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Author Jia Tolentino reads from her latest work, Trick Mirror, at Prairie Lights

Brooklyn author, Jia Tolentino gives a reading at Prairie Lights from her book of essays, Trick Mirror on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020. Trick Mirror received rave reviews from publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vox.

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

February 19, 2020

The crowd at Prairie Lights Tuesday night sat ready to hear this year’s Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing’s visiting Writer-in-Residence, Jia Tolentino, who read from her latest book, Trick Mirror: Reflection on Self-Delusion. Originally from Houston, Tolentino is a staff writer for The...

Brother Moses comes to Gabe’s in anticipation of their newest album

Brother Moses comes to Gabe’s in anticipation of their newest album

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

February 17, 2020

New York City-based band Brother Moses will bring a new foray of pop music to Gabe’s on Wednesday night. The band consists of the multi-talented James Lockhart on vocals, guitar, and keyboard, drummer Cory Dill, and guitarists John-Lewis Anderson and Moses Gomez. This is the first time the b...

At UI Stonewall commemoration, university president says ‘we will support you’

Attendees are seen at the Stonewall 50th Anniversary Celebration held in the Theatre Building on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. After the opening performance of Hit the Wall at Hancher Auditorium, audience members were encouraged to join in on the celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the LGBTQ+ movement. (Hannah Kinson/The Daily Iowan)

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

February 2, 2020

Rainbow lights and pulsing music filled the Theatre Building Jan. 31 in remembrance and in celebration of the Stonewall riots and LGBTQ pride. Following a performance of Hit the Wall, the University of Iowa community celebrated with speeches, a toast, and a drag show.  The event commemorated the...

Grooving at Gabe’s with funka-delic band, The Iceman Special

The Iceman Special perform at Gabes in downtown Iowa City on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. The Iceman Special is a New Orlean's funk band that has rock and roll and disco roots along with a

Jacob Shafer, Arts Reporter

January 29, 2020

In an interview before the show, one member of The Iceman Special jokingly named P-Diddy as the biggest influence for the group’s unique blend of funkadelia and metal sounds. At a performance at Gabe’s on Tuesday, the suggestion did seem out of the realm of possibility for the New Orleans-based band. The Io...

Mandolin Orange bluegrass-folk acoustics fill Englert Theater

Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange perform at their concert at the Englert theatre on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

January 28, 2020

The Englert Theater welcomed duo Mandolin Orange Tuesday night, as well as opening act Kate Rhudy. They played out the evening with cool, ocean-wave folk vibes that echoed throughout the theater. Originating in North Carolina, Mandolin Orange, made up of members Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, has g...

Big Grove brewing up local art

Big Grove Brewery & Taproom is seen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

January 24, 2020

Big Grove Brewery is putting local art on tap this weekend, hosting their first mini art festival Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. Ophelia Flores-Carr, the marketing and design assistant for Big Grove, is a former University of Iowa art student who became inspired to host the mini festival after seeing another brewery...

Systems Unlimited presents first ever holiday art sale


Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

December 15, 2019

Drafting a new legacy at the Environmental Education Center, Systems Unlimited Art Program put on their first ever holiday art show from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15.  Grace Locke Ward, one of the organizers of the show, proposed the idea in response to observing the creative talent of the people Systems Unl...

Self-proclaimed musical troubadour, Amy Andrews hauls to Iowa City for night at Vue Rooftop


Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

December 11, 2019

  Hauling along a folky acoustic aura, Amy Andrews’ smooth, warm vocals are set to come to Vue Rooftop today at 8 p.m. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Andrews grew up in a class community and family that has always been intertwined with the arts. She said her mother has been one of...

Holiday Art Market débuts at IMU under new organization

Attendees walk along the booths during the Holiday Market at the IMU on Sunday, December 8, 2019. (Katina Zentz/The Daily Iowan)

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

December 7, 2019

Prints, pottery, paper crafts and painted plates all filled the Iowa Memorial Union on Dec. 7 as the Holiday Art Market, featuring 106 different artists, made its début. The market, hosted by the local nonprofit organization Summer of the Arts, was created to replace the Holiday Thieves Market, which...

Anthony Worden and the Illiterati hope to rock their retro love in upcoming concert and new album

Anthony Worden and the Illiterati hope to rock their retro love in upcoming concert and new album

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

December 5, 2019

In an office studio on Church Street, Iowa City-based band Anthony Worden and the Illiterati have recently finished working on their first album, Voila. The band is now preparing for their last show of the year, which will be at Gabe’s on Dec. 6 at 8:30 p.m. While looking around the studio, visitors...

Joy of the season celebrated at Hancher with Cajun music performance

Joy of the season celebrated at Hancher with Cajun music performance

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

December 5, 2019

Famous Louisiana-based group BeauSoleil is coming to Hancher Auditorium to perform their show, “A Cajun Christmas,” on Dec. 7. The band continues the tradition of Cajun music and the spirit of Louisiana, including the many cultures that influenced it. Even the origin of the band’s name is embedded...

Scope unveils new Lamplight series performance

Get Fresh Cafe is seen on July 7, 2019. Get Fresh will serve smoothies and more.

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

November 17, 2019

After a long absence, Scope Productions will present another Lamplight performance on Nov. 19 at the Get Fresh Cafe with a lineup of three University of Iowa students: Quinn Kamberos, Joshua Mullens, and Brennan Plummer. Kamberos, a UI freshman majoring in creative writing and minoring in cinema, sho...