Dr. John Flanery of Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools and the Missouri River Choral Society

This episode, I talk with Dr. John Flanery, President of Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools.  We discuss the presence and importance of arts in the schools, but we dedicate most of our time to his work with the Missouri River Choral Society.  He also drops some knowledge on Handel and Schubert.  So listen up.  

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Pat Toben, from Sioux City Community Schools

Today I sat down with Pat Toben from Sioux City Community Schools.  We talked about some of the programs she’s working on for the schools–like Carnegie Hall’s Link Up and Met HD Live–as well as her personal history with the arts and art education.  

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Links to Some of the Things We Talked About

Arts & Community Engagement (Sioux City Schools) on Facebook
Carnegie Hall Link Up
Met HD Live
Sioux Falls Stadium 14 – Fathom Events

Russell Wooley – Lamb Theatre: Past, Present and Future

I talk with Russell Wooley, Artistic and Managing Director of Lamb Arts Regional Theatre.  As a transplant to the Siouxland area, I’m getting a sense of the present, but I don’t know the unique histories of a lot of our established organizations.  Russel takes me through a quick history of Lamb’s first forty years and looks ahead to the reclaimed building on Douglas.  

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Hannah Adamson, KCAU Morning Anchor

Hannah Adamson in Sioux City Community Theatre’s production of Into the Woods.

Hannah Adamson anchors the morning news coverage for KCAU 9, but she’s also active in the arts community. She has performed onstage at Sioux City Community Theatre and as part of her next project, she’s helping out a high school production in South Sioux City.

Hannah and I talked about these interests and much more–including the symphony, Shakespeare, and amazing early-morning college radio shows.

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Performer, Teacher, and Conductor: Dr. Luis Víquez

In this episode, I talk music with Dr. Luis Víquez, who is an Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Director of Orchestras in the University of South Dakota Music Department. When not in Vermillion, he’s traveling the area doing outreach at local schools or working in his native Costa Rica. Among other things, we talk about the upcoming USD Symphony Orchestra concert and the fully-staged opera USD performs every spring. This year it’s Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. But more on that in another episode…

If you’re wondering what Dr. Víquez’s playing sounds like, you can hear some of his music (performed with USD colleague Darin Wadley of the Viquez-Wadley Duo) under the episode’s intro and wrap-up. For more sights and sounds from Dr. Víquez, visit his media page here.

If you’re looking for another conversation with a Siouxland musician, check out the podcast’s episode with SCSO Music Director Ryan Haskins.

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Visual Artist Klaire Lockheart

In this episode I talk with Vermillion visual artist Klaire Lockheart.  Her exhibition “Feminine Attempts” opens soon at the Sioux City Art Center.  We talk about the paintings in that exhibition, a couple of shows she’s curating, renaissance art, man caves, and much more.  

You can find Klaire in various manifestations online: 

Website: https://www.klairelockheart.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/klairelockheart/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KlaireALockheart/

Here are some images and links to topics that come up in our conversation:

MOMA: Joseph Kosuth: One and Three Chairs
Uffizi: Artimesia Gentileschi : Judith Beheading Holofernes

Spooky Book Halloween Hangover Spectacular (featuring Kelsey Patterson and BJ Hollars)

Halloween has come and gone, but it’s always the season for a good book, even a spooky or strange one.

In this episode, I talk with Kelsey Patterson and BJ Hollars. Kelsey is the Reader Services Specialist for the Sioux City Public Library. She leads the Open Book Club and is a co-host of The First Fifty Pages podcast. Kelsey and I talk about spooky or strange books, and she offers up some good ones.

BJ and I talk about his latest book, Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country. It’s a book that on its face dives into paranormal sightings (think werewolves, UFOs, and giant turtles), but as BJ explains in our conversation, “It’s really a book about people.”

Finally, here’s a link to something Kelsey recommended. It’s called “A Crash Course in Horror.”