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Review: Last Week Tonight offers consistency, comfort during COVID-19

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Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 20, 2020

“Hello there,” comedian John Oliver began on his March 15 show. “Well, well, well. This is weird.” While usually filming on an elaborate set, Oliver now sat in front of a plain white wall, monologuing to a camera, explaining how their studio was potentially infected with COVID-19. John Olive...

After five years, the Iowa Writers’ House, a haven and home for creatives, is closing its doors

The Iowa Writers’ House is seen on April 20, 2020. The building closed this week due to the novel coronavirus. (Jenna Galligan/The Daily Iowan)

Abigail Wetteroff, Arts Reporter

April 20, 2020

Iowa Writers’ House founder and Executive Director Andrea Wilson penned a lengthy Facebook post on April 14, stating that after five years at its historic Davenport Street location, the “little organization with a big heart” will leave its home and go on hiatus indefinitely.  The tempo...

Iowa City Pride festival canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

People walk in the Iowa City Pride parade parade with colorful balloons at Iowa City Pride on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 20, 2020

The annual Iowa City Pride parade and festival for LGBTQ community members and allies have been canceled amid COVID-19 uncertainties and in efforts to combat the risk of a large-scale gathering, Iowa City Pride shared Monday.  Originally set for June 19-20, the celebration this year was set to be...

Student Spotlight: UI artist creates music and paintings from themes of liberation of the self

Student Spotlight: UI artist creates music and paintings from themes of liberation of the self

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

April 19, 2020

On March 6, University of Iowa BFA painter and musician, Mary Bozaan, decided to do the unthinkable: host a live stream performance of her unreleased EP, Young Grub, on a pornographic website. Wearing a wig to protect her identity — and performing as her alter-ego, Ariella Nice —  she projected ...

Binge Break: Mrs. America, a master class in acting and hair

Binge Break: Mrs. America, a master class in acting and hair

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

April 19, 2020

Anything attached to the name Cate Blanchett is going to be something to watch. Adding names like Rose Bryne, Uzo Abduba, Margo Martindale, Tracey Ullman, Elizabeth Banks and Sarah Paulson make a project a textbook in great acting. This cast of seven — who have nominations for 45 Emmys, 22 Go...

Gauging the art of body modifications and piercings

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Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 16, 2020

Editors Note: This story was written before COVID-19 had an impact on Iowa City. The piercing shops mentioned are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Are you ready?” he asked me, grabbing a small tube of Neosporin and carefully dabbing some on my ear. I nodded, and he began the...

Dressing for success: Hawkeyes continue morning routines to stay productive while working from home

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Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

April 16, 2020

The present nature of our world poses an odd challenge for daily activities like self-care and productivity. With most of the population confined to their homes, completing simple steps to take care of oneself is critical, and for some UI faculty and students, it has introduced an important sense...

Bread baking: a new way to spend quarantine

A buttermilk loaf is pictured alongside a variation of French baguette and classic white bread on Wednesday April 15, 2020. The type of flour and yeast used had a sizable effect on the outcome of the bread. Flour can affect the flavor of the bread while yeast can affect the texture and the proof of the bread.

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

April 15, 2020

Scrolling through Instagram and Facebook right now, it’s almost impossible not to find picture after picture of delicious, freshly baked bread. With more time available, the time-consuming process of baking has become a staple in some households during quarantine. I decided to take part in th...

Growing a green thumb: ‘Having a purpose’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

Growing a green thumb: 'Having a purpose' during the COVID-19 pandemic

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 14, 2020

For those stuck in the house during the COVID-19 pandemic, gaining a green thumb and starting a garden can look more and more appealing. “It’s having something to take care of, especially in college when you're on your own,” Mekiah Hillgren, a freshman with the University of Iowa Gardeners, said....

‘Wonderful mentor,’ former UI Theatre Arts professor David Thayer leaves lasting legacy

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Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

April 14, 2020

A gifted artist, an inspiring professor, and a trusted friend, former University of Iowa Theatre Arts Professor David L. Thayer left behind a legacy that has had a lasting impact on the Department of Theatre Arts, even long after he officially retired. Thayer, 90, died April 2. Thayer was a ful...

Review: My Brilliant Friend resumes its role as TV’s crown gem

Illustration by Katina Zentz

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

April 13, 2020

Based on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan tetralogy, the second season of the Italian show My Brilliant Friend returns viewers to the tale of Lenu and Lila, two girls living in an impoverished neighborhood in Naples during the 1950’s. It’s an excellent series depicting the passage of time, betra...

Binge Break: The Gilmore Girls are there to lead us through

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

April 12, 2020

When my best friend Emily was in Colorado several months ago, she caught a Gilmore Girls marathon on TV in her hotel room. She later told me, “I don’t think anything bad can happen while that show is on.” It’s a sentence that has stuck with me over the past four weeks I’ve been back at m...