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Witching Hour — Track by track, part four: Creativity and culture

Excited for Witching Hour this weekend but not sure where to start? The curators of the Witching Hour festival have arranged a series of tracks to guide your steps and highlight the hope at the heart of the festival: that encountering the unknown within particular, relevant issues will inspire individuals to become more innovative in their questioning and creating. […]

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Witching Hour — Track by track, part three: Forging a path forward

Excited for Witching Hour this weekend but not sure where to start? The curators of the Witching Hour festival have arranged a series of tracks to guide your steps and highlight the hope at the heart of the festival: that encountering the unknown within particular, relevant issues will inspire individuals to become more innovative in their questioning and creating. […]

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Witching Hour — Track by track, part two: Think globally, act locally

Excited for Witching Hour this weekend but not sure where to start? The curators of the Witching Hour festival have arranged a series of tracks to guide your steps and highlight the hope at the heart of the festival: that encountering the unknown within particular, relevant issues will inspire individuals to become more innovative in their questioning and creating. […]

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DJ Spooky’s ‘Explorer I Remix’, featuring sounds made by Van Allen radiation belts, will premiere at Witching Hour

DJ Spooky’s new Explorer I Remix emerged from a collaboration between this visiting artist and a group of University of Iowa scientists, musicians, librarians and archivists. It will celebrate the 60th anniversary of a satellite launched in 1958 used to discover Earth’s radiation belts (known as the Van Allen belts in honor of UI scientist James Van Allen). […]

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Witching Hour — Track by track, part one: American Politics and Race and Gender in America

Excited for Witching Hour this weekend but not sure where to start? The curators of the Witching Hour festival have arranged a series of tracks to guide your steps and highlight the hope at the heart of the festival: that encountering the unknown within particular, relevant issues will inspire individuals to become more innovative in their questioning and creating. […]

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Photos: Witching Hour delights, informs many during second annual festival

There was plenty to explore during the first day of the Witching Hour. The festival returns in its sophomore year and once again opened with a diverse collection of discussions, including Jason Sole’s From Prison to PhD: A Journey of Pain, Promise, and Protest, in which Sole discussed his path from gang life, through prison, to becoming a […]

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Interview: Will Duncan on solitude and solace

Will Duncan: Workshop — The Art of Doing Nothing Englert Theatre — Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Will Duncan: Lecture — Lessons Learned from Three Years of Silence Iowa City Public Library — Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. Will Duncan is an author and meditation teacher, who has recently founded the Sofia retreat […]

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Interview: The three faces of Jason England

Witching Hour: National Anthem: The Sociopathic Nature of Racial Discourse in American Sports Englert Theatre — Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets available here Writer and University of Iowa Rhetoric Department faculty member Jason England has been a consistent voice in the arena of race and politics in American athletics, and those of us […]

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Interview: Jen Kirkman heads back to IC for Witching Hour

Jen Kirkman Englert Theatre — Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. Jen Kirkman is an award-winning author, stand-up comedian and authentically kind and funny human being. Hot off the heels of the release of her Netflix special I’m Going to Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), Jen will be in Iowa City, performing her stand […]

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Interview: PHOX’s Monica Martin on race, voice and the perfect album

PHOX The Mill — Friday, Nov. 6, at 11 p.m. Fresh off the summer festival circuit and after almost two years of touring, Madison-based indie folk band PHOX is taking a break from writing their second album to play the Witching Hour festival’s inaugural run. Last week, I called Monica Martin to talk about recording, […]

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Interview: Astrophysicist Cornelia Lang talks black holes, creativity and Witching Hour

Beyond Visible Light: Searching for Clues to the Unknown in the Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy Iowa City Public Library — Friday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Cornelia Lang is something of an anomaly on the Witching Hour line-up. As a friend noted joyfully when I shared a post about the festival on Facebook: […]

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