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Madison Bartlett poses for a portrait at Art Building West on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Bachelor of Fine Arts graphic design graduate learned who she is through trial-and-error

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter May 8, 2023

Cedar Rapids native Madison Bartlett can’t remember a time when she wasn’t surrounded by art. Bartlett said it has always been her outlet for self-expression. Barlett’s identical twin...

Iowa city hair stylist Nathan Stanley washes new hire Katie Boeckenstedts hair during a training session at Zen Salon & Spa in Iowa City on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

Trans-inclusivity takes root in salons across Iowa City

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter May 2, 2023

Hair stylists in Iowa City are making strides toward offering more inclusive haircut options. Gender-affirming hairstyling is becoming more common across the city. Hair stylists cut hair to...

The piece titled “Una Coz En Mi Cabeza” is shown in the back room at the Los Performers by artist Juan Correa gallery at Public Space One on Friday, April 21, 2023. The gallery hours are Friday from 4-6 pm and Saturday from 12-3 pm. The final day of the show will be Friday, April 28, 2023. (Averi Coffee/The Daily Iowan)

Public Space One hosts Juan Correa’s ‘Los Performers’ exhibit in North Gallery

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter April 25, 2023

Juan Correa was born in Bogota, Columbia, and grew up in Los Angeles, California. In his “Los Performers” exhibit, Correa said he explores his experiences and interactions with American...

Country singer Justin Moore performs during his You, Me, & Whiskey tour at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Saturday, April 22, 2023. The tour promotes Moores newest album, Stray Dog, which will be released May 5.

Country music scene of Iowa City highlights community engagement

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter April 25, 2023

Iowa City is an arts beacon sandwiched between miles of corn fields and pig farms — seemingly the perfect location for country music. Live performances dwell at the heart of Iowa City. Some upcoming...

Masami Igarashi and Hideaki Taki from the Echizen papermaking village in Japan prepare a canvas during a Japanese papermaking festival in Iowa City on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Japanese papermaking festival hosted by UI Center for the Book brings tradition to Iowa

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter April 18, 2023

Paper pulp, woven threads, and fiber painting: The Iowa City public dipped their hands into traditional Japanese fiber arts and “washi” last weekend. The series of events, titled “The Future...

Photo contributed by David Gompper.

Contemporary music festival to bring international collaboration to Iowa

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter April 11, 2023

The Voxman Music Building will soon be filled with a diverse selection of Israeli compositions that tell powerful stories and bring Israel to the forefront of modern music. The Festival of Contemporary...

Singer and guitarist Kevin Morby and saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum perform on stage during a Kevin Morby concert at Englert, in Iowa City, during the Mission Creek Festival on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Mission Creek Festival 2023 transforms Iowa City in celebration of music and literature

Jami Martin-Trainor, Assistant Digital Editor April 11, 2023

Downtown Iowa City tends to be fairly lively as the weather starts to warm, with students and families walking and exploring the city streets. This year’s Mission Creek Festival — which...

Willow Creek Theater Co. presented Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Regen Kuker. This play was preformed on Thursday the 9th through Sunday the 12th. The play follows a young woman Tilly who seems to attract everyone she meets until her melancholy goes away and her connections change.

Exploring the thriving local theater scene in Iowa City

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter April 4, 2023

Local theaters are booming in Iowa City through collaborations, new building openings, and an exciting season of shows. Riverside Theatre, Willow Creek Theatre, Iowa City Community Theatre, and...

Iowa student Isabelle Bennett leads a WERQ fitness class at the Campus Recreations and Wellness Center on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

UI Rec Center’s ‘WERQ’ workout classes are high-energy, community-driven

Grace Westergaard, Arts Reporter March 21, 2023

A room at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is packed full of people of all ages twice a week for a WERQ workout class. The room bursts with energy as the music begins....

Photo contributed by Logan Pratt.

College town comedy — Standup comedy bounces back in Iowa City

Parker Jones and Stella Shipman March 21, 2023

Whether it’s open mics, professional stand-up routines, or “Joke-E-Oke,” Iowa City makes room for laughs. Although several locations host established comedians, comedy spots also host...

Photo contributed by Roman Alexander

Rising country star Roman Alexander to play Elray’s

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter March 21, 2023

Country music will grace the main stage of a local downtown bar this Friday, telling stories through songs and entertaining audiences in a welcoming environment. Roman Alexander will perform on...

Abubakar Ibrahim holds his scarf while posing for a photo in the Adler Journalism Building on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

UI faculty members share inspirations behind their personal styles

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter March 7, 2023

When Abubakar Ibrahim threw on a scarf to dress his casual outfit up for a formal occasion, he did not expect the article of clothing to become his iconic fashion statement — but he has since embraced...

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