Gondek

David Livingston

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Jim Adamson about the celebrated bass-baritone Simon Estes, who will perform at Washington High School Auditorium in Cherokee on April 17th at 4 p.m.  Estes, a native of Iowa, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in opera, performing at the Metropolitan Opera House and abroad in the world’s greatest opera houses.   

Lamb's 36th Season

Sep 23, 2015
LAMB Arts Regional Theatre

"Let's make a show." With those words, as if by magic, LAMB Arts Regional Theatre came to life 36 years ago. Along the way, Russell Wooley and Diane Guhin Wooley have formed a creative relationship with playwright Stephen Dolginoff, with whom they have worked closely in premiering two of his works: Flames and, this season, Monster Makers, which has its world premier this Friday at LAMB. 

ISU Extension and Outreach

Gretchen speaks with Laurie Taylor ( ISU Extension and Outreach regional food coordinator and Master Gardner) about some exciting news!  Spaulding Park Community School has been selected as a site for a new environmental science specialty program for kids with an outdoor classroom and expansion of the school’s vegetable garden.

Shrek returns to the Sioux City Community Theatre this weekend. Many of the characters are portrayed by students in the Youth Theatre program, which will be beginning again in September, with new curriculum focusing on acting, music, puppetry, dancing, and more. Gretchen Gondek speaks with Youth Theatre director Ashley Ziska about fall classes and the encore of Shrek. 

Margaret Holman

  Today on Food for Thought we taste cheese: Bonne Bouche from Vermont Creamery; Marin Triple Creme Brie from Marin Fench Cheese Co.; Fat Bottom Girl from Bleating Heart Dairy; and Twig Farm Tomme from Twig Farm, Vermont. Our friends Chef Bret McCarthy and Chef Michael Gasaway from WITCC's Culinary Arts program joined us. 

Margaret Holman

Food for Thought is on the road, traveling north of Sioux City on highways 75 and 60 toward Alton. In the shadow of a grain elevator rests our favorite place for pizza: Sfumato Pizeria. Proprietors Mark and Matt Slemp took time out of their day to chat with us, time they normally spend making fresh mozzarella, kneading dough, and bringing their oven to temperatures way above what a normal person would consider reasonable.

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"It's got fighting and cowboys and farmers and picnic lunches. It's got everything you can imagine in a show," says Morningside's Randy Peters of Oklahoma!. The show brings this summer's Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series to a close this weekend, which is so difficult to believe. It will feature some of Siouxland's favorite actors, including Mike Skaff and Bill McKenney, and quite a few of our favorite songs.

The Gift of Dance

Aug 4, 2015
Mararie "Shrunken Pointe Shoes"

Siouxland Civic Dance Association is offering the "Gift of Dance" to at-risk middle school children. The project is made possible by the Gilchrist Foundation and offers an opportunity for 50 children to receive instruction in classroom technique, etiquette and performance skills.

Food for Thought: The Fence Post

Jul 31, 2015
The Fence Post

Today Gretchen puts a spotlight on The Fence Post, a little restaurant at the entrance to Woodland Campground near Little Sioux, Iowa. They specialize in a traditional American fair, including biscuits and gravy, home-smoked ribs, potato salad, freshly ground hamburgers, and broasted chicken. 

Laurie Taylor, ISU Extension and Outreach regional foods coordinator and Master Gardener, tells us about the Farm to Fork tour of locally grown food. It sets out August first.     

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