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Hancher to display Dazzle’s costumes from Taylor Mac show, partner on community events featuring the costume designer
‘Kinky Boots’ struts its stuff into Hancher, courtesy of the nimble Jos N. Banks
Little Village - Saturday, April 14, 2018
This weekend at Hancher Auditorium, the touring production of the 2013 Broadway play Kinky Boots struts its stuff into town. Based on a BBC documentary series that featured the true story of a struggling heir of a failing shoe-manufacturing company that rebooted itself by designing footwear for drag performers and the fetish market, Kinky Boots was adapted into a middling 2005 British movie, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, and directed by Julian Jarrold. The Broadway musical adaptation, by contrast, was a trifecta of talent, with multi-Tony winning Harvey Fierstein writing the book, lyrics by Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony-nominated Jerry Mitchell as choreographer and director.
Kinky Boots struts into Hancher
Daily Iowan - Thursday, April 12, 2018
Individuals with diverse dispositions and stylish, shimmering stiletto boots dance and sing on stage embracing individuality and acceptance. Accurately dubbed “Hero Boots” by the Kinky Boots ensemble, the iconic red stiletto boots are the backbone of the musical, bringing each character together. This weekend at Hancher, Kinky Boots will encourage audiences to be themselves without hesitation. As a true story in which the owner of a struggling shoe-factory, Charlie Price, and drag-queen entertainer, Lola, embrace their differences and create the emblematic boots, Kinky Boots illustrates what happens when people follow their passions and open their minds.
Iowa City meets UNESCO literary leaders from across the globe
Press Citizen - Friday, April 6, 2018
From Baghdad to Barcelona, Estonia to England, Italy to Iowa, a truly international group of literary leaders came to Iowa City this week to help achieve two big goals. "We're really here to make each other better and make the world smaller," Justyna Jochym, chair of the United Nation's Educational, Scientific Cultural Organization's Cities of Literature program, said inside Hancher Auditorium Thursday evening.
Cities of Literature take over Thursday Nights at Hancher
Little Village - Thursday, April 5, 2018
This week, in and around a preeminent wrestling tournament and the excitement of the Mission Creek Festival, another group of worldwide visitors has descended on Iowa City: representatives from the UNESCO Cities of Literature. A branch of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which covers seven different creative fields (Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts), the Cities of Literature are a group of 28 literary communities across 23 countries. Iowa City was the third city to earn the designation, in 2008. This year, to honor the 10th anniversary of its designation, Iowa City was chosen to host the Cities of Literature Annual Meeting.
Middle Eastern comedian comes to Mission Creek
Daily Iowan - Thursday, April 5, 2018
Bassem Youssef is no stranger to the powers of a ruling government. When an arrest warrant from Egyptian police was put out for him, he complied and turned himself in, spending five hours under questioning. His crime? Comedy. What began as a five-minute YouTube political-satire show turned into an opening that landed him a spot in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013. Youssef’s show, “Al Bernameg,” was the first of its kind to go from online to television in the Middle East. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Youssef will be at Hancher as a part of this year’s Mission Creek Festival. The festival is organized by the Englert and features venues all over Iowa City.
Voices, images from ancient Persia
The Daily Iowan - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
New York-based Iranian filmmaker and graphic artist Hamid Rahmanian spoke about his ongoing work, “The Shahnameh Project,” at the School of Art and Art History on Monday. Each work in the project is based on 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi’s epic poem of the same name, a 50,000-line-long work that blends elements of myth and history of the Persian Empire. The project now includes a 600-page illustrated translation of the poem, a pop-up book, and a shadow play, Feathers of Fire, which will appear at Hancher on Wednesday.
   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks Colin Kaepernick, young activists at University of Iowa lecture
Press Citizen - Monday, March 26, 2018
Renowned activist and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had words of praise for young people involved in activism throughout the U.S. at his lecture inside Hancher Auditorium on Sunday. "My hat's off to this generation of young activists because they get it and they're doing it the right way," Abdul-Jabbar said to a packed crowd inside the University of Iowa's auditorium.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Iowa students: Make friends that don't look like you
The Gazette - Sunday, March 25, 2018
It wasn’t the first time he publicly said it and it happened a half-century ago, so it didn’t feel like a bombshell here Sunday afternoon. Yet, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still got quite an audience reaction here Sunday afternoon when he responded to a question about how he handled life as a UCLA student who didn’t get paid to play basketball there. “I got through college without being paid because I had season tickets for my college games and I gave them to one of the boosters who ...” The audience, which filled nearly every seat in Hancher Auditorium, laughed as Abdul-Jabbar paused for effect before finishing his confession.
Broadway's Best: Brian Stokes Mitchell bringing Tony-winning ways to Hancher stage
The Gazette - Friday, March 23, 2018
When stage and screen star Brian Stokes Mitchell shares the Hancher spotlight with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday night, he’s going to “give these students the experiences of a lifetime,” Hancher['s] Chuck Swanson said. “Those students will leave here remembering that. “That’s a lot of what Hancher and the university are about — student success, creating opportunities for students to have experiences that change our lives.” Likewise, Mitchell is hoping to count Hancher among his favorite places.