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Best Show Ever

69 EpisodesProduced by The EnglertWebsite

Best Show Ever is a weekly podcast presented by the Englert that discusses trends in the arts world, showcases Iowa-based musicians, and highlights members of the Iowa City-area community through their words and reflections on local culture.Want to be interviewed? Fill out this form:… read more

69 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

69. Christine Burke & John Grier

December 17th, 2021


On this week’s episode we hear from Iowa City-based experimental composer, Christine Burke. We also talk to Iowa City fire chief, John Grier, about his storied career as a first responder and his Best Show Ever.

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68. Lisa Roberts & Jim Trepka

December 13th, 2021


On this week’s episode we’re getting lit for literature with founder of Iowa City Poetry, Lisa Roberts. We’ll also hear from Jim Trepka, professor of …

67. Trevon Coleman & Danielle Pettit-Majewski

December 3rd, 2021


On this week’s episode we hear from the cinematographer behind the Black Liberation Space film, Trevon Coleman. We also talk to Danielle …

66. The Arts & You

November 26th, 2021


For this special holiday episode we’re bringing back our fabulous development director, Katie Roche, to talk about The Arts and You, a new …

65. Alicia Velasquez & Bambi Suits

November 19th, 2021


On this week’s episode we hear from the artisan jewelry maker, Alicia Velasquez, the woman behind the House of Dotł'izhi. We also talk with local American Sign Language interpreter, Bambi Suits, about her advocacy, …

64. Mélisse Brunet & Felix Anaman

November 12th, 2021


On this week’s episode we chat with Mélisse Brunet, the University of Iowa’s first ever female orchestral conductor. We also get a look at local entrepreneur Felix Anaman’s impressive career journey from Ghanan model to …

63. LaTasha DeLoach

November 5th, 2021


For this special edition episode of Best Show Ever, we’re sharing our full interview LaTasha DeLoach: activist, advocate, artist, and mother. LaTasha …

62. Amanda Rae Kane & Kaveh Mostafavi

October 29th, 2021


On this week’s episode we talk with Amanda Kane, a master of cosmetics and scene stylings. We also hear from Kaveh Mostafavi, founder and CEO of Ecocare Supply. He tells us the origin story of his Earth-friendly …

61. Ramin Roshandel & Minnetta Gardinier

October 22nd, 2021


On this week’s episode we talk with Ramin Roshandel, multi-disciplinary artist with an affinity for musical composition. We also hear from Minnetta …

60. Sarahann Kolder & Dede Dancing

October 15th, 2021


In this week’s episode we’ll hear from Sarahann Kolder, a multi-disciplinary artist and current fellow with Public Space One’s Center for …

59. Miriam Alarcón Avila

October 8th, 2021


Thanks for tuning in to Best Show Ever, a podcast presented by The Englert Theatre. In this special edition episode we’re sharing a full conversation …

58. Tara McGovern, Justin LeDuc, & Jen Knights

October 1st, 2021


Thanks for tuning in to Best Show Ever, a podcast presented by The Englert Theatre. In this week’s episode we talk with Tara McGovern and Justin LeDuc, two ensemble members for the musical project known as Esteban and …

57. Mimi Ke & Michael Tharp

September 24th, 2021


On this week’s episode, we talk Mimi Ke about the art of aerial performing. Then, to keep the aerial theme going, we talk to Michael Tharp, manager …

56. John Schickedanz & Mike Weber

September 17th, 2021


In this week’s episode, we talk to Mike Weber, aka Shadowfox Photography, about his career in concert photography and thoughts on the corridor music scene. Then we hear from the newly appointed Interim Executive …

55. Nolan Petersen & Grace Swartzendruber

September 10th, 2021


On this week’s episode we talk with Nolan Petersen, board chair and tenor vocalist for the Quire of Eastern Iowa. We also hear from Grace …

54. Carla Baudrons, Vicki Lensing, & Michael Lensing

September 3rd, 2021


On this week’s episode we talk about putting art to work with Carla Baudrons, founder of Art Office which is a 12-week accountability program designed to help artists. We also hear from Michael and Vicki Lensing, …

53. Frankline Matanji, Alissa Witzke, & Bobby Larson

August 27th, 2021


This week we talk with co-owners of Record Collector, Alissa Witzke and Bobby Larson. We also hear from Frankline Matanji, a PhD student in the …

52. Rachel Kilburg & Nick Messersmith

August 20th, 2021


In this week’s episode we talk about the importance of representation in TV and Movies with Iowa City film maven Nick Messersmith. We then talk to Assistant City Manager, Rachel Kilburg, about what it takes to run a …

51. Jessica Bristow & Kane Edwards

August 13th, 2021


In this week’s episode we talk with local musician, theme night planner, and community organizer extraordinaire - Kane Edwards. We also hear from Jessica Bristow, a historic preservation planner for the City of Iowa …

50. Jon Green & TheZeffsterr

August 6th, 2021


In this week's episode we talk to TheZeffster, performing artist and CEO of Critical Money, a hip-hop music label based in Iowa City. We also hear from Jon Green, former mayor of Lone Tree, Iowa and recently elected …

49. Donté K. Hayes, Antoine Williams, & Savannah Lane

June 18th, 2021


Donté K. Hayes is an artist who primarily works in the realms of ceramics and printmaking. He attended grad school at the University of Iowa and …

48. Marlén Mendoza, Angie Jordan & Joel Sorenson

June 11th, 2021


Joel Sorenson is the co-founder and owner of All The Way Up in North Liberty, a dance studio for dancers of all ages with styles including hip hop, heels, kpop, breaking, and popping. Angie Jordan and Marlén Mendoza are …

47. Kembrew McLeod & Sarah Nelson

June 4th, 2021


Kembrew McLeod is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He’s written and produced several books and documentaries that …

46. Rachel Maker & Mandi Nichols

May 28th, 2021


Rachel Maker is a Cedar Rapids based retailer and clothing designer. Along with co-owning and operating Found and Formed, a vintage clothing shop in Cedar Rapids, Rachel has been trying her hand at styling local …

45. Melissa Febos & Richard Rodney

May 21st, 2021


Melissa Febos is a critically acclaimed, bestselling author and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. Her most recent book, Girlhood, is a …

44. Russ Curry & Katie Imborek

May 7th, 2021


Russ Curry founded Curious music in 1988. Curious music is a family owned,  record label based in Coralville that curates experimental and reflective music. After a near 20 year hiatus Russ is back in the game and has a …

43. Jake Jones & Jane Wilch

May 3rd, 2021


This week, we’ll chat with Jake Jones, a graduate student at the University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History and the production director for …

42. Hannah Song & JB Barnhouse

April 23rd, 2021


In this week’s episode we talk with multimedia artist Hannah Song about how she incorporates platforms like youtube and tiktok into her creative …

41. Tyler James & Tree Bloomquist

April 16th, 2021


In this week’s episode we chat with Tyler James, aka Jim Swim, a language arts teacher by day and hip hop artist/producer by night, about his recent essay about making money as an artist. Then we hear from Tree …

40. Ala Mohamed & Adam Knight

April 2nd, 2021


In this week’s episode, we’ll be talking to Adam Knight, Producing Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre, about Riverside’s work during the pandemic and the theatre’s new location in Downtown Iowa City. Then we’ll hear …

39. Andy Martin & Avery Moss

March 26th, 2021


This week we’ll hear from choral director and omnipresent musician Avery Moss. We’ll also talk with Andy Martin, co-owner of Martin Construction, …

38. Phoebe Martin & Toni LeFebvre

March 19th, 2021


In this week’s episode,  we talk with musician and founder of the Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Toni LeFebvre. We’ll also hear from Phoebe Martin, aka the realtor of the people, about her career and best show ever.

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37. Karen Kubby & Kelso Messerschmitt

March 12th, 2021


This week, we’re chatting with Kelso Messerschmitt about their burgeoning career as a tattoo artist. Then we’ll talk with longtime Iowa City artist, activist, and business owner Karen Kubby about her career and her two …

36. Anna Moyers Stone & Lisa Barnes

March 5th, 2021


In this week’s episode we talk with Lisa Barnes, executive director of Summer of the Arts, about programming in a pandemic and what to expect for …

35. Jesse Singerman & Katie Gallegos

February 26th, 2021


In this week’s episode we chat with Katie Gallegos, a multidisciplinary artist specializing in bright and playful styles. We also talked with Englert …

34. Isaac Hamlet & Leela Bassuk, Maya Bassuk

February 12th, 2021


In this week’s episode, we’re talking about Pantone’s Color of the Year and how it comes to be. We chatted with dynamic sister duo, Leela and Maya …

33. Kevin Felker & Mark Vollenweider

February 5th, 2021


In this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at some journaling trends and why journaling is a productive use of time. Then, we’ll chat with Mark …

32. Benito Ocampo Campos & Stephanie Miracle

January 29th, 2021


In this week’s episode, we discuss at-home and DIY crafting during the pandemic. Then, we’ll chat with dancer, choreographer, and University of Iowa Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Miracle about the Parking Space …

31. Nick Craig & Dana Telsrow

January 22nd, 2021


In this week’s episode, we discuss public art initiatives in 2021. Then, we’ll chat with Dana Telsrow, known for his performances as Dana T, Sugar Shield, or as part of the band Karen Meat. We’ll also hear from Nick …

30. Elsworth Carman & Noah Neal

January 15th, 2021


Happy New Year! We’re back with season 2 of Best Show Ever. This week, we’ll discuss exciting new developments in the #SaveOurStages realm. Then, …

29. ReRun: Moxie Hart & Catty Wompass

January 1st, 2021


Happy holidays from The Englert Theatre! For this week’s episode, we’re revisiting another previous interview. We hope you enjoy our full …

28. ReRun: Rebecca Fons

December 25th, 2020


Happy holidays from The Englert Theatre! For this week’s episode, we’re revisiting a previous interview. We hope you enjoy our full conversation with …

27. Amanda Sharp & Bayo Ajose

December 18th, 2020


In this week’s episode, we discuss music streaming and music investing. Then, we’ll chat with previous Song of the Week feature, Bayo Ajose, known by his stage name ADE. We’ll also hear from Amanda Sharp, a Personal …

26. Katie Roche & Nina Lohman

December 11th, 2020


This week, we’re bringing you a special Strengthen Grow Evolve feature. The ambitious capital campaign, created by The Englert Theatre and FilmScene, …

25. Kelly Ruggles & Ralph Bryant, Joel Sires

December 4th, 2020


In this week’s episode, we discuss the recent publishing industry merger between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. Then, we’ll talk with Ralph Bryant and Joel Sires about their new project, Seeder Records, …

24. ReRun: Christopher Rasheem-McMillan

November 27th, 2020


Happy Thanksgiving from The Englert Theatre! For this week’s episode, we’re revisiting a previous interview. We hope you enjoy our full conversation …

23. Hans House & Kimmy Blaque

November 20th, 2020


In this week’s episode, we take a look at the revolution of at-home music recording. Then, we’ll talk with Drag Queen and full time cosmetologist …

22. RaQuishia Harrington & Sujit Singh

November 13th, 2020


In this week’s episode, we take a look at some of the changes happening at Riverside Theatre and Hancher Auditorium. Then, we’ll talk with filmmaker …

21. Manny Gálvez & Kirsten Sogaard

November 6th, 2020


In this week’s episode,  we share a behind-the-scenes look at production work in the arts. Then, we’ll talk with Kirsten Sogaard, a U.S. postal …

20. Uri Lessing & Moxie Hart, Catty Wompass

October 30th, 2020


In this week’s episode, we explore methods and meaning behind all-time album rankings. Then, we’ll talk with Moxie Hart and Catty Wompass of Bawdy …

19. Genevieve Trainor & Matt Steele

October 23rd, 2020


In this week’s episode, we’re talking about Witching Hour Festival! In arts news, Elly and Andre break down the idea behind this year’s festival production. Then, we welcome a few of our friends and festival co …

18. Jamie Powers & Bill Adams

October 16th, 2020


In this week’s episode, we’re sharing a conversation about venue closures across America with returning guest Tobi Parks, co-founder of Des Moines venue xBk; Amedeo Rossi, owner of the recently closed Vaudeville Mews in …

17. Sara McGuirk & Kevin Trunda

October 9th, 2020


In this week's episode, we’re excited to share some arts news and upcoming work from our friends at Iowa Dance Festival. Then, we’ll talk with …

16. Bryn Lovitt & Ben Handler

October 2nd, 2020


In this week's episode, we’ll take a look at one music industry that’s been thriving this year. Then, we’ll talk with videographer and film colorist …

15. Cory Kent & T.J. Dedeaux-Norris

September 25th, 2020


In this week's episode, we’ll discuss immediate and long term issues being addressed by leaders in the museum world. Then, we'll talk with multimedia …

14. Kristy Hartsgrove-Mooers & Thom Kutz, Tobi Parks

September 18th, 2020


In this week's episode, Elly explores some troubling trends in reading habits in arts news before having a conversation with Tobi Parks and Thomas Kutz, the duo behind Station 1 Records and Des Moines music venue xBk. …

13. JoAnn LS & James Tutson

September 11th, 2020


In this week's episode, Andre Perry is joined by high school music teacher Annie Savage, for a conversation on how music educators are adapting …

12. Jamie Ellis & Rebecca Fons

September 4th, 2020


In this week's episode, host Elly Hofmaier shares how decisions to release highly anticipated films on streaming platforms are causing a shift in the film industry. Then, we'll share our conversations with midwest film …

11. Katy Meyer & Steven Willis

August 28th, 2020


In this week's episode, Andre Perry is joined by Damani Phillips for a discussion about how the UI School of Music is adapting during the pandemic. …

10. Christine Ralston & Casey Gartlan

August 21st, 2020


In this week's episode, host Elly Hofmaier is joined by Andre Perry for a discussion about a major investment from some of the largest philanthropy foundations in an effort to support non-profits struggling during the …

9. Arin Eaton & the Derecho

August 14th, 2020


In this week's episode, host Elly Hofmaier is joined by Andre Perry for a discussion on what the cancellation of summer festivals has done to the events industry and the organizations that run them. Then, we'll share …

8. Chuy Renteria & Justin K Comer

August 7th, 2020


In this week's episode, we’re taking a look at reforms being made within the Recording Academy to make the Grammy Awards more fair and inclusive. Then we’ll talk to Justin Comer about what being an arts worker and …

7. Kevin Mills & Rachel Yoder

July 31st, 2020


In our seventh episode, host Elly Hofmaier breaks down how the pandemic has affected the literary world, from tours to book releases. The episode features Kevin Mills of The Tuesday Agency, who shares his intimate best …

6. Mark Nolte & Leslie Nolte

July 24th, 2020


Elly Hofmaier reports on how dance companies and studios have kept going during the pandemic. The episode features former ICAD Director Mark Nolte, …

5. Joe Reilly & Christopher Rasheem McMillan

July 17th, 2020


Elly Hofmaier reports on We See You, White American Theatre, a group of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, leading a call for overdue changes to …

4. Nick Bergus & Crystal Sherman

July 10th, 2020


In our fourth episode, host Elly Hofmaier discusses the problem streaming platforms pose for artists. The episode features Nick Bergus, discussing his work with the City of North Liberty and NL Blues & BBQ, where …

3. John Engelbrecht & Lily DeTaeye

July 3rd, 2020


In our third episode, host Elly Hofmaier talks about the National Independent Venues Association and their effort to help the nationwide struggle that venues are facing due to the pandemic. The episode features Public …

2. Maeve Clark & Brian Johannesen

June 25th, 2020


In our second episode, host Elly Hofmaier breaks down how #theshowmustbepaused movement, started by two black women in the music industry, was co-opted into what most knew as #blackouttuesday. The episode features …

1. Monique Galpin

June 18th, 2020


In our introductory episode, we talk with Monique Galpin, coordinator of the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Iowa, member of the African-American Council, former chair of the …

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