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Riverside Theater searches for new home, plans ‘virtual performances’ amid COVID-19

The Riverside Theatre is seen on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

May 29, 2020

Riverside Theater, which is known for its locally produced plays, is looking for a new home. According to a press release from the playhouse’s website, Riverside will move from its current location, 213 N. Gilbert Street, upon the expiration of its current lease. Despite the 2019 Novel Coron...

Mission Creek Festival canceled for 2020

The Englert Theater is seen closed on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. The spread of coronavirus in Johnson county has been named a public health emergency. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan.)

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

May 22, 2020

After originally postponing for the fall, Englert Theater’s Mission Creek Festival has been canceled entirely for 2020, according to an announcement on Englert’s website Friday. The theater had previously postponed the annual Mission Creek Festival until September back in March in order to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. In April, Englert released Mission Creek Underground, a virtual preq...

Movie theaters get green light from Reynolds to reopen, but FilmScene will remain closed for now

Filmscene is seen on April 15, 2020.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

May 20, 2020

Movie theaters made the list of Iowa businesses included in Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' Wednesday announcement that will allow more businesses to reopen beginning May 22, but Iowa City's FilmScene won't be firing up its popcorn machines for movie-goers just yet. The nonprofit theater announced on thei...

Loud and proud: IC Speaks gives students a new voice


Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

May 14, 2020

When IC Speaks founder Caleb Rainey was a high school student in Missouri, he lacked a comfortable space to be creative through poetry. His experience inspired him to create a group for high school-aged poets to further develop their voice. Rainey founded the spoken word poetry group, in 2019,...

Accomplished artist and painting and drawing program head Susan Chrysler White retires

Contributed/Susan Chrysler

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

May 13, 2020

From sweeping, 80-foot long installments to vibrant and colorful sculptures popping from the walls, Susan Chrysler White’s artwork featured in University of Iowa campus buildings is hard to miss. The painting and drawing program head will retire from the UI School of Art and Art History at the e...

New quarantine-inspired literary magazine aims to find expression in isolation


Roxanna Barbulescu, Arts Reporter

May 12, 2020

Poetry, art, and works that “break boundaries” — all of these types of art and more will be found in the first publication of The Quarantine Magazine, a new literary magazine that is in the process of being published by three University of Iowa English students. The idea for a magazine tha...

Student Spotlight: Grad student recreates scenes from Romeo and Juliet handmade dolls


Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

May 11, 2020

Just weeks before spring break — when the University of Iowa made the decision to move the remainder of the spring semester online — graduate acting student Luli Gomez was performing as Natasha in the UI Theatre Arts Department’s production of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. Her experience would so...

121 E. College St.: Union Bar and its earlier iterations were home to many Hawkeye nightlife memories

Contributed - DJ Paimon Alipour at the Union Bar

Alexandra Skores, News Editor

May 11, 2020

Ten-cent cold, foamy beer specials, hit tunes spun by nighttime DJs, and a slick glass dance floor illuminated by kaleidoscopic colored lights — since the late 1970s, 121 E. College St. has been where arguably tens of thousands of Iowa City residents and Hawkeyes have made their fondest memories. Now known...

Review: The Moment of Tenderness showcases author Madeleine L’Engle’s darker, profound work

Illustration by Katina Zentz

Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

May 11, 2020

Readers across many generations are familiar with Madeleine L’Engle, the author of the beloved young adult sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time, but L’Engle’s latest collection of short fiction, The Moment of Tenderness, introduces her audience to a side of her not yet seen before. The collecti...

Binge Break: Normal People provides poignant end to this column

Binge Break: Normal People provides poignant end to this column

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

May 10, 2020

The idea that a television show can be haunting seems silly, especially one that is just about the friendship between a man and a woman. But there is nothing more profound, painful, and promising than a story about two people who, despite life’s best efforts, can’t seem to escape the other’s orbit. That’s...

English Society’s open mic moves online

The English Society’s invitation to the Doc Johnline Open Mic photographed on Thursday, May 7, 2020. The annual event was moved to an online format over Zoom.

Abigail Wetteroff, Arts Reporter

May 8, 2020

Every year, the University of Iowa English Society holds an end-of-year open mic night to create a place to share burgeoning writer’s newest works. This year, the event will move to an online format to provide a final opportunity for writers to unite and share their work live. Evalyn Harper, a cur...

Local salons make adjustments as they set to reopen next week

Thompson & Co Salon and Parlor is seen on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

May 7, 2020

Iowa City salons are taking extra precautions to keep themselves, and their customers, safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic as Iowa enters phase two of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ three-phase COVID-19 response plan, which will open select businesses starting May 15. Salons are coming up on eight weeks of shutt...