Ally Karsyn

Arts Producer/Announcer

Spring Friendraiser Fun

Apr 19, 2017

The fund drive continues through Wednesday. Make your pledge today, and as always, stay tuned.

Cory Weaver


Globetrotting wasn’t the goal. Suzanne Hendrix-Case pursued a travel-intensive opera career to gain credibility as a vocal coach. She always wanted to teach.

By a fortuitous turn of events, that desire led the classically-trained singer to perform with the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Oper Frankfurt in Germany, one of the leading opera houses in Europe.

You don't need to be a professional writer, performer or public speaker to participate. Ally Karsyn, an award-winning journalist and founder of Ode, acts as an editor, storytelling coach and occasionally ghostwriter to help ordinary people put words on a page, then on stage.

Part of the lineup for Saturday in the Park was announced today. Headliners include jazz-blues-funk player Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, rock hybrid The Revivalists and soul sensation Joss Stone. 

The 27th annual free music festival will be held in Grandview Park on July 1.

Stone was set to perform at Saturday in the Park in 2012 but dropped out due to a delay in her recording schedule.

Lorenzo Sandoval
Ally Karsyn

I am a Latino.

Like each of you, I have studied self. I have wanted to know: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life?

In my particular case, as I experienced the early phases of my life—as a boy, a college student, a young man—as I experienced these phases I found that much of my reflection on identity was grounded heavily in seeking the approval of other people… white people.

Why? Because I concluded early on that being a Latino in the United States was a problem. By virtue of being alive in this country, I was a problem.

Sioux County, Iowa
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.”


Patti Strong
Ally Karsyn

I was laying in bed when something freaky happened that gave new meaning to “Radiohead.” Three years ago, after having my brain radiated twelve times to get rid of eleven cancerous spots that had taken up residency there, suddenly the clear, crisp sound of a radio turned on in my mind—no other voices, just one entire song after another. And I began singing along.


This month marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Sioux City Art Center's current facility. Its galleries have been used to present a wide range of art to the community, including works by local artists. One such exhibition opens this weekend, examining why innovators and creators in Sioux City devote themselves to the challenging endeavor of making art.


 ANN MARIE MCTAGGART: “It isn’t just drawing and painting. It is being able to express an emotion to somebody else.”

Tom Eakin
Ally Karsyn

It was just before midnight on the second day of Ranger School. I was crawling, nose-deep, through a slurry of red Georgia clay beneath a low-hanging web of barbed wire. The past 36 hours had been a blur of nonstop physical activity and every nerve ending, muscle fiber and bone in my body was screaming at me to quit.

And, I was starting to agree with them.

Jackie Paulson
Ally Karsyn


“She isn’t going to last much longer.”

“Jackie, call me back. I heard Nikki died last night.”

“Do you think now is the time to let him go?”

In about three years, three lives were lost and another three changed forever.