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Holiday shops pop up in Pedestrian Mall

A holiday pop-up shop is seen in the Ped Mall on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The holiday pop-up shops will be going on through December 24. (Raquele Decker/The Daily Iowan)

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

November 14, 2019

Back after a year of construction, the Iowa City Downtown District Holiday Pop-Up Market has officially begun, with local and visiting shops occupying pods on the Pedestrian Mall from Nov. 8 until Dec. 24. The Pop-Up Market, in its second year in existence, is offering more vendors this year, nearly ...

Night of pro wrestling slamming into Iowa City with Hawkamania XII


Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

November 7, 2019

WWE fans rejoice — Iowa City is set to get its own taste of pro wrestling this Saturday at Hawkamania XII. Hawkamania, a play on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hulkamania, is hosted by SCW Pro, a wrestling organization that tours eastern Iowa and the surrounding area. Most of SCW’s wrestlers...

Englert, Little Village brew up another year of Witching Hour in Iowa City

Here Lies Man performs at Gabe's as part of the Witching Hour Festival on Friday, October 12, 2018. Former member of Afrobeat collective Antibalas, Marcos Garcia released his first project for Here Lies Man in 2017.

Sarah Stortz, Arts Editor

October 30, 2019

After Halloween ends, Witching Hour will strike on Iowa City’s clock. However, instead of inviting supernatural forces, the city will be filled with creative energy and ideas. From Friday to Saturday night, the Englert Theatre and Little Village will host its annual Witching Hour Festival, continuing...

Drag queen drags everyone: Bianca Del Rio doesn’t hold back on offensive humor in her ‘It’s Jester Joke’ tour

Drag queen drags everyone: Bianca Del Rio doesn’t hold back on offensive humor in her ‘It’s Jester Joke’ tour

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

October 25, 2019

After achieving international acclaim after winning season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race and starring in two Netflix original movies, Bianca Del Rio began her It’s Jester Joke tour in September, which brought the star to Iowa City for the first time. Del Rio’s opening act, drag queen Sherry Vine, sa...

Chainsaws, demons, and blood: A look into Iowa City theater’s upcoming musical

The cast of Evil Dead: The Musical performs the final number at the Iowa City community theater on Thursday, October 24th, 2019. Evil Dead: The Musical is based on the 181 cult film, The Evil Dead.

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

October 23, 2019

There are very few musicals in the world that mix singing, chainsaws, and bloody dismemberment. Yet, Evil Dead: The Musical checks all of these boxes and then some. This season, the Iowa City Community Theater is bringing this unique experience to the public. Based on the 1981 film Evil Dead and its...

Perils of the Flowerbed hits UI Theater Arts stage

Lauren Macke of the ensemble grins as the cast and crew laughs at a joke she made during rehearsal. Perils of the Flowerbed, directed by Lila Becker and written by Steven Glavey, debuts on October 24th in the Alan MacVey theatre.

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

October 23, 2019

Draping the Alan MacVey Theater’s stage Oct. 24-27 in gothic desire — a charming theme for the upcoming Halloween season — Perils of the Flowerbed is bound to bring both chills and thrills to the audience. Lila Rachel Becker, a third year M.F.A. candidate in directing at the University of Iowa,...

UI Sciences Library holds grand opening of Harry Potter exhibit

A LEGO version of Hogwarts castle is on display in the Science Library as part of their Harry Potter exhibit. The Harry Potter exhibit’s grand opening was held on Monday, October 21, 2019 in the Sciences Library. (Nichole Harris/The Daily Iowan)

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

October 22, 2019

October has put quite a few people in Iowa City in a spooky mood, but over at the University of Iowa’s Sciences Library, one event will exclude muggles. Starting on Oct. 21 and lasting until the beginning of November, the UI’s Sciences Library will be celebrating Halloween with a Harry Potter-theme...

Sankai Juku returns to Hancher after 20 years with ‘Utsushi’ performance


Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

October 21, 2019

After 20 years, the internationally-known Japanese dance troupe Sankai Juku is returning to Hancher Auditorium on Oct. 22, performing “Utsushi,” a carefully planned collage of the group’s previous performances that established their performance style.  The performance was created in response to a...

Pakistani Students Association imprints an important cultural practice on Iowa City residents

Amna Haider designs henna on the back of an attendee’s hand at Henna Night. Henna Night was hosted by the Pakistani Students Association and was held in the 2nd floor ballroom in the IMU. (Nichole Harris/The Daily Iowan)

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

October 12, 2019

An age-old technique with thousands of years behind its practice, the Pakistani Students Association brought the vibrant art of henna came to Iowa City on Oct. 11 at the Iowa Memorial Union. Lasting for around three hours, the event showcased colorful Pakistani clothes, offered traditional dishes...

Urban Bush Women catalysed, visualized, and mesmerized with their show “Hair, and Other Stories” at Hancher.

Urban Bush Women company members iscuss their performance at Hancher Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 21.(From left) Courtney J. Cook, Kesha McKey, Du’Bois A’Keen, Chanon Judson, and Stephanie Mas.(Reba Zatz/The Daily Iowan)

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

September 22, 2019

With their performance entitled Hair, and Other Stories, on Sept. 21 at Hancher Auditorium, Urban Bush Women brought challenges to the forefront of the stage, leaving an experience that can only be summarized by an expression: to each their own. “Something that I really love about Urban Bush Wome...

‘Hand to God’ stands apart from other shows in all of its unique, demonic puppetry goodness

Zach Vig (Jason/Tyrone) and Eva Giacomo (Margery) run a scene before the opening night performance of Hand to God on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Public Space One.

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

September 21, 2019

From Sept. 20 to 28 at Public Space One, the Dreamwell Theater team will explore perhaps one of the wackiest, albeit entertaining, performances to be brought to an Iowa City stage. The show, Hand to God, by Robert Askins, inducts an entire audience into a world of inner demons, possessed puppets, and...

Soccer Mommy, Squirrel Flower bloom at the Mill

Soccer Mommy performs at The Mill on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

September 19, 2019

Indie artists Squirrel Flower and Soccer Mommy played a sold-out show at The Mill on Wednesday night.  The show opened with Ella Williams, known as Squirrel Flower, who captured the audience with moody chords and pure vocals that rang out over their heads; a choir singer calling listeners to worshi...