UI Laptop Orchestra redefines classical music

Tin cans, glass containers, and a cardboard box provide targets for University of Iowa percussion graduate student Andrew Thierauf's mallets. As microphones amplify the various sounds, he directs a room full of composers tapping on laptops.

Germans and Americans weigh in on Berlin Wall anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, the Wall dividing East and West Germany was torn down.  In celebration of this historic event, the Old Capitol Museum will host a panel of Americans and East Germans for "The Fall of the Wall: A Celebration of Freedom" at 6 p.m. today.

Lighting up the IMU

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is held on the final day of the Hindu calendar. This year, Diwali fell on Oct. 23, but members of the University of Iowa's Indian Student Alliance will celebrate and share the holiday on Saturday with food, music, and performances.

Q&A: Joseph Dobrian, author of Ambitions

Novelist, journalist, would-be politician, and Iowa native Joseph Dobrian will read from his new novel, Ambitions, at 7 p.m. Friday at Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St.

Tyranny with a musical score

University of Iowa opera The Consul will play at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts tonight through Sunday. Set in an unnamed totalitarian country in Europe and tells the story of Magda as she attempts to get a visa to leave the country with her infant son and mother-in-law to join her husband, who has already fled.

UI to present Pollock masterpiece

Jackson Pollock described one of his most distinctive murals as a scene out of the American West, a stampede of cows, horses, antelopes, and buffaloes: "Everything is charging across that goddamn surface." Mural, owned by the University of Iowa, will be presented by David Anfam today at Art Building West.

Mike Stud brings 'college pop' back to IC

Baseball-player-turned-pop-star Mike Stud will make Iowa City one of his first Closer Tour stops at 8 p.m. Friday. He will perform in the IMU Second-Floor Ballroom alongside Clinton Sparks and Austin Harris, all brought by SCOPE.

UI Theatre to stage modern myth

thing with feathers, a University of Iowa Gallery Production written by graduate student Sam Collier, will open in Theater Building Theater B at 8 p.m. today. Shows will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 9.

Review: Pier Solar and the Great Architects

Nintendo's Wii U online store is now selling Pier Solar, a recent role-playing game made for a classic system.  Pier Solar is a "home brew" game: consumer-developed software made for proprietary hardware. Given the nature of the game, its release on a Nintendo console may be just the boost in exposure the game needs to win over the masses.

Drink of the Week: The Midterm Toss-Up

The 2014 election season is over, but tensions are still high on both  sides of the aisle. Whether you're celebrating a political victory or mourning lost dreams — or simply want to repress the memories of all those campaign ads — it's time for a drink.

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