Ally Karsyn

Arts Producer/Announcer
Day of the Dead
Ally Karsyn

The sound of Mexican folk music echoes throughout the lobby of the Sioux City Public Museum. With broad sweeping motions, tiny dancers from Irving Elementary create a colorful flurry of flouncing skirts.

A few of the older girls with La Perla Tapatia have their faces half-painted like La Calavera Catrina, also known as the “Dapper Skeleton” or “Elegant Skull.” A stark white palette is punctuated by a dark green patch around one eye and skeletal lines extending from the lips.

Ryan Dowell Baum
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When I was 20 years old, I came out to my parents.  It was in a small Häagen-Dazs shop in Madrid, where they had come to visit me during a semester abroad.

“Mom, Dad… I’m… Christian.” They smiled awkwardly, struggling desperately to wrap their heads around this alien lifestyle while still attempting to look marginally supportive.

“Oh, Ryan,” Mom choked out. “Why do you have to call yourself a Christian?”

“Because I am one.”

 

 

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.

Lee Rainboth
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In an old chicken coop, glittering paintings line the slat wood walls. Leaving behind the combines in the cornfields, the artist steps into another world of spiritual symbols from mandalas to voodou flags. He’s greeted by the half-finished, sequined smiling face of Sweet Micky, the Haitian pop star who became president. Nearby, he hangs a self-portrait, showing his pasty white body in the buff, which slightly stands out among his other subjects.

 

Jennifer Bullington
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Eleven years of domestic violence, heightened by her husband’s alcohol abuse and untreated mental illness, came to a head in the courtroom. The young mother of four wrapped a strand of prayer beads around her wrist. It was a gift from her sister-in-law, whom she hadn’t seen in six years.

Micky Jackson
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My world is very small.  It is small in area, socially and temporally.  I have no friends.

Patti Strong
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I was standing on a platform waiting for Delta flight 642 to depart from Omaha with $2,600 in cash and whatever I could cram into a suitcase. I boarded the plane, found seat 23A and opened my notebook to fill its pages with a flood of emotions. A fresh start was just hours away.

Devon Cadwell
Ally Karsyn

When you first meet Devon Cadwell, he’ll ask, “What’s your favorite food?” And you can’t say pizza. After gushing about my love of Indian food (mmm, butter chicken), I got down to business and talked to the new-to-Sioux-City singer-songwriter about his upcoming performance and his sources of inspiration that include everything from Greek mythology to shoes.

Dwight Howe
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Dwight Howe is the cultural liaison and Omaha language Instructor for the St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, Nebraska. Dwight has been an educator and public speaker for over twenty years. He is an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe.

Ode presents an evening of true stories, told live outside at Koffie Knechtion, 419 Golf Road, in South Sioux City at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Storytellers will share personal essays crafted around the theme "Just Work." Admission is $10.

Devon Cadwell
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For Devon Cadwell, a pair of shoddy shoes inspired a series of songs. By day, the local singer-songwriter is a therapist at Jackson Recovery Centers but, rather than drawing on his personal experiences, his mind wanders to make-believe world of lost love, ship captains and a runaway groom.

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