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Best Show Ever

By The Englert

Best Show Ever is a weekly podcast presented by the Englert that discusses trends in the arts world, showcases Iowa-based musicians, and highlights members of the Iowa City-area community through their words and reflections on local culture.

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Best Show EverApr 23, 2021

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78. Craig Owsley

78. Craig Owsley

Thanks for tuning in to Best Show Ever, a podcast presented by The Englert Theatre. Welcome to the season 4 finale episode. We knew we’d have to make this one extra special so we asked one of our own, one of our very best, Craig Owsley, to join us this week. Craig is not only the box office lead for the Englert, he’s also been doing security and admissions for venues across Iowa City for almost 30 years. 

Check out Craig's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/PROJECT33VIDEO

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jun 17, 202222:60
77. Blake Shaw

77. Blake Shaw

On this week’s episode we talk to beloved Iowa City musician Blake Shaw. More specifically, chat with Blake about the art of practice… when to practice, how to practice, why to practice, etc. Hang around for some free advice from self-taught legend, Mr. Shaw.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jun 10, 202222:32
76. Ebenezer Adeyemi

76. Ebenezer Adeyemi

On this week’s episode we talk to Ebenezer Adeyemi, a doctoral student at the University of Iowa studying global health disparities. We hear a bit about Ebenezer’s research, which revolves around how marginalized communities advocate for themselves and innovate in the face of adversity.

Thanks to Lensing Funeral Home for sponsoring this episode.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

May 20, 202228:59
75. Anne Russett

75. Anne Russett

On this week’s episode we talk all things urban planning with the City of Iowa City’s Senior Planner, Anne Russett. More specifically, we discuss her recent work rezoning residential areas in the South District of Iowa City to provide more affordable housing options.

Thanks to Lensing Funeral Home for sponsoring this episode.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

May 17, 202230:11
74. Makayla Bryant & Josh Booth

74. Makayla Bryant & Josh Booth

In this week's episode we’re talking with Liberty High School students and burgeoning rap artists: Makayla Bryant and Josh Booth. We’ll hear a bit about how they got into MC’ing, what their creative process looks like, and the hopes they have for the future.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Apr 22, 202218:16
73. Ella Ostedgaard

73. Ella Ostedgaard

On this week’s episode we talk sustainable farming with Ella Ostedgaard, an artist and employee at Wild Woods Farm. Together we touch on what growing organically entails, what that work does for our community, and what it gives back to the farmers physically and spiritually.

Thanks to Lensing Funeral Home for sponsoring this episode.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Mar 18, 202236:05
72. Dolly Sperry

72. Dolly Sperry

On this week’s episode we talk to Iowa City DIY maven, Dolly Sperry. Together we’ll muse on the current state of Iowa City’s local music scene as well as hopes for the future of our community. This episode does contain explicit language and may not be appropriate for some audiences.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Mar 04, 202241:49
71. Alta Medea

71. Alta Medea

Content Warning: this episode contains conversations about domestic violence. 

On this week’s episode we hear from Alta Medea, Director of Community Engagement at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP). Together we discuss the nuances of intervention and the role that art plays therin.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Feb 18, 202234:33
70. Brooke Tarvin

70. Brooke Tarvin

On this week’s episode we hear from Brooke Tarvin, mastermind behind the plus-sized sustainable clothing brand, Thick And Thrifted. Together we discuss the intersections of fashion, queerness, and community all through an Iowa City lens.

The episode features music by Dan Padley and Wave Cage.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert and Fellowship for the Future members. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Feb 04, 202219:26
69. Christine Burke & John Grier

69. Christine Burke & John Grier

On this week’s episode we hear from Iowa City-based experimental composer, Christine Burke. We also talk to Iowa City fire chief, John Grier, about his storied career as a first responder and his Best Show Ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “47” by Teri Underhill for our Song of the Week.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Dec 17, 202133:40
68. Lisa Roberts & Jim Trepka

68. Lisa Roberts & Jim Trepka

On this week’s episode we’re getting lit for literature with founder of Iowa City Poetry, Lisa Roberts. We’ll also hear from Jim Trepka, professor of electronic engineering at Kirkwood Community College.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Your Other One” by Sophie Mitchell for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Dec 13, 202135:47
67. Trevon Coleman & Danielle Pettit-Majewski

67. Trevon Coleman & Danielle Pettit-Majewski

On this week’s episode we hear from the cinematographer behind the Black Liberation Space film, Trevon Coleman. We also talk to Danielle Pettit-Majewski, director of Johnson County Public Health. She talks a bit about surviving the pandemic, public health in a politicized world and, of course, share her Best Show Ever experience.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Anymore” by Joey O’Kelly for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Kim Shillig, Realtor for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Dec 03, 202140:43
66. The Arts & You

66. The Arts & You

For this special holiday episode we’re bringing back our fabulous development director, Katie Roche, to talk about The Arts and You, a new community-wide survey that will be made public in December 2021. The survey is a component of the arts access initiative that’s been created under the Strengthen Grow Evolve campaign. Katie’s also gonna fill us in on the new Englert membership initiative, Fellowship for the Future.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Bang Bang” by TheOnlyIon for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Nov 26, 202134:13
65. Alicia Velasquez & Bambi Suits

65. Alicia Velasquez & Bambi Suits

On this week’s episode we hear from the artisan jewelry maker, Alicia Velasquez, the woman behind the House of Dotł'izhi. We also talk with local American Sign Language interpreter, Bambi Suits, about her advocacy, career, and Best Show(s) ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Anyway” by TV Cop for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidWestOne for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Nov 19, 202139:01
64. Mélisse Brunet & Felix Anaman

64. Mélisse Brunet & Felix Anaman

On this week’s episode we chat with Mélisse Brunet, the University of Iowa’s first ever female orchestral conductor. We also get a look at local entrepreneur Felix Anaman’s impressive career journey from Ghanan model to Iowa City businessman.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Hurt Me” by DavionJ for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Nov 12, 202133:08
63. LaTasha DeLoach

63. LaTasha DeLoach

For this special edition episode of Best Show Ever, we’re sharing our full interview LaTasha DeLoach: activist, advocate, artist, and mother. LaTasha DeLoach currently serves as the Senior Center Coordinator for the City of Iowa City and spent nearly ten years with Johnson County Social Services.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “I Can’t Bike” by Pictoria Vark for our Song of the Week.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Nov 05, 202150:33
62. Amanda Rae Kane & Kaveh Mostafavi

62. Amanda Rae Kane & Kaveh Mostafavi

On this week’s episode we talk with Amanda Kane, a master of cosmetics and scene stylings. We also hear from Kaveh Mostafavi, founder and CEO of Ecocare Supply. He tells us the origin story of his Earth-friendly enterprise and his favorite local band!

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Red Maple” by Jarrett Purdy & Dan Padley for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Oct 29, 202130:29
61. Ramin Roshandel & Minnetta Gardinier

61. Ramin Roshandel & Minnetta Gardinier

On this week’s episode we talk with Ramin Roshandel, multi-disciplinary artist with an affinity for musical composition. We also hear from Minnetta Gardinier, an Iowa City resident and airplane pilot.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “We Own the Summer” by Nora Yates for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Kim Shillig, Realtor for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Oct 22, 202136:43
60. Sarahann Kolder & Dede Dancing

60. Sarahann Kolder & Dede Dancing

In this week’s episode we’ll hear from Sarahann Kolder, a multi-disciplinary artist and current fellow with Public Space One’s Center for Afrofuturist studies and Media Arts Co-op. We also chat with Dede Dancing, founder and director of Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Intimidating” by Olivia Manaligod for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Oct 15, 202133:55
59. Miriam Alarcón Avila

59. Miriam Alarcón Avila

Thanks for tuning in to Best Show Ever, a podcast presented by The Englert Theatre. In this special edition episode we’re sharing a full conversation with photographer and storyteller Miriam Alarcón Avila. Miriam is the visionary artist behind the Immigrant Luchadores project, a photo documentary series highlighting the stories of Latinx immigrants in Iowa.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Teacher” by Mary Bozaan for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Kim Shillig, Realtor for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Oct 08, 202141:07
58. Tara McGovern, Justin LeDuc, & Jen Knights

58. Tara McGovern, Justin LeDuc, & Jen Knights

Thanks for tuning in to Best Show Ever, a podcast presented by The Englert Theatre. In this week’s episode we talk with Tara McGovern and Justin LeDuc, two ensemble members for the musical project known as Esteban and the Children of the Sun. We also hear from Jen Knights, Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist for the University of Iowa's School of Social Work and host of their new podcast, "Wild Bill’s Cup of Social Justice".

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Second Mug” by O'Boy for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Oct 01, 202136:11
57. Mimi Ke & Michael Tharp

57. Mimi Ke & Michael Tharp

On this week’s episode, we talk Mimi Ke about the art of aerial performing. Then, to keep the aerial theme going, we talk to Michael Tharp, manager of the Iowa City municipal airport. 

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Too Tired to Sleep” by Alex Ramsey for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidWestOne Bank for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Sep 24, 202130:60
56. John Schickedanz & Mike Weber

56. John Schickedanz & Mike Weber

In this week’s episode, we talk to Mike Weber, aka Shadowfox Photography, about his career in concert photography and thoughts on the corridor music scene. Then we hear from the newly appointed Interim Executive Director for The Englert, John Schickedanz.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “I Love You” by Lex Leto for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Sep 17, 202142:11
55. Nolan Petersen & Grace Swartzendruber

55. Nolan Petersen & Grace Swartzendruber

On this week’s episode we talk with Nolan Petersen, board chair and tenor vocalist for the Quire of Eastern Iowa. We also hear from Grace Swartzendruber, a mother and full-spectrum doula.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “What?” by TIGER! for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Kim Schillig for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Sep 10, 202130:31
54. Carla Baudrons, Vicki Lensing, & Michael Lensing

54. Carla Baudrons, Vicki Lensing, & Michael Lensing

On this week’s episode we talk about putting art to work with Carla Baudrons, founder of Art Office which is a 12-week accountability program designed to help artists. We also hear from Michael and Vicki Lensing, co-owners of Lensing funeral home.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Sad Stories” by Anthony Worden & the Illiterati for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Sep 03, 202136:35
53. Frankline Matanji, Alissa Witzke, & Bobby Larson

53. Frankline Matanji, Alissa Witzke, & Bobby Larson

This week we talk with co-owners of Record Collector, Alissa Witzke and Bobby Larson. We also hear from Frankline Matanji, a PhD student in the school of Journalism and Mass Communications. Franklin speaks on his experience as an international student from Kenya and his favorite live arts performance in Iowa City!

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Orcrist” by DRYAD for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Aug 27, 202141:15
52. Rachel Kilburg & Nick Messersmith

52. Rachel Kilburg & Nick Messersmith

In this week’s episode we talk about the importance of representation in TV and Movies with Iowa City film maven Nick Messersmith. We then talk to Assistant City Manager, Rachel Kilburg, about what it takes to run a city. Rachel also tells us about what makes a Gregory Alan Isakov show so special.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Holy Ghost” by Good Morning Midnight for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Aug 20, 202143:44
51. Jessica Bristow & Kane Edwards

51. Jessica Bristow & Kane Edwards

In this week’s episode we talk with local musician, theme night planner, and community organizer extraordinaire - Kane Edwards. We also hear from Jessica Bristow, a historic preservation planner for the City of Iowa City. 

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Drive” by Ahzia for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Martin Construction for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Aug 13, 202134:20
50. Jon Green & TheZeffsterr

50. Jon Green & TheZeffsterr

In this week's episode we talk to TheZeffster, performing artist and CEO of Critical Money, a hip-hop music label based in Iowa City. We also hear from Jon Green, former mayor of Lone Tree, Iowa and recently elected Johnson County Supervisor. Jon fills us in on his political journey and his joyous best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Glisten” by Bouquet for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidWestOne Bank for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Elly Hofmaier

Audio Engineers: Elly Hofmaier & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Aug 06, 202139:40
49. Donté K. Hayes, Antoine Williams, & Savannah Lane

49. Donté K. Hayes, Antoine Williams, & Savannah Lane

Donté K. Hayes is an artist who primarily works in the realms of ceramics and printmaking. He attended grad school at the University of Iowa and during his time, acted as a board member for Public Space One and helped build the Center for Afrofuturist Studies. Antoine Williams is a mixed media artist from North Carolina and was scheduled to do an in person residency at PS1 before the pandemic moved the work to a digital format. Savannah Lane is currently the Programming & Production Coordinator here at The Englert. (She’s also the one who types these episode descriptions. Hey y’all!) She’s a longtime camp counselor for Girls Rock! Des Moines and has recently joined on as a coach for Girls on the Run in Iowa City. She’s had an incredibly prolific career within the Iowa music industry (aw, shucks) in just a short period of time which we’ll get into, but now she’s taking a step away from arts programming.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Body Rock” by Alyx Rush for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Carrie Houchins-Witt for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jun 18, 202140:05
48. Marlén Mendoza, Angie Jordan & Joel Sorenson

48. Marlén Mendoza, Angie Jordan & Joel Sorenson

Joel Sorenson is the co-founder and owner of All The Way Up in North Liberty, a dance studio for dancers of all ages with styles including hip hop, heels, kpop, breaking, and popping. Angie Jordan and Marlén Mendoza are dedicated community builders, pushing to establish a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, otherwise known as a SSMID, to further develop and draw business to the Pepperwood Plaza shopping district.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Jump-start Your Heart” by Miss Christine for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Iowa Review for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jun 11, 202135:45
47. Kembrew McLeod & Sarah Nelson

47. Kembrew McLeod & Sarah Nelson

Kembrew McLeod is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He’s written and produced several books and documentaries that focus on popular music, independent media, and copyright law. Kembrew is also well known for being proficient in the art of pranking, for which he’s claimed national notoriety. Sarah Nelson is the former COO at Foundation 2 Crisis Services in Cedar Rapids and the current executive director at Community Crisis Services and Food Bank.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Do U Follow Me?” by Halfloves for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Preucil School of Music for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jun 04, 202136:22
46. Rachel Maker & Mandi Nichols

46. Rachel Maker & Mandi Nichols

Rachel Maker is a Cedar Rapids based retailer and clothing designer. Along with co-owning and operating Found and Formed, a vintage clothing shop in Cedar Rapids, Rachel has been trying her hand at styling local musicians, creating custom stage outfits for the likes of Elizabeth Moen and Anthony Worden. Mandi Nichols is the founder of the corridor community access network also known as CCAN. CCAN’s mission is to facilitate resident participation and empowerment, raising awareness about opportunities to improve the quality of life for all individuals in the Iowa Corridor.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Love Me Again” by King Wylde for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidWestOne Bank for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

May 28, 202134:13
45. Melissa Febos & Richard Rodney

45. Melissa Febos & Richard Rodney

Melissa Febos is a critically acclaimed, bestselling author and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. Her most recent book, Girlhood, is a collection of essays centered around the trauma of a young female body and was released late March. Richard Rodney is a chef and entrepreneur. He owns Rodney’s Jamaican Jerk & BBQ, which caters authentic Jamaican food and sauces.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Pointless” by Ben Rendall for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Iowa Review for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

May 21, 202133:47
44. Russ Curry & Katie Imborek

44. Russ Curry & Katie Imborek

Russ Curry founded Curious music in 1988. Curious music is a family owned,  record label based in Coralville that curates experimental and reflective music. After a near 20 year hiatus Russ is back in the game and has a slew of new projects underway. Among many other things, Katie Imborek is a physician, clinical professor, and co-director of the University of Iowa Health Care’s LGBTQ clinic, which she co founded in 2012. She’s also been a major force behind the expansion of telehealth communications and other efforts related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “White Picket Fence” by Hannah Frey for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Carrie Houchins-Witt for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

May 07, 202135:40
43. Jake Jones & Jane Wilch

43. Jake Jones & Jane Wilch

This week, we’ll chat with Jake Jones, a graduate student at the University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History and the production director for KRUI 89.7 FM. We’ll also hear from Jane Wilch, the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Iowa City, about her passion for environmentalism and her climate-focused best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Concrete Stilts” by Dana T. for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City and Lensing Funeral Home for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

May 03, 202134:59
42. Hannah Song & JB Barnhouse

42. Hannah Song & JB Barnhouse

In this week’s episode we talk with multimedia artist Hannah Song about how she incorporates platforms like youtube and tiktok into her creative process. Then we check in with master stonemason, JB Barnhouse, about his career and best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Pretty in Pink” by the Hex Girls for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City and Lensing Funeral Home for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

Apr 23, 202134:31
41. Tyler James & Tree Bloomquist

41. Tyler James & Tree Bloomquist

In this week’s episode we chat with Tyler James, aka Jim Swim, a language arts teacher by day and hip hop artist/producer by night, about his recent essay about making money as an artist. Then we hear from Tree Bloomquist, assistant manager and baker at Dodge St. Coffeehouse, about her baking journey and best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Organic:Plastic” by Pink Neighbor for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Taxes Plus and Carrie Houchins-Witt for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Apr 16, 202133:35
40. Ala Mohamed & Adam Knight

40. Ala Mohamed & Adam Knight

In this week’s episode, we’ll be talking to Adam Knight, Producing Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre, about Riverside’s work during the pandemic and the theatre’s new location in Downtown Iowa City. Then we’ll hear from Ala Mohamed, a student at the University of Iowa and one of the founders of the Iowa City Freedom Riders.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “All the Ladies” by Big Begonias for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities and Preucil School of Music for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Apr 02, 202134:59
39. Andy Martin & Avery Moss

39. Andy Martin & Avery Moss

This week we’ll hear from choral director and omnipresent musician Avery Moss. We’ll also talk with Andy Martin, co-owner of Martin Construction, about his best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Seriously” by Kane & the Stubborn Stains for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities and Preucil School of Music for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Mar 26, 202138:16
38. Phoebe Martin & Toni LeFebvre

38. Phoebe Martin & Toni LeFebvre

In this week’s episode,  we talk with musician and founder of the Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Toni LeFebvre. We’ll also hear from Phoebe Martin, aka the realtor of the people, about her career and best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Ambivalence” by honey swell for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City and Lensing Funeral Home for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Mar 19, 202138:46
37. Karen Kubby & Kelso Messerschmitt

37. Karen Kubby & Kelso Messerschmitt

This week, we’re chatting with Kelso Messerschmitt about their burgeoning career as a tattoo artist. Then we’ll talk with longtime Iowa City artist, activist, and business owner Karen Kubby about her career and her two best shows ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Autographs in Hell” by The Eleanors for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Taxes Plus, and MidWestOne Bank for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Mar 12, 202137:39
36. Anna Moyers Stone & Lisa Barnes

36. Anna Moyers Stone & Lisa Barnes

In this week’s episode we talk with Lisa Barnes, executive director of Summer of the Arts, about programming in a pandemic and what to expect for 2021. Then we chat with mother and avid volunteer, Anna Moyers Stone, about her best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Boys are Boys” by Tooth Ivy for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Mar 05, 202131:46
35. Jesse Singerman & Katie Gallegos

35. Jesse Singerman & Katie Gallegos

In this week’s episode we chat with Katie Gallegos, a multidisciplinary artist specializing in bright and playful styles. We also talked with Englert Board member Jesse Singerman, who has lived in Iowa City since 1967. She has a long career working in the Natural Foods industry and has an equally long history of social justice activism and volunteering.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Half the Weight” by Megababes for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City and Iowa Review for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Feb 26, 202139:60
34. Isaac Hamlet & Leela Bassuk, Maya Bassuk

34. Isaac Hamlet & Leela Bassuk, Maya Bassuk

In this week’s episode, we’re talking about Pantone’s Color of the Year and how it comes to be. We chatted with dynamic sister duo, Leela and Maya Bassuk, about their booming Instagram business, Women in Resin. Also, Isaac Hamlet, the Arts & Entertainment Reporter for the Press-Citizen, told us about his best show ever.

We’re taking next week off but we’ll be back with a new episode on February 26th.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “In the Q” by Purple Frank for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Taxes Plus, and Preucil School of Music for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Feb 12, 202142:40
33. Kevin Felker & Mark Vollenweider

33. Kevin Felker & Mark Vollenweider

In this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at some journaling trends and why journaling is a productive use of time. Then, we’ll chat with Mark Vollenweider, a visual artist best known for his detailed pen drawings. We’ll also hear from Kevin Felker, one of the owners of the new Prairie Kitchen Store in Iowa City, about opening a business during the pandemic, and he’ll also share his best show ever with us.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Portrait” by Wave Cage for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Feb 05, 202150:01
32. Benito Ocampo Campos & Stephanie Miracle

32. Benito Ocampo Campos & Stephanie Miracle

In this week’s episode, we discuss at-home and DIY crafting during the pandemic. Then, we’ll chat with dancer, choreographer, and University of Iowa Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Miracle about the Parking Space Project. We’ll also hear from Benito Ocampo Campos, the owner of Beno’s Flowers and Gifts, about his best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Rose Gold” by Blist Her for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities and MidWestOne Bank for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jan 29, 202138:28
31. Nick Craig & Dana Telsrow

31. Nick Craig & Dana Telsrow

In this week’s episode, we discuss public art initiatives in 2021. Then, we’ll chat with Dana Telsrow, known for his performances as Dana T, Sugar Shield, or as part of the band Karen Meat. We’ll also hear from Nick Craig, the owner of Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar, about some of his favorite live shows in Iowa City.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Falconer’s Knot” by Patresa Hartman for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities and Lensing Funeral Home for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jan 22, 202144:53
30. Elsworth Carman & Noah Neal

30. Elsworth Carman & Noah Neal

Happy New Year! We’re back with season 2 of Best Show Ever. This week, we’ll discuss exciting new developments in the #SaveOurStages realm. Then, we’ll hear from Noah Neal, a multidisciplinary artist best known for their graphic design and screen-printing work. Then we’ll talk to Elsworth Carman about his work at the Iowa City Public Library and his best show ever.

The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Nothing New” by Hendy for our Song of the Week.

Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City, Best Case Wines, and RSVP for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jan 15, 202149:19
29. ReRun: Moxie Hart & Catty Wompass

29. ReRun: Moxie Hart & Catty Wompass

Happy holidays from The Englert Theatre! For this week’s episode, we’re revisiting another previous interview. We hope you enjoy our full conversation with Moxie Hart & Catty Wompass. Moxie, who works in the human services field, and Catty, a PhD student at University of Illinois Chicago, are the founding members of Iowa City-based burlesque troupe, Bawdy Bawdy Ha Ha.

This episode features music by Gossip Cult and Alex Body.

Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Hands Jewelers, and Velvet Coat for sponsoring this episode.

Ongoing support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. Phase 1 is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Best Show Ever is produced by the Englert in Iowa City, Iowa, and is supported by Friends of the Englert. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.

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Host: Elly Hofmaier

Line Producer: Savannah Lane

Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis

Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry

Jan 01, 202134:53