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Dey House ‘literary grove’ sprouts history, community

University of Iowa arborists, Alan Allgood (left) and Andy Dahl (right), plant a red maple tree from Henry David Thoreau’s garden during the Literary Grove tree planting by the University of Iowa Arborists and Writers’ Workshop at the Dey House on Oct. 23.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

October 24, 2020

Beneath an overcast afternoon sky, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop student Santiago Sanchez read Robert Frost’s poem, “The Wood-Pile,” to a masked crowd gathered outside the Dey House. Beside the writer, UI Arborist Andy Dahl and partner Alan Allgood planted a small birch sapling from th...

Grounded is a soft approach to a hard-hitting show


Madeline Liegois, Arts Reporter

October 21, 2020

Riverside Theatre’s online production of Grounded by George Brant soared past my expectations of the play. Iowan actor Katy Hahn’s stunning performance as The Pilot is matched by Brant’s impressive script of this one-woman show. Grounded follows The Pilot’s journey as she navigates mother...

A spooky endeavor: DI editors spend night at Villisca Ax Murder House

The Villisca Ax Murder House is seen in Villisca, Iowa on Sept. 30, 2020. Villisca is the site of one of the oldest cold cases in Iowa in which eight people were murdered in their beds. The killer was never found, sparking many theories and interest in the case. The house, which was renovated and reopened as a museum to the public, is now the site of paranormal activity and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The date on the sign, June 10, 1912 is the morning the Moore’s and Stillinger children were found murdered.

Madison Lotenschtein and Brooklyn Draisey

October 20, 2020

Listening to the whispers of disembodied voices was not something I planned on falling asleep to. The voices, reminiscent of parseltongue from the Harry Potter book series, caused me to open my eyes and examine the 19th century-esque living room where the rest of The Daily Iowan team slept. No o...

Student Spotlight: Graphic design major constructs National Park-themed showcase

Contributed by Amber Dale.

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter

October 20, 2020

This week, stepping into University of Iowa senior Amber Dale’s exhibition in the Visual Arts Building will be like walking into a National Park gift shop. A central display filled with trinkets accompanied by a fake campfire and prop tent will add to the naturalistic setting, aided by graphic desig...

Brewing a new beat: new coffee shop helps local band find its start

The local band known as Ped Mall play outside of Daydrink coffee shop in downtown Iowa City on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

October 19, 2020

On a bustling evening outside the downtown Iowa City bars in late August, 20-year-old University of Iowa junior Ethan Traugh was doing one of the things he loved most: jamming on his guitar for passersby. As he packed up his things later that night, he was surprised to find a note among the tips ...

Riverside Theatre soars with new virtual production of ‘Grounded’


Madeline Liegois, Arts Reporter

October 15, 2020

The sky is not the only limit in Riverside Theatre’s upcoming one-woman show, Grounded by George Brant. The play tells the story of a fighter pilot — fittingly named “The Pilot” — who becomes pregnant and undergoes a massive life change as a mother and a new career as drone operator...

FilmScene and The Englert join the #DoNotAbandonUs campaign

Moviegoers wait for a screening of La La Land to begin on the rooftop of Filmscene on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

October 14, 2020

The Englert stage and FilmScene theaters have been quiet since April when the venues closed their doors earlier this year. Both theaters joined the #DoNotAbandonUs campaign along with arts venues, employees, and supporters nationwide. The campaign echoes the importance of arts institutions, and h...

Riverside brings back ‘Walking the Wire’ monologue series in a virtual format

Nandita Shenoy performs her monologue.(Contributed)

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

October 13, 2020

Every weekday throughout October, Riverside Theater will feature a new monologue for its online Walking the Wire series. The series kicked off on Oct. 5 as a virtual monologue series. Each weekday during the series’ run a new monologue will be released on Riverside’s website. The call for submi...

‘Sackner Archive’ exhibit brings new meanings to poetry and visual art

University of Iowa Main Library is seen on Wednesday, April 15.

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter

October 13, 2020

Entering the Sackner Archive exhibit, a plethora of literary and visual artistic works are seen encased in glass boxes and hung on every available wall, with colors popping off pages and words arranged in complex and eccentric patterns that draw one in for a unique artistic experience. The collection of ...

Live from Linn Street: Goosetown Cafe hosts outdoor shows

Blake Shaw and Dan Padley perform outside Goosetown Cafe on Tuesday Oct. 7, 2020. Guests watched from their tables outside as others gathered within the street to listen.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

October 13, 2020

Golden sunlight streamed through auburn-clad trees near Goosetown Cafe as local bass player and vocalist Blake Shaw and guitarist Dan Padley prepared for their set on a peaceful weekday afternoon in Iowa City. The performance, held on Oct. 7, has been one of several hosted by th...

Iowa Dance Festival to celebrate collaboration, conclude with drive-in outdoor performance


Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter

October 12, 2020

The Iowa Dance Festival has celebrated the art of dance for the past 13 years, where both amateur and professional artists collaborate together. This year, the performance will take place entirely online. “Iowa City has such a tradition for the arts,” said Eloy Barragan, co-director and f...

Drive-in art presentation set at UI Stanley Museum of Art

The Stanley Museum of Art sign is seen outside of the IMU on Monday, January 14, 2019. The Stanley Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Darren Chen, Arts Reporter

October 8, 2020

On Oct. 10, visitors will be able to drive up in their cars for the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art’s Drive-in: The Big Picture. The family-friendly event, part of the museum’s Dive in with the Stanley series, will be a discussion of the museum’s collection on the big screen with ...