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The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

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Local foodie dishes out critiques of Iowa City restaurants

Lily Czechowicz, Arts Reporter November 30, 2023

During her year of pharmacy residency in West Palm Beach, Fl., Meredith Lumberg experienced a diverse, Cuban-influenced food scene. Still, the Iowa-raised food blogger said the culinary scene in Iowa...

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...

Photo by Greg Gayne/NBC, contributed by Eli Ward

Ask the Artist | Eli Ward from ‘The Voice’

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor November 5, 2023

At just 21 years old, the former University of Iowa long-distance runner Eli Ward has accomplished more than many of his college-aged peers. Hailing from Waterloo, Illinois, Ward competed on season...

Photo contributed by Jenna Brownlee

UI alum, artist behind 300-foot Iowa City Municipal Airport mural

Stella Shipman, Arts Editor October 18, 2023

Ever since attending the University of Iowa for her bachelor's in fine arts in graphic design, Des Moines-based artist Jenna Brownlee has made sure to revisit Iowa City at least once every year.  When...

American author John Irving interviews with The Daily Iowan at the Presidents Residence at the University of Iowa on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Irving spoke about his time at the University of Iowa as a wrestler and in the Writers Workshop, as well as the role Iowa has played in his writing. He will be speaking to a sold out crowd at Hancher Auditorium on Friday.

John Irving reflects on Iowa City, shares snippet of unpublished novel during visit

Natalie Dunlap, Assistant Digital Editor October 13, 2023

Literary icon John Irving returned to Iowa City’s writing community on Friday, where he was welcomed by a sold-out Hancher audience.  At 81 years old, Irving still has several novels left to...

UI Junior Dante Benjegerdes poses for a portrait at the Theatre Building on Monday, March 25, 2019. Now an alum, Benjegerdes is an assistant lighting designer for a theater in Minneapolis

UI alum to illuminate world premiere of trans-narrative children’s show

Stella Shipman, Arts Editor October 10, 2023

When sound and dialogue cannot convey emotions in a live stage production, lighting is essential to effectively show changes in mood and visually guide audiences across a stage. For the world premiere...

Photo Contributed by David Rosazza.

Shade of Blue: UI alumni band’s 30-year history

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor October 9, 2023

Lead vocalists Simone Green and Joan Ruffin of the Iowa City-rooted, Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Shade of Blue met as first-year students at the University of Iowa during their first college...

The band Early Girl performs at Gabe’s on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. They played songs from their 2023 album “Lovers Out To Pasture,” as well as their new song, “Evil Head.”

Iowa City princess-punk band Early Girl makes music for all

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter October 3, 2023

Texas-born artist Aaron Longoria missed out on an “angsty-punk-teen” phase in their adolescence, but Iowa City’s live music scene led them to create the princess-punk band, Early Girl. During...

Artist and University of Iowa lecturer in painting and drawing Ali Hval works in her studio at the UI Visual Arts Building in Iowa City on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. Hval earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing and her BFA in Painting from the University of Alabama. Hval’s work —inspired by jewelry and artists like Polly Apfelbaum and Rose Nestler—combines fabrics, painting, and ceramic to create what comes to mind and to reflect on political messages about one’s body. Hval said people will look at her work and say “‘Oh it’s just a charm bracelet,’ and then they look closer and it’s like ‘Oh, there’s something else there.’”

Visual artist and UI lecturer aims to share self-expression of femininity

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter September 19, 2023

From sculptures to murals to installations, Iowa City is a hub of diverse public art. One of the creators behind some of the most iconic local murals is Ali Hval. She started creating art to express...

The Center Senior Center, located in downtown Iowa City, is pictured on March 11, 2021. (Grace Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Local photographer brings captivating collections to Iowa City Senior Center

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter September 13, 2023

The age of darkroom photography has made a comeback in the Iowa City Senior Center, lining the walls of the third-floor hallway with the classic hues of black and white.  All of this stems from...

Candice Broersma poses for a portrait in front of her art at Candice Broersma’s “Cover Story” exhibit at ArtiFactory in Iowa City on Sept. 8, 2023.

Local artist Candice Broersma uses digital drawings to bring reality to fantasy

Lily Czechowicz, Arts Reporter September 11, 2023

Water reflects autumn trees above in shades of red and pink but, upon closer inspection, reveals a dark, cloaked figure standing above. The girl stands confident as white cranes encircle her, suggesting...

David Weldon’s exhibit Abstractions is seen at the Iowa City Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. The exhibit will run from Aug. 8 to Sept. 29 and is open from 8am to 5pm. (Lua Rasga/ The Daily Iowan)

Review | Local artist shows bold new collection “Abstractions” at senior center

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter September 10, 2023

Local physician-turned-artist David Weldon’s unique and bold works range from simple drawings to carefully curated photographs. His current collection “Abstractions” can be found displayed...

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