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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...

MusicIC Festival cancels in-person programming

People walk around downtown on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017. Iowa City was named City of Literature by Unesco City of Literature.

Naomi Hofferber, Arts & Culture Reporter

May 6, 2020

The MusicIC Festival, coming up on its 10th anniversary, has officially cancelled in-person programming for this June, according to a press release by the UNESCO City of Literature.  The festival was originally scheduled for June 18-20.  The programming planned for this summer will instead take ...

Classics Department goes digital, moving spring Homerathon online

Copies of various works of literature from Homer sit on a table during the Homerathon on the T. Anne Cleary walkway on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Roxanna Barbulescu, Arts Reporter

April 29, 2020

Last year, students and members of the University of Iowa community gathered on the T. Anne Cleary walkway to listen to volunteers read The Iliad. Their reading took over 24 hours. The event, known as the Homerathon, has been held by the UI Classics Department and Eta Sigma Phi Honorary Society a...

Iowa City Pride festival canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

People walk in the Iowa City Pride parade parade with colorful balloons at Iowa City Pride on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 20, 2020

The annual Iowa City Pride parade and festival for LGBTQ community members and allies have been canceled amid COVID-19 uncertainties and in efforts to combat the risk of a large-scale gathering, Iowa City Pride shared Monday.  Originally set for June 19-20, the celebration this year was set to be...

New Mission Creek dates and Refocus Film Festival to share September weekend

The marquee outside of the Englert theatre is shown with Mandolin Orange headlining on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Josie Fischels and Madison Lotenschtein

April 4, 2020

Downtown Iowa City will once again be bursting with artistic life this fall with the rescheduled 2020 Mission Creek Festival and  FilmScene’s newly launched Refocus Film Festival.  Both events will share the same weekend in September, according to a joint press release by John Schickedanz, the...

Mission Creek Underground showcases filmed performances during COVID-19 pandemic

Mission Creek Underground showcases filmed performances during COVID-19 pandemic

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

April 2, 2020

Today would have been the third day of the 15th anniversary Mission Creek Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival was postponed on March 12, but the Englert Theater staff didn’t leave it at that — instead organizing a virtual mini-festival to hold the community over until the reschedu...

Des Moines cancels 80/35 Music Festival

Sidewalk Chalk performs at the Kum and Go stage during the 2019 80/35 Festival in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

March 30, 2020

The 2020 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19.  80/35 was scheduled for July 10 and 11. The 2020 lineup had yet to be announced.  According to a statement posted on the 80/35 website on Monday afternoon, “It’s with a sad song in ...

Iowa City resident hosts virtual talent show for LGBTQ performing artists

Lil Ronnie Belle hosts Gays Got Talent via Instagram live video on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

March 26, 2020

By means of a livestream on Instagram Wednesday evening, six performers showcased their talent virtually for the first round of “Gays Got Talent: a Virtual Talent Show for LGBT+ Artists.” The contest, organized and hosted by Iowa City resident Sydney Speltz, allowed LGBTQ+ artists to come t...

Elizabeth Tate High School finds another resource for struggling students through the Writing and Wellness Club

Iowa Youth Writing Project Associate Director Emily Spencer poses for a portrait on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in her office located inside Phillips Hall.

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

March 7, 2020

On Wednesday March 4, the Iowa Youth Writing Project hosted their monthly Writing and Wellness Club event at Tate High School. A program started by IYWP associate director Emily Spencer in November of 2019, the club aims to empower, inspire, and engage youth through creative writing. Spencer hopes the orga...

Rebellious Russians bring Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities joint show to Coralville

Rebellious Russians  bring Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities joint show to Coralville

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

March 6, 2020

The main performance hall of The Coralville Center for Performing Arts will soon fill with the deep rumble of intense compositions sharing the stage with pale flashes of dancing ballerinas. Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities will present their show Rebellious Russians tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Rebellious...

Hancher to host 18th annual Nachte Raho dance competition

Hancher to host 18th annual Nachte Raho dance competition

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

March 5, 2020

A Bollywood fusion battle is set to begin at Hancher this weekend, at the 18th-annual Nachte Raho dance competition. The University of Iowa will host the national dance competition Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., where eight teams from around the nation will compete for the grand prize of $3,000. Teams...

Comedic magician Grant Freeman charmed audiences with controversial and magical comedy

Comedian and magician Grant Freeman makes a man in the moon joke while telling a story at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday March 4, 2020.

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

March 5, 2020

Magician Grant Freeman entered the pink-lit Coralville Center for the Performing Arts stage on Wednesday night to a rock n’ roll drum cadence. Standing in a plain, gray t-shirt with jeans and a gray button up with the sleeves rolled to his elbows, he proceeded to perform his touring gig, An R-...