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Conceptualizing solutions to the opioid crisis
The Daily Iowan - Friday, May 4, 2018
Participants at Hancher’s Stanley Café came together Thursday evening to hear about the opioid crisis sweeping the nation and discuss ways to combat the issue. The evening, which was part of the “Science on Tap” series, featured presentations and small-group discussion on tactics to help with opioid-related issues. The community-engagement event was a follow-up of the “Opioid Ideas Lab” April 9-11, in which 30 academics representing eight University of Iowa colleges gathered to discuss the daunting opioid crisis and ponder potential solutions and strategies.
Photos: A dazzling Dazzle Crawl in Iowa City
The Gazette - Saturday, April 28, 2018
Costumes, art, performances and more were on display throughout Downtown Iowa City Friday night at the Dazzle Crawl. The crawl was inspired by the work of costume designer and artist Machine Dazzle, who was the parade marshal and guest of honor. Friday’s event leads up to a performance by Taylor Mac at Hancher Saturday night. Mac wears Dazzle’s creations in performing his “24-Decade History of Popular Music,” an epic musical theater undertaking.
Machine Dazzle's elaborate costumes on display at Hancher
The Gazette - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Machine Dazzle doesn’t necessarily think of himself as a costume designer, though that is his title. The elaborate outfits he created for theater artist Taylor Mac to wear onstage during Mac’s show, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” are more like wearable sculptures. “I’m not a trained tailor or costume designer. I’m an artist in the role of costume designer,” Dazzle said Tuesday. “I believe a costume can have its own story and be its own character.” He and his sartorial interpretations of American history on Tuesday were at Hancher Auditorium, preparing for a week of events in Iowa City culminating in a performance Saturday by Mac at Hancher.
Best Bet: Circa at Hancher
The Gazette - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Australia’s Circa troupe is springing onto the Hancher stage with two very different shows. First up is “Carnival of the Animals,” inspired by Camille Saint-Saens’s suite of the same name. Acrobats — with a little help from whimsical projections — will romp through the animal kingdom while showing off their circus skills in two family-friendly shows Saturday. On Wednesday, the Debussy String Quartet will join them for an evening of thought-provoking artistry to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich.
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.
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.
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.