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The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

Iowa senior Cat Dooley poses for a portrait at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday, April 22, 2024.

UI student and SCOPE general manager bridges arts community to campus

Isabella Nekvinda, Arts Reporter May 7, 2024

After meeting friends involved in SCOPE, a student organization that brings well-known artists and music-based concerts and events to the University of Iowa, Cat Dooley decided to join her sophomore...

Preksha Kedilaya poses for a portrait in the Voxman Music Building on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

UI senior performs and connects to her culture through a capella group

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter May 7, 2024

Among many musical organizations at the University of Iowa, Agni A Cappella stands out. The a capella group provides students with community — cultural and musical alike. Iowa Agni is a multicultural...

Photo contributed by Romeo Oriogun

Ask the Author | ‘The Gathering of Bastards’ author Romeo Oriogun looks back on past work

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter May 2, 2024

Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun is a Nigerian essayist and poet. He is an Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum, debuting his career with a collection of poems titled “Sacrament of Bodies” in 2020. Oriogun also...

Anne Hathaway attends the premiere of WeCrashed during the SXSW Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, on March 12, 2022.

A List Wecrashed

Review | ‘The Idea of You’ is a fun yet absolutely cringe watch

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter May 2, 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed watching “The Idea of You.” But was it a good movie? Absolutely not. Imagine if Harry Styles fell in love with someone’s mom — that's the premise. Released on Amazon Prime...

The Zeffsterr performs during The Daily Iowan Headliners in The Daily Iowan newsroom in the Adler Journalism building on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Four groups will be featured in the series’ second season. (Emily Nyberg/The Daily Iowan)

Q&A | TheZeffsterr

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor May 2, 2024

TheZeffsterr is the stage name of Iowa City based rapper and University of Iowa fourth-year student Zeff Walker-El. He grew up in Chicago and founded his label Critical Money Incorporated in 2018. He...

Members of the Story Pirates perform during a tour show at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

Story Pirates bring kids’ tales to life on stage

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter May 1, 2024

Every kid is a creative genius — or at least according to the Story Pirates, a family-friendly media group dedicated to inspiring kids and growing their imaginations. Throughout the years, the New...

Review | ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ closes out with a bang

Review | ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ closes out with a bang

Grant Darnell, Arts Reporter May 1, 2024

With an explosive 51-minute finale, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” solidified itself as one of the best pieces of Star Wars media in recent years. Competition for this title hasn’t exactly been...

A projector runs during the premiere of The Daily Iowan Documentary Workshop’s feature film, Lost In The In-between: Graduating Into 2020, at the Chauncey at FilmScene in Iowa City on Thursday, May 4, 2023. The film follows five Iowa graduates as they find their place in the world post graduation during a global pandemic.

FilmScene hosts panel of chaplains for screening of ‘A Still Small Voice’

Flynn Milligan, Arts Reporter May 1, 2024

FilmScene screened the newest segment in its “Community Collaborations” series on Tuesday with the documentary “A Still Small Voice.” The screening series is dedicated to engaging with nonprofit...

Study spots are seen outside of Art Building West in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

The best and worst study spots on campus to cram for finals week

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter May 1, 2024

The most stressful time of year for students is fast approaching: finals week. Students may have anticipated the end of the semester or be completely off guard and stressed. No matter how you feel,...

Pictured (L-R): Natalie Shaw (Cady Heron), Kristen Amanda Smith (Gretchen Wieners), Maya Petropoulos (Regina George), and Maryrose Brendel (Karen Smith). Photo by Jenny Anderson, 2023.

Hancher announces 2024-25 Broadway series 

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor May 1, 2024

The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium announced its 2024-25 season Broadway series lineup on Wednesday.  The series will include “Dear Evan Hansen” in December, “Hadestown” in January,...

Cleo, played by Kathleen Marie Guerrero, gives her hand to the god Anubis, played by Olivia Foster, during a performance of Spells for Going Forth by Daylight at the UIowa Theatre Building  on Monday, April 29, 2024. The play about Egyptian mythology and Greek history is a part of the IC New Play Festival.

Review | ‘Spells for Going Forth by Daylight’ is an impressive student production

Grant Darnell, Arts Reporter April 30, 2024

I’ve always had a soft spot for anachronisms — modern sensibilities meshed with past periods — so naturally, I found a lot to love in University of Iowa Master of Fine Arts candidate Leigh M. Marshall’s...

The Voxman Building is seen on July 8, 2018.

Inside UI student senior recitals

Grant Darnell, Arts Reporter April 30, 2024

University of Iowa fifth-year student and lifelong Iowa City resident Jake Greenlee knew that he wanted to make music a significant part of his life since high school. “Being in Jazz Band, a lot of...

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