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Tiny pianos, big ideas: Witching Hour and FEaST bring playful creatives to Iowa City this fall

When Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan began collaborating with each other and creating as Chromic Duo, both were already experienced educators and performers, looking for a way to foster community and lift up the Asian American diaspora in New York, […]

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Iowa City’s Mic Check Poetry Festival to return with a slam in November after ‘phenomenal’ 2021 turnout

Iowa City Poetry’s Mic Check Poetry Festival will return Nov. 11-12 after organizers Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey and Lisa Roberts received what Rainey called a “phenomenal showing” of support and enthusiasm last year. The November festival will be only […]

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Take a survey, boost local art: The Englert’s Katie Roche on why Johnson County is participating in the Americans for the Arts study for the first time

Roughly every five years, Americans for the Arts, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit founded in 1960, conducts a nationwide impact study on how individual communities are affected economically by the arts programs they foster and support. This year, the sixth of […]

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Englert to screen two films celebrating the Mill — one made at its peak, another since its demolition

For those still mourning the loss of Iowa City’s beloved, iconic venue the Mill, this one’s for you! Come out to the Englert on Friday, Sept. 23 to sit back and reminisce on the venue that impacted so many. There’s […]

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In a tight-knit community, art is ritual

A few years ago, the Englert Theatre and FilmScene initiated a campaign to make Iowa City “the Greatest Small City for the Arts.” And that title is justified. Not only do our local arts organizations bring us incredible performances, but […]

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Watch: Elizabeth Moen, Dan Padley and V.V. Lightbody at the Englert

Former Iowa City-based musician Elizabeth Moen returned from Chicago with a sackful of new songs to perform on the Englert Theatre stage Friday, April 22, with openers V.V. Lightbody and Dan Padley. Postponed two weeks due to COVID-related reasons, Mission […]

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Watch: Katie Roche catches up with William Elliott Whitmore backstage at the Englert

Ahead of his first show back at the Englert since pre-COVID (March 4, 2022), William Elliott Whitmore sat down with Englert Development Director and Awful Purdies accordionist Katie Roche for a wide-ranging conversation about kids, lyrics and Iowa roots. “I […]

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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Andre Perry takes a graceful bow

Best of the CRANDIC winner: Best Nonprofit Director (The Englert Theatre) When Best Nonprofit Director Andre Perry announced his departure from the Englert Theatre this August, the general consensus in the community was that, although his shoes would be hard […]

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Englert web series ‘Nuggets of Wisdom’ presents a friendly dialogue on race and queerness

Viewers might watch an episode of the Englert Theatre’s new series, Nuggets of Wisdom, and think Sharon Udoh and Jonny Stax have been close friends for years. Whether it’s the chemistry they have in their conversation, or how comfortable they […]

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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: Darius Stewart, the Englert’s 2020 Nonfiction Writing Fellow, discusses Iowa City, poetry and HGTV with Elly Hofmaier

As part of Little Village’s ongoing Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase, we highlight poet Darius Stewart and his work as the Englert Theatre’s Nonfiction Writing Fellow for 2020. Stewart is the second recipient of the fellowship, which was designed to […]

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Young spoken-word poets express ‘heartache and joy’ on the Englert stage for the IC Speaks showcase

Stage lights cast a blue hue on a lone mic as attendants trickled into the Englert Theatre to see the IC Speaks Showcase on Saturday night. About a dozen students from West, City, Liberty and Tate high schools filled the first two rows on the theater’s west side. In the hour and a half that followed, the students got up one by one to stand at […]

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