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Dancing noir, dancing Picasso

KATIE HANSON

April 17, 2009

Filed under Arts

Nearly a year of work and dance will culminate in this weekend’s UI dance department thesis concert. Oh, the honors thesis. For prospective graduate students, it’s a hulking, inescapable piece of work that requires months...

2 weeks of dance at Iowa Dance Fest

DAN WATSON

April 17, 2009

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The third-annual swinging and grooving celebration known as the Iowa Dance Fest will kick off tonight at Chait Galleries Downtown. A large golden pipe organ rested in the background as two seasoned Iowa City dancers began their...

311 to perform Saturday in the Field House

DAN WATSON

April 16, 2009

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Growing up in Council Bluffs, UI junior Quinn Walsh had an advantage in the alternative-rock scene. Just across the Missouri River, in Omaha, is the birthplace of one of rock’s most popular bands, 311. “I’ve been to a...

Richard Guy Wilson: Exploring the geometry of place

NICK FETTY

April 16, 2009

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Around a year ago, Richard Guy Wilson, a Commonwealth professor of architectural history at the University of Virginia, got a call from the White House asking if he would speak there for Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. “At first...

Play gives an intimate look at the early 1900s

RACHAEL LANDER

April 16, 2009

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Have a desire to see beautiful lingerie? Well, go no further than the Theatre Building this weekend for the department’s latest play, Intimate Apparel. Intimate Apparel will open at 8 p.m. today in Mabie Theatre and will continue...

Festival examines poet Kabir

CAROLINE BERG

April 16, 2009

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Kabir may have lived and died in the 15th century, but his 600-year-old footprint is still visible today. The transcendental poet of north India has enjoyed generations of Hindu, Muslim, secularist, and atheist admirers. Kabir’s...

Kabir expert Linda Hess to read translation

RACHAEL LANDER

April 16, 2009

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Beer gets countless beer fests, and the Renaissance gets Renaissance festivals. Now, a 15th-century Indian weaver and poet named Kabir gets one, too, this weekend, when the UI hosts its first Kabir Festival. Friday at 4 p.m.,...

Electric Junction opens for Diplomats of Solid Sound at Yacht Club

NICK FETTY

April 16, 2009

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In 1987, Brian Waller and Brock Beekmann forged a friendship while attending Nodland Elementary School in Sioux City. Today, the two are the founding members of Des Moines-based psychedelic-indie-jam quintet Electric Junction....

Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewski to read today

BRIAN DAU

April 16, 2009

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Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewski isn’t afraid to tackle the big issues. His work encompasses a variety of complex topics, including vast landscapes, long passages of time, and the meaning of life. It’s ambitious, certainly,...

Hawkeye Swing Festival returns this weekend

COURTNEY SPEARS

April 16, 2009

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Swing, the biggest dance and music craze of the 1920s and ’30s, will swoop through the UI campus this weekend. The Hawkeye Swing Festival will return for its fourth year of lindy-hopping mania Friday night and prance through...

Menu: A sweet meal

DI ARTS STAFF

April 16, 2009

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Going home for Easter was great, wasn’t it? Your grandma made her famous cheesy mashed potatoes, your dad carved up a mouth-watering ham, and some rabbit left you so much chocolate that the average individual would need a year...

Jane Austen goes ‘zombie-rific’

BRIAN DAU

April 15, 2009

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Any fan of the undead ought to give Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s collaborative effort, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a shot (aiming for the head, of course). “I haven’t any right to criticise books, and I don’t...