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100 Days of Decameron offers virtual book club amid pandemic

100 Days of Decameron offers virtual book club amid pandemic

Abigail Wetteroff, Arts Reporter

April 1, 2020

In these lonely weeks of self-isolation and working from home, the status quo may seem far gone, a memory from a better time. Yet the arts community in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, continues to thrive, finding ways to bring the community together through virtual readings and works of th...

UI student’s play selected for the first-ever Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off

UI student’s play selected for the first-ever Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off

Roxanna Barbulescu, Arts Reporter

April 1, 2020

A bottle of hand sanitizer, an empty store, a stadium or theater, a virtual dance, a moment of mass panic, and a light in the dark. These were the “ingredients” required to be incorporated into the plays submitted to the first-ever “Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off,” created by students f...

David Bluder’s book tells fictional story America’s best-kept secrets: sports gambling

David Bluder’s book tells fictional story America’s best-kept secrets: sports gambling

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

March 30, 2020

David Bluder’s debut novel The Great Gamble was released just before the NCAA decided to cancel the championship tournaments. With March Madness about to come into full swing, the release of the novel would have perfectly aligned. The Great Gamble depicts the fictional story of a high school ...

5 Seconds Of Summer’s CALM provides essence to combat turbulent times

5 Seconds Of Summer’s CALM provides essence to combat turbulent times

Hannah Rovner, News Reporter

March 30, 2020

It’s been two years since Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer released their last album, Youngblood. On March 27 — the height of a global pandemic — the band dropped their anticipated release, CALM. From the start, their newest project is a mix of anything but calm. Thirty-nine m...

Des Moines cancels 80/35 Music Festival

Des Moines cancels 80/35 Music Festival

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

March 30, 2020

The 2020 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19.  80/35 was scheduled for July 10 and 11. The 2020 lineup had yet to be announced.  According to a statement posted on the 80/35 website on Monday afternoon, “It’s with a sad song in ...

Binge Break: Break out the applause for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Binge Break: Break out the applause for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

March 29, 2020

Between the gray skies and the unknown time frame of when it’ll be safe to leave the house, I was searching across all streaming platforms for a show that would bring some color into my room and offer a 45-minute distraction from endless social media scrolling. I’m here to report that Zoey’s Extraord...

Art student tells visual stories through comics

Art student tells visual stories through comics

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

March 29, 2020

A pencil-drawn image of a girl looking down a hillside toward a cow laying on its side sets the scene of a comic strip drawn by Sabrina Claman, a B.F.A. drawing student at the University of Iowa. The comic depicts the story of a girl trying to help her father’s cow because one of its horns has go...

Iowa City resident hosts virtual talent show for LGBTQ performing artists

Iowa City resident hosts virtual talent show for LGBTQ performing artists

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

March 26, 2020

By means of a livestream on Instagram Wednesday evening, six performers showcased their talent virtually for the first round of “Gays Got Talent: a Virtual Talent Show for LGBT+ Artists.” The contest, organized and hosted by Iowa City resident Sydney Speltz, allowed LGBTQ+ artists to come t...

UI alum Andrea Lawlor wins Whiting Award for debut novel

UI alum Andrea Lawlor wins Whiting Award for debut novel

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

March 26, 2020

Even in the midst of a pandemic, the literary world still spins on its axis. On Wednesday, UI alum and fiction writer Andrea Lawlor was among 10 winners of the 35th annual Whiting Awards. Lawlor won the award for their debut novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. Each year, the 10 winners...

New entertainment releases offer escape from pandemic anxieties

New entertainment releases offer escape from pandemic anxieties

DI Arts Staff

March 22, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe, the CDC recommends practicing safe social distancing to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy. While the prospect of being stuck at home for weeks on end is not every person’s ideal way to spend their spring break, a few new entertainment releases...

Binge Break: Witherspoon and Washington are the gold standard in Little Fires Everywhere

Binge Break: Witherspoon and Washington are the gold standard in Little Fires Everywhere

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

March 22, 2020

Little Fires Everywhere is the type of show you know will be nominated for various accolades during award season. Sometimes, this knowledge takes the fun out of a movie or show for me before I see it. However, this idea was not the case for this show, which dropped the first three episodes on Hu...

Hancher cancels remainder of spring season

Hancher cancels remainder of spring season

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

March 18, 2020

The remainder of Hancher Auditorium’s spring semester season has been canceled in response to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ issuance of a State Public Health Disaster Emergency on Tuesday.  According to a statement from Hancher, the Hancher Box Office will remain open to receive phone calls and emails from patron...