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The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

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Photos contributed by TJ Alexander.

Ask the Author | TJ Alexander speaks on new queer romance novel

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter April 28, 2024

TJ Alexander is bringing new depth to the romance genre with their new novel, “Triple Sec,” set to release on June 4. The book follows bartender Mel who is convinced that real romance doesn’t...

Designer Aria Warren gives a speech before “An Endless Night of Flora and Wondra Disability Fashion Show” at the Wright House of Fashion in Iowa City on Friday, April 26, 2024. The fashion show donated proceeds to the Trevor Project, an anti-suicide organization targeted towards LGBTQ+ individuals.

Photos: “An Endless Night of Flora and Wondra Disability Fashion Show”

Isabella Tisdale, Photojournalist April 27, 2024

“An Endless Night of Flora and Wondra Disability Fashion Show” debuted at The Wright House of Fashion on Friday.  The collection was designed by sophomore Aria Warren. Warren addressed her difficulty...

A microphone placed on the stage for the Open Mic Night at the Joystick Comedy Arcade in Iowa City on Monday, December 6, 2022.

Joystick rebrands to multi-genre entertainment venue Alley Cat

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor April 25, 2024

Joystick Arcade, the popular underground comedy club below Studio 13 in Iowa City, will soon become a venue featuring more than just stand-up and karaoke. This weekend’s show, headlined by comedian...

The Public Space One sign is seen at a flea market at Public Space One Close House Oct. 16, 2022.

Iowa City artists learn from drawing live models

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 24, 2024

Freehand sketching is practically in my DNA, yet I had never felt so amateur when I began illustrating Leisha Stanek — my first time drawing a live model. By cash or check, 12 artists were allowed...

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Hancher presents creative, collaborative modern opera with ‘Fierce’

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Nearly two years after debuting at the Cincinnati Opera, “Fierce” is coming to Iowa City’s Hancher Auditorium. The 21st-century opera follows the trials and triumphs of four teenage girls as they...

Jiayi Liang’s solo exhibition The Long Season as seen in Public Space One in Iowa City on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

Artist conveys the long-term effects of trauma through art

Isabella Nekvinda, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Content warning note: This article discusses themes of sexual assault. When her grandfather gifted her an old camera years ago, Jiayi Liang started taking pictures as a way to feel closer...

Cinematography filmmaking conceptual image in between takes

How a professor helped implement the screenwriting major at the UI

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

When Anahita Ghazvinizadeh began at the University of Iowa as an assistant professor in the Cinematic Arts department in 2018, she was excited by the number of successful alumni and the many opportunities...

Taylor Swift walks the red carpet at the NSAI Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

Review | New Taylor Swift album is heartbreaking with similarities to her previous work

Sophia Connolly, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Global popstar Taylor Swift released her 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department” on April 19. Die-hard Swifties have anticipated the album since it was announced at the Grammy Awards in...

Maggie Rogers performs on the first day of the second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.

Review | Maggie Rogers’ new album ‘Don’t Forget Me’ leaves a little to be desired

Evan Weidl, Opinions Columnist April 23, 2024

Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers released her new album, “Don’t Forget Me,” on April 12. It’s certainly worthwhile, but I walked away mostly unfulfilled. My feelings about this album...

Comic books are seen on display at Daydreams Comics in Iowa City on Thursday, April 1.

UI comic book magazine promotes student artists and writers

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Starting up a new literary magazine can be a difficult and time-consuming ordeal, filled with many challenges along the way. It was worth it, however, for the University of Iowa students behind Cease...

Joe Hermann works at the greenhouse in Biology Building East on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The gardening team works to cultivate native plants and grow greens for the UIowa Food Pantry.

Digging into the weeds of gardening: the rise of native planting

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 23, 2024

Iowa was once 70 percent natural tallgrass prairie, housing native plant species like purple coneflower, butterfly milkweed, and big bluestem. Today, however, less than 0.1 percent of those prairies...

A projector runs during the premiere of The Daily Iowan Documentary Workshop’s feature film, Lost In The In-between: Graduating Into 2020, at the Chauncey at FilmScene in Iowa City on Thursday, May 4, 2023. The film follows five Iowa graduates as they find their place in the world post graduation during a global pandemic.

Review | ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ kept me captivated

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 22, 2024

Guy Ritchie, the mind behind “The Gentlemen,” returned with another soon-to-be classic war flick, collaborating with “Top Gun” producer Jerry Bruckheimer to bring “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly...