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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

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Review | Subtlety flies out the window in favor of finale setup in ‘The Boys’ Season Four

Charlie Hickman, Arts Reporter July 23, 2024

After a nearly two-year wait, the fourth season of Amazon’s hit superhero satire “The Boys” has wrapped up. The third season of the show was packed with huge climactic moments that had been built...

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Review | City Circle’s ‘Catch Me if You Can’ musical is a delightful adaptation of a classic film

Charlie Hickman, Arts Reporter July 19, 2024

City Circle’s “Catch Me if You Can” production is a worthy adaptation of the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film and Broadway musical. The musical delivers a colorful spectacle and clever story...

Jack (Left), Calvin, (Center), Gwen (Right) are spun in the Los Trompos art installation by their father, Adam Rabb, in downtown Iowa City on Tuesday, July 16, 2024.

Los Trompos brings larger-than-life spinning tops to Iowa City

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter July 17, 2024

Los Trompos, a unique, larger-than-life art installation, has been welcomed to Iowa City for the summer. The exhibit includes three-dimensional spinning tops that are made in a variety of fun colors...

The Alhamdu: Muslim Futurism art exhibition is seen at Public Space One on Sunday, July 7, 2024. The exhibit will stay up until mid-August. It explores the aesthetic of Muslim Futurism that uses frameworks of Afrofuturism while imagining a Muslim future free from of oppression.

‘Alhamdu: Muslim Futurism’ explores our current world and what it may become from a unique cultural perspective

Charlie Hickman, Arts Editor July 16, 2024

Iowa City’s Public Space One and New York-based art collective, Mipsterz, share a common value — platforming innovative art from marginalized voices for no profit. With their recent, jointly-assembled...

Author Charles Holdefer’s novel “Don’t Look at Me” and most recent book “Ivan the Terrible goes on a Family Picnic” are seen in Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday, July 17.

Ask the Author | Charles Holdefer discusses new satirical short story collection ‘Ivan the Terrible Goes on a Family Picnic’

Charlie Hickman, Arts Reporter July 16, 2024

Charles Holdefer is a Pushcart Prize-winning novelist and short fiction author. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines as a writer. His catalog of satirical stories has garnered praise...

Hancher Auditorium is seen in Iowa City on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Hancher will put on a variety of shows for the 2024-2025 season including “Hadestown”.

Performing Arts at Iowa announces programming for upcoming academic year

Charlie Hickman and Riley Dunn July 11, 2024

Performing Arts at Iowa is heading into a busy season of musicals, lectures, concerts, recitals, and more. Every branch of Performing Arts at Iowa — Hancher Auditorium, School of Music, Department...

Jody Hovland, playing Mrs. Watts, and Phil Jordan, an ensemble member, perform during a production of “Trip to Bountiful” at Riverside Theater in Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.

Opinion | Why we need small musical theater productions

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter July 9, 2024

Imagine sitting in the audience of a new theater production, heart beating with anticipation and excitement as the lights begin to dim and the curtain begins to rise. Hundreds of other people are feeling...

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Review | Sink your teeth into season two of ‘Interview with the Vampire’

Taj Young, News Reporter July 9, 2024

“Interview with the Vampire” delivered another hard-hitting season with all the spectacle and bloodshed that one could expect. With the finale of Louis DuPont Du Lac, played by Jacob Anderson,...

Joey King arrives on the red carpet during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. King stars in Despicable Me 4 as Poppy, Grus neighbor and aspiring villain.

Review | Despicable Me 4 entertains with a familiar story and characters

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter July 9, 2024

This summer, Gru and his minions returned to the big screen to create more chaos, laughter, and hijinks in “Despicable Me 4.” Ever since the first “Despicable Me” graced our screens in 2010,...

Feb 24, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White, winners of the Outstanding Performance by a Female and Male Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Bear at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 at The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles.. Mandatory Credit: Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY

Review | ‘The Bear’ Season 3 struggles to find direction

Charlie Hickman, Arts Editor July 2, 2024

“The Bear” has exploded with popularity since its release in 2022, winning a score of Emmy awards for its first season. It’s one of my personal favorite TV shows, too, so in the days leading...

Blake Shaw poses for a photo at the intermission of his and Dan Padley’s show outside Goosetown Cafe on the evening of Oct. 7, 2020.

Modern jazzman Blake Shaw to play at Iowa City Jazz Festival

Taj Young, News Reporter July 2, 2024

Cornell College and Mount Mercy College jazz professor Blake Shaw has taken the stage at the Iowa City Jazz Festival for several years — and will again this year as the 2024 event runs from July...

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Ingrid Jensen’s career demonstrates the unifying power of music

Charlie Hickman, Arts Editor July 2, 2024

Music festivals offer a chance for audiences to open themselves to new experiences they have never heard of. Renowned jazz artist Ingrid Jensen seeks to continue this tradition of discovery at the...