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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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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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
40:05
June 18, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
35:45
June 11, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
36:22
June 4, 2021
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.
34:13
May 28, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
33:47
May 21, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
35:40
May 7, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
34:59
May 3, 2021
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.
34:31
April 23, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
33:35
April 16, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
34:59
April 2, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
38:16
March 26, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
38:46
March 19, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
37:39
March 12, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
31:46
March 5, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
39:60
February 26, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
42:40
February 12, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
50:01
February 5, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
38:28
January 29, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
44:53
January 22, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek & Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
49:19
January 15, 2021
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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
34:53
January 1, 2021
28. ReRun: Rebecca Fons
Happy holidays from The Englert Theatre! For this week’s episode, we’re revisiting a previous interview. We hope you enjoy our full conversation with Rebecca Fons. Rebecca serves the art world as the Programming Director for FilmScene in Iowa City; the owner, Development Director, and Programming Director for The Iowa non-profit movie theatre in Winterset; the Director of Film Programming at the Gorton Center in Illinois, and the Co-Founder of Destroy Your Art, a performance art exhibit. 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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
48:33
December 25, 2020
27. Amanda Sharp & Bayo Ajose
In this week’s episode, we discuss music streaming and music investing. Then, we’ll chat with previous Song of the Week feature, Bayo Ajose, known by his stage name ADE. We’ll also hear from Amanda Sharp, a Personal Banker at MidWestOne, about her best show ever. The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “No Machine” by Awful Purdies 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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
41:26
December 18, 2020
26. Katie Roche & Nina Lohman
This week, we’re bringing you a special Strengthen Grow Evolve feature. The ambitious capital campaign, created by The Englert Theatre and FilmScene, is closing in on its final act. This episode features an in-depth conversation with The Englert and SGE Development Director, Katie Roche, and the campaign’s chair, Nina Lohman. More information at StrengthenGrowEvolve.org This episode features music by Gossip Cult and Alex Body. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, Iowa City Downtown District, and GreenState Credit Union 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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
36:43
December 11, 2020
25. Kelly Ruggles & Ralph Bryant, Joel Sires
In this week’s episode, we discuss the recent publishing industry merger between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. Then, we’ll talk with Ralph Bryant and Joel Sires about their new project, Seeder Records, and we’ll hear from local volunteer-extraordinaire Kelly Ruggles about her best show ever. Visit Friends of the Animal Center Foundation at facf.org and the Coralville Community Food Pantry at coralvillefoodpantry.org The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Corona of Springfield” by Brian Johannesen for our Song of the Week. Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Bread Garden Market, 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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
44:49
December 4, 2020
24. ReRun: Christopher Rasheem-McMillan
Happy Thanksgiving from The Englert Theatre! For this week’s episode, we’re revisiting a previous interview. We hope you enjoy our full conversation with Christopher Rasheem-McMillan, a multidisciplinary artist and scholar, University of Iowa assistant professor, Grantwood Art Fellow, and fellow of the institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. This episode features music by Gossip Cult and Alex Body. Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City, Shive-Hattery, and New Pioneer Co-op 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. -------------------- Host: Elly Hofmaier Line Producer: Savannah Lane Audio Engineers: Red Rebelskey, Gabi Vanek, and Ioannis Alexakis Executive Producers: John Schickedanz & Andre Perry
24:28
November 27, 2020
23. Hans House & Kimmy Blaque
In this week’s episode, we take a look at the revolution of at-home music recording. Then, we’ll talk with Drag Queen and full time cosmetologist Kimmy Blaque, followed by a conversation with professor of emergency medicine at the University of Iowa, Hans House, and his delightful best show ever. The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Mexican Fireworks” by Joel Sires for our Song of the Week. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, Bradley & Riley, and Bread Garden Market 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
38:23
November 20, 2020
22. RaQuishia Harrington & Sujit Singh
In this week’s episode, we take a look at some of the changes happening at Riverside Theatre and Hancher Auditorium. Then, we’ll talk with filmmaker and executive director of Combined Efforts Sujit Singh, followed by a conversation with community organizer and North Liberty City Councilor RaQuishia Harrington - on her work in the community and of course, her best show ever. The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Sensitive” by Lily DeTaeye of Des Moines, IA based Station 1 Records for our Song of the Week. Thank you to MidAmerica Securities, Tuesday Agency, and CCPA 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
42:37
November 13, 2020
21. Manny Gálvez & Kirsten Sogaard
In this week’s episode,  we share a behind-the-scenes look at production work in the arts. Then, we’ll talk with Kirsten Sogaard, a U.S. postal worker, artist, and local courier, followed by a conversation with Manny Gálvez - founder of Iowa City Latino Festival and local publication El Trueque Iowa - about the power of community and his best show ever! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “january storm” by tomato boy for our Song of the Week. Thank you to Toyota of Iowa City, Phoebe Martin Realty, and OPN Architects 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
35:36
November 6, 2020
20. Uri Lessing & Moxie Hart, Catty Wompass
In this week’s episode, we explore methods and meaning behind all-time album rankings. Then, we’ll talk with Moxie Hart and Catty Wompass of Bawdy Bawdy Ha Ha Burlesque, followed by a conversation with Uri Lessing - an avid patron of the arts who has a few best show stories! The episode features music by Gossip Cult, Alex Body, and “Appetizers” by Ramona Muse Lambert for our Song of the Week. Thank you to Goodfellow Printing, M.C. Ginsberg, and Marcus Fitzpatrick Team 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
38:21
October 30, 2020
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. This episode features music by Gossip Cult and Alex Body. As of December 2020, we have removed this episode’s Song of the Week segment, which featured a track by Gloom Balloon. Since the original release of this episode, we have reviewed new information and determined that supporting work by this artist conflicts with our organizational values and programmatic policies. 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
46:58
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
50:59
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
48:42
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
42:59
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
48:29
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
41:16
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
42:11
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
39:59
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 vVo1iiFcOvrSTxMx9ZrE
40:18
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