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New Play Festival explores air disasters, Bigfoot, and much more

For the University of Iowa New Play Festival, the largest event of its kind in the United States, graduate students working toward M.F.A.s in theater are given five weeks to create, collaborate, rehearse, rewrite, and polish their plays.


Englert welcomes 'Welcome to Night Vale'

The paranormal podcast "Welcome to Night Vale" will come to the Englert stage, presenting a mix of Twilight Zone and NPR with some inspiring subplots.


Acting in the dark

For the new Riverside Theater production White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, the lead actor, yet unannounced, won’t see the script until the play opens.


Free Comic Book Day to bring special issues, writers and artists

Downtown Iowa City's Daydreams Comics will not only give away copies of 50 comics, but host industry professionals including DC Comics writer and UI alum Kyle Higgins.


Hancher brings Cantus choral group to town

When Iowa native Chris Foss sent in his audition tape to join one of the most prestigious men’s choral ensembles, he never expected to be accepted into Cantus after graduation and then travel the world.


Iowa City Pizza: Mesa, Falbo's, and Pizza P.O.D.

Pizza is far from uncommon in Iowa City. There’s a dizzying array of potential places to treat your taste buds to cheese, meat, and vegetables piled atop cooked dough. This week, I tried three by-the-slice shops.


Art forms collide for ArtsFest

On Friday, the UI Studio Arts Building will be transformed into the annual art extravaganza known as ArtsFest, organized by students.


Forbidden Planet stokes gamers' nostalgia

The arcade and a pizza place is a nice little time capsule for University of Iowa faculty who grew up in the ’80s and older students who lived in the ’90s — a time before the dawn of iPhones and Angry Birds.


Review: Mortal Kombat is high on moves, short on story

Before starting my critique, I offer this caveat: I am not a fighting-games fan. That being said, I found Mortal Kombat X to be a mess.


Drink of the Week: Blue Vodka Lemonade

It’s lemonade-stand season again and for adults, that means an ice-cold cocktail on the porch. Put a bit of a twist on the vodka lemonade by using UV Blue next time you mix this simple drink.


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