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39th annual Dance Gala will present COVID-19 themed works

This year, the University of Iowa Dance Department will host their annual Dance Gala through an entirely virtual set of performances. The dances will focus on the collective experiences of life during quarantine.
November 10, 2020

With energetic but flowing movement, colorful yet casual costumes, and a theme surrounding familiar struggles resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual Dance Gala will be one that...

Witching Hour to celebrate art through a screen

The Englert theatre is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The Englert holds a variety of concerts and events.
The Englert is putting on Witching Hour in a virtual format for the first time this weekend through live-streamed performances.
October 28, 2020

As October draws to a close and Iowa City prepares for a unique Halloween experience, the Englert Theatre’s staff is gearing up for its annual fall arts festival, Witching Hour. The Englert announced...

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.
The museum will host a discussion during the collection exhibition event this weekend with director Lauren Lessing and associate curator Brady Plunger.
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...

12th annual Iowa City Book Festival goes virtual

Photo of Charles Connerly, professor and director of the UI School of Planning and Public Affairs, and the cover art of his new book. Contributed.
The festival will host a variety of accomplished authors, and feature live readings, discussions, and more.
October 4, 2020

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization has held a Book Festival every year since 2008, to support and celebrate the stories and creations of local writers. Like most events throughout...

David Zollo to captivate Coralville Farmers’ Market with Americano, roots music

Photo of David Zollo. Contributed.
Musician David Zollo has not been able to have many live performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will perform in front of a live audience on Oct.5 at the Coralville Farmers’ Market.
October 1, 2020

In the glow of the setting sun, Iowa City singer-songwriter David Zollo will kick off the work week with a free, live performance at the Coralville Farmers’ Market on Monday. Ready to dazzle his...

Public Space One to present first virtual 24-hour Art-A-Thon

Contributed by John Engelbrecht
Public Space One will hold its first virtual telethon-style Art-A-Thon this weekend to support the local art community. The festival will showcase a range of talent from artists with ties to Iowa City, from dancers and painters to multi-media creators.
September 15, 2020

For its inaugural “Art-A-Thon,” Public Space One is gearing up to entertain audiences with a wide range of artistic talent — for 24 hours straight. With an army of 40 different artists ready...

Hancher starts season with Step Afrika! virtual dance performance

Members of Step Afrika! performing 'Drumfolk' at The New Victory Theater, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Titled ‘Stono,’ the dance performance's world premiere will take place on the 281st anniversary of the Stono Rebellion. Post-performance, a discussion panel will speak about the rebellion and current racial events in today’s society.
September 7, 2020

An energetic, traditional African-American dance company takes the stage. They perform with immense passion and bring stories to life. Audiences are easily transported into the world they have created....

Open Air Media Festival to illuminate Iowa City

In its first year, Public Space One will light up Iowa City this weekend with a series of video projections created by local media artists.
August 27, 2020

Over the weekend, the walls of buildings throughout Iowa City will become canvases for projected artwork. Public Space One’s very first Open Air Media Festival will light up different areas of...

Two months after original performance date, Shakespeare in the Park goes virtual

Riverside Theater’s annual summer series had to shift to a virtual format due to COVID-19. Instead of a full-out performance of 'The Winter’s Tale', the actors will perform a reading of the play via Zoom.
August 5, 2020

In Lower City Park, there stands a miniature, Elizabethan-style amphitheater, which has served as an outdoor stage for Riverside Theater’s free “Shakespeare in the Park” performances since 2000....

COVID-19 brings back vintage drive-in movie experience

Cars parked on the lawn for the Summer of Arts free movie series, adapted as a drive-in due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Movie-goers across Iowa have turned to drive-in theaters this summer, after many indoor theaters closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 4, 2020

Since 2005, moviegoers have sprawled out across the Pentacrest lawn every summer to watch a film projected in front of MacBride Hall. This year, the Summer of the Arts — which hosts their Free Movie...

FilmScene to host outdoor film series coming to Northside

The location on Linn Street where Fillmscene will host FilmStreet Outdoor Cinema, a socially-distanced film series begining on Friday, July 31. Contributed.
FilmScene and the Iowa City Downtown District have come together to open a five-week socially distanced outdoor film series, which will show blockbuster hits like ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Princess Bride.’
July 30, 2020

While the act of sitting inside a cool, dark theater may be excluded from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new option for local moviegoers has arrived: free, outdoor, socially distant movies, provided...

Virtual Iowa City Jazz Festival to showcase local and national performers

Members of The Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra Sextet. Contributed.
Summer of the Arts’ 29th annual Jazz Festival going virtual has created new opportunities to celebrate music and culture.
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...

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