Orange City

Cultural Continuum 5-17-19

May 17, 2019

Check your shoes for splinters, the Orange City Tulip Festival is underway! Don Reese spreads the funny at Vangarde, the Green Thumb Plant Sale is today and a century of Municipal Bands on display at the museum.

Silence, suppression and shame—Mike Goll knows them well.

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Ally Karsyn


He claimed hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Mexico have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” He advocated for an electrified fence along the United States-Mexico border to discourage crossings, adding, “We do that with livestock all the time.”


Bonne Finken is a pop artist from Des Moines who broke through as the first female Iowa artist to crack the charts on a Top 40 radio station. She recently scored the music for the IPTV documentary FarmHer, and her music has been featured on television shows and in commercials. We are proud to have her here on Live at the Old Factory. 



Two women wearing hijabs appear on a projection screen. Through a video call, Jasmine Smith is joined by another Northwestern College graduate, Marly Melsh. Both are converts to Islam.

Herencia de Timbiqui

Herenicia de Timbiqui perform music from the crossroads. Rhythms passed down from the slaves support merengue and salsa as well as rock 'n roll. The fusion is colorful, soulful, and lively. It speaks to the history and sense of place of the band's home in Cali, Colombia. As they tell us, you can hear the sounds of the rivers and the joy of the city.

Herenicia de Timbiqui performs tonight at the Unity Knight Center in Orange City. The concert begins at 7:00. 

Listening for Grace by Ted Swartz

In Ted Swartz's Listening for Grace, the cello is the voice of a son who has told his father that he is gay. This reflects the Christian tradition in which the voice of the person giving rise to a conversation is not taking part in the conversation. It is also redolent of the ineffable pain experienced by many who are faced with the loss of their community because of their sexuality or the sexuality of a loved one. 

Live at the Old Factory is Field Division, tonight, a folkwave duo from Des Moines. Their songs rise up around you like a warm seltzer, and in the midst of the fuzz is the clear voice of Evelyn Taylor. Get ready for a late night musical swim on tonight’s broadcast of Live at the Old Factory. 

Live at the Old Factory is supported by Orange City Arts Council and the Gilchrist Foundation.

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For musicians, Iowa is often a place to begin, but not a place to end. This has been true for a long time, and it has left us in the difficult position of growing our own music culture.