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LESLIE ODOM JR. PERFORMS AT HANCHER TO LARGE CROWD
The Daily Iowan - Tuesday, October 3, 2017
On the first day of October, Leslie Odom Jr. took to Hancher’s outdoor stage and wooed the hundreds of audience members. Odom is not a stranger to the Iowa City area. In March 2016, he came to the university and spoke as a part of the University Lecture Series. He originated the role of Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway show Hamilton, about the life of one of the country’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Odom left the show on July 9, 2016, alongside fellow actors Lin-Manuel Miranda and Philipa Soo.
Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson discusses faith, gender and the comics industry
Little Village - Tuesday, October 3, 2017
G. Willow Wilson, one of my favorite authors, is coming to Iowa City to talk about my favorite superhero. Wilson will give a free lecture at Hancher Auditorium on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. titled A Superhero for Generation Why. The lecture is a part of Hancher’s Embracing Complexity series, which focuses on Muslim art and Islamic artists like Wilson, and also kicks off the Iowa City Book Festival, which runs through Oct. 15. It is also part of the One Community, One Book program sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights (which focuses specifically on Wilson’s memoir, The Butterfly Mosque). On the morning of the lecture at 11 a.m., Wilson will do a signing at Daydreams Comics. She will also sign after her lecture.
 Review: Leslie Odom Jr. shows off smooth voice, vast repertoire on Hancher lawn
The Gazette - Monday, October 2, 2017
With a voice as smooth as hot buttered rum, Leslie Odom Jr. warmed more than 4,000 people from the inside out on a perfect autumn evening on the Hancher Green. Odom rose to fame with his 2016 Tony-winning portrayal of Aaron Burr in the boundary-breaking musical “Hamilton.” He left the show in July 2016 to see what other doors might open — including an all-star remake of “Murder on the Orient Express,” opening in movie theaters around Thanksgiving.
Clinic will explore Latin music
The Gazette - Saturday, September 30, 2017
Musicians who want to explore fusing Latin musical styles into their repertoire are invited to a free clinic and jam session with Grammy-winning Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia on Monday. The group performs many styles of music including cumbia, bossa nova and bolero. The band will start with a master class-style demonstration, followed by an open jam session.
Leslie Odom Jr.'s free outdoor Hancher concert: What to know
Iowa City Press Citizen - Friday, September 29, 2017
What may be the biggest concert of the year in Iowa City is about to take place this Sunday in front of Hancher Auditorium. If you didn't know already, it's also free to attend. At 7 p.m. Sunday in front of the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, Hancher will present a free concert from Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr., co-star for the Broadway sensation "Hamilton."
Embracing Complexity project seeks to undermine 'us vs. them' dichotomy
Iowa City Press Citizen - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The world, I think we can agree, is a complicated place. Unfortunately, it seems much of our current dialogue about important issues seeks to minimize those complications, seeking instead to divide us with overly simple dichotomies. We’re facing a moment where we are called to resist the dangerous notion of “us vs. them” — where “them” is some groups that get marginalized even while being undeniably part of “us.” One such marginalized group at this fraught moment is the Muslim community. All of us at Hancher are delighted to have the opportunity to undermine the “us/them” dichotomy via our Embracing Complexity project. Thanks to a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity program, we are presenting a series of programs and performances focusing on contemporary Islamic cultures and Muslim identities.
Niyaz project illuminates Hancher series celebrating Islamic art, Muslim artists
The Gazette - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Singer Azam Ali said she is “as American as you can be,” yet recently had racial insults hurled at her while shopping at a popular global foods store in Los Angeles. Born in Iran and raised in India from ages 4 to 14, she and her family came to the United States 1985. She became a citizen in 1990, while still a teenager.
JAZZ AS A PEARL, WYNTON AS A DIAMOND
The Daily Iowan - Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is going to give Iowa City an opportunity to see what some call the finest of jazz. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hancher will present the group, which will transform the building from an auditorium into a house of jazz.
Hancher leads campus inclusion efforts by ‘Embracing Complexity’
Iowa Now - Monday, September 18, 2017
A new semester is a new beginning. It provides an opportunity to remind returning students—while also informing new students—that the University of Iowa prides itself on being inclusive. “This is a welcoming place, a diverse and dynamic institution strengthened by our differences,” UI President Bruce Harreld said in a message to campus during the first week of classes. One part of campus leading inclusion efforts this fall is Hancher Auditorium.
10 must-see Hancher Auditorium events events in 2017
Iowa City Press Citizen - Tuesday, September 5, 2017
With the University of Iowa back in session, UI's Hancher Auditorium has kicked off its 45th year season. With its mix of concerts, dance, Broadway shows, speakers and more, Hancher has been bringing some of the nation's most highly regarded artists to Iowa City for 45 years now. The 2017-2018 season is no different.