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Performing arts at UI to take a new, socially distanced approach this fall

Photo of Thayer Theatre, where the UI Department of Theatre Arts has blocked out spaces for social distancing in movement classes. Contributed.

Kathryn Raver, Arts Reporter

August 6, 2020

The University of Iowa has adapted many of its courses and events in an attempt to provide a safe learning environment for students starting at the end of August. Classes in the departments of music, theater, and dance — fields which often require close contact — are looking particularly diffe...

Two months after original performance date, Shakespeare in the Park goes virtual


Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

August 5, 2020

In Lower City Park, there stands a miniature, Elizabethan-style amphitheater, which has served as an outdoor stage for Riverside Theater’s free “Shakespeare in the Park” performances since 2000. But just as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre shut down as the Bubonic Plague raged through Europe, COVID...

COVID-19 brings back vintage drive-in movie experience

Cars parked on the lawn for the Summer of Arts free movie series, adapted as a drive-in due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kathryn Raver, Arts Reporter

August 4, 2020

Since 2005, moviegoers have sprawled out across the Pentacrest lawn every summer to watch a film projected in front of MacBride Hall. This year, the Summer of the Arts — which hosts their Free Movie Series every summer at the Pentacrest — had to reinvent their tradition because of the COVID-19 pande...

FilmScene to host outdoor film series coming to Northside

The location on Linn Street where Fillmscene will host FilmStreet Outdoor Cinema, a socially-distanced film series begining on Friday, July 31. Contributed.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 30, 2020

While the act of sitting inside a cool, dark theater may be excluded from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new option for local moviegoers has arrived: free, outdoor, socially distant movies, provided by a partnership between FilmScene and the Iowa City Downtown District. The five-week serie...

UI dance faculty and students turn canceled performance into experiential podcast

Dancers run through their routine during a dress rehersal for the Graduate/Undergraduate Dance Concert at Space Place Theater in North Hall on Tuesday, Deec. 10, 2019. The event featured multiple performances from dance students at the University of Iowa.

Peter Anders, Arts Reporter

July 23, 2020

‘Mammals In Captivity,’ a modern contemporary dance created by University of Iowa Dance Department faculty and students, is coming to audiences in podcast form. With the COVID-19 pandemic, choreographer and director of the project Stephanie Miracle said that an in-person event was no longer...

New UI book club to center around LGBTQ authors and stories

Cover art for On A Sunbeam, a graphic novel by Tillie Walden, is seen from a phone screen on Thursday, July 23, 2020. On A Sunbeam is one of many titles included on the reading list for a new LGBTQ+ book club on campus.

Kathryn Raver, Arts Reporter

July 23, 2020

While stuck inside this summer, University of Iowa student Corinne Hoffman decided to do her part to bring the campus community together in the fall through a common interest: reading. Hoffman will lead an LGBTQ book club starting in August, featuring books penned by LGBTQ authors. The idea stemm...

Board of Trustees, staff dispute Old Creamery terminations

Former employees of Old Creamery Theatre pose near an outdoor stage for a portrait. Contributed.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 21, 2020

On July 2, the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, Iowa, announced that it would suspend the rest of its 2020 season and terminate its entire staff — a total of 11 employees — with the exception of the General Manager Pat Wagner. Since then, the Board of Trustees and the former employees of th...

Mary Trump’s character analysis on President Donald Trump drops shocking revelations for readers of any political party

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The appearance at the Summit comes as evangelical leaders this week criticized Trump's decision to stand down U.S. forces in northern Syria.

Peter Anders, Arts Reporter

July 20, 2020

From the pages of Mary Trump’s book — where she reveals stories of the Trump family all while analyzing President Donald Trump’s character — it is clear that Mary Trump has been preparing to write this book for a long time. The president’s niece gives an in-depth analysis of Donald Trump...

Local bars consider future for providing live entertainment

The front entrance to Gabe's is seen on Thursday, July 16 in Iowa City.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

July 16, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Johnson County have been rising since June 15, motivating some downtown Iowa City businesses like Oasis and Revival to close their doors once again. However, a few local bars have decided after a short closing period to reopen their doors, though the question remains for many whether ...

Bookstores feel impact as the COVID-19 plot thickens

From left to right, Sidekick Coffee manager Katy Herbold, The Haunted Bookshop manager Nialle Sylvan and her husband Joshua Langseth, and Prairie Lights manager Jan Weissmiller pose for a portrait. Contributed. (Sidekick Coffee photo by Rebecca Sanabria)

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 15, 2020

When walking into The Haunted Bookshop, customers and perusers are greeted by the worn, musty smell of books and the occasional feline friend curled up by a windowsill. Nothing but the gentle turn of a page or the sound of soft footsteps can be heard while sifting through endless knowledge on it...

Review | G-Eazy’s ‘Everything’s Strange Here’ disappoints

Illustration by Katina Zentz

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 13, 2020

Last week, I received a notification from Spotify saying that G-Eazy, an American hip-hop artist and rapper, dropped his latest album, Everything’s Strange Here. I immediately started listening to the album from the first song, like you’re supposed to. But the music that I was welcomed with was...

Hancher to adopt self-sustaining model following fund reduction from UI

Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 10, 2020

Beginning in fiscal year 2021, the University of Iowa will gradually deplete General Education Fund support provided annually to Hancher Auditorium. The funding the venue receives from the UI goes to paying employee salaries at the performing arts venue. The reduction comes after the UI outlined addition...