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William Elliott Whitmore to play the Englert on Feb. 3

William Elliott Whitmore Englert Theatre — Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Iowa’s own William Elliott Whitmore comes to the Englert this Friday, Feb. 3 for an 8 p.m. show. Whitmore is local royalty, of sorts — his ruling family of Iowa music includes cousin Luke Tweedy of Flat Black Studios, where his most recent […]

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Photos and Review: Postmodern Jukebox offers a tight two hour performance

Introduced with a brief musical flourish from the six musicians — drum, string bass, piano, trombone, clarinet/saxophone and guitar/banjo — the host of the mid-week (Jan. 25) Postmodern Jukebox show at the Englert (and also one of five vocalists) quickly clarified the nature of the performance with humor and aplomb: We would go back in […]

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The Weepies come home to the Englert

The Weepies The Englert — Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. Iowa City-based husband and wife folkpop duo the Weepies have been writing and recording together for nearly 15 years, through three kids, five albums and a bout with cancer. Now, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen are gearing up to go back to their roots […]

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What’s next for Scout Men’s Store?

Scout Closing Sale Scout Men’s Store — Thursday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 13 The Scout Men’s Store has added a dose of contemporary men’s fashion and energy to the downtown Iowa City retail scene. Since September, they have offered high quality, “Made in America” menswear brands and hosted visiting trunk shows and even a […]

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‘Starving the Beast:’ Film, discussion event asks whether public universities should be businesses or a public good

Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities Englert Theatre — Monday, Oct. 17 A free screening and discussion of the film Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities at the Englert Theatre tonight will look at the political and economic issues facing America’s public universities […]

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Comedian Eric André brings his wild irreverence to the Englert on Oct. 8

Eric André Englert Theatre — Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. Comedian Eric André, host of the Adult Swim hit The Eric Andre Show — which just entered its fourth season — comes to the Englert Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 8. His irreverence is infectious. He’s bounced around some of the best comedy television in […]

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Shovels and Rope provide Iowa City with an experience of radical intimacy

Shovels and Rope is a duo comprised of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, who married only after recording and releasing an album together. Their performances forefront this relationship by revealing a peculiar form of intimacy — one that is afforded by distance. During their set at the Englert on Monday, Oct. 3, they seemed […]

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Alloy Orchestra to score ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ at the Englert Theatre

Alloy Orchestra Presents: Man with a Movie Camera Englert Theatre — Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The Alloy Orchestra will be performing the live score for the silent classic Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Soviet Union) at the Englert Theatre in a production co-sponsored by FilmScene on Oct. 5. The Alloy Orchestra first […]

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The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle reminisces ahead of his return to Iowa

When the Mountain Goats play at the Englert Theatre on Mon., Sept. 26 (tickets $22-25) and at Codfish Hollow Barnstormers on Mon., Oct. 3 ($25-30), it may feel familiar to singer songwriter John Darnielle. It’s been almost twenty-five years since Darnielle left Iowa to start a career in music. In that time, he has released […]

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Beach House treats Iowa City concert-goers to a spectacular light show, but fails to fully connect

I enjoy seeing opening acts, especially ones that accompany a band across a tour. Entrance, a solo singer-songwriter, was worth seeing. He seemed steeped in a folk tradition, and most of the melodies felt like memories with words I had not heard. The songs seemed to haunt the edges of what I already knew without […]

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