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The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

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Cleo, played by Kathleen Marie Guerrero, gives her hand to the god Anubis, played by Olivia Foster, during a performance of Spells for Going Forth by Daylight at the UIowa Theatre Building  on Monday, April 29, 2024. The play about Egyptian mythology and Greek history is a part of the IC New Play Festival.

Review | ‘Spells for Going Forth by Daylight’ is an impressive student production

Grant Darnell, Arts Reporter April 30, 2024

I’ve always had a soft spot for anachronisms — modern sensibilities meshed with past periods — so naturally, I found a lot to love in University of Iowa Master of Fine Arts candidate Leigh M. Marshall’s...

The Voxman Building is seen on July 8, 2018.

Inside UI student senior recitals

Grant Darnell, Arts Reporter April 30, 2024

University of Iowa fifth-year student and lifelong Iowa City resident Jake Greenlee knew that he wanted to make music a significant part of his life since high school. “Being in Jazz Band, a lot of...

Worst Impression performs during The Daily Iowan Headliners in The Daily Iowan newsroom in the Adler Journalism building on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Four groups will be featured in the series’ second season.

Headliners | Iowa city band Worst Impressions

Natalie Dunlap, Assistant Digital Editor April 30, 2024

Worst Impressions is a local rock band recently featured in the second season of The Daily Iowan’s video concert series, Headliners. Band members Garret Hinson, Kiley Peterson, Carson Lorenz, Colton...

Kendrick Lamar performs Oct. 13, 2023, on the American Express stage during Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park.

Review | Kendrick Lamar is out for blood on new single ‘Euphoria’

Evan Weidl, Opinions Columnist April 30, 2024

An all-out rhetorical war has swept across the world of hip-hop in recent months, headlined by Kendrick Lamar’s heated exchanges with J. Cole and Drake. Kendrick surprise dropped his highly anticipated...

Taylor Swift performers during the first night of the Cincinnati stop of the Eras Tour at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Point/Counterpoint | Is “The Tortured Poets Department” good?

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher and Evan Weidl April 30, 2024

NO  I had been mostly indifferent to Swift’s music throughout her rise to superstardom. I could pick a few of her hits that I enjoyed and a few of her songs that I thought were terrible, but all...

Mar 10, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Zendaya presents the award for achievement in cinematography during the 96th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Review | ‘Challengers’ serves a perfect blend of sports spectacle and romance

Charlie Hickman, Assistant Arts Editor April 30, 2024

Tennis movies are few and far between, but Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers” delivered a riveting and occasionally laugh-out-loud romantic sports drama. Guadagnino has been on a directorial hot...

photo via Margaret Yapp

Iowa Writers Workshop graduate has eye for balance in ‘Green for Luck’

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 30, 2024

Margaret Yapp is an Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate with a Master’s in Fine Arts in poetry. Her works have appeared in The Minnesota Review, Peach Mag, Apartment Poetry, and more. She is the managing...

Assistant publisher of Ink Lit Magazine Jenna Mather poses for a portrait at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City on Monday April 29, 2024. (Shaely Odean/The Daily Iowan)

Humanities seniors speak out about next steps

Riley Dunn and Isabella Nekvinda April 30, 2024

 In each of Jenna Mather’s writing and publishing classes at the University of Iowa, the vast majority of her classmates have been female-identifying. Similarly, Mather, a third-year English and...

The artists of “The Future is Indigenous”, a fashion show displaying the work created by local Indigenous artists at the Englert on Saturday, April 27, 2024. This is the first year that the fashion show was held.

The Future is Indigenous Fashion Show redefines Indigenous art

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter April 30, 2024

Models at “The Future is Indigenous” fashion show strutted the Englert Theatre stage on April 27 donning ribbon skirts and shirts, every piece telling its own story. As the stage went dark, the...

Actors rehearse for Anti-Hero: Revenge of the Swifties in the David Thayer Theatre in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. The play was written by Derick Edgren Otero and directed by Meredith G. Healy. The production is part of the New Play Festival held by the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts.

Graduate play about Taylor Swift fandom kicks off IC New Play Festival

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter April 29, 2024

Fans and haters of Taylor Swift came together Monday night to watch “Anti-Hero: Revenge of the Swifties,” the fandom-inspired opening production of this year’s New Play Festival. The New Play...

A crowd gathers at FilmScene during an ICDOCS afterparty at the Chauncey in Iowa City on Friday, April 26, 2024.

ICDOCS festival revives international cinema in Iowa City

Charlie Hickman, Assistant Arts Editor April 29, 2024

This weekend, the 19th annual International Documentary Film Festival, or ICDOCS, took over the downtown Iowa City arts scene. Organized and run by students and staff of the University of Iowa, the festival...

A pedestrian walks past a Kokomo City movie poster seen at Film Scene in Iowa City on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023.

Sam Bowden impresses with ‘Chat is This Real?’ in Bijou’s Open Screen Film Festival Debut

Flynn Milligan, Arts Reporter April 28, 2024

FilmScene hosted Bijou’s annual Open Screen Film Festival, a screening of 17 independent and student-made short films on Friday. Among these student filmmakers was Sam Bowden, a master's student in...