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Historical Iowa City music oasis grapples with pandemic-caused financial strains

A silent mic along with an empty chair sits on the stage at Gabe’s on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. A stage that once was alive with music is now quiet due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Since the ‘70s, Gabe’s has served Iowa City as a haven for concerts and music lovers of all types. Although the downtown venue has been financially struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, memories from shows are remembered fondly by those who’ve attended shows.
November 3, 2020

Whether the front of the building reads “The Pub Gabe’s and Walkers,” “Picador,” “Gabe’s Oasis,” or just “Gabe’s,” 330 E. Washington St. has been a haven for music lovers since...

A spooky endeavor: DI editors spend night at Villisca Ax Murder House

The Villisca Ax Murder House is seen in Villisca, Iowa on Sept. 30, 2020. Villisca is the site of one of the oldest cold cases in Iowa in which eight people were murdered in their beds. The killer was never found, sparking many theories and interest in the case. The house, which was renovated and reopened as a museum to the public, is now the site of paranormal activity and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The date on the sign, June 10, 1912 is the morning the Moore’s and Stillinger children were found murdered.
On June 9, 1912, the Moore family and two friends were murdered in their beds. The killer, who slaughtered them with an ax, was never found. Today ghost hunters, curious people, and in this case, journalists, spend the night at the house to see whether or not it's haunted.
October 20, 2020

Listening to the whispers of disembodied voices was not something I planned on falling asleep to. The voices, reminiscent of parseltongue from the Harry Potter book series, caused me to open my eyes...

Changing the tune: Iowa City bands transition to virtual music production

While unable to physically play for crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic, local Iowa City bands depict the realities of creating music during a pandemic.
October 6, 2020

On a bitter chill night in February, the warm air of Gabe’s invited attendees to take refuge inside its walls. Concertgoers meandered upstairs as a local band, the Megababes, played its set. Soon...

Hancher looks ahead while grappling with unknown

Hancher Auditorium is seen in Iowa City on Sunday, September 20th, 2020.
With cuts to funding and its doors closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hancher staff wrestles with what awaits them in the second act of the show.
September 22, 2020

It’s a normal Friday evening at Hancher Auditorium, where University of Iowa marketing student Paris Sissel works as a house manager. The front-of-house staff arrives 45 minutes before the doors...

Skating through the summer: the return of roller skating during COVID-19

Photo illustration by Megan Conroy.
Roller skating quickly became a trend during the early months of COVID-19, gaining popularity on social media such as TikTok or as something to do to get out of the house. But for those who lace up to skate, it’s far more than a trend.
September 8, 2020

Sunshine poured onto the pavement as Ellie Zupancic whirred past skateboarders on her slightly faded, white roller skates. She dropped into the graffiti-laden concrete bowl of the Iowa City Skatepark,...

Online performances increases accessibility, pose new challenges for fine arts

The Voxman Building is seen on July 8, 2018.
Facing an unprecedented semester, the University of Iowa’s fine arts departments have planned virtual alternatives for their in-person events.
September 2, 2020

This fall, stages have been swapped for computer screens. The performing arts at the University of Iowa have taken a particularly hard hit over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. As students...

UI Nonfiction Writing Program sees changes going into fall semester

The English-Philosophy Building is seen on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Along with a transition to a new home on the way, NWP faculty and staff have pledged to adopt some changes after an advocacy group formulated a list of 10 demands to implement in the program.
August 26, 2020

Amid a summer of protests and societal push for change, the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program will see both internal and external shifts in the near future, starting immediately this...

121 E. College St.: Union Bar and its earlier iterations were home to many Hawkeye nightlife memories

Contributed - DJ Paimon Alipour at the Union Bar
Following the announcement of the Union Bar’s closing, The Daily Iowan looked back on the club’s history and the artists that have come since the '70s.
May 11, 2020

Ten-cent cold, foamy beer specials, hit tunes spun by nighttime DJs, and a slick glass dance floor illuminated by kaleidoscopic colored lights — since the late 1970s, 121 E. College St. has been...

COVID-19 pandemic forces UI pianists to adjust to new dynamic

The COVID-19 pandemic leaves no keys unplayed. With the University of Iowa’s decision to conduct classes online, piano accompanists have also had to adapt to the change and confront the unknown.
April 21, 2020

When Gustavo do Carmo heard that the University of Iowa decided to continue instruction online, he began to record himself playing English, Italian, and German songs, including opera arias and musical...

The stories behind the shoelace: Sneakerhead culture and its economic rise in Iowa City

Various sneakers are seen at Vice in Iowa City on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
With the sneaker industry expected to grow even larger, some local entrepreneurs have developed their own business tactics in order to sell the perfect shoe.
March 12, 2020

Slipping on a pair of Air Force Ones Mid Tops, Elliott Martin’s white sneakers serve a deeper purpose for him than just protecting his feet — they’re a documentation of his travels. The University...

Midwestern creators push for a more nuanced definition of Midwestern art and detail

Midwestern creators push for a more nuanced definition of Midwestern art and detail
Four Midwestern artists share how Midwestern landscape, culture, and history have inspired their art and why the Midwest is the perfect stomping ground for up-and-coming creators.
March 5, 2020

The Midwest: red barns, fields of corn, and gravel roads winding through small, rural towns. Renowned artists like painter Grant Wood and songwriter John Prine have found inspiration in the rolling farmland...

Growing happiness: becoming a plant parent provides a connection to nature and benefits mental health

Kali Schelby poses for a portrait in her apartment on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Schelby has multiple plants in her home, including a 4-foot tall cactus, succulents, and flowers.
For a community of students and faculty in Iowa City, becoming a plant parent does more than just brighten up a room, it provides them with abundant health benefits.
February 19, 2020

With diverse greenery spilling over the white windowsill, the air smells fresh and natural upon entering Kali Schelby’s cozy Iowa City apartment. The self-proclaimed “plant mom” said she loves...

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