Arts and Culture http://iowapublicradio.org en Amateur Radio Contests Encourage Emergency Preparedness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/amateur-radio-contests-encourage-emergency-preparedness <p>100 years ago, amateur radio operators were in the early years of making wireless communication with people around the world.&nbsp; Professional radio operators started calling them “ham” as a pejorative, because the amateur’s equipment often caused interference, but operators embraced it and the negative connotation disappeared.&nbsp; There are 800-thousand licensed ham radio operators in North America with 6,619 of them in Iowa. One of the reasons this hobby continues to move forward is because of regular competitions. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:09:06 +0000 John Pemble 43925 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amateur Radio Contests Encourage Emergency Preparedness Dead Man Walking: Intimate View of Death Row through Opera http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dead-man-walking-intimate-view-death-row-through-opera <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">The Des Moines Metro Opera's summer 2014 season includes “Dead Man Walking”, the company’s first work from the 21st century.&nbsp; It’s an adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s 1994 book about her experiences of ministering to death row inmates.&nbsp; The story is based on Prejean’s early prison ministry work when she became the spiritual advisor for death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier until his execution in 1984 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.&nbsp; While the opera is based on Sonnier’s case, the story Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:07:10 +0000 John Pemble & Jacqueline Halbloom 42877 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dead Man Walking: Intimate View of Death Row through Opera David Byrne Speaks During Grand Opening of Des Moines Social Club http://iowapublicradio.org/post/david-byrne-speaks-during-grand-opening-des-moines-social-club <p></p> Sun, 11 May 2014 11:12:14 +0000 John Pemble 40453 at http://iowapublicradio.org David Byrne Speaks During Grand Opening of Des Moines Social Club Sculptor Visits His Work's New Home for the First Tine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sculptor-visits-his-works-new-home-first-tine <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif" size="2">Late last year Olafur Eliasson finished the sculpture “panoramic awareness pavilion” in his Berlin studio and in December members of his crew installed it at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. &nbsp;The work is a series of 23, 9-foot tall glass panels arranged in a&nbsp;circle around a light beam. &nbsp;Each slab of glass is&nbsp;semi-reflective in color gradients from yellow, blue, to orange. Fri, 02 May 2014 15:24:21 +0000 John Pemble 40043 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sculptor Visits His Work's New Home for the First Tine Des Moines Ties to Tony Awards http://iowapublicradio.org/post/des-moines-ties-tony-awards <p>This week in New York City, nominations for the 68<sup>th</sup> Annual Tony Awards were announced.&nbsp; In a few days around 870 voters across the country will receive ballots to determine this year’s winners, but only one will be sent to Iowa.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:39:13 +0000 John Pemble 39909 at http://iowapublicradio.org Des Moines Ties to Tony Awards From Russia with Love http://iowapublicradio.org/post/russia-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A group of ten Russian journalism students visited the Iowa Public Radio studios in Cedar Falls Tuesday. They are part of an exchange program with Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. The project is known as Challenge Our Bias, Midwest-Russian Alliance on Dialogue&nbsp;and Education or COMRADE. The Russian &nbsp;students are on a whirlwind tour of Iowa with stops at media outlets in Waterloo, Iowa City and Des Moines.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:39:44 +0000 Pat Blank 39541 at http://iowapublicradio.org From Russia with Love Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back http://iowapublicradio.org/post/remembering-jason-molina-musician-who-refused-look-back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Musician Jason Molina influenced many of his peers and sold tens of thousands of records for a small independent label from Indiana. Molina died at age 39 a little more than a year ago from organ failure due to alcohol abuse. But now two new releases are paying tribute to the musician. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters has more.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Clay Masters 39503 at http://iowapublicradio.org Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back 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 “panoramic awareness pavilion” 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