Witching Hour lineup released for 2019 program

The Englert and Little Village will host the fifth annual Witching Hour Nov. 1-2.

Sarah Stortz, Arts Editor

The Englert Theater and Little Village on Tuesday released the lineup for this year’s Witching Hour Festival, spotlighting local art by having more than 20 artists from Iowa presenting their work and ideas.

The fifth iteration, coming to Iowa City Nov. 1-2, will offer acts such as composer and pianist Rachel Grimes, who creates chamber music for orchestras, films, and live performances. Her work will be presented in partnership with the Stanley Museum of Art, Creative Matters, and the Iowa Women’s Archive, according to a news release.

Chilean scientist Marceleno Mena will give a free lecture at the Englert discussing his revolutionary environmental policies when he was Chile’s Minster of Environment. Before the position, Mena completed his doctorate at the University of Iowa. The UI College of Engineering is co-presenting the event.

For music, Scope Productions will co-present the rap project, Shredders. According to the news release, the group has shared the stage with many acclaimed musical artists, such as Run The Jewels, The Underachievers, and Bishop Briggs.

Comedian Julio Torres will be providing laughs with his upcoming stand-up. Torres notably co-created and stars in the series, “Los Espookys,” a Spanish-speaking show intended for an English-speaking audience.

Two-day passes for students and nonstudents are currently on sale. Individual tickets and one-day passes will be available Aug. 27.