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Monica Bill Barnes & Co., Happy Hour
Dance | Theater

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

Happy Hour

Thursday–Friday, August 24–25, 2017
Dance | Theater

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

Happy Hour

Thursday–Friday, August 24–25, 2017
It’s an after-work office party. It’s also a dance show. Dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass (last seen in Iowa City with Ira Glass in Hancher’s presentation of Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host) crash a party that the whole audience is invited to.

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Free
Cokie Roberts
Lecture

Cokie Roberts

An Insider's View of Washington, D.C.

The 2017 Levitt Lecture

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Lecture

Cokie Roberts

An Insider's View of Washington, D.C.

The 2017 Levitt Lecture

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Renowned journalist Cokie Roberts, named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress (2008), is one of the most esteemed and brilliant broadcast journalists of our time. In her presentation, Roberts will offer her unique perspective on the goings-on in the nation’s capital.

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Free
Leslie Odom Jr.
Music

Leslie Odom Jr.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Music

Leslie Odom Jr.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Leslie Odom Jr., whose portrayal of Aaron Burr—“the damn fool who shot him”—in Hamilton shot him to fame, returns for a free outdoor concert to follow-up his rapturously received lecture at Hancher last season.

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Flip FabriQue, Catch Me!
Circus

Flip FabriQue

Catch Me!

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Circus

Flip FabriQue

Catch Me!

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Your family will want to catch Flip FabriQue, a circus company committed to joy, playfulness, and friendship. Catch Me! is a gravity defying spectacle featuring acrobatics, a trampo-wall, and amazing feats of agility and skill performed by a company of true friends.

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Niyaz, The Fourth Light Project
Music

Niyaz

The Fourth Light Project

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Music

Niyaz

The Fourth Light Project

Saturday, September 30, 2017
The Fourth Light Project is a multimedia experience, combining live music and sacred dance (a dervish) with advanced projection techniques. The Fourth Light Project focuses on the life and work of Rabia al-Basri, an eighth-century Muslim saint and the first female Sufi mystic.

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Hancher Culinary Arts Experience
Culinary Arts

Northside Bistro

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Culinary Arts

Northside Bistro

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Northside Bistro supports community and makes the best of what’s available locally, working toward offering 80% local products while committing 100% to Iowa farmers.

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La Santa Cecilia
Music

La Santa Cecilia

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Music

La Santa Cecilia

Thursday, October 5, 2017
La Santa Cecilia, named for the patron saint of musicians, was blessed with the Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album in 2014. Drawing inspiration from around the world, the L.A.-based band creates a hybrid of cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock, and klezmer.

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Free
G. Willow Wilson
Lecture

G. Willow Wilson

A Superhero for Generation Why

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Lecture

G. Willow Wilson

A Superhero for Generation Why

Sunday, October 8, 2017
In fiction, nonfiction, and comics, G. Willow Wilson has distinguished herself as a writer of remarkable originality and insight. In her lecture, Wilson uses the challenges Ms. Marvel—a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager—faces as a parallel for the challenges of a misunderstood generation.

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The King and I
Broadway | Music

The King and I

Tuesday–Saturday, October 10–14, 2017
Broadway | Music

The King and I

Tuesday–Saturday, October 10–14, 2017
Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (New York Times) musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score of beloved classics.

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Joshua Bell
Music

Joshua Bell

Alessio Bax, piano

Friday, October 20, 2017
Music

Joshua Bell

Alessio Bax, piano

Friday, October 20, 2017
“Joshua Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.” So declares the New York Times, and when Bell steps into the light on the Hancher stage with his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, he’ll demonstrate why.

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New York City Ballet MOVES
Dance

New York City Ballet MOVES

Tuesday–Wednesday, October 24–25, 2017
Dance

New York City Ballet MOVES

Tuesday–Wednesday, October 24–25, 2017
Established in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and arts aficionado Lincoln Kirstein, New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world. The program will include choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, and Jerome Robbins.

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Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra, The Outer Space
Music

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

The Outer Space

Friday, October 27, 2017
Music

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

The Outer Space

Friday, October 27, 2017
Ethan Lipton is rumpled, self-deprecating, and brilliant. The Outer Space is a bittersweet, off-kilter tale of a couple headed for space—but the interstellar sailing isn’t always smooth.

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Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra, Late Night Concerts
Music

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

Late Night Concerts

Friday–Saturday, October 27–28, 2017
Music

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

Late Night Concerts

Friday–Saturday, October 27–28, 2017
Ethan Lipton is rumpled, self-deprecating, and brilliant. Lipton and his band will close Club Hancher down with a concert of songs from their many records.

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Hancher Culinary Arts Experience
Culinary Arts

Baroncini Ristorante

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Culinary Arts

Baroncini Ristorante

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Baroncini Ristorante is an authentic Italian restaurant emphasizing classic techniques and the use of fresh Iowa ingredients combined with Italian produce.

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A Far Cry, The Blue Hour with Luciana Souza
Music

A Far Cry

The Blue Hour with Luciana Souza

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Music

A Far Cry

The Blue Hour with Luciana Souza

Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Blue Hour is a new work created collaboratively by five female composers—Caroline Shaw, Shara Nova, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Angélica Negrón, and Rachel Grimes. Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Luciana Souza joins A Far Cry in performance of The Blue Hour.

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Terence Blanchard
Music

Terence Blanchard

Featuring The E-Collective

Friday, December 1, 2017
Music

Terence Blanchard

Featuring The E-Collective

Friday, December 1, 2017
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is a musical force, equally respected as a jazzman and as a composer and performer of music for film. Blanchard will lead The E-Collective in a night of fusion and R&B flavored music drawn from their record Breathless, the title track of which is a call for social justice.

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Straight No Chaser
Music

Straight No Chaser

Friday, December 8, 2017
Music

Straight No Chaser

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ten guys. No instruments. One unmistakable sound. A cappella powerhouse Straight No Chaser is bringing the holiday cheer to Hancher Auditorium.

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Camille A. Brown
Dance

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

ink

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Dance

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

ink

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Camille A. Brown's new work, ink, seeks to reclaim African American narratives and culture from appropriation and silence. The third work in a trilogy about identity, ink is an amalgamation of African dance, African American social dance, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop.

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Billy Childs
Music

Billy Childs Quartet

Friday–Saturday, February 2–3, 2018
Music

Billy Childs Quartet

Friday–Saturday, February 2–3, 2018
Pianist and composer Billy Childs joined the Ying Quartet for a classical concert last season at Hancher. This season, the four-time Grammy winner returns for a run of Club Hancher performances with his jazz quartet.

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Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound
Music

Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Music

Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound

Thursday, February 8, 2018
A trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer, ElSaffar is steeped in classical and jazz traditions while also bringing the microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music into play. His band, Rivers of Sound, features 17 musicians who blend eastern and western music.

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Hancher Culinary Arts Experience
Culinary Arts

Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Culinary Arts

Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge features gourmet classics and innovative American-Mediterranean cuisine artistically prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Formosa
Dance

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Formosa, Concept/Choreography by Lin Hwai-min

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Dance

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Formosa, Concept/Choreography by Lin Hwai-min

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Lin Hwai-min is the founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. He is also a University of Iowa graduate, earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1971. After studying at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, he founded Cloud Gate in 1973.

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Motown: The Musical
Broadway | Music

Motown The Musical

Thursday–Sunday, March 1–4, 2018
Broadway | Music

Motown The Musical

Thursday–Sunday, March 1–4, 2018
Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more.

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Elias String Quartet
Music

Elias String Quartet

A collaboration with the UI String Quartet Residency Program

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Music

Elias String Quartet

A collaboration with the UI String Quartet Residency Program

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
There are plenty of top tier string quartets in the world. Even so, the Elias String Quartet stands out among its peers. As the Philadelphia Enquirer put it, “Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality.”

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My Lai, Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ
Music

My Lai

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Music

My Lai

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Hancher has enjoyed a long and creatively fruitful relationship with both the Kronos Quartet and Rinde Eckert. For My Lai, the string quartet and the vocalist come together with multi-instrumentalist Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ to lay bare the tragedy of the 1968 massacre at My Lai.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell
Music

Brian Stokes Mitchell

with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra
Dr. William LaRue Jones, conductor

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Music

Brian Stokes Mitchell

with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra
Dr. William LaRue Jones, conductor

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
“The last leading man” comes to Hancher Auditorium to perform with University of Iowa student musicians under the baton of Dr. William LaRue Jones. Brian Stokes Mitchell and his trio will join the UI Symphony Orchestra, which will provide a lush setting for Stokes’s luscious voice.

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Kinky Boots
Broadway | Music

Kinky Boots

Friday–Sunday, April 13–15, 2018
Broadway | Music

Kinky Boots

Friday–Sunday, April 13–15, 2018
Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

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DakhaBrakha
Music

DakhaBrakha

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Music

DakhaBrakha

Thursday, April 19, 2018
The band’s name means “give-take.” The band’s members call the mix of influences “ethno-chaos.” The band’s voice is singular. Built on a base of Ukrainian folk music, the sound of DakhaBraka is equal parts old and new—a punk take on established traditions stirred together with a world of grooves.

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Circa, Carnival of the Animals
Circus | Music

Circa

Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Circus | Music

Circa

Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Carnival of the Animals, inspired by composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s suite of the same name, is a delightful frolic through the animal kingdom.

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Circa, Opus
Circus | Music

Circa

Opus

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Circus | Music

Circa

Opus

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Opus, features fourteen acrobats creating powerful and nuanced geometries with their bodies. The performers are joined on stage by the Debussy String Quartet, and the musicians’ contributions are far more than simply playing the music.

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Taylor Mac
Theater | Music

Taylor Mac

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Theater | Music

Taylor Mac

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Hancher was a proud commissioner and presenter of Taylor Mac’s 1846–1856 Whitman vs. Foster: Songs Popular Near the Breaking Point, a portion of the artist’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Now, Mac returns with a condensed version of this magnum opus.

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Hancher Culinary Arts Experience
Culinary Arts

Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Culinary Arts

Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Hancher's Culinary Arts Experience

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Trumpet Blossom Cafe creates plant-based comfort food that reflects the season, respects the land, and is truly sustainable using organic ingredients and making dishes from scratch.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Music

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Katia & Marielle Labèque, piano

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Music

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Katia & Marielle Labèque, piano

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently recognized as one of the great orchestras in the world.

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Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors
Music

Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors

Friday Night Concert Series in Downtown Iowa City

Friday, May 25, 2018
Music

Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors

Friday Night Concert Series in Downtown Iowa City

Friday, May 25, 2018
Born in Chicago to Indian Muslim immigrants, Zeshan Bagewadi’s musical identity was formed at the harmonious intersection of two worlds. His parent’s love of their native Indo-Pakistani music collided with the sounds of his father’s extensive blues, soul, and R&B collection.

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Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors
Music

Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Music

Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Born in Chicago to Indian Muslim immigrants, Zeshan Bagewadi’s musical identity was formed at the harmonious intersection of two worlds. His parent’s love of their native Indo-Pakistani music collided with the sounds of his father’s extensive blues, soul, and R&B collection.

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Past Season Events

Free
Terrance Simien
Music

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Free pop-up concert

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Music

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Free pop-up concert

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Grab your blanket or lawn chair—and your family and friends—and join us for a pop-up concert in Hancher's back yard! Hancher favorites Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience spread joy wherever they play—and they are eager to spread that joy once again in Iowa City.

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