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Urban Bush Women to explore issues of body image, race and gender in Hancher performance, dance workshop

“This process … really predates us all.” Chanon Judson, one of the artistic directors of Brooklyn, New York-based dance company Urban Bush Women, is speaking of the company’s practice of applying culture to dance. “We are all part of a lineage that has been doing that since the beginning of time.” Urban Bush Women was founded in 1984 by dancer and choreographer Jawole Willa Zollar, who still holds the title of Chief Visioning Partner of the group.
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‘Les Misérables,’ Kristin Chenoweth and ‘Letters from Iraq’: Hancher announces 2018-19 season

Hancher Auditorium has announced its 2018-19 season, and it’s jam-packed with the most prestigious music, theater and dance touring the region. Tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 1, but donors who gave over $100 to Hancher in the last year should watch their mail for the season brochure with early ordering instructions. A full season schedule can be found on the Hancher website. […]

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Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson discusses faith, gender and the comics industry

Muslim-American writer G. Willow Wilson will give a free lecture at Hancher Auditorium on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. titled A Superhero for Generation Why. The lecture is a part of Hancher’s Embracing Complexity series, which focuses on Muslim art and Islamic artists like Wilson, and also kicks off the Iowa City Book Festival. […]

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Just announced: Prairie Lights brings Bernie Sanders to Hancher on Aug. 31

Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Iowa City. Prairie Lights is hosting his appearance at Hancher Auditorium on Thursday night, August 31. Tickets will be available through the Hancher box office starting on July 14 at 10 a.m. […]

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Interview: Kelly Link offers a quiet but ferocious start to the Mission Creek Festival

Kelly Link Prairie Lights — Tuesday, April 4 at 4 p.m. Hancher — Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. The Mission Creek Festival this year starts not with a bang, but with an insistent whisper — the sort you can’t possibly ignore. The kind that lures you close, that forces you to listen. At 4 […]

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Letter to the Editor: The curious case of Hancher, the cashless auditorium

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I am writing for an explanation as to why the new Hancher Auditorium does not accept cash. Unfortunately, I no longer own a credit card, so the inconvenience of this situation practically ruined my enjoyment of the concerts I have attended there thus far. I went so far as to complain to the […]

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Hancher receives substantial grant from Association of Performing Arts Presenters

Iowa City’s newly reopened Hancher Auditorium announced today that it is one of four recipients of a Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity Individual Grant. The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) awarded five Building Bridges grants earlier this year: four to individual organizations and one to a consortium. The Building Bridges program, co-funded by […]

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Go forth, eastern Iowa, and baptize yourself in the ‘The Book of Mormon’

The Book of Mormon Hancher Auditorium — through Sunday, Oct. 16 When I first heard that Trey Parker and Matt Stone had written a full-on Broadway musical, I was intrigued — and also a bit scared. I mean, I’ve seen Baseketball, so I know for a fact that not everything they touch is gold. Perhaps […]

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Photos: Steve Martin and Martin Short at Hancher

Steve Martin and Martin Short brought their “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” show to the Hancher auditorium Opening Gala Saturday night. The new 1,800 seat theater was packed to see the two comedy legends poke fun at each other, share funny stories, sing songs from films and perform with […]

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Photos: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Hancher

A few thousand people gathered outside the new Hancher building to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The free outdoor concert kicked off Hancher’s 2016-17 season in grand style, with food trucks, tailgate games and a great blend of traditional New Orleans jazz and the genre-bending funk of Trombone […]

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Interview: Trombone Shorty gets to the heart of New Orleans brass

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, with Preservation Hall Jazz Band Hancher parking lot — Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Trombone Shorty Riverside Casino & Resort — Saturday, Mar. 10 at 8 p.m. Eight long years ago, Hancher Auditorium was decimated in flooding that hit all of eastern Iowa hard. Now, the resilient venue has […]

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Photos: Hancher Auditorium Grand Opening

It’s been eight long years since floodwater overtook the stage at Hancher Auditorium. After years of planning and construction, the University of Iowa’s new Hancher Auditorium has opened it’s doors. A grand opening was held to welcome the public to the new $176 million dollar performance space. Just before the ceremonial ribbon was cut there were […]

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