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November 29, 2019 - Sager Braudis Gallery (repeat); Cabaret for a Cause

In the First Act of this week's show, Diana Moxon chats to gallery curator and director, Hannah Reeves, about the upcoming Masters Exhibit at the Sager Braudis Gallery and the difficulty of gaining respect as a female abstract expressionist painter in the New York avant garde art scene in the 1940's and 50's. And in Act Two, Columbia songbirds Audra Sergel, Rochara Knight and Meredith Musgrove Shaw drop by to talk about the upcoming Cabaret for a Cause evening on December 9th, and sing a couple of numbers from the show.

November 22, 2019 - Jocelyn Cullity; Sager Braudis Gallery Masters Exhibit

The history of the British in India in the mid-19th century is a shameful tale of colonial abuses, the theft of kingdoms, and mass murder. It's a true story that author Jocelyn Cullity revisits in her new work of meticulously researched historic fiction, 'The Envy of Paradise', a sequel to her book 'Amah and the Silk Winged Pigeons'. In Act One of this week's show, Diana talks to Jocelyn about this period of history and how you write about people who have been largely erased from the history books. In Act Two, Sager Braudis gallery director and curator, Hannah Reeves, stops in to talk about the 6th annual Masters Exhibit, which opens at Sager Braudis on December 6th, and what it must have been like working as a female abstract expressionist painter in the 1940's and 50's.

November 15, 2019 - Greenhouse Theatre Project; Fall into Art festival

You find a room that has been closed up for over 30 years, in which time has stopped and the belongings of whomever lived there are the only clue you have as to who that person was and what their private life was like. This, is 'The Room Project', a new immersive art installation created by Greenhouse Theatre Project's Elizabeth Braaten-Palmieri and Duncan Bindbeutel. Listen in to find out a little more about Elizabeth's inspiration for 'The Room Project' and her love of antiques and history. In the show's Second Act, Diana talks art festivals with Melynda Lotven, one of the organizers of the annual Fall into Art festival, along with two of the artists in this year's festival, Jeffrey Ferguson and Sonya Nicholson.

November 8, 2019 - Columbia Weavers & Spinners Guild, Starting Gate New Play Festival

In 1947, around the same time that fiber arts pioneer Anni Albers was inspiring a new generation of textile artists, a group of avid weavers in Columbia, MO formed the Columbia Weavers Guild. 72 years later, they are still going strong. In Act One of this week's show Diana talks to basket weaver Ann McGinity and fiber artist, Paula McFarling, about the Guild's history, its programs and their 30th annual holiday exhibition and sale. In Act Two of the show, Diana finds out more about the 5th annual Starting Gate New Play Festival with Talking Horse Productions' Artistic Director, Adam Brietzke, one of the festival's play directors, John Bolton, along with playwright, Kyle Beckedahl.

November 1, 2019 - Mizzou New Music Initiative; University of Missouri Theatre Department

Contemporary classical musicians, The Tesla Quartet's newly released album, Joy and Desolation, features a work composed by University of Missouri's Carolina Heredia, and on this week's show Ross Snyder and Edwin Kaplan of the Tesla Quartet along with Carolina Heredia stop by the Speaking of the Arts studio. In the Second Act of the show, it's joy and desolation of a different kind, when director Joy Powell chats to Diana Moxon about the new production of 'The Wiz: the Super Soul Musical', which plays at the University of Missouri's Rhynsburger Theatre. And if you've ever wondered why Dorothy wears silver slippers in The Wiz, rather the red ones made famous by Judy Garland, all is revealed.

October 25, 2019 - National Dollhouse & Miniatures Month; Stephens College

On this week's Speaking of the Arts, Diana Moxon and fine artisan miniatures creator Bradley Meinke shrink the world down to 1/12th scale and talk about the world of miniatures in recognition of National Dollhouse and Miniatures Month. And in the Second Act of the show Associate Professor of Voice from Stephens College, Pamela Ellsworth-Smith, along with performer and future alum, Julia Vuolo, chat to Diana about what The Great American Songbook offers to the contemporary performer and audience, and what audiences can expect from this weekend's production of songs from the era.

October 18, 2019 - Columbia Entertainment Company; Columbia Art League

How do you take one of the most challenging and powerhouse songs on the contemporary stage and make it your own? Dreamgirls opens at Columbia Entertainment Company on October 24th and this week Diana Moxon chats with its director, David Hall, and actors Olivia Henderson and ShaMarea Houston, who'll be performing as Effie White in the show and singing the huge song made famous by Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson, 'And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going'. In Act Two of this week's show, Diana talks to Columbia Art League Executive Director, Kelsey Hammond, and Central Bank of Boone County's Vice President of Marketing, Mary Wilkerson, about the 60th annual Boone County Art Show and how it all got started on a rainy Saturday morning back in 1960.

October 11, 2019 - University of Missouri Theatre; Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance

Climate Change Theatre Action events are taking place all over the world for the next few months, including at the University of Missouri's Studio 4 theatre from Wednesday 16th-Sunday 20th October. Show host, Diana Moxon, checks in with theatre department chair, Dr. Heather Carver, and playwright Andy Black, to find out more about how they hope their climate change theatre evening will spur people to action. In the show's Second Act, artists Tracy Eichhorn, Janet Flett and Vicki Eultgen stop by to talk about the second annual Boone Plein Air painting event, which takes place October 18th-20th, and the challenges of painting outdoors when the light is constantly changing.

Oct 4, 2019 - Talking Horse Productions; Artists Amy Meyer & Norleen Nosri

This week on Speaking of the Arts Diana Moxon talks with actors Rochara Knight and Meg Phillips Crespy, along with director Blake Willoughby, about the Hollywood movie production code, the legacy of African-American actors in the 1930's, and their new production of the Lynn Nottage play 'By the Way, Meet Vera Stark', opening at Talking Horse Theatre on October 11th. In the second act of the show, painter Amy Meyer and ceramic artist Norleen Nosri, chat to Diana about their new art exhibits -- 'Transitions and Thresholds' and 'Of Service: Memories', now on display at the Columbia College Galleries -- and the influence each of their fathers had on their work.

September 27, 2019 - Actors Joshua Clifton Powell & Carl Herzog; Odyssey Chamber Music Series

This week show host Diana Moxon chats the acting life with professional actors Joshua Clifton Powell and Carl Herzog and Carl debuts his talking to kittens skill (adorable). In the second half of the show international soprano, gospel and jazz singer, Dr. Jolie Rocke Brown along with bass-baritone Marques Jerrell Ruff, and Odyssey Chamber Music Series Artistic Director, Dr. Ayako Tsuruta, come in talk about the evolution of the African American Spiritual, voice care and staying true to your dream.

September 20, 2019 - Stephens College; Missouri Symphony Orchestra

As a new production of the global hit musical, Mamma Mia, opens at Stephens College in Columbia, show host Diana Moxon chats to the Dean of the Performing Art School, Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian and actors Natalie Irlmeier (Sophie) and Jeffrey Keller (Sky) about hitting the high notes, singing while keeping your balance on a revolving bed, and the joys of working with a director who performed in Mamma Mia on Broadway. And in the second act of the show, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's new Executive Director, Trent Rash, and Development Director, Monica Palmer, talk about their plans for the symphony, how to make classical music cool, and the legacy of Maestro Hugo Vianello. As usual Diana rounds out the show with a rundown of some of the arts events coming up in and around Columbia over the next 7 days.

September 13, 2019 - MU Textile & Apparel Management; Jessica Bruder

Nearly 60% of all new clothing produced ends up being burned or buried within one year of being on high street retailers' shelves, one of the many shocking statistics from the $2.5 trillion fashion industry. At the University of Missouri's School of Textile and Apparel Management, a three-year exhibit is exploring the industry's intersection with the natural world and encouraging students to design garments which reflect a thoughtful statement about environmental conservation. On this week's show Diana Moxon chats to students Chance Zacheis and Jenny Wu along with Professor Jean Parsons and Collection Manager, Nicole Johnston about the new Flora and Fashion show at Mizzou and their hopes for the industry. And in the second segment of the show Diana chats with journalist Jessica Bruder, author of this year's Daniel Boone Regional Library's One Read book 'Nomadland Surviving America in the 21st Century' about her time researching and traveling with America's new subculture of nomadic Americans.

September 6, 2019 - Talking Horse theatre "Red"; Daniel Boone Regional Library One Read

In the late 1950's abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko, was commissioned to create a series of paintings for the swanky, new Four Seasons restaurant in New York's Seagram's building - an episode in the painter's life that screenwriter John Logan turned into a play called 'Red'. Actors Aaron Krawitz and Adam Brietzke join Diana to talk about the play which is running for two weeks at Talking Horse Theatre. And for the second act of the show, Diana talks to Daniel Boone Regional Library's Lauren Williams about this year's One Read book 'Nomadland Surviving America in the 21st Century' by journalist Jessica Bruder.

August 30, 2019 - Greenhouse Theatre Project; novelist, Laura McHugh

The world loves troubled literary characters and on this week's show, Diana Moxon, chats Hedda Gabler - Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's complex, tortured and oft malevolent character - to Greenhouse Theatre Project's founder and actor Elizabeth Braaten-Palmieri, director Matt Trucano and actor Julia Valen and what audiences can expect from their upcoming production. Diana's second guest this week is Rural Noir novelist, Laura McHugh, whose latest book, 'The Wolf Wants In' hit bookstores at the beginning of August. Laura talks about growing up deep in the Ozarks and how it provided a rich vein of dark stories and characters for her novels.

August 23, 2019 - Gail Humphries Mardirosian; Marques Jerrell Ruff

On this week's Speaking of the Arts, host Diana Moxon, talks to the Dean of Stephens College Performing Arts, Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian about their upcoming season and the importance of encouraging women into theatre production and direction, and in the second half of the show, the man with the golden voice, bass-baritone singer Marques Jerrell Ruff, drops in to talk about his crown jewel influencers, vocal care, and which of the Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony awards he plans on winning first.

August 16, 2019 - Maplewood Barn, Montminy Gallery & Access Arts

This week Diana Moxon chats to director Christopher Gould and actors Nora Dietzel and Stephen Easterling about the fast-paced Neil Simon farce, 'Rumors', opening next week at Maplewood Barn - plus, bonus: Nora and Stephen act out a scene! And later in the show Access Arts' Shawna Johnson and ceramic artist Marisa Collado talk about the difference between a potter and a ceramic artist, the advantages of being in an artist residency program, and their new art show at the Montminy Gallery.

August 9, 2019 - Symonne Sparks, Talking Horse Productions - 'Dancing Lessons'

On this week's show, Diana Moxon talks to singer Symonne Sparks about musical theatre, her incredible vocal range and what it feels like to sing the National Anthem in front of 50,000 football fans. And in the second half of the show, director Melissa Alpers-Springer and actor Laura Liebhart stop by to talk about their new production of the Mark St. Germain romantic comedy, "Dancing Lessons", now showing at Talking Horse theatre, which explores how a person with Asperger's syndrome navigates a dancing lesson with a dancer in a leg brace.

August 2, 2019 - Columbia Art League, State Historical Society of Missouri

On this week's Speaking of the Arts Diana talks art, non-profit management, and dynamic grandmothers with the Columbia Art League's new Executive Director, Kelsey Hammond, and then Dr. Joan Stack stops by to talk about the river-inspired new Center for Missouri Studies, which opens on Saturday 10th August, and what you put in a 5,400 square foot gallery when you have over 12,000 works to choose from.

July 26, 2019 - Composers inti figgis-vizueta & Nicole Murphy, actor Richard E Harris

This week Diana Moxon talks to composers inti figgis-vizueta and Nicole Murphy about their music, machete-wielding grandmothers, giving space to performers and audiences, and their time at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. The segment includes two short clips of music: the second movement of 'Stolen' composed by Nicole Murphy (, and 'whose name do you make thunder the room?' by inti figgis-vizueta ( In the second half of the show, actor Richard E Harris joins Diana in the studio to talk about his musical and acting career, touring with Johnnie Taylor in 1980's, producing for The Whispers and his legendary grandmother, Mrs Opal Lee.

July 19, 2019 - Mizzou International Composer's Festival, author Jocelyn Cullity

This week show host Diana Moxon talks new music with University of Missouri's Dr. Jacob Gotlib, member of the university's composition department and Managing Director of the upcoming Mizzou International Composer's Festival. In the second half of the show, Diana chats with author Jocelyn Cullity about her book 'Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons', set in northern India in 1857 during the infamous Siege of Lucknow, a brutal and shameful event in the history of Anglo-Indian relations and an event to which both Diana and Jocelyn have strong family ties.

July 5, 2019 - The Ponies improv, Sager Braudis Gallery

This week Diana talks short-form improv to Adam Brietzke, Gregory Brown and Audrey Abeyta members of The Ponies, a new short-form improv troupe which will be appearing monthly at Talking Horse theatre, and later in the show Curator Hannah Reeves drops by the studio to talk about the new Small Works show on display at Sager Braudis Gallery throughout July, as well as about her own work and her fascination with Victorian postmortem photography.

June 28, 2019 - Office of Cultural Affairs

This week, show host Diana Moxon spends the entire show with Sarah Dresser, Manager of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs to talk about how arts funding works from the national down to the local level, plus they look at some of the results from the recent Arts and Economic Prosperity Survey in Columbia and look ahead to the annual Celebration of the Arts party coming up on August 29th.

June 21, 2019 - Jill Orr, Kira Harris

On this week's show Diana talks to author Jill Orr about her new book, 'The Ugly Truth', the third instalment in the Riley Ellison mystery series, and in the second half of the show author Kira Harris chats to Diana about her new fantasy fiction book, 'Equillian's Key', the first book in what will be a 7-book series about the world of Equillian.

June 14, 2019 - Montminy Gallery, University of Missouri Theatre Department

This week host Diana Moxon talks 'Small Art Big Stories' with gallery curator Kate Gray and artists Marilyn Cummins and Bradley Meinke, two of the seventeen artists in the new exhibit at the Montminy Gallery at the Boone History and Culture Center, and in the second half of the show director, Matt Salzberg, stops by to talk about MU Theatre Department's production of the children's comedy 'Corduroy'

June 7, 2019 - Columbia Entertainment Company, Talking Horse Productions

On this week's Speaking of the Arts, show host Diana Moxon, talks hair do's and hair don'ts with the director and cast members from Columbia Entertainment Company's production of the musical 'Hairspray', plus she explores the dramatic Anna Ziegler play 'Boy' and looks at the real-life background to this moving and profound play with its Talking Horse Productions director, dramaturg and actor.

May 31, 2019 - Art in the Park

This week show host Diana Moxon chats to Art in the Park festival organizers Louise Sarver and Anastasia Pottinger, and in the second half of the show meets with three of the artists invited to participate in the June 1-2 festival: ceramic artist Yukari Kashihara, painter Cara Van Leuven and fiber artist, Christin Gilchrist from Two Belmont Sisters.

May 24, 2019 - Capital City Productions, Stephens College, Maplewood Barn

On this week's show, Diana gets to indulge her love of Abba with Monica Palmer and Rob Crouse from Capital City Productions where 'Mamma Mia' opens on June 6. In the second half of the show Parker Ross and Laura Avery chat about Maplewood Barn's Production of 'Romeo and Juliet' and Stephens College's Trent Rash talks about the Summer Theatre Institute's five upcoming shows.

May 17, 2019 - Lyceum Theatre with Amy Wilder; The Eurovision Song Contest

This week Diana chats to Amy Wilder about life since she left the Columbia Daily Tribune and her new role at the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, and then the show jets off to the Eurovision Song Contest and a chat with the Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, before a quick look at some of the hot contenders for this year's top spot.

May 10, 2019 - Talking Horse Productions, Costume Designer Marc Vital II

Diana Moxon chats to Talking Horse Productions Exec Dir, Rochara Knight, and Artistic Dir, Adam Brietzke, about the company's 2020 season and commitment to works by women, and then goes behind the scenes with University of Missouri Costumer Designer, Marc Vital II.

May 3, 2019 - Greenhouse Theatre Project, Sager Braudis Gallery

Host Diana Moxon chats to actor/playwright/director Elizabeth Braaten-Palmieri and actor Jenny Hipscher about 'Being Here' - a brand new Greenhouse Theatre Project play, written by Elizabeth, which opens on May 8th, and then to artists Hannah Reeves, Jeffrey Leder and Brenda Stumpf about the May art exhibit at the Sager Braudis Gallery.

April 26, 2019 - Maplewood Barn, Stephens College Playhouse Theatre

This week's Speaking of the Arts is musical theatre all the way. In the first half Diana chats to Ed Hanson and Mark Baumgartner about 'Floyd Collins - A Bluegrass Musical' showing at Maplewood Barn and in the second segment to Carol Schuberg and Trent Rash about 'Pippin', opening May 3rd at Stephens College Playhouse Theatre.

April 19, 2019 - Unbound Book Festival

On this week's show Diana talks to Unbound Book Festival director Alex George about how to map out a festival featuring 56 writers and multiple venues, and then talks to attending authors Crystal Wilkinson and Joanna Luloff about their books, 'The Birds of Opulence' and 'Remind Me Again What Happened'

April 12, 2019 - Talking Horse Productions, MU Theatre Department

On this week's show Diana chats about the young Jerusha Abbott and her mysterious benefactor, the central characters of the musical Daddy Long Legs, and then finds out about the ethnography of karaoke and a new virtual reality adaptation of Alice in Wonderland opening at the Rhynsburger theatre.

April 5, 2019 - Stephens College Warehouse Theatre, Sager Braudis Gallery

This week Diana Moxon chats about a play within a play within a play - the new meta production opening at Stephens College Warehouse theatre, and then finds out about a small, experimental art college that opened in 1933 in North Carolina and the influence it had on 20th century art.

March 29, 2019 - MO Contemporary Ballet & Choral Arts Alliance, {trés}

Diana Moxon talks to Karen Grundy from Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Emily Ottenson from the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri about their joint production of Carmina Burana; and in the second half José Antonio Zayas Cabán about his ensemble {trés} and their fundraiser for Puerto Rico.

March 22, 2019 - MU Theatre Department & The Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival

Find out more about the Mizzou New Play Series and The Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival on this week's edition of Speaking of the Arts

March 15, 2019 Lyceum Theatre & Mid-MO Traditional Dancers

Diana talks to the Lyceum Theatre's Artistic Director, Quin Gresham, and then to Jim Thaxter from the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers.

March 1, 2019: CoMo Africa Fest 2019, True/False with Andrew Sherburne and Patrick Kinney

Diana talks to Linda Schust and Velaphi Thipe about CoMo Africa Fest, and then to visiting film-maker and art-house managers, Anddrew Sherburne and Patrick Kinney about True/False

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