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The power of the force: The end of the Star Wars saga is nearly here

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begins where “The Force Awakens” left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) having tracked down Luke Skywalker. [Walt Disney Pictures]

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

December 11, 2019

Bright blue letters fade into the dark screen, readying audiences with its preliminary, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” Members of this multi-generation audience sit with bated breath, waiting for the soaring sound of the first note in the Star Wars main title theme song. On Dec. 20,...

Iowa City artists take different paths to becoming tattoo artists

Managing Editor for The Daily Iowan, Brooklyn Draisey, gets a tattoo done by Anne Marsh at Iowa City Tattoo on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Brooklyn Draisey, Managing Editor

December 4, 2019

There’s a weird feeling that comes along with knowing you’re about to willingly put yourself through pain. There’s plenty of excitement at the thought of incorporating beautiful artwork on your body, but there’s also the thought of, “Am I seriously about to just sit there while someone sticks...

Ballad of a Tribute Band: The shared love of past artists unites musicians

Ballad of a Tribute Band: The shared love of past artists unites musicians

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

November 14, 2019

The stage glowed under the venue lights, the humming of the crowd grew louder as the start of the concert drew near. Fans from all walks of life came to see artists try and replicate a sound from a bygone era, all in the hopes to honor those that came before them. Tribute bands bring large-scale artists...

Female writers make their marks at the Writing University through the decades

Female writers make their marks at the Writing University through the decades

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

November 6, 2019

Several female authors made the University of Iowa their literary stomping grounds in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Whether they attended as undergraduates or through the Writers' Workshop, they persevered through what was historically a male-driven campus. Mildred Benson, Flannery O’Connor, and Sandra...

Making monsters through makeup: How haunted houses create horror

Make-up artist Zoe Harrison paints detail work onto Deborah Christensen-Andrew at Scream Acres in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Christensen-Andrew plays “The Pumpkin Mash” (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

October 30, 2019

In a large farm shed at Scream Acres in Atkins, Iowa, everyday people are transformed into terrifying creatures, ready to haunt the grounds at night. The light of the late afternoon spills through the windows as actors in the process of becoming more terrifying laugh and mingle with one another over...

Dinner party takes a turn in Feast, an Iowa City playwright’s solo show

Megan Gogerty rehearses scenes from “Feast” during photo call at Riverside Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. “Feast” is a one-woman show and is interactive with the audience.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

October 23, 2019

From small to large productions, a key point in theater is for cast members to work together in order to construct a fabulous show. For Iowa City playwright, Megan Gogerty, however, there is no need for a large cast, or even a small one — all she needs on the stage is herself. Starring in her own...