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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Photos: Drive-By Truckers’ Dark Flags Tour swings by the Englert

Drive-By Truckers brought their Dark Flags Tour to Englert Theatre Sunday night. The alternative-country rockers, touring on their latest album American Band, played to a nearly-sold out theatre full of die hard fans. Sub Pop folk artist Kyle Craft opened the show. […]

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Interview: Grammy award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding discusses spontaneity, collaboration

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding The Englert Theatre — Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Esperanza Spalding boasts a list of achievements that belie her age (she’ll be turning 32 just a week prior to her Iowa City tour stop). She’s won four Grammy Awards, including the first Best New Artist award to be bestowed upon a jazz […]

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Prairie Pop: ‘King of Nasty’ John Waters returns to Iowa City for one-man roadshow

John Waters — “Filthier and Dirtier” The Englert Theatre — Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Prepare yourself. Hide the children. John Waters — the Auteur of Ordure — is once again bringing his one-man roadshow to the Englert, on Oct. 1. “Filthier and Dirtier” is the latest iteration of his vaudevillian act, a freewheeling […]

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RESCHEDULED: ‘The Daily Show’s’ Hasan Minhaj Englert performance moved to Feb. 2017

“Homecoming King” with Hasan Minhaj The Englert Theatre — Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. KRUI and the Englert Theatre had planned on bringing Hasan Minhaj and his one-man comedy show Homecoming King to Iowa City this Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. but due to professional obligations, the comedian and the theater have […]

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IC producer brings Sundance-selected documentary ‘Gleason’ to Englert in benefit for UI Hospitals

GLEASON Englert Theater — Friday Aug. 26 8:00 p.m. $20-25 FilmScene, Scheels and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are teaming up to host a benefit screening of the acclaimed documentary Gleason tonight at 8 p.m. at the Englert Theatre. The film follows the journey of former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason, who was […]

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Interview: Lake Street Dive’s Bridget Kearney on the musical influences of ‘Side Pony’ and signing to a record label

Lake Street Dive The Englert Theatre — Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Lake Street Dive saw a mercurial rise to fame after their mellowed-out, soulful cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” went viral. They continued to earn critical acclaim with their seamless vocal melodies and throwback style. They are a nationally-known […]

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The Origins of Works of Art: Rich Opportunities for the Thrifty Aesthete


The upcoming week offers an unusually rich trove of aesthetic encounters for the inhabitants of Iowa City, many of which are intentionally transparent about the nature of the creative process as something nurtured by art itself. Much art — whether music, literature, painting, sculpture, or theater — springs from the artist’s attempt to communicate or […]

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Gregory Alan Isakov back in Iowa City

Gregory Alan Isakov Englert Theatre

Gregory Alan Isakov The Englert Theatre — Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov is returning to Iowa, back again at the Englert for the first time since his visit in February 2014, and this time he’s bringing a symphony. Isakov’s soft and dreamy indie-folk music is bolstered by layers of classical […]

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Review: The Milk Carton Kids become adorable as they adore each other

Milk Carton Kids Englert Theatre

I was first introduced to the Milk Carton Kids when they opened for Over The Rhine at the Englert on Sep. 24, 2013. It was a Tuesday. I had spent the weekend watching my grandfather, whom I loved deeply, die and become deposited in earth next to his wife. Given that context, the Milk Carton […]

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‘Bruno Littlemore’ shines a light on the words and wonder that define humanity

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore at The Englert Theatre

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore The Englert Theatre — Saturday, Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. It’s an amazing thing, language. As you read this, we’re separated by space and time — yet there’s an urge to bridge that gap by stringing together characters in a way that (hopefully) makes […]

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