Arts & Culture

Historic Homestake Opera House

Historic Homestake Opera House is the focus of this week's Images of the Past segment. Sarah Carlson discusses the history of the Opera House and the restoration after the 1984 fire.

Lakota Artist Receives Regional Fellowship

Nov 20, 2015
Courtesy Dyani White Hawk

A Lakota woman with ties to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation is one of 7 recipients of the 2015 Regional Artist Fellowship. Awarded by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the annual grant recognizes American Indian emerging artists moving into an established career in their area of talent, knowledge and expertise. SDPB’s Jim Kent has more…

Siouxland Heritage Museums

The Rebecca Goodwin bonnet is the oldest artifact at the Siouxland heritage museums. Goodwin was the first white woman in Sioux Falls. Bill Hoskins, Director, Siouxland Heritage Museums, joins Dakota Midday to tell the story of the Goodwin bonnet.

1881 Courthouse Museum

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum.  The new “Images of the Past” release is about the Flick Cabin in Custer.  It was built in 1876 and is the oldest known still-standing structure in the Black Hills.

Hollywood writer and director Nick Simon returns home to Sioux Falls for the October 29th Midwest Premiere of his Wes Craven executive produced film, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS. The screening is only the second screening of the horror movie in the United States, and the fourth globally since its September world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. With cinematography by Dean Cundey (Halloween, Scream II, Jurassic Park, Back To The Future), it is also the last film produced by renowned horror filmmaker Wes Craven before his death in late August.

This week’s Images of the Past features gold recovery methods at Homestake Mine.  There’s film from 1936 and 1954 and video from the 1990s and 2002 – including the final gold pour at Homestake before it was shut down. 

Wayne Paananen is with Historical Footprints Inc.  He shot a lot of promotional/instructional video for Homestake and other Black Hills mining interests over the years. He explains the mining process where .4 ounce of gold comes from one ton of ore. 

Rolling Rez Arts: An Art Bus Bank On Pine Ridge

Oct 27, 2015
First Peoples Fund

Pine Ridge has a new bank, financial literacy hub, and art space and it’s all on wheels.
Rolling Rez Arts  is a mobile creative space, business training center and bank all in one bus that is crisscrossing Pine Ridge in part to help spur art based economic development.

The Collages Of Arthur Amiotte 1988-2014

Oct 14, 2015
Paul Horsted

Arthur Amiotte is a celebrated South Dakota artist and professor.   He grew up in Custer in the 1940’s and 50’s and spent the summers with his family on Pine Ridge.

In 1961 as a young Lakota man Amiotte attended a workshop with famed artist Oscar Howe that helped start his art career.  

Today Amiotte‘s work hangs in galleries around the world.   This week he’s attending the opening of what’s being called his final comprehensive show at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with Amiotte to talk about his life’s work.

Dr. Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, and Liz Patro, a Portland, Oregon-based writer whose short stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines join Dakota Midday.

Cherokee Artist Donates Work To BHSU

Oct 9, 2015
Courtesy BHSU

A well-known Native American artist and former administrator at Black Hills State University is donating all proceeds from the print sales of one of his works to the school. As SDPB’s Jim Kent reports, Cherokee artist John Gritts recalls his 24 years at BHSU as a time of nurturing and openness.

South Dakota State Historical Society

Gaylord Torrence, Senior Curator of American Indian Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art discusses the international touring exhibition, "The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky".   Torrence is one of the nation's leading scholars of Plains Indian art.  He describes the Great Sioux Horse Effigy as being a truly quintessential piece.

Liz Almlie, Historic Preservation Specialist for the South Dakota State Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Office discusses three South Dakota properties that were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The listed properties are the First National Bank, Freeman; Harmony Friends Church, Wessington Springs vicinity; and Terrace Park and Japanese Gardens, Sioux Falls.  The National Register is the official federal list of properties identified as important in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.

Beginning with her 1988 novel, Cape Ann, Faith Sullivan has told stories of the people living in the fictional small town of Harvester, Minnesota. In her newest novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Sullivan tells the life story of school teacher Nell Stillman, a minor character from Cape Ann.

Ron Capps served in the Army and Army Reserve for 25 years and is also a retired Foreign Service officer for the Department of State. He served both branches in some of the world’s deadliest places: wartime Kosovo, Darfur, Chad, Afghanistan and Iraq. The horrors of what he witnessed and his inability to stop the death and bloodshed inflicted him with shakes, panic attacks and severe depression.

In 2007, Brittany Gibbons began writing about her experiences as a curvy woman in her blog, Brittany Herself. She wore a swimming suit to denounce body shaming in a TED talk a few years ago. Her mission is to destroy the myth that every plus-size woman hates her body and herself. Her book, Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love and Being Comfortable in Your Skin… Every Inch of It, is a memoir of her life from her teens in rural Ohio to the early years of her marriage and as mother of three kids.

One of the best-known early residents of Deadwood is Calamity Jane. According to the various stories about her, she was a scout for the army, a pony express rider, a sidekick of Wild Bill Hickcok, and an angel of mercy who nursed small-pox victims and aided the poor. The reality is she wasn’t a Wild West heroine, but a tragic alcoholic. However, the legend of Calamity Jane has endured from 19th century dime novels, through Hollywood films, to the recent HBO series, Deadwood.

Wes Shelton, Executive Director of the Black Hills Educational Institute, discusses Living Rushmore.  The event is Sept. 27. The performance features a discussion among the four Rushmore Presidents about their role in the various aspects of America's history.  Washington and Jefferson, though not close, and sometimes political rivals knew each other, but they know nothing of Lincoln or Roosevelt.  Lincoln respected and studied the leadership characteristics of Washington especially his involvement in the Revolutionary War.  Roosevelt knows of all three but is really from a different era.

In her song, "Everything’s Beautiful Now," Christine Albert sings  from her mother-in-law’s perspective as she's dying and making peace with her life. Since she first sang at a small gathering for a man facing death from an early death from a terminal illness, Albert has been providing music for people facing the end of their lives. In 2005, she founded Swan Songs, an Austin, Texas area non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness.

Deadwood History, Inc.

A new, original play explores the beginnings of Deadwood’s long and intertwined relationship with economic development and historic preservation. Written by Deadwood History, Inc. exhibits director Darrel Nelson, You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet: Deadwood! is a three-act, traveling play set in the 1920s that goes from the Historic Adams House to the Days of ’76 Museum and ends at the Adams Museum.

Performances are Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at 11 am and 2 pm. For reservations, call 605-722-4800.

Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher is coming to Sioux Falls. He’s bringing his stand-up tour to the Washington Pavilion on Sunday, September 13th. The New York native has been the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher since 2003. Previously he hosted a similar late-night show, Politically Incorrect, for nine years.

South Dakota Railroad Museum

Railroads played a crucial role in the development of the state. They provided safe and reliable transportation connecting the frontier to the rest of the nation. While it’s been about a century since their peak, railroads are still vital in supporting the state’s agriculture-dominated economy.

Hugh Glass was a member of a fur trading party in the summer of 1823 when he was attacked by a grizzly bear along the shores of the Grand River, south of present day Lemmon. He was badly wounded and abandoned by two members of the expedition left to look after him. Alone with a broken leg and open wounds, Glass crawled some 200 miles to Fort Kiowa.