John Pemble

Arts and Culture Reporter

John Pemble is the Arts and Culture reporter at Iowa Public Radio. In 1989, John began his Iowa Public Radio career in Fort Dodge as a program host for jazz, classical, and contemporary instrumental music programs. He joined Iowa Public Radio’s news department in 2008 to produce arts and culture stories.

John spent ten years as an adjunct professor for Iowa Central Community College’s broadcasting department teaching production and operations classes.

John's favorite public radio program is Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

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Health
5:50 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Iowa State Fair Food and Healthiest State Initiative

The 2012 Iowa State Fair begins with a ZUMBA dance on the Grand concourse.

This morning the Iowa State Fair began with activities promoting the one year old Healthiest State Initiative.  It’s also the first day a dozen new food items high in fat or sugar are available, including the double bacon corn dog. 
 

Arts & Culture
2:04 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Nate Logsdon Rotates in Three Bands

Nate Logsdon performs with the band Mumfords during the 2012 80/35 music festival in downtown Des Moines.

It’s common for musicians to collaborate in several bands.  This weekend at the 80/35 music festival in Des Moines an active musician found himself playing in three bands during one afternoon.  Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble followed this busy artist from one stage to the next.

Arts & Culture
2:20 am
Sat July 7, 2012

80/35 Music Festival’s Fifth Year of Alternative Music

80/35 Music Festival Project Manager Amedeo Rossi heads up the 5th music festival in downtown Des Moines.

This weekend the annual alternative music festival Eighty Thirty Five marks it’s fifth consecutive year of bringing national acts like Avett Brothers and Death Cab for Cutie to Des Moines.  For some these are new and unusual bands and festival organizers say this is one of the key reasons they put together this music event.

Arts & Culture
1:24 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iowa Opera House Project

Sam Knudson on the opera house stage at the Weiting Theater in Toledo Iowa.

In the early 20th century Iowa had close to 1,000 opera houses but now only a few hundred are still standing and many of them are abandoned.  This summer an Iowa musician is doing a series of performances in restored opera houses highlighting these building’s historic value while showcasing contemporary musicians. 

Arts & Culture
9:15 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Cedar Rapids Mural Reveals Post Flood Optimism

Tom Torluemke and his mural "You Know, We're all in this Together" in a gallery at the CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

Last Friday a new painting was unveiled in Cedar Rapids titled “You Know, We’re all in This Together”.  The work features dozens of optimistic community members in a scene about a city still recovering from the devastating flood of 2008.

Arts
6:57 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Grinnell College Choir Commissions Work

Composer Mohammed Fairouz, working with musicians at Grinnell College.
Grinnell College

A young composer who is seen by many as an up-and-coming talent will soon have his new piece performed on the East Coast.  His work was written for and premiered this spring by the Grinnell College choir.  It combines the unlikely pairing of Irish poetry about Iowa with biblical passages about an apocalypse sung in Arabic.

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Christopher the Conquered Releases New Album at Mission Creek Festival

Christopher Ford, from the band “Christopher the Conquered”, sitting in downtown Iowa City during the 2012 Mission Creek Festival.
John Pemble

Des Moines based indie rock musician Chris Ford is trying out a new venue for releasing his new CD. Instead of a typical release party or concert, he’s unveiling the work at a venue that brings musicians together with authors and visual artists during a weeklong event -- the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City.

 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Ames Piano Quartet Retirements

For thirty six years the Ames Piano Quartet has been Iowa State University’s resident chamber music ensemble. Their accomplishments include worldwide tours and a discography of fifteen releases. Next month, two of the founding members will retire resulting in the biggest personnel change in the quartet’s history.

Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Independent Film Company “Iowa Filmmakers"

Paul David Benedict, Scott Siepker, and Brandon Dunphy make short movies as the company "Iowa Filmmakers". They are on location for their short film titled "Quiet Forest".
Photo by John Pemble

Many movies are created by large studios for theaters and television, but a group of Iowa film makers launched a small movie production company with the plan of only using the Internet to reach an audience. With small a budget and help from volunteers they’ve had their first taste of success on a national level.



 

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