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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

Emma Bibb, Owen Brightman and Mary Lukas perform during a showing of Eli Campbell’s Pleasure Play directed by Meredith Alexander at The Artifactory on North Dubuque Street in Iowa City on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023.

Review | Eli Campbell’s ‘Pleasure Play’ tells captivating story of three complicated characters

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter November 28, 2023

The past two weekends, the Iowa City community was given the chance to experience Eli Campbell’s newest work, “Pleasure Play,” which follows the lives of Meave and Gracie, a couple trying to...

Milly, Lily, and Remi show their friendship bracelets during the parTay event at Big Grove Brewery on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. The event was put on to support 29 local partner agencies of United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties. (Isabella Tisdale/ The Daily Iowan)

Taylor Swift’s social and economic impact felt in Iowa City

Stella Shipman, Arts Editor November 28, 2023

University of Iowa third-year Tori Ghyzel became a die-hard Taylor Swift fan following her first listen to the singer’s 2010 album “Speak Now.” She even got her older sister in on the fandom,...

Iowa City band Two Canes performs at The Daily Iowan Headliners in The Daily Iowan newsroom on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023.

Q&A | Two Canes

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor November 28, 2023

Two Canes is an Iowa City-born punk rock band consisting of lead singer Myles Evangelista, guitarists Evan Weidl and Edwin Svoboda, drummer Chloe Weidl, and bassist Jack Moore. This interview has...

Natalie Benway Correll poses for a portrait in her office in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. Benway Correll is a graduate of the University of Iowa, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, working with Iowa City Holistic Therapies.

Winter blues: A look into seasonal depression and holistic treatment

Lily Czechowicz, Arts Reporter November 28, 2023

Iowa winters have always been known for beautiful snow-covered fields and icy rivers as much as their bitter temperatures, shorter days, and subsequent seasonal depression for some individuals. Seasonal...

Mar 12, 2023; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ariana Debose arrives at the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Mandatory Credit: Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY

Review | Disney’s ‘Wish’ was a passable movie that had potential to be better

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter November 28, 2023

Walking into the theater to see “Wish,” I’ll admit I was excited. After watching several previews and listening to a few pre-released songs, I was curious to find out where Disney could take...

Customers wine and dine at Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2023.

Wine enthusiasts in Iowa City dispel the myth that studying wine is snobbish

Lily Czechowicz, Arts Reporter November 28, 2023

When University of Iowa alum Emma Bohn took a job at Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar in Iowa City during her third year at the university, the political science major never anticipated the path it led...


Review | ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ is a perfectly average prequel

Parker Jones, Managing Editor November 26, 2023

There were songbirds, there were snakes; we get it. The much-awaited “Hunger Games” prequel premiered in theaters on Nov. 17 and proved to be a mundane narrative precursor to one of the most culturally...

FilmScene at the Chauncey is seen in Iowa City on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

Review | Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoleon’ is a stunning visual journey but suffers from poor pacing

Caden Gantenbein, Arts Reporter November 26, 2023

“Napoleon,” the latest work of director Ridley Scott, the mind behind the “Alien” series, is a biopic that addresses with much detail the infamous French emperor’s life, played by “Joker”...

Comedian Chris Schlichting performs his set during Don’t Tell Comedys event at the Highlander Hotel in Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 17th, 2023.

Don’t Tell Comedy hosts confidential night of laughs in IC

Caden Gantenbein, Arts Reporter November 20, 2023

On Friday, the Highlander Hotel acquired a plethora of guests in its ballroom for an atypical occasion — a top-secret comedy show.  Don’t Tell Comedy, a now-global organization, brought comedic...

Amelia Fisher is held up by The University of Iowa Dance Company during a performance of “Winning” by Artistic Director Stephanie Miracle, an interactive dance for an audience of children at the Iowa City Public Library on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023.

UI Dance Company blends dancing and audio narration in latest performance

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter November 18, 2023

With vivid use of audio narration during the entire show, the University of Iowa’s Dance Company featured an excerpt of their newest work, “Winning," on Friday.  In partnership with the Iowa...

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Ask the Author | Taylor Cowdery

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor November 16, 2023

More than six centuries since the publication of one of the earliest canon frame narratives, Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” remains an ever-present topic of discussion in contemporary...

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) in Captain Marvel.

Review | ‘The Marvels’ is the MCU’s latest lackluster release

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter November 15, 2023

Have you ever walked away from a movie feeling both satisfied and slightly confused at the same time? If so, then you probably understand exactly how I felt leaving the theater after “The Marvels.” The...

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