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Best Show Ever

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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19. Genevieve Trainor & Matt Steele
In this week’s episode, we’re talking about Witching Hour Festival! In arts news, Elly and Andre break down the idea behind this year’s festival production. Then, we welcome a few of our friends and festival co presenters from Little Village -  publisher, Matt Steele, followed by a Best Show Ever conversation with arts editor Genevieve Trainor! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Solar Lullaby” by Closet Witch for our Song of the Week.. Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Best Case Wines, and Taxes Plus 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
42:21
October 23, 2020
18. Jamie Powers & Bill Adams
In this week’s episode, we’re sharing a conversation about venue closures across America with returning guest Tobi Parks, co-founder of Des Moines venue xBk; Amedeo Rossi, owner of the recently closed Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, and our very own Andre Perry. Then, we’ll talk with photographer Bill Adams and head chef and owner of Deluxe Cakes and Pastries, Jamie Powers. The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Creature of Habit” by Elizabeth Moen for our Song of the Week. Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City, Iowa City Downtown District, and Emma Goldman Clinic 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
51:55
October 16, 2020
17. Sara McGuirk & Kevin Trunda
In this week's episode, we’re excited to share some arts news and upcoming work from our friends at Iowa Dance Festival. Then, we’ll talk with student and talent buyer for Scope Productions, Kevin Trunda, followed by a conversation with writer, drag artist, and adjunct professor Sara McGuirk. The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Tru Love Waits” by Gloom Balloon for our Song of the Week.. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, Shive-Hattery, RSVP, and Taxes Plus 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
49:58
October 9, 2020
16. Bryn Lovitt & Ben Handler
In this week's episode, we’ll take a look at one music industry that’s been thriving this year. Then, we’ll talk with videographer and film colorist Ben Handler and go deep into the IC DIY music scene with arts and culture journalist Bryn Lovitt! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “We” by SoulTru. Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Emma Goldman Clinic, and moengroup 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
34:33
October 2, 2020
15. Cory Kent & T.J. Dedeaux-Norris
In this week's episode, we’ll discuss immediate and long term issues being addressed by leaders in the museum world. Then, we'll talk with multimedia artist and professor T.J. Dedeaux-Norris and hear from Cory Kent on his best show ever! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Circus Came to Town” by Crystal City. Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City, Phoebe Martin, Realtor, and the Iowa Children’s Museum 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Gabi Vanek, and Sam Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
50:58
September 25, 2020
14. Kristy Hartsgrove-Mooers & Thom Kutz, Tobi Parks
In this week's episode, Elly explores some troubling trends in reading habits in arts news before having a conversation with Tobi Parks and Thomas Kutz, the duo behind Station 1 Records and Des Moines music venue xBk. We’ll also be joined by actor and theatre instructor Kristy Hartsgrove-Mooers to hear her Best Show Ever. The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Sleepwalk” by a local trio comprised of Keegan Konsor, Nick Wilkins, and Siegfriid. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, Iowa City Downtown District, and New Pioneer Coop 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Sam Alexakis & Gabi Vanek Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
48:41
September 18, 2020
13. JoAnn LS & James Tutson
In this week's episode, Andre Perry is joined by high school music teacher Annie Savage, for a conversation on how music educators are adapting during the pandemic. Then, we'll share our conversations with Iowa City musician James Tutson and hear about JoAnn Larpenter Sinclair’s surprising best show ever! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and features a spoken-word piece from Nancy Nahra. Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, New Pioneer Coop, and Beadology 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
42:58
September 11, 2020
12. Jamie Ellis & Rebecca Fons
In this week's episode, host Elly Hofmaier shares how decisions to release highly anticipated films on streaming platforms are causing a shift in the film industry. Then, we'll share our conversations with midwest film (and FilmScene!) programmer Rebecca Fons and hear all about Jamie Ellis' twelve-hour long Best Show Ever. The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and the song of the week, “Aerial Oceans", a track from midwest folk group The Pines’ 2015 record, ‘Above the Prairie’. Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City, moengroup, and Ten Thousand Villages 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
48:28
September 4, 2020
11. Katy Meyer & Steven Willis
In this week's episode, Andre Perry is joined by Damani Phillips for a discussion about how the UI School of Music is adapting during the pandemic. Then, we'll share our conversations with poet and actor Steven Willis, and hear about Katy Meyer's winter solstice Best Show Ever! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and the song of the week, "Ichor" featuring Gabi Vanek and Will Yager, off of their recently released LP, 'Ghost Actions'. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, New Pioneer Coop, and FilmScene for sponsoring this episode. 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. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
48:29
August 28, 2020
10. Christine Ralston & Casey Gartlan
In this week's episode, host Elly Hofmaier is joined by Andre Perry for a discussion about a major investment from some of the largest philanthropy foundations in an effort to support non-profits struggling during the pandemic. Then, we'll share our conversations with local artist Casey Gartlan, and hear about Christine Ralston's mind-blowing Best Show Ever! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, with the song of the week featuring, "I'm Cool and I'm Famous", a track featuring Forrest Heusinkveld, Daron Vest, and Maurice Campbell, off of the Project Connect EP just released this month. Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, KCCK 88.3 FM, and the Iowa Children's Museum for sponsoring this episode. Ongoing support come 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. Visit www.englert.org/friends to support our programming.  -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
37:55
August 21, 2020
9. Arin Eaton & the Derecho
In this week's episode, host Elly Hofmaier is joined by Andre Perry for a discussion on what the cancellation of summer festivals has done to the events industry and the organizations that run them. Then, we'll share our conversation with one half of Karen Meat and owner of knitting goods store The Knithole, Arin Eaton. Due to the derecho, our BSE interview was interrupted and we look forward to sharing more shows again soon! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, with the song of the week featuring Moline's dreamy psych-rock band, Dark Family. Thank you to SouthGate, Toyota of Iowa City, and the Iowa Review for sponsoring this episode. 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
42:24
August 14, 2020
8. Chuy Renteria & Justin K Comer
In this week's episode, we’re taking a look at reforms being made within the Recording Academy to make the Grammy Awards more fair and inclusive. Then we’ll talk to Justin Comer about what being an arts worker and creative in the time of covid means for him. We’ll also hear from Chuy Renteria, the Public Engagement Coordinator at Hancher, about the work he does creating community through the arts and his favorite Iowa City performance. The episode features music by Alex Body and the song of the week features Thrio. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, FilmScene, and Hills Bank for sponsoring this episode! 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
46:16
August 7, 2020
7. Kevin Mills & Rachel Yoder
In our seventh episode, host Elly Hofmaier breaks down how the pandemic has affected the literary world, from tours to book releases. The episode features Kevin Mills of The Tuesday Agency, who shares his intimate best show ever, seeing an artist on the rise! We also spoke with writer and champion of literature in Iowa City, Rachel Yoder, who shared her experiences of being a writer in the time of COVID, and the latest on her upcoming novel, Nightbitch. The episode features music by Alex Body, Gossip Cult, and the art of the week features poetry by Skyler Barnes. Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Marcus Fitzpatrick Team, and KCCK for sponsoring this episode! 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
41:15
July 31, 2020
6. Mark Nolte & Leslie Nolte
Elly Hofmaier reports on how dance companies and studios have kept going during the pandemic. The episode features former ICAD Director Mark Nolte, who shares his party of a best show ever from 1996! We also spoke with dancer and head of Nolte Academy, Leslie Nolte, who shared the challenges and changes that they've gone through in the past four months. The episode features music by Alex Body, Gossip Cult, and the song of the week is from Jordan Sellergren. Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City, Lensing Funeral, & Bradley & Riley for sponsoring this episode! 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
42:30
July 24, 2020
5. Joe Reilly & Christopher Rasheem McMillan
Elly Hofmaier reports on We See You, White American Theatre, a group of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, leading a call for overdue changes to create equity both in Broadway theatre and beyond. The episode features Joe Reilly, Iowa City Downtown District's Nighttime Mayor, who shares his cathartic best show ever featuring his favorite artist! We also spoke with artist and scholar, Christopher Rasheem-McMillan touching on everything from the connections of theology and dance to his performance of The Reaping at Witching Hour 2019. The episode features music by Alex Body, Gossip Cult, and the song of the week from Sean Tyler. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, M.C. Ginsberg, SouthGate Companies, and Little Village for sponsoring this episode! 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
42:10
July 17, 2020
4. Nick Bergus & Crystal Sherman
In our fourth episode, host Elly Hofmaier discusses the problem streaming platforms pose for artists. The episode features Nick Bergus, discussing his work with the City of North Liberty and NL Blues & BBQ, where his best show ever just happened to take place! We also spoke with Gabe's audio engineer Crystal Sherman, to talk about the creation of the 'No Touching Sessions' digital concert series that take place in a crowd-less Gabe's and features local musicians. The episode features music by Alex Body, Gossip Cult, and a track from ADE. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, FilmScene, and Shive-Hattery for sponsoring this episode! 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
42:52
July 10, 2020
3. John Engelbrecht & Lily DeTaeye
In our third episode, host Elly Hofmaier talks about the National Independent Venues Association and their effort to help the nationwide struggle that venues are facing due to the pandemic. The episode features Public Space One Director John Engelbrecht, sharing how PS1 has continued to create, program, and finish their new space during the pandemic, and sharing his Best Show Ever - an evening shared with a small crowd in the basement of the Wesley Center. We also spoke with singer-songwriter and arts worker, Lily DeTaeye, to talk about everything from the loss of live shows, her work with Des Moines Girls Rock, and what it's like to try to create music right now. The episode features music by Alex Body, Gossip Cult, and a track from Allegra Hernandez. A special thanks to the sponsors of this episode: MidAmerica Securities Management Co., OPN Architects, and Theatre Cedar Rapids 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. -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
39:58
July 3, 2020
2. Maeve Clark & Brian Johannesen
In our second episode, host Elly Hofmaier breaks down how #theshowmustbepaused movement, started by two black women in the music industry, was co-opted into what most knew as #blackouttuesday. The episode features recently retired librarian of 35 years, Maeve Clark, sharing her work and decades of amazing arts experiences in Iowa City. We also spoke with IC singer-songwriter and arts worker, Brian Johannesen, to talk about how the pandemic is affecting not only his work but the music industry, both locally and nationally.  The episode features music by Alex Body, Gossip Cult, and a new release from Purcha$e. 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.   --------------------  Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett  Host: Elly Hofmaier  Line Producer: Savannah Lane  Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey  Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
40:17
June 25, 2020
1. Monique Galpin
In our introductory episode, we talk with Monique Galpin, coordinator of the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Iowa, member of the African-American Council, former chair of the Iowa City Police review board and a member of the Emma Goldman Clinic board of directors. We chat about Monique's take on the recent protests following the murder of George Floyd. Of course, we finish by asking Monique about her Best Show Ever -- an experience she won't soon forget.  Featuring music by Alex Body and Gossip Cult. 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.  -------------------- Staff Writer & Content Manager: Claire Barrett Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineer: Red Rebelskey Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
32:03
June 18, 2020