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English Society’s open mic moves online

The English Society’s invitation to the Doc Johnline Open Mic photographed on Thursday, May 7, 2020. The annual event was moved to an online format over Zoom.

Abigail Wetteroff, Arts Reporter

May 8, 2020

Every year, the University of Iowa English Society holds an end-of-year open mic night to create a place to share burgeoning writer’s newest works. This year, the event will move to an online format to provide a final opportunity for writers to unite and share their work live. Evalyn Harper, a cur...

Local salons make adjustments as they set to reopen next week

Thompson & Co Salon and Parlor is seen on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

May 7, 2020

Iowa City salons are taking extra precautions to keep themselves, and their customers, safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic as Iowa enters phase two of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ three-phase COVID-19 response plan, which will open select businesses starting May 15. Salons are coming up on eight weeks of shutt...

Vintage goes virtual: downtown clothing shops have shifted to social media sales

Photo illustration by Jenna Galligan

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

May 6, 2020

In response to regulations forcing them to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a handful of downtown Iowa City clothing stores have made the switch from in-person to entirely online sales in order to continue to stay in business. The Shop, owned by Kate Dryer, Kay Boyer, and Jessi...

MusicIC Festival cancels in-person programming

People walk around downtown on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017. Iowa City was named City of Literature by Unesco City of Literature.

Naomi Hofferber, Arts & Culture Reporter

May 6, 2020

The MusicIC Festival, coming up on its 10th anniversary, has officially cancelled in-person programming for this June, according to a press release by the UNESCO City of Literature.  The festival was originally scheduled for June 18-20.  The programming planned for this summer will instead take ...

International Writing Program encounters change as pandemic carries on

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Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

May 6, 2020

The International Writing Program has been forced to adapt to changes surrounding their summer and fall 2020 programs with the continued spread of COVID-19 across the world. The futures of the Summer Institute, Between the Lines, Fall Residency programs have all been impacted, whether it be throu...

Westworld ends third season on a surprisingly happy note

Aaron Paul in

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

May 4, 2020

Sunday night was the season three finale of Westworld, and for the first time in the show, it ended on a possibly positive note for humanity. The HBO TV show is about the robots, or “hosts,” in an adult theme park. The story follows their journey to consciousness, and how they attempt to fin...

Love in the time of COVID-19

Daily Iowan reporter Naomi Hofferber poses for a portrait with Judd Barron on Monday, May 4, 2020 in front of Judd’s house in Iowa City, where they currently live.

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

May 4, 2020

If you would have told me in January that I would now be living in social isolation with a boyfriend at his house, I would have never believed you. A little over two months ago, I met a boy off a dating app in a bar. We shared a drink, talked about classes, laughed at each other’s jokes, and h...

Student Spotlight: UI transfer student explores trauma through slam poetry and creative nonfiction essays

Student Spotlight:  UI transfer student explores trauma through slam poetry and creative nonfiction essays

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

May 3, 2020

The transition from school life at the University of Iowa to home life in Olathe, Kansas, has been a big adjustment but also a familiar one for junior and transfer student Amanda Pendley. Before coming to the UI, she worked full-time and attended Johnson County Community College in Kansas while livin...

Binge Break: Outer Banks needs a season two

Binge Break: Outer Banks needs a season two

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

May 3, 2020

I started watching Netflix’s new show Outer Banks because I myself have vacationed in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and couldn’t escape hearing about how good the show was on my Twitter feed. The cast was super attractive and there seemed to be plenty of melodrama, so I thought I could enjoy ...

Student Spotlight: UI hockey player balances passion for sport and music

Student Spotlight: UI hockey player balances passion for sport and music

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

April 30, 2020

From the basement of his family home in Illinois, hockey player, musician, and UI accounting major Mikey Fontana described what his “new normal” looks like in a COVID-19 pandemic-era world. The basement recently flooded, making the now-carpetless space a haven for acoustics and rich sound. It is...

Classics Department goes digital, moving spring Homerathon online

Copies of various works of literature from Homer sit on a table during the Homerathon on the T. Anne Cleary walkway on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Roxanna Barbulescu, Arts Reporter

April 29, 2020

Last year, students and members of the University of Iowa community gathered on the T. Anne Cleary walkway to listen to volunteers read The Iliad. Their reading took over 24 hours. The event, known as the Homerathon, has been held by the UI Classics Department and Eta Sigma Phi Honorary Society a...

Film students find new ways to keep the art of cinema alive while social distancing

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Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

April 29, 2020

While closures and lockdown measures due to COVID-19 have made collaborative artistic projects difficult for University of Iowa students, first year cinema major Dalton Bantz has only become more motivated to dive into his creative pursuits. Bantz is currently working on an episodic mini-series featu...