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Stay inside and keep warm with these 6 Iowa City activities
Press Citizen - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
One of the most gorgeous food and drink venues in Iowa City is someplace you may not have thought of: the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Road. Hancher will open its third-story Stanley Cafe from 5 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday during the school semester for drinks and eats at the cafe. No matter if there's an event at Hancher that night or not, you can take in the architecture and design beauty that is Hancher while also getting a full meal or just some drinks.
Meet the P-C's 10 people to watch in 2018
Iowa City Press Citizen - Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Paul Brohan may be new to his job as Hancher Auditorium's programming director, but the role of planning seasons and helping create creative opportunities at Big Ten universities is something he's been doing for years. From 2004-2014, Brohan worked at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, first as the associate director of cultural participation then as the director of artistic initiatives.
A Celtic twist on Christmas music
The Daily Iowan - Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Two acclaimed artists will visit Hancher tonight to share holiday music rooted in their Celtic heritage. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy meld contemporary folk with traditional Celtic music — forming a style that pushes the boundaries of genre. Their internationally renowned fiddling should put families in the holiday spirit.
Hancher, Iowa City star in James Franco's 'Saturday Night Live' spelling bee skit
Iowa City Press Citizen - Sunday, December 10, 2017
The new Hancher Auditorium has attracted plenty of attention since it opened last year, but the entertainment venue got a brand-new platform Saturday when it was the (alleged) site of a (supposedly) very uncomfortable scholastic spelling bee on "Saturday Night Live." The live NBC sketch show returned from a commercial break just after 11 p.m. with an establishing shot of Hancher's exterior; an introduction and signage on the set indicated that the second round of an Iowa City school district bee was about to begin, broadcast on a local Iowa Public Radio affiliate, KSUI 91.7 FM.
REVIEW: Straight No Chaser serves up intoxicating blend of holiday spirits in Iowa City
The Gazette - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Straight No Chaser added a most welcome chaser to its Hancher mix Friday night. After an hour of silky smooth a cappella harmonies shaking up pop tunes and standards, the nine vocalists added nearly another hour of holiday favorites, turned upside down and inside out. Vocal mash-ups are the hallmark of this wildly popular ensemble. Formed in 1996, Straight No Chaser rose out of Indiana University obscurity into a YouTube viral sensation in 2007 with its hilarious take on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” — laced with Toto’s “Africa,” half a dozen carols and a little dreidel. That led to a record deal and launched a professional journey that has the group selling out concerts far and wide.
Blanchard, E-Collective roll into Hancher
The Daily Iowan - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Terence Blanchard, a Grammy-Award winner on trumpet, and his band, the E-Collective, have created a groove-infused R&B album titled Breathless. The musicians will shine at Hancher at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Breathless is a political force to be reckoned with, and it casts a bright light on the social injustices that still occur in the United States. Eric Garner, a resident of Staten Island, New York, was put in a chokehold during an apparent arrest. Garner repeatedly told the police officer, “I can’t breathe,” but those three words were his last. In Garner’s memory, Blanchard and his crew forged Breathless in hope of expanding the view of raw and horrific social injustice. Blanchard also writes music about large incidents that spark but never ignite a flame in the general public. Currently immersed in writing music for his next album, he means to tilt the light on cities in which police shootings have occurred.
AWARD-WINNING ORCHESTRA PRESENTS ‘THE BLUE HOUR’
The Daily Iowan - Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hailing from Boston, chamber orchestra A Far Cry operates as an “artistic wheel.” While all of the string musicians, also known as “criers,” act as the spokes, each of them take turns working as the axis, with a chance of being the musical director. The unique set of musicians will roll its way to Hancher at 7:30 p.m. today, collaborating with Grammy-winning jazz singer Luciana Souza on the project “The Blue Hour.”
Hancher executive director presented Larry Eckholt Award
Iowa Now - Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance presented Hancher Auditorium Executive Director Chuck Swanson with the 2017 Larry Eckholt Award for arts advocacy Nov. 8 at its annual Celebration of the Arts. The award is the ICCA’s highest individual honor, presented annually to a south corridor-area community member. Larry Eckholt was the development director for the Iowa City Public Library at the time of his death at age 56 in 2002. He previously served as the University of Iowa Foundation’s director of development for the Iowa Center for the Arts, where he was responsible for fundraising for all of the UI’s arts programs. He initiated efforts to raise funds for the Iowa Dance Residency program, worked to establish a long-term relationship with the Joffrey Ballet, and served on several cultural organization boards and committees.
UI dance faculty use their art to challenge, inspire students
Iowa Now - Monday, November 6, 2017
There’s an old saying: Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. While most people would agree this isn’t true, those who need to be persuaded otherwise need look no further than the University of Iowa’s Dance Gala. The annual tradition returns Nov. 10–11 to the Hancher Auditorium stage for the first time since the 2008 flood. Along with the premiere of an original work created for Dance Gala by award-winning artist Monica Bill Barnes, the works of five members of the UI’s highly acclaimed dance faculty will be brought to life by their students.
ETHAN LIPTON & HIS ORCHESTRA TOUCH DOWN AT HANCHER
The Daily Iowan - Thursday, October 26, 2017
The blue janitorial jumpsuits are subdued underneath a twinge of purple light. Glow-in-the-dark stars are scattered across the back wall as in the bedroom of a child. The set draws a fine line between simple and imaginative. “I have always loved music from colorful storytellers, and I brought that into my band,” Ethan Lipton said. “We have melded various genres together into one particular sound that is rooted in American music. “We are always trying to make sure we are pushing forward and charting new territory.” Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra perform cabaret–lounge-style music, but the lyrics have a satirical element that transcends genre. The group will play at Hancher at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, performing two different sets: “The Outer Space” on Friday and “No Place to Go” on Saturday.