This metaphor of a river as both a life force and a dead end makes a superb background for Julia Keller’s second strong novel about Bell Elkins, who escaped her traumatic upbringing in Acker’s Gap only to return as the prosecuting attorney. — Oline H. Cogdill, Sun Sentinel




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K CHUCK SHEPHERD q Australia’s chief diplomat in Taipei, Taiwan, said in August that he was suing local veterinarian Yang Dongsheng for fraud because Dr. Yang backed out of euthanizing Kevin Magee’s sick, 10-year-old dog. Instead, Dr. Yang rescued the dog, who is now thriving after he patiently treated her. Magee’s lawsuit claims, in essence, that his family vet recommended euthanization, that he had paid for euthanization, and that “Benji” should have been put down. Dr. Yang said the fee Magee paid was for “medical care” and not necessarily euthanization. q About half the members of the Eagle Mountain International Church near Dallas have declined to vaccinate their children against measles, and as of late August, at least 20 church members have contracted the disease. The head pastor denied that he preaches against the immunizations, although he did tell NPR, cryptically, “The (medical) facts are facts, but then we know the truth. That always overcomes facts.”



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Wartburg College Wartburg College offers students a unique, semester-long experience in Denver, Colo., combining academic courses, internships and community involvement. Since 1985 more than 900 students have participated in the Wartburg West Urban Studies Program, taking courses that range from studying urban and church-state political issues in the nearby Colorado Statehouse to the development and impact of religious communities in the Denver area. The internships have been instrumental in career development. “Wartburg West has done a phenomenal job of providing students with an experiential education,” said Dr. Dan Kittle, Wartburg’s assistant to the president for strategic initiatives. Brandon Hosch, a 2013 graduate from Epworth, recently landed a job with radio giant Entercom, which has four stations in the Denver area, after a Wartburg West internship. “The Wartburg West experience enabled me to meet great professionals,” Hosch said. “I used those connections to start my career immediately after graduating.” Krista Ullestad Kilgus, a 2003 graduate from Cedar Falls, did student teaching at a Denver elementary school while at Wartburg West. She was smitten with the city, where she now lives. “Denver is a great mix of urban life — art, culture, music and more — balanced with very friendly people.” 24 PULSE

Renee Leonard Obergfell, a communications strategist with the Principal Financial Group in Denver, interned as a graphic designer in the media relations department at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. “An added benefit was complimentary access to many of the events, making the internship all the more exciting as I saw my work put to use,” said the 2002 graduate from Cedar Rapids. “One notable experience included working on signage for the first national tour of the Broadway production of ‘The Lion King,’ which was the hottest ticket in town, and I’m able to say I was a part of the excitement.” Other internships have included positions for students in the following majors: n Biology: Denver Health Medical, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic, North Washington Dental Clinic, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Doctor’s Care Clinic, Homestead Animal Hospital n Communication arts: Denver Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Historic Denver Inc., B’s Ballpark Museum n Finance, Accounting: Mercy Housing, Denver Health Medical, Merrill Lynch, Colorado Dept. of Housing n Social Work: Lutheran Family Services Refugee Program, Empowerment Program, Mount St.Vincent Home, Bridge Project, Life Care Center, Servicios de la Raza

n Business: REI, Live Nation Concerts, Denver Film Society, Visit Denver, Denver Parks and Recreation n Education: numerous schools in and around Denver n Engineering: Major Geothermal; Denver Public Works n Math, Computer Science: Denver Department of Environmental Health n History: Historic Denver, Colorado History Wartburg, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has a partnership with Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, leases individual studio apartments owned by Saint John’s and uses classrooms across the street in the cathedral, which is Denver’s vibrant Capital Hill District. “The location is only about three or four blocks from the state capitol and just across the way are the city offices,” said Nelson Bock, co-director of the program with his wife, Bonita. “We’ve had students do internships in the civic center area. The main downtown commercial street is within easy walking distance.” Even with the Wartburg West experience, 93 percent of all Wartburg graduates complete their studies in four years or less. For more information, go to www.wartburg. edu.

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Mount Mercy University

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Expect to be engaged by small classes and individualized attention from accomplished professors on our lovely, wooded campus in the heart of historic Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy’s emphasis on practicum and internship experiences opens doors to full-time employment following graduation and prepares students for the challenges of the working world. On average, more than 90 percent of Mount Mercy students are employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation, and many Mount Mercy alumni choose to live and work in Iowa. Mount Mercy’s dedicated faculty members inspire students to lead and serve, made easier with small classes and a student-teacher ratio of 13:1. Mount Mercy students benefit from internship opportunities with international corporations, such as General Mills, Transamerica, Quaker Oats and Rockwell Collins and often result in full-time employment after graduation. The Mount Mercy Mustangs compete in the NAIA Division II as members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference. The Mustangs own more than 40 conference championships and numerous NAIA National tournament appearances. Intramural sports like basketball, volleyball, golf, flag football and softball provide students with opportunities to compete in a less structured environment. Students can also choose from more than 30 campus clubs and organizations, including the Biology Club, Student Government Association or Political Science Club. For student recreation, Mount Mercy has a cardio room, weightlifting room, racquetball court and basketball court, as well as an additional fitness room. Service learning and social justice work is the backbone of the Mount Mercy experience, and is a part of the University’s curriculum. Mount Mercy infuses service learning into all aspects of campus life, producing students who are values-driven and alumni who are professional leaders. Mount Mercy University offers more than 40 majors in eight academic departments and graduate programs in business, education, marriage and family therapy, and nursing. Ninety-nine percent of freshmen students receive financial assistance, and all students are eligible for institutional scholarships and grants that do not require repayment. Work-study opportunities, state and federal grants, and low-interest loans are also widely available. U.S. News & World Report ranks Mount Mercy 21st in the Midwest Regional Colleges category. Mount Mercy is also a member of the Colleges of Distinction, which recognizes that a Mount Mercy education is a strong start for a lifetime of learning and service. Apply today at

Saturday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Wartburg Community Symphony presents

SIZZLING STRINGS Adult Tickets: $16.50 K-12 Students: $6.50 Buy the season: $46-$104

The audience will be dazzled by the sultry and passionate majesty of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, Op. 82. Guest soloist Hye-Jin Kim has appeared in major venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. Sponsored by the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation

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Guide to college

Allen College Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) Medical Laboratory Science Nuclear Medicine Technology Diagnostic Medical Sonography Dental Hygiene (Fall 2015) Public Health (Fall 2014)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional, Upper Division 15-month Accelerated BSN LPN-BSN RN-BSN Part-time, Evening/Weekend

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) RN-MSN Nurse Practitioner tracks in four areas Nursing Education Nursing Leadership Community/Public Health Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Allen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, marital status, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Expect to be engaged at Mount Mercy University. Hands-on, experiential learning will be a core of your education. You will receive a balance of liberal arts excellence with career preparation that will help you achieve a successful and meaningful life. On average, over 90 percent of our graduates are employed or in graduate and professional programs within 9 months of graduation.

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Recent Allen College graduate of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, Shelbi Belcher, found the option while studying radiography and felt compelled to switch. “I was inspired to study nuclear medicine because I had never heard of it until I went into the radiography program, and once I did a rotation through nuclear, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. You get to spend more time with patients and I love the technical aspect of it,” says Belcher. Students like Belcher, who are intrigued by chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology and medicine, can find a combination of all these in nuclear medicine. NMT is at the forefront in the fields of modern medicine. Using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease through nuclear scans, it is less invasive than previous diagnostic options. A nuclear medicine technologist is a health science professional applying diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through radionuclides. Specialized technologists typically work in hospitals. Technological advances including imaging at the molecular level make it possible to see diseases, such as cancer, beginning as molecules. The earlier medical professionals see a disease developing, the sooner a diagnosis and treatment plan can be implemented, resulting in better outcomes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2012, the mean hourly wage was $34.06 for a nuclear medicine technologist, with a mean annual salary of $70,840. Jared Seliger, Nuclear Medicine Technology program director and assistant professor at Allen College, says it’s a high-quality education option for interested students. “When I entered the field, the only educational opportunity available was at the University of Iowa,” Seliger says. “Students can save some money staying in the area instead of having to relocate.” Allen College provides two program

options: a baccalaureate degree or certification. There are different ways to prepare for either option. One possible degree option would be earning an associate’s degree in radiography followed by the NMT program, resulting in a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) degree. Certification requires a previous four-year degree including a minimum of specified classes. The program at Allen College is small, helping instructors provide one-on-one student attention. With the support of staff and support resources, students excel at Allen College. Reinforcing the success of the program, “every graduate passed the certification exam on the first attempt,” states Seliger. Belcher is the first student in the NMT program to take — and pass — both the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification for NMT exams, making her very marketable in the job search. Seliger says almost all Allen College NMT graduates secured a position within six months of graduation. He also feels job possibilities will continue to expand in the next five to 10 years. “Health care is not immune to the recession. Many current technologists have put off retirement, but now the economy is improving and making it easier to retire,” says Seliger. The Allen College Nuclear Medicine Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Upper Iowa University Perhaps you’ve known since you were 5 that you wanted to be an elementary teacher, or maybe you’ve discovered science is your thing. Or maybe you have no clue what career path you’ll choose. That’s OK! At Upper Iowa University, we have over 40 majors and 19 pre-professional emphases. You’re sure to find something that sparks your interest. Not only that, but Upper Iowa University is the place where you can StandOut! UIU students StandOut in the classroom, on the playing field, in campus organizations and, as alumni, in their careers. Upper Iowa has a unique two-at-a-time

course schedule that offers exceptional benefits: n Academic year consists of four 8-week terms and May term. n Students typically enroll in two classes each term. n Students can still graduate in four years. n Students focus on fewer classes and have an opportunity to learn more; and n Students can take advantage of optional service learning abroad experiences during May term and Spring Break.

Fall 2013 Upper Iowa has an average class size of 24 with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. This is great news if you’re a college student looking to learn, get a leg up on your peers and bring a wealth of knowledge to your career after graduation. Why be just another face in the crowd in an auditorium of 350 students when you can StandOut in the classroom? You’ll have the opportunity to build quality, working relationships with your professors. What’s more — 88 percent of UIU graduates are employed or in graduate school shortly after graduation. Upper Iowa encourages hands-on experience. Required field experience is built into most majors. UIU connects students with beneficial internships, observations and the opportunity to interact with professionals within a desired field on a consistent basis. Upper Iowa also offers many study abroad options to enhance student experience. Studying abroad through UIU offers students the opportunity to travel outside the U.S. with assistance and guidance from

the Center of International Education staff. The Honors Program at UIU provides an exciting and challenging academic experience for exceptional students. Students who have at least a 26 ACT score and at least a 3.5 high school grade point average may apply to the program. Located in scenic Fayette, close to the Volga River, UIU offers a wide variety of Greek organizations, intramural activities, club sports, planned activities and campus events. At UIU, 98 percent of students are involved in an activity outside the classroom. The UIU residence halls are your home away from home. Each room is fully furnished and offers free cable TV, and free internet access on our wireless campus. Each residence hall has computer labs, laundry and a game room with tons of activities to keep you busy and entertained.

Hawkeye Community College For more than 50 years, individuals have been choosing Hawkeye Community College to continue their education. Many students choose Hawkeye to complete general education requirements or the first two years of their four-year degree before transferring to the university or college of their choice. Students can save thousands of dollars in tuition. With Hawkeye being less than 20 minutes away, many students transfer to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, making Hawkeye the number one source of transfer students. If a transfer program isn’t the right fit, Hawkeye offers more than 45 career programs to prepare students for the high-demand skills needed in today’s workplace. Students can begin a career in as little as two years. Partnerships with area businesses give students the opportunity to gain experience through internships, clinical and field experiences and school-to-work programs. Hawkeye is making the classroom interactive ,and students learn with stateof-the-art technology, including a virtual hospital, 3D BodyViz imaging software, driving simulators, police training simulators and other advanced technologies in transportation, manufacturing and information technology. Whether a high school student or an adult returning to school, Hawkeye give students many options to balance school, work and family life with classes offered in the day, evening, online and hybrid. Addi-

tionally, Hawkeye is committed to keeping classes small and personal. With an average class size is 18, instructors knows students by name. Many services are available to help students succeed, including tutoring, advising, counseling and career services. Students can also get involved outside the classroom with a variety of clubs and organizations, club sports, intramurals, activities and cultural awareness events. The Health Education and Services Center features a weight room, basketball court, indoor track, fitness classes, and a Student Health Clinic to help students get active and stay healthy. Students have several options for places to live, including apartments conveniently located across from campus, the residence halls at the University of Northern Iowa, or private housing throughout the WaterlooCedar Falls area. Each year, more than 5,500 students make Hawkeye the college of their choice. To see if it’s the right choice for you, schedule a campus visit by calling (319) 296-4000 or online at

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With a growing list of hits to his credit, country artist, Josh Thompson, has defined his place in country music by being who he is: the embodiment of whatever-it-takes, hard-working, bluecollar grit. From his Top 10 debut album, Way Out Here, to appearances with country mega-stars Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley, Josh Thompson’s passionate performances and tireless work ethic have made him into a country music road warrior. Favorites from his debut album, Way Out Here, include “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” “Way Out Here,” and his Top 10 first single, “Beer on the Table.” Born in Milwaukee and raised in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Josh comes by his music’s heartland, blue-collar work ethic, & celebration of the common man from his Midwest roots.


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TURN UP THAT DIAL...From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes an all-new, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by true events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score by Bon Jovi’s founding member, keyboardist David Bryan, Memphis is Broadway’s most exciting new destination, what the Associated Press called “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”





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