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The Daily Iowan

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

The Public Space One sign is seen at a flea market at Public Space One Close House Oct. 16, 2022.

Iowa City artists learn from drawing live models

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 24, 2024

Freehand sketching is practically in my DNA, yet I had never felt so amateur when I began illustrating Leisha Stanek — my first time drawing a live model. By cash or check, 12 artists were allowed...

Hancher Auditorium is seen on Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Hancher presents creative, collaborative modern opera with ‘Fierce’

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Nearly two years after debuting at the Cincinnati Opera, “Fierce” is coming to Iowa City’s Hancher Auditorium. The 21st-century opera follows the trials and triumphs of four teenage girls as they...

Jiayi Liang’s solo exhibition The Long Season as seen in Public Space One in Iowa City on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

Artist conveys the long-term effects of trauma through art

Isabella Nekvinda, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Content warning note: This article discusses themes of sexual assault. When her grandfather gifted her an old camera years ago, Jiayi Liang started taking pictures as a way to feel closer...

Cinematography filmmaking conceptual image in between takes

How a professor helped implement the screenwriting major at the UI

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

When Anahita Ghazvinizadeh began at the University of Iowa as an assistant professor in the Cinematic Arts department in 2018, she was excited by the number of successful alumni and the many opportunities...

Taylor Swift walks the red carpet at the NSAI Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

Review | New Taylor Swift album is heartbreaking with similarities to her previous work

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Global popstar Taylor Swift released her 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department” on April 19. Die-hard Swifties have anticipated the album since it was announced at the Grammy Awards in...

Maggie Rogers performs on the first day of the second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.

Review | Maggie Rogers’ new album ‘Don’t Forget Me’ leaves a little to be desired

Evan Weidl, Opinions Columnist April 23, 2024

Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers released her new album, “Don’t Forget Me,” on April 12. It’s certainly worthwhile, but I walked away mostly unfulfilled. My feelings about this album...

Comic books are seen on display at Daydreams Comics in Iowa City on Thursday, April 1.

UI comic book magazine promotes student artists and writers

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Starting up a new literary magazine can be a difficult and time-consuming ordeal, filled with many challenges along the way. It was worth it, however, for the University of Iowa students behind Cease...

Joe Hermann works at the greenhouse in Biology Building East on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The gardening team works to cultivate native plants and grow greens for the UIowa Food Pantry.

Digging into the weeds of gardening: the rise of native planting

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Iowa was once 70 percent natural tallgrass prairie, housing native plant species like purple coneflower, butterfly milkweed, and big bluestem. Today, however, less than 0.1 percent of those prairies...

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.

Review | ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ kept me captivated

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 22, 2024

Guy Ritchie, the mind behind “The Gentlemen,” returned with another soon-to-be classic war flick, collaborating with “Top Gun” producer Jerry Bruckheimer to bring “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly...

Jan 15, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Jesse Eisenberg at the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theater  in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. Mandatory Credit: Kevork Djansezian-USA TODAY

Review | ‘Sasquatch Sunset’ is the pro-environment movie we need right now

Grant Darnell, Arts Reporter April 22, 2024

There are experimental films, and then there is the Zellner Brothers’ new release “Sasquatch Sunset.” Released on April 19, the film adopts a pace and aesthetic not unlike those in “2001: A...

Riverside Theater is seen outside after 24ThankYou’s set during the Mission Creek Festival at Riverside Theater on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Review | ‘Herein Lies the Truth’ examines storytelling in a completely unique way

Caden Gantenbein, Arts Reporter April 21, 2024

Aaron Pang’s show “Herein Lies the Truth” is a strange concoction of comedy, visual performance and full-throttle storytelling that forces us to examine our own unintentional biases towards the...

FilmScene at The Chauncey as seen on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Review | Andrew Scott shines in National Theatre Live’s ‘Vanya’

Flynn Milligan, Arts Reporter April 21, 2024

The stage for “Vanya” opened as a small room dotted with three chairs, a plastic stool, a table with a lamp, and a bottle of liquor. A doorway at center stage served as the gateway between a wide...

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