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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...

Column: Face masks as a health recommendation and fashion statement

Handmade face masks made by Sandy Rodak and donated to respiratory therapists at the UIHC as seen on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Jeff Sigmund/The Daily Iowan)

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

April 28, 2020

When I walked through the doors of my local Walmart, I noticed a vast array of shoppers wearing colorful masks. What used to be a dull trip to the supermarket now became interesting. Even though it’s more dangerous than usual, I’ve enjoyed looking at the variety of masks residents in my homet...

Empty stages: Performing arts put on hold in area venues

The Riverside Theatre is seen on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

April 27, 2020

The costumes are hanging patiently, the set is built, and the performance venue is secured, but for the University of Iowa’s anticipated spring production of The Light in the Piazza, the show must now wait until November before it can officially go on. The cast members would have taken their fi...

Jane Goodall: The Hope showcases optimism and activism during a time when it’s needed most

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Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

April 27, 2020

When most hear the name Jane Goodall, the thought that first comes to mind is a woman who has devoted her life to the study of chimpanzees in Africa. Her contributions to our understanding of wildlife can’t be overstated, but it often overshadows her other work in conservation, education, and a...

FilmScene responds to COVID-19 financial impacts

Filmscene is seen on April 15, 2020.

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

April 26, 2020

James Pobst, an Iowa City resident and FilmScene member participated in one of the first-ever community watch parties that FilmScene had offered on Facebook Live. Pobst “attended” a screening of Have You Seen My Movie, and while he said he was one of only a few who attended the event, he’s eager...

Student Spotlight: UI grad student explores space, time, and sound

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Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

April 27, 2020

Guitars suspended in midair and a band playing in an inflatable bubble is an unusual sight at the University of Iowa, but graduate student Jacob Jones brought that vision to life despite COVID-19 changing their plans last minute. Jones’ intermedia performance, Space-Time (Space Lime),  was orig...

Binge Break: Drop everything and watch Succession, HBO said you can

Binge Break: Drop everything and watch Succession, HBO said you can

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

April 26, 2020

The second I finished the second season of Succession, I took a few minutes to reflect on what I had just seen. Then, I pressed play again on the pilot to experience the whole thing all over again. I had been wanting to watch Succession for a while, especially after the second season last year...

COVID-19 pandemic forces UI pianists to adjust to new dynamic

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Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

April 21, 2020

When Gustavo do Carmo heard that the University of Iowa decided to continue instruction online, he began to record himself playing English, Italian, and German songs, including opera arias and musical theatre pieces, and email it to the voice studio soloists he works with. The UI music-arts doctoral...

How Iowa-based musicians are coping with the loss of their normal lives during times of social distancing

Musician Avery Moss livestreams an improvised jam session in his basement on Thursday
April 9th. Moss runs a special music project known as Quarantine Dream, where he
collaborates with local musicians to create and share music in the midst of the COVID19
outbreak.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

April 21, 2020

From the nightmarish COVID-19 pandemic, musical project Quarantine Dream emerged. What was a collaboration between Iowa City-based bandmates on tour is now a virtually collaborative effort to continue to create music while social distancing. It’s a different way of producing music amid a pandemic w...

UI M.F.A. art students find new ways to present theses amid COVID-19 closures

Jacob Lee's installation

Madison Lotenschtein and Josie Fischels

April 21, 2020

University of Iowa ceramics M.F.A. candidate Donté Hayes didn’t know when he agreed to participate in a documentary centered on his thesis project that it would become a placeholder for a canceled thesis exhibition. Months before the novel coronavirus spread in Iowa and across the U.S., Hayes pu...