The Daily Iowan

Hawkeyes studying arts struggle to adapt to distance learning

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Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

April 6, 2020

Avery Nabholz recently ended a vocal lesson early after the sound on her computer cut out. She had reached a pitch and dynamic that was too much for the audio system to compute. It was one of the challenges the University of Iowa junior, who majors in vocal performance and music education, has f...

New ways to spice up your old playlists

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Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

April 6, 2020

Music is recyclable, meaning listeners can hear the same song time and time again before tiring of it. However, throughout this quarantine period, music streaming apps are spiking in usage, and listeners are bound to grow weary of their overplayed songs and playlists. Fortunately for all music strea...

Quarantine time homemade cooking challenge

Quarantine time homemade cooking challenge

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

April 6, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is less of a selection of food at grocery stores at any given time. When I went to my local Walmart a few weeks ago, I was met with aisle after aisle of nearly-emptied shelves. My local Walmart is located in Corydon, Indiana, and has closed down all sections excep...

The Garden subverts genre, embraces the weird with new album Kiss My Super Bowl Ring

Illustration by Katina Zentz

Abigail Wetteroff, Arts Reporter

April 6, 2020

Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, the twin brothers comprising musical group The Garden, have never conformed to music industry norms. More often than not, traditional pop music formulas are disregarded or upheaved by them, but this type of avant-garde and alienating music does not care if it is audience frien...

Student Spotlight: UI playwright turns to livestreaming their writing process online amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

April 5, 2020

Should one find Cameron Speta streaming on Twitch, they might be surprised to find that the UI senior and playwright isn’t always playing Overwatch as the category title suggests — they’re typing on a Word document. According to Speta, the technique helps them to hold themselves accountable to wr...

Riverside Theater’s ’30 Days of Shakespeare’ video series brings theatre to social media

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Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

April 5, 2020

While local theaters are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverside Theater has brought about an initiative to bring theater back to Iowa City in a new way with their 30 Days of Shakespeare video series, which began April 1 and will be posted every day throughout the month. Producing Artis...

Binge Break: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is singing the song in our heads and hearts

Binge Break: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is singing the song in our heads and hearts

Kayli Reese, Managing Editor

April 5, 2020

I’ve been planning to write a column about one of my favorite shows of all time — the comedy musical Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which ran on the CW from 2015-2019 — for a while, as it’s a show I truly believe more people need to see. I didn’t expect one of the songwriters from the show to die fr...

New Mission Creek dates and Refocus Film Festival to share September weekend

The marquee outside of the Englert theatre is shown with Mandolin Orange headlining on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Josie Fischels and Madison Lotenschtein

April 4, 2020

Downtown Iowa City will once again be bursting with artistic life this fall with the rescheduled 2020 Mission Creek Festival and  FilmScene’s newly launched Refocus Film Festival.  Both events will share the same weekend in September, according to a joint press release by John Schickedanz, the...

UI alum releases memoir about AIDS exploring life, love amid crisis

UI alum releases memoir about AIDS exploring life, love amid crisis

Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

April 2, 2020

As the AIDS crisis rose to devastating heights during the early 1990s, the entire country lived in a state of perpetual fear. Amidst the panic, Provincetown, Massachusetts provided an escape for many members of the LGBTQ community, including University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum Paul Lisic...

Mission Creek Underground showcases filmed performances during COVID-19 pandemic

Mission Creek Underground showcases filmed performances during COVID-19 pandemic

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

April 2, 2020

Today would have been the third day of the 15th anniversary Mission Creek Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival was postponed on March 12, but the Englert Theater staff didn’t leave it at that — instead organizing a virtual mini-festival to hold the community over until the reschedu...

100 Days of Decameron offers virtual book club amid pandemic

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Abigail Wetteroff, Arts Reporter

April 1, 2020

In these lonely weeks of self-isolation and working from home, the status quo may seem far gone, a memory from a better time. Yet the arts community in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, continues to thrive, finding ways to bring the community together through virtual readings and works of th...

UI student’s play selected for the first-ever Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off

Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off/Contributed

Roxanna Barbulescu, Arts Reporter

April 1, 2020

A bottle of hand sanitizer, an empty store, a stadium or theater, a virtual dance, a moment of mass panic, and a light in the dark. These were the “ingredients” required to be incorporated into the plays submitted to the first-ever “Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off,” created by students f...