May: The month in theatre


Though the University of Iowa presents excellent theatre throughout the school year, its reputation in playwriting comes to full flower in the University’s annual New Play Festival. During the last week of spring semester classes, the department stages five full productions of plays by MFA playwriting students, daily readings of scripts by MFA and undergraduate students and roundtable discussions of the works presented. […]

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Crafty: Textual Healing

Photos by Tonya Kehoe Philip Hensher’s book The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting discusses the vanishing act of the written word plays in our world today. The widely reviewed book claims that the diminishing use of handwriting is in turn diminishing our humanity. It seems Hensher may take his scribbling a little too […]

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N.S.F.W: Take it outside


By the time you read this, the first of May will likely have passed, but that’s okay because it probably would have been too cold to fuck outside anyway. But let’s assume that by the time you read this it is warm enough, and you’re feeling frisky. The first of May is a magical day. […]

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UR Here: Where is the wonder?

Neil Degrasse Tyson

When astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to a capacity crowd at The University of Iowa in April, he said that through his teaching of the marvels of the universe he tries “to reignite some sense of wonder.” He went on to say that if you’re not wondering “you’re not fully embracing all that it is […]

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Live Music Preview: May 8-13

The month of May has come, and, while this means nothing for the various working stiffs in Iowa City, it does signal one of my favorite times of the year: the exodus of most of the undergrads and the summer slowdown. Everyone’s more relaxed, restaurants don’t have lines and I get free reign of Brothers […]

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A Dream no longer deferred

In 2006, Frederick Newell moved from Chicago to attend the University of Iowa. He was 18 years old and had a six-month-old baby. As a single dad, he found little support—like access to affordable daycare—in his new city, and remembers bringing his son to class with him. He also found a severe lack of community between other fathers. […]

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Ion debuts Tobacco Bowl music video

Ioannis “Ion” Alexakis released his debut music video for “Love/Smokes” yesterday, shot entirely within the Pedestrian Mall and Tobacco Bowl. This affords us a great opportunity to enjoy some local hip hop while shamelessly engaging in a bit of Iowa City naval gazing. Describing himself as long-time customer, Alexakis said the idea for shooting a […]

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Iowa City Weekender: May 2-5


The must-see show this weekend, both Fielded and Gel Set are redefining solo electronic/dance music of this century with their haunting vocals and unique songwriting. Both have visited Iowa City before separately, and in a stroke of genius they are finally touring side-by-side. […]

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Talking Movies: Pablo Larrain’s No


During the run-up to the Iraq war, there was a popular bumper sticker which satirized the idea of Iraqi elections. It showed an imaginary Iraqi ballot with two voting options. Option one said “I vote for Saddam Hussein;” option two said “Please arrest me and torture my family.” […]

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