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Virtual Iowa City Jazz Festival to showcase local and national performers

Members of The Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra Sextet. Contributed.

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

July 2, 2020

For its 29th year, the Iowa City Jazz Festival — organized by the Summer of the Arts — will be held in a virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic, from July 3-5. The switch to online includes some aspects of the classic version and some new inclusions. “It’s kind of a combination of th...

Protest signs: the messages of the movement

Iowa State senior, Jo Allen, participates in a protest in Des Moines, IA. Contributed by Jo Allen.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

July 2, 2020

While wearing a mask that read, “I can’t breathe” written in black lettering, Jo Allen, an Iowa State senior, attended the first of weeks of protests in downtown Des Moines on May 29. Even amid a global pandemic, the protest was a part of history that Allen wanted to see for herself. Allen is a ...

New mural in Iowa City’s Northside celebrates Black life

A mural painted by Robert Moore and Dana Harrison is seen atop Oasis in Iowa City on Thursday, July 2, 2020. The mural was finished within 24 hours on June 25, as a celebration of black lives and equality in Iowa City.

Kathryn Raver, Arts Reporter

July 2, 2020

Within one week, self-taught Iowa-based artist Robert Moore and his partner Dana Harrison conceived, began, and completed Iowa City’s newest mural, ‘Reciprocal of Humanity.’ The project will be officially unveiled to the public on July 4. The mural can be found at 202 N. Linn St. on Marke...

New public art installation introduced in Creekside Park

Emergenc by Cara Briggs Farmer located in the Community Orchard section of Creekside park, 1858 7th ave court.As seen on Wednesday July 1,2020 (Jeff Sigmund/Photojournalist)

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 1, 2020

Two stainless-steel mandala flowers perch over a recently planted orchard in Iowa City’s Creekside Park. Sprouting from the ground are two tall stands of silver grasses that mimic prairie grass. This latest sculptural art piece, titled, ‘Emergence,’ was installed on June 16. The name of th...

Owners, artists discuss The Mill’s past, present, and future

Aloe Mean delivers stand-up during the Comedy Showcase at the Mill on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. As a part of Witching Hour, comedians joked about the 2020 presidential campaign, rich people, and getting married.

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

June 30, 2020

Another blow to Iowa City’s downtown music scene came with the announcement that The Mill’s owners, Dan Ouverson and Marty Christensen, will be stepping down after 17 years. The restaurant and music venue indefinitely closed on May 2, with no word on future plans. Until then, the restaurant offer...

Review | Dead to Me is a chaotic but poignant examination of trauma and healing

Linda Cardellini, left, and Christina Applegate in

Kathryn Raver, Arts Reporter

June 29, 2020

When Netflix’s original series, Dead to Me, premiered in May 2019, the reviews were mixed. The general consensus seemed to be that the acting and chemistry were great, but the story got lost along the way. A year later season two has arrived, and in terms of both story and acting, the second sea...

Summer Partnership in the Arts to give unique virtual performance


Madison Lotenschtein and Peter Anders

June 25, 2020

Beginning in 2018, the Summer Partnership in the Arts initiative gave the University of Iowa Theater Arts students and performers the opportunity to work with guest artists. This summer’s play, titled Breath Behind the Mask, will be performed not on a stage, but on a virtual platform: YouTube. St...

Englert Theater undergoes restoration while maintaining its historic character

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.)

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

June 24, 2020

For pedestrians on Washington Street, the absence of Englert Theater’s marquee — the vintage sign that protrudes at the front of the building and spells out the theater’s name — is the most noticeable part of the theater’s current reconstruction. The Englert Theater has played a rol...

Howling: A way of showing solidarity in Iowa City’s Northside

Kristine Djerf howls with her children, Sylvia and Oscar, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at their home in the Northside in Iowa City. Every night at 8 residents in the neighborhood stand outside and howl together for a few minutes to raise morale.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

June 22, 2020

It’s 7:55 p.m. A golden sunset cascades through the trees while some Northside residents on North Johnson Street emerge from their homes and step onto their porches. Among the residents is Kristine Djerf, her mother, Pam, and Kristine’s children, Sylvia and Oscar. “Are you ready to howl?...

A Crown of Candy proves to be a sweet treat for fantasy fans

A Crown of Candy proves to be a sweet treat for fantasy fans

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

June 22, 2020

After Game of Thrones took a nosedive in quality, I found myself craving a different high-stakes fantasy series to invest in. A Crown of Candy, the newest season of’s actual play anthology — where players play Dungeons & Dragons— satisfied that craving with a food-themed world. The ...

CARES Act funding distributed to Iowa arts and culture groups

The Riverside Theatre is seen on Sunday, April 26, 2020 (Jake Maish/The Daily Iowan)

Kathryn Raver, Arts Reporter

June 17, 2020

In March, theaters, museums, and festivals across the state of Iowa were forced to temporarily close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Months have passed, and with revenue from ticket sales and daily visits still lacking, these organizations are beginning to feel financial pressure. To help ...

Artists, residents create new Iowa City mural aimed at changing a community’s narrative

Artist Nick Meister paints a portion of a new mural on Saturday on Cross Park Ave. After several community painting days, Meister said he was excited to get his hands on the wall and do some painting himself. Although the artist debated community painting days at first, he said they ended up being a great way to bring everyone together.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

June 16, 2020

In the summer of 2018, the South District Neighborhood Association hosted its first community cleanup along Broadway Street in Iowa City. During the cleanup, volunteers found a long, white wall on 1030 Cross Park Ave, hidden by shrubbery. Their discovery is now home to a 4,400 square foot mural. Set to be...