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

Contributed by John Engelbrecht

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter

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 to entertain and share their work, the event will take place from noon Sept. 19 to noon Sept. 20, i...

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.

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter

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. However, this time they will be immersed through a computer screen. The world premiere of St...

Open Air Media Festival to illuminate Iowa City


Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

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 the city from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The free, bike-friendly event invite...

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


Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

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. But just as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre shut down as the Bubonic Plague raged through Europe, COVID...

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.

Kathryn Raver, Arts Reporter

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 Series every summer at the Pentacrest — had to reinvent their tradition because of the COVID-19 pande...

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.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

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 by a partnership between FilmScene and the Iowa City Downtown District. The five-week serie...

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...