Washington Pavilion

Augustana University is partnering with Flandreau Indian School and the Washington Pavilion for a project that brings Native American perspectives into historical archives. Augustana is one of 25 independent colleges in the country to win a grant for the Humanities Research for the Public Good initiative. 

Photographs and other documents in archival collections may include Native Americans, but these items are rarely created by Native Americans.

“—and that’s a huge discrepancy in terms of representation of a population that has been silenced in a way.”

In The Moment ... June 6,2019 Show 590 Hour 1

Funnymen Steve Martin and Martin Short have been the best of friends since their time together on the set of the 1986 comedy Three Amigos.

Now, they travel together with the bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers staging rip-roaring shows at jam-packed theaters all over.

They bring their new stage show "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't" to Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls Saturday night at 7:30.

Martin and Short visit with SDPB's Steve Zwemke.

Jackie Hendry

The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls is updating its Science Center with new exhibits celebrating fossils and stones unique to South Dakota. The interactive area gives kids a chance to dig for dinosaur bones, explore a mine tunnel, and maybe jumpstart a love of science. 

A life-sized T-Rex looks on as a ribbon cutting officially opens the new exhibits. With animatronic dinosaurs screeching in the background, Washington Pavilion President and CEO Darrin Smith explains this is part of a multi-year effort to attract more families to the Science Center.

In The Moment ... April 17, 2019 Show 558 Hour 2

Jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical music are just ingredients for the revolutionary music group Black Violin. With influences from Bach to Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules.

Black Violin is in Sioux Falls Thursday night to perform in the Mary Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion. Showtime is 7:30.

Wil B (Wil Baptiste) is Black Violin's violist. He discusses the band and taking music to the youth.


In The Moment ... April 11, 2019 Show 554 Hour 1

Acclaimed pianist George Winston performs in Sioux Falls on Sunday and in Rapid City on Tuesday. His new album, Restless Wind, is being released on May 3.

Winston joins In The Moment host Lori Walsh to discuss his unique style, his appreciation of The Doors, and returning to his profession after a bone marrow transplant in 2013.

All Mozart, All The Time

Jan 25, 2019

In The Moment ... January 25, 2019 Show 502 Hour 1

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra presents "All Mozart, All the Time" this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

Maestro Delta David Gier joins In The Moment with a preview.

Washington Pavilion To Be Trampled By Turtles

Jan 15, 2019

In The Moment ... January 15, 2019 Show 495  Hour 2

Life is good on the open road according to Trampled by Turtles front man Dave Simonett. The Minnesota based band is touring on their first album in almost four years.

A stop is planned Friday night at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

Simonett visited with SDPB's Steve Zwemke.

50 Years Of Termespheres

Oct 22, 2018

In The Moment ... October 22. 2018 Show 445 Hour 2

Fifty years ago, a South Dakota artist named Dick Termes changed the world of art simply by painting a little more of it. He was the first artist to paint using six-point perspective. At first finding supplies was impossible. No one was manufacturing spherical canvases. He painted on a children's playground ball. He found globes at thrift stores and used them to make his Termespheres.

Today, the exhibition "50 Spheres for 50 Years" is on display at the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

An Epic Beginning To An Epic Season

Oct 11, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... October 11. 2018 Show 440 Hour 2

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra opens the 2018-2019 Classical Season this weekend at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

The program includes everything from a meditation on the life-giving journey of a drop of water to the heroism of Beethoven's 3rd Symphony.

Maestro Delta David Gier, principal oboist Jeffrey Paul, and principal flutist William Cedeño Torres, joined In The Moment for a preview.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... September 20. 2018 Show 426 Hour 2

Kara LaReau is the author of the "Infamous Ratsos" series. The first two books were bound together as the 2018 Young Readers One Book South Dakota selection.

She's in South Dakota for the Festival of Books. You can see her today in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion. Friday, September 21st, meet her in Brookings as she presents at the Children's Museum of South Dakota.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... August 6, 2018 Show 394 Hour 2

  This summer, SDPB brings you highlights from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 Season.

Our Summer with the Symphony series offers uninterrupted recordings of live performances from the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, including insight into the history of the music and the artists who created and performed it.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 23, 2018 Show 384 Hour 2

This summer, SDPB brings you highlights from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 Season.

Our Summer with the Symphony series offers uninterrupted recordings of live performances from the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, including insight into the history of the music and the artists who created and performed it.

Today we bring you Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 26.

Adria Botella

In the Moment ... June 11, 2018 Show 355 Hour 2

This summer, SDPB brings you highlights from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 Season.

Our Summer with the Symphony series offers uninterrupted recordings of live performances from the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, including insight into the history of the music and the artists who created and performed it.


In The Moment ... September 26, 2017 Show 185 Hour 2

Hugh Weber, host of The Potluck Society blog and podcast, unveils plans for the South Dakota Public Broadcasting hosts The Potluck Society gathering on December 1 at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... May 15, 2017 Show 093 Hour 1

If you relaxed with a cold drink this week after a long day of work outside, you might have reached for a locally brewed craft beer. The industry is growing in South Dakota, with more consumers seeking out local offerings. For American Craft Beer Week, we're joined by some of the region's top brewers ... Ermin Husidic from Miner Brewing Company in Hill City and Ricardo Tarabelsi from Fernson Brewing Company in Sioux Falls.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... May 8, 2017 Show 088 Hour 1

We're joined by members of the JAS Quintet. Today they bring you a taste of the fourth offering in the Jazz Curators series. "Lady Day" explores the life and music of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Shows are this weekend, May 12 and 13 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. 

Lake Area Technical Institute

In The Moment ... March 13, 2017 Show 048 Hour 1

Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown has been a finalist for the Aspen Prize since its inception in 2011. The award recognizes the top two-year colleges in the nation. Today we're joined by Lake Area Technical Institute President Mike Cartney and LuAnn Strait to discuss the the school and the prize prior to their journey to the 2017 awards ceremony. 

Greg Jamison represents District 12 in the South Dakota Legislature. We reconnect with Representative Jamison at the close of the 2017 session for a recap.

Victoria Wicks

In The Moment ... March 9, 2017 Show 046 Hour 2

We take a look at South Dakota's 92nd legislative session with SDPB's Kealey Bultena and Lee Strubinger. From deregulation to the philosophy of inflation projections in Pierre, Bultena and Strubinger analyze the session and discuss the work that is left to be done.

SDPB/Lori Walsh

Members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra stop by SDPB's Sioux Falls studio to perform and visit about this year's Holiday Collage concerts. Holiday Collage performances are Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

 As Darrin Smith takes the helm of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, he inherits a thriving arts community with a reputation for success as well as a history tinged with community skepticism. We’ll talk about Smith’s vision for the Pavilion, his quest to freshen its offerings for a new generation, and the opportunities and challenges of public and private funding. 

When some kids were playing catch with their dads, Shonn Wiley was sharing dance moves with his. He now performs with Under the Streetlamp, singing and dancing to classic hits from the American Radio Songbook. An actor, dancer, and choreographer, Wiley joins Dakota Midday to discuss the chemistry of the group, the legacy of the Rat Pack and others, and the value of arts education.

Jim Brickman joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about songwriting, creativity, and how getting older helps free him from the weight of judgment.

Jim Brickman's signature style on the piano has garnered two Grammy nods, four Gold albums, and 30 chartered adult radio hits.

He plays three shows this weekend in Sioux Falls at the Belbas Theater, Washington Pavilion.

More than ten years ago, Frank Warren stood on a corner in Washington DC and passed out 2000 self-addressed postcards to strangers. He asked those strangers to tell him a secret. It had to be a true secret. And it had to be something they had never confessed to anyone before.

Since that day, Frank Warren has received more than a million postcards from all over the world. Some of them are funny. Some are heartbreaking. He has turned his idea for a collaborative confessional art project into a global testament to the power of telling the truth.

More than 200 films have featured Count Dracula of Transylvania in the title role. The cultural fascination continues when the Washington Pavilion brings a radio theater adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula to Sioux Falls.

Theater and television actor Graham Outerbridge plays Arthur Holmwood in the production. He talks about the dramatic challenges of radio theater, the precision and imagination of foley artists, and why blood-sucking garlic-eaters have stood the test of time in our collective imagination.

Dakota Midday: Acoustic Christmas

Dec 3, 2015

Acoustic Christmas is celebrating 25 years this season.  The only Acoustic Christmas performance for 2015 is Tuesday night at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  Guitarists Boyd Bristow and Mike Connor and award winning fiddle player Kenny Putnam joined guest host Cara Hetland to reflect on past performances and talk a little bit about the music planned for this year's show.

Paula Poundstone started doing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s.  She has appeared in several cable specials over the years on HBO and Bravo.  Poundstone has also won two CableACE Awards.  She remains busy as a frequent panelist on Wait...Wait, Don't Tell Me, the NPR news quiz that airs on SDPB Radio Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Central and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Central.  The Emmy Award winning Poundstone brings her act to the Washington Pavilion stage on Friday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Pavilion Asylum Presentation

Aug 21, 2015
Wiawatha Action Committee

The Washington Pavilion is hosting a presentation on an Indian Insane Asylum. The committee in charge will shed light on the little known history of the institution.

"Disney's Beauty And The Beast" In Sioux Falls

Apr 8, 2014

Actor Kevin Kelly has a supporting role in the touring Broadway production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" playing at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls today and Wednesday. Kelly grew up in Aberdeen. Both of his parents were active in community theater and his late father taught drama at Aberdeen Central High School. After high school, Kelly majored in theater at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and is now based in New York City. Kelly joined Dakota Midday to discuss the Broadway production and his career in theater.

"This American Life" Host Coming To Sioux Falls

Apr 2, 2014

Built around the innovative personal vision of host Ira Glass, "This American Life" has pioneered a new kind of radio. The weekly program explores a theme - fiascos, conventions, frenemies - through a mix of documentaries, radio monologues, investigative stories and occasional fiction. Usually the program applies the tools of journalism to everyday life. But sometimes it tackles news stories, leading to some of its most distinctive and acclaimed show. The stories can be engaging, intimate, surprising, funny, disturbing and bittersweet.

Ten Tenors In Sioux Falls Friday

Mar 10, 2014

The Ten Tenors from Australia present a collection of Broadway's greatest hits Friday at 7:30 p.m.