Arts and Culture http://iowapublicradio.org en Modern Folk in a Classical Music Environment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/modern-folk-classical-music-environment <p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 36258 at http://iowapublicradio.org Modern Folk in a Classical Music Environment Iowa's real "Monuments Man" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-real-monuments-man <p>Winterset is known as the birthplace of John Wayne, but the town also claims real life hero and art conservator George Stout who rescued hundreds of pieces of art work from being destroyed by the Nazi’s during World War Two.&nbsp; Stout is profiled in the book, Monuments Men, and a film of the same name starring George Clooney, opened this weekend across the country. Winterset Public Library director Nancy Trask says when he was younger George Stout was quite an actor…</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Julie Englander 35988 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's real "Monuments Man" Nontraditional Collection of Traditional Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nontraditional-collection-traditional-music <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most albums are a group of songs acquired as a single body of music on a vinyl record, CD, or download, but musicians like Max Wellman from Des Moines are challenging this decades old system. &nbsp;Wellman is a 22-year old jazz singer who has been working full time in the business for three years after dropping out of Butler University in 2011. &nbsp;Last November he released the CD “You Must Believe in Spring”, a collection of songs by artists like Cole Porter, George </span>Gershwin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Frank Sinatra. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 35541 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nontraditional Collection of Traditional Music Adapting a Christmas Classic to a Comic Book http://iowapublicradio.org/post/adapting-christmas-classic-comic-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Classic stories are often updated to fit modern times and this year a Des Moines family has adapted an old holiday tale to a digital comic book. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:12:53 +0000 John Pemble 33736 at http://iowapublicradio.org Adapting a Christmas Classic to a Comic Book Sculpture of Glass and Light Turned on in Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sculpture-glass-and-light-turned-des-moines <p>There’s a new beacon of light in downtown Des Moines coming from a new work of art in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park called “Glass Colour Circle” by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.&nbsp; It’s a circle of 23 multicolored 9-foot tall reflective glass panels with a bright light in the center.&nbsp; The Des Moines Art Center has wanted an Eliasson original since the park opened in 2009. Art Center Jeff Fleming says when they asked Eliasson to create a custom work for this space, the artist immediately said yes.<br /> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:09:14 +0000 John Pemble 33048 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sculpture of Glass and Light Turned on in Des Moines Returning home to say thank you with Wicked http://iowapublicradio.org/post/returning-home-say-thank-you-wicked <p>This week the musical Wicked is celebrating ten years.&nbsp; Former Iowan Tim Baudler&nbsp;returned to Des Moines to see this show at the Civic Center with close friends and family to thank them for helping him overcome struggles in his life.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 08:55:20 +0000 John Pemble 31522 at http://iowapublicradio.org Returning home to say thank you with Wicked New York Times columnist visits Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-york-times-columnist-visits-iowa <p>New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof speaks with IPR&#39;s Sarah McCammon</p><p>Award-winning New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof will discuss his book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide&quot; at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 at the University of Iowa&#39;s Iowa Memorial Union.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:45:08 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29740 at http://iowapublicradio.org New York Times columnist visits Iowa Iowa / Hungary Percussion Project Debuts in the United States http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-hungary-percussion-project-debuts-united-states <p>Last week a performance combining the musical culture of Hungary and Iowa made its American debut in Cedar Falls.&nbsp; It was organized by two recent music school graduates specializing in the performance of contemporary percussion music. Today they will share these new works with more Iowans as their short tour across the state resumes.</p><p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 01:08:35 +0000 John Pemble 28455 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa / Hungary Percussion Project Debuts in the United States Iowa City Library's Local Music Project Could Become Library Model http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-city-librarys-local-music-project-could-become-library-model <p>Despite changes in how Americans are listening to music, think Pandora or Spotify, people are still checking out physical CDs from libraries. A recent PEW report found that half of Americans visited a library last year, and 16 percent of them checked out music.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But just as libraries are introducing eBooks to readers – librarians are also trying to figure out how to get digital music to library goers. Iowa City has launched a digital music library that focuses on its local music scene.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Clay Masters 27732 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa City Library's Local Music Project Could Become Library Model Portable Memorial Honors Iowan Veterans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/portable-memorial-honors-iowan-veterans <div>Two years ago a memorial honoring Iowa’s fallen veterans began traveling around the state. This week it’s getting its biggest audience yet while on display at the Iowa State Fair. &nbsp;This new memorial is part of an effort by two Nebraskans who want to make exhibits like this for every state.</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:22:05 +0000 John Pemble 27430 at http://iowapublicradio.org Portable Memorial Honors Iowan Veterans Cowboy Mounted Shooting comes to the Iowa State Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cowboy-mounted-shooting-comes-iowa-state-fair <p>One of the fastest growing equine sports in the nation was showcased at the Iowa State Fair this weekend.&nbsp; Iowa Public Radio’s Katherine Perkins was there to see cowboy mounted shooting.</p><p></p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 03:48:22 +0000 Katherine Perkins 27279 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cowboy Mounted Shooting comes to the Iowa State Fair The OK Factor’s Classical Ties to Folk Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ok-factor-s-classical-ties-folk-music <p>One of the musical&nbsp;performances&nbsp;this weekend&nbsp;from the Iowa State Fair is the&nbsp;new band “The OK Factor".&nbsp; Violinist Karla Dietmeyer and cellist Olivia Hahn combine&nbsp;folk, alternative rock, and modern classical music.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br><br>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:07:13 +0000 John Pemble 27248 at http://iowapublicradio.org The OK Factor’s Classical Ties to Folk Music Disabled Painter Demonstrates Work at Iowa State Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/disabled-painter-demonstrates-work-iowa-state-fair <p>Elsie Monthei is a blind painter who for more than thirty years has painted landscapes.&nbsp; This week she spent a day at the Iowa State Fair demonstrating her talent for Very Special Arts (VSA), a group with the mission of highlighting the artistic abilities of people with disabilities.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:29:04 +0000 John Pemble 27186 at http://iowapublicradio.org Disabled Painter Demonstrates Work at Iowa State Fair Hardacre Theater Will Close After Festival http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hardacre-theater-will-close-after-festival <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Filmmakers and movie lovers are descending on Tipton this weekend for the Hardacre Film Festival. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard&nbsp; reports, when the festival goes dark tomorrow (Saturday) night, so too will the theater in which it plays.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:27:21 +0000 Rob Dillard 26840 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hardacre Theater Will Close After Festival NPR Reporters Travel RAGBRAI http://iowapublicradio.org/post/npr-reporters-travel-ragbrai <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">RAGBRAI, the annual bicycling ride across the state, made its way to Des Moines Tuesday. The trip wraps up this weekend in Fort Madison. Among the cyclists this year are NPR reporters Don </span>Gonyea<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Scott </span>Horsley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Brian&nbsp;</span>Naylor<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:54:05 +0000 Clay Masters 24518 at http://iowapublicradio.org NPR Reporters Travel RAGBRAI 80/35 Music Festival Paid Attendance Dips Slightly http://iowapublicradio.org/post/8035-music-festival-paid-attendance-dips-slightly <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, at least 30,000 people were estimated to be at the sixth annual 80/35 music festival in downtown Des Moines. That’s according to festival organizers.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:46:50 +0000 Clay Masters 23579 at http://iowapublicradio.org 80/35 Music Festival Paid Attendance Dips Slightly "Scree Stage" Premiers at Des Moines Art Center http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scree-stage-premiers-des-moines-art-center <p>A new sculpture weighing more than twelve tons has been under construction at the Des Moines Art Center for two weeks.&nbsp; It’s titled “Scree Stage”, named after the debris of fallen rocks found at the base of a mountain. It’s the center of an exhibit opening this weekend. Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble visited the Art Center as this massive new work of art began to take its final shape.</p><p><br><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 06:02:43 +0000 John Pemble 22800 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Scree Stage" Premiers at Des Moines Art Center Annie's List and Reviews http://iowapublicradio.org/post/annies-list-and-reviews <p><strong>Annie Leonard of <a href="http://thenextchapterbooks.wordpress.com/">The Next Chapter's</a> Summer Reading List</strong></p><p></p><p><em><a href="http://www.danieljamesbrown.com/books/the-boys-in-the-boat/#.UZ5xMZyr7Kc">Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics</a></em> by <a href="http://www.danieljamesbrown.com/">Daniel James Brown</a></p><p>Viking, June 2013, History</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:18:43 +0000 Sarah Boden 21261 at http://iowapublicradio.org Annie's List and Reviews Jan's List http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jans-list <p><strong>Jan Weismiller of <a href="http://www.prairielights.com/">Prairie Lights Books'</a> Summer Reading List</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/56364/the-newlyweds-by-nell-freudenberger">The Newlyweds</a> by <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/author/80966/nell-freudenberger?sort=best_13wk_3month">Nell Freudenberger</a></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 18:11:57 +0000 Sarah Boden 21243 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jan's List Paul's List http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pauls-list <p><strong>Paul Ingram of <a href="http://www.prairielights.com/">Prairie Lights Books'</a> Summer Reading List</strong></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.tomdrury.org/pacific.html">Pacific</a> by <a href="http://www.tomdrury.org/">Tom Drury</a></p><p><a href="http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo14707097.html">Lost World of Fossil Lake</a> by <a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/users/lance-grande">Lance Grande</a></p><p><a href="http://www.timothyhallinan.com/elvises.html">Little Elvises</a> by <a href="http://www.timothyhallinan.com/">Timothy Hallinan</a></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 17:18:14 +0000 Sarah Boden 21242 at http://iowapublicradio.org Paul's List Madeleine Albright visits Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/madeleine-albright-visits-cedar-rapids <p></p><p>As she led reporters around displays of the pins she wore during her career, it was as if Madeleine Albright were introducing old friends at a family reunion.</p><p>With each pin came a memory for the former Secretary of State; crucial diplomatic decisions, casual moments in the White House, and tense meetings with international heads of state… including Kim Jong-Il.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 May 2013 12:33:31 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 20978 at http://iowapublicradio.org Madeleine Albright visits Cedar Rapids Madeleine Albright's diplomatic pins on display http://iowapublicradio.org/post/madeleine-albrights-diplomatic-pins-display <p></p><p>In the summer of 2000, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright attended a summit with Bill Clinton and Russian president Vladmir Putin. At the time, Russia had invaded Chechnya, amid reports of human rights abuses and violations of international law.</p><p>Albright, who had become known for her decorative pins that carried symbolic messages in diplomatic meetings, wore a pin of three monkeys representing the proverb, “See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.”</p><p>She says President Clinton was skeptical.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:11:03 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 20815 at http://iowapublicradio.org Madeleine Albright's diplomatic pins on display Director Tom Moore remembers 20 years at the African American History Museum of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/director-tom-moore-remembers-20-years-african-american-history-museum-iowa <p>It’s with pride that museum president and founding member Tom Moore moves between exhibits at the African American History Museum of Iowa.</p><p>"My hero is Alexander Clark," he says with a grin. "Clark was very instrumental in integrating Iowa’s classrooms,"</p><p>In 1867, nearly a hundred years before the Civil Rights Movement, Clark sued the Iowa's public schools in Clark v. Board of Directors to allow his daughter to attend the school near their home. He won, making Iowa one of the first states to have a law for the integration of schools.</p> Sat, 04 May 2013 16:08:30 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 20250 at http://iowapublicradio.org Director Tom Moore remembers 20 years at the African American History Museum of Iowa H.D. Harmsen’s first release on vinyl “Papoose” http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hd-harmsen-s-first-release-vinyl-papoose <p>One of the biggest changes for the music industry is the shift from publishing music on CDs, to downloadable music files.&nbsp; There are still artists who prefer their music be available on a tangible medium, even one as old as vinyl.&nbsp; In Iowa the two year old label Maximum Ames Records, publishes all of its titles on vinyl, including H.D. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:45:02 +0000 John Pemble 20037 at http://iowapublicradio.org H.D. Harmsen’s first release on vinyl “Papoose” "Trans Oral History Project" Collects Stories of Transgendered People http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trans-oral-history-project-collects-stories-transgendered-people <p>This weekend in Iowa City, several events are planned around the theme of celebrating and understanding the lives of transgendered persons.</p><p>Andre Perez of the <a href="http://transoralhistory.com/">Trans Oral History Project </a>in Chicago joins IPR's Sarah McCammon for a conversation about trans issues and workshops designed to gather the stories of transgendered Iowans.</p><p>For more information about this weekend's events at the University of Iowa, click <a href="http://now.uiowa.edu/2013/04/trans-folk-tell-their-stories">here.</a></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:22:40 +0000 Sarah McCammon 19449 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Trans Oral History Project" Collects Stories of Transgendered People Micro-distilleries find a niche in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/micro-distilleries-find-niche-iowa <p>The brewers at the Cedar Ridge Distillery are bottling and packaging a whiskey brewed with malted barley… if it were made in Scotland, you’d call it scotch.</p><p></p><p>They say it’s the first single-malt whiskey produced in Iowa. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:52:57 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 18769 at http://iowapublicradio.org Micro-distilleries find a niche in Iowa The Latino Experience in Iowa: Many Cultures Over Many Years http://iowapublicradio.org/post/latino-experience-iowa-many-cultures-over-many-years <p>Latino immigration has helped to shape - and re-shape - Iowa communities for more than a century. Dr. Omar Valerio-Jimenez, associate professor of history at the University of Iowa, joins Sarah McCammon to discuss "The Latino Experience in Iowa." That's the title of a <a href="http://www.mtmercy.edu/news-events/article/2013/03/18/latino-experience-iowa-race-and-gender-series-april-3">lecture</a> he's giving as part of a series on race and gender at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.</p><p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:01:37 +0000 Sarah McCammon 18640 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Latino Experience in Iowa: Many Cultures Over Many Years Sculpture of Norman Borlaug Nears Completion http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sculpture-norman-borlaug-nears-completion <p>In the second half of the 20th century, native Iowan Norman Borlaug developed wheat seeds that increased crop yields in third world countries.&nbsp; His work in agriculture led him to a Nobel Peace Prize, a Congressional Gold Medal, and next year he’ll be remembered with a statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection housed in the United States Capitol.&nbsp; South Dakota artist Benjamin Victor is commissioned to create this sculpture and brought his work in progress to the Iowa Historical Building for a two week artist in residency to get the final details right.</p><p></p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 18479 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sculpture of Norman Borlaug Nears Completion A Composer and an Architect http://iowapublicradio.org/post/composer-and-architect <p>The former Iowan who fathered one of the world’s most celebrated architects has been pulled from the shadows of his legendary son. The father was William Carey Wright, and Iowa Public Radio tells the story of his love for music and how it influenced the life of and career of his son, Frank Lloyd Wright.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17347 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Composer and an Architect Civil Rights Activist Grace Lee Boggs in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/civil-rights-activist-grace-lee-boggs-iowa <p></p><p>Asian-American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs has traveled from her home in Detroit to</p><p>speak at Grinnell College as part of the campus celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday. She tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank, she wasn't a fan of the idea when it was first proposed.&nbsp; At 97, Boggs continues to be active with a program known as Detroit Summer.&nbsp; It's a project that's been underway for several years involving the city's young people with&nbsp;activities such as gardening and renovating inner city buildings.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:46:13 +0000 Pat Blank 13834 at http://iowapublicradio.org Civil Rights Activist Grace Lee Boggs in Iowa