The Daily Iowan

From a snowstorm

NICK FETTY

March 6, 2009

When Erica Quinn left her widowed mother, Margaret, to join the Angels of Destruction, it looked as though Margaret would be alone for the rest of her life. In a bizarre turn of events, a young orphan girl ends up at Margaret’s door. This is the premise of Angels of Destruction, Keith Donohue’s most...

Truly playing changes

RACHAEL LANDER

March 6, 2009

Many musicians toil in garages with dreams of “making it big.” For Kaspar Hauser, success came because of continual member rotation and a distinctly Midwestern sound — at least, that’s what band members Thomas Comerford and Stephen Kiraly say. The Chicago-based group will open for Dave Zollo...

Trendspotter: Comebacks

DI ARTS STAFF

March 6, 2009

This week’s trendspotter is the core of most trends: something old becoming new again (and not in the Botoxed, Janice Dickinson way). While LL Cool J might object, this week’s trendspotter is all about comebacks, not to be confused with the superb former HBO series starring Lisa Kudrow. 2009 is...

Riverside’s ‘Walking the Wire’: More variety than a 50-foot salad bar

KATIE HANSON

March 5, 2009

“You’ll never believe it. Dan asked me to dinner yesterday.” “I just got the biggest sushi craving.” “You’ve never had falafel before? That’s ridiculous. You have to try it.” Think about all of the times you have talked about food today — or had entire conversations about it. Fo...

SCOPE books Dierks Bentley

DI ARTS STAFF

March 5, 2009

Dierks Bentley is coming to town, and he’s bringing his country twang, bluegrass tunes, and a little bit of honky-tonk with him. SCOPE and First Avenue Productions will present Dierks Bentley, along with 8 Seconds and Jedd Hughes, on April 23 in the IMU Main Lounge. Students can buy tickets at the...

Kid Simple anything but incomplex

JED MILLER

March 5, 2009

That the word “simple” is in the title of Kid Simple may be the biggest irony of the entire production. Contrary to what the name might imply, there is nothing mindless about the play or its young protagonist, a 15-year-old girl struggling with the consequences of her novel invention. Kid Simple:...

Art you can amble to

JED MILLER

March 5, 2009

Every March, as Iowa City slowly awakes from a winter slumber, downtown Iowa City begins to buzz again as community members browse local art galleries’ selections at The Gallery Walk. The event was founded in the early ’90s as the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s “Fine Art and Fun Fundraiser.”...

Blending into the Mill

NICK FETTY

March 5, 2009

When the phrase “double bogey” comes to mind, some people may recall Tiger Woods’ latest performance. But for the Blend, it means a subpar ride in a short, black tour bus. The band will travel in Double Bogey, a GMC bus that gets nine miles to the gallon, to Iowa City this week as part of the...

Grooveship: the funk goes on at the Mill

DAN WATSON

March 5, 2009

Seeing such bands as the Meters, Sly and the Family Stone, and Earth, Wind, and Fire performing together could be enough to make funk lovers scream like teenage girls at a Jonas Brothers concert. While this roster of famous 1970s funk bands is extremely unlikely — considering most no longer exist...

Young Footliters coming through the woods

DAN WATSON

March 5, 2009

Rehearsals may need adult supervision, but the young actors performing in this weekend’s show, Into the Woods, are seasoned veterans in the acting world. The Young Footliters Act 2 Teen Theatre will put on its interpretation of the James Lapine book Into the Woods at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington...

UI Dancers in Company gives students a taste of professional life

RACHAEL LANDER

March 5, 2009

Intense routines that give you blisters. Ten-hour days, every day. A life of continually perfecting your every move. These can be the reality of a professional dancer’s life. The UI’s Dancers in Company, a pre-professional dance troupe, aims to show select college dancers what it would be like to...

The Bridge hopes its music will span oceans

RACHAEL LANDER

March 5, 2009

Bands are lucky enough to find gigs in their hometowns, let alone land a national tour. But the Bridge, a six-man blues/rock group from Baltimore, Md., went beyond that ultimate goal to play beyond the borders of the United States. Today, the group will make its first stop in Iowa City at the Yacht...