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Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Benji is the sixth full length record by Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon. The album was released February 11, 2014, and features guest musicians Steve Shelley, Will Oldham and Owen Ashworth. On August 20 of 2013, Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records released Mark Kozelek & Desertshore, the third record from Mark Kozelek and Phil Carney's side project, Desertshore. 2013 also saw the release of Like Rats, 2 live albums, and the Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle's collaboration, Perils From The Sea. Both Mark Kozelek & Desertshore and Perils From The Sea made Uncut's top 100 best albums of the year. In 2012, Mark Kozelek released an 18 track album under his Sun Kil Moon moniker, entitled Among The Leaves. Mark toured in support of the album and made his debut TV appearance on Jimmy Fallon performing with The Roots.

Doreen's Jazz

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Please Note: This event takes place at The Mill (120 East Burlington St). The Mill will open for event seating at 7 p.m. Feel free to come early to grab a bite to eat, including a special Creole/New Orleans option! The Mill is a 19 and over establishment. Patrons under the age of 19 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 10 p.m. Doreen's Jazz is a group whose primary interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world, through performances and education. Doreen Ketchens, the leader of the group, has been called "Queen Clarinet," "The female Louis Armstrong," and "Lady Louis" by critics who have heard her perform. She's corky. She's candid. She wails on clarinet. Not many musicians/singers can reach out in a sound celebration of life and musicality that will grab you, pull you into a jazz experience that fills your heart, and transport your soul to royal Street. Doreen lures you in from the first note with that hauntingly masterful clarinet, only to captivate you with the charm, charisma, and sheer joy of her bubbly rich voice.

Pokey LaFarge's Central Time Tour

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour is a musical revue of American traditions for the modern age. Special guest and master of ceremonies Dom Flemons (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) guides an evening of performances by Pokey LaFarge and his band, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége and the Cajun Country Revival, The Tillers and The Loot Rock Gang. This diverse lineup presents styles ranging from string ragtime to country blues to Appalachian folk to Cajun dancehall music and beyond. A self-contained, traveling festival, Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour showcases some of the finest present-day interpreters of real American music for a swinging night of entertainment and dancing for all.

The Salt Company

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

Amos Lee

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8 p.m.

With his laid-back vocal delivery and acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, ‘70s folk, and contemporary jazz. With the release of his self-titled debut album in 2004, the Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher immediately earned the attention of discerning music fans and fellow artists alike for his adult alternative, indie/rock style. He makes his Englert debut as part of his 2014 Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song Tour, named for his most recent studio recording.

National Theatre Live: Medea

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.

This is an HD movie screening of a live theater production. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. 

An Evening with Tim Denevi & Jennifer Percy

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The Englert Theatre and Prairie Lights Bookstore are excited to co-present An Evening with Tim Denevi & Jennifer Percy at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 30. Denevi and Percy, both University of Iowa alumni, will read from their new books, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and Demon Camp (Scribner, 2014), respectively.

Alloy Orchestra

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.

**Please note updated programming**

Alloy Orchestra is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the twenties. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution. This year, Alloy Orchestra will present Paul Fejös' great romance, "Lonesome" (1928).

The Salt Company

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

An Evening with Marilynne Robinson
Iowa City Book Festival

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30pm

An Evening with Marilynne Robinson, in conversation with Ayana Mathis. Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead, discusses her forthcoming novel, Lila, with Mathis, her former student at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of the novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Free and open to the public.

Capitol Steps

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including the group's latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. The Steps have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during the group's Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

Jane Smiley
Iowa City Book Festival

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:00pm

Jane Smiley book launch. Smiley, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres, returns to Iowa with her forthcoming novel, Some Luck. Smiley will read from and talk about the book in this special Sunday Book Festival event. Free and open to the public.

200th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels
Iowa City Book Festival

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00pm

Celebrating "Waverley," a program that celebrates the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels. This free literary and musical performance of Scottish culture will be narrated by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Iowa. The program includes readings, music, songs, and dances from and inspired by Scott’s work. 

Home Free

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.

When country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's "The Sing-Off" this past December, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota… rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000s, Home Free had been perfecting their live show for years prior to "The Sing-Off" - performing together for crowds in countless State and County Fairs, on college campuses, in front of Fortune 500 companies, and in theaters all across the country. It was their experience on the road that carried them to a "Sing-Off" victory, swelling their fan base and bringing their homegrown country style into a national spotlight. Home Free continues to entertain audiences nationwide with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. They arrive to town on the heals of their debut release on Columbia Records, Crazy Life.

Lena Dunham

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a special event with Lena Dunham to celebrate the release of her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl. Lena will be in conversation with novelist Curtis Sittenfeld. Poet Jenny Zhang will open. The price includes admission to the event and a signed copy of Not That Kind of Girl. Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the critically-acclaimed HBO series "Girls," for which she also serves as executive producer, writer and director. She has been nominated for 8 Emmy awards and has won 2 Golden Globes, including Best Actress, for her work on "Girls." Lena has also written and directed two feature length films (including 2011's Tiny Furniture), created two web series, and is a frequent contributor to the The New Yorker. Lena graduated from Oberlin College in 2008. 

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.

This is a HD movie screening of a live theater production. The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from its London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files," "The Fall") as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone SurvivorKill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great ExpectationsThree Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters

The Salt Company

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

David Bromberg

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8 p.m.

You can tell a lot about a person from the company he keeps. When that company has included Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys, George Harrison, Emmylou Harris, Doc Watson, John Hiatt, Jerry Garcia, Reverend Gary Davis, Dr. John, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Phoebe Snow, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Mississippi John Hurt, you realize you’re dealing with a very special case. David Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, has continually expanded with each album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music, and his touring band has grown apace. By the mid-’70s, the David Bromberg Big Band included horn players, a violinist, and several multi-instrumentalists, including David himself. With the release of Try Me One More Time, his 2007 solo return to the studio, David continued his musical revitalization, playing shows on his own, backed by Angel Band, his own David Bromberg Quartet, and reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band. Since Try Me One More Time, he has released the studio albums Use Me (2011) and Only Slightly Mad in 2013. 

Maria's Voice

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Inspired by Maria Salazar’s story and legacy, "Maria's Voice" inherits the tradition of folklore and storytelling provoking vibrations of emotional memory through percussive dance (TAP), a poet (WORDS) and the melodies of voice (SONG).  Conducted by and featuring Tony Award Winner Savion Glover - and using the raw images of Maria’s story - this riveting interdisciplinary piece paints an inspiring movement of transformation onstage. Glover interweaves the complex rhythms of violence, suppression, power and control, highlighting and celebrating the ultimate release and resilience of the human spirit living within all societies today.  "Maria's Voice" is an unprecedented, reflective live painting that gives voice and peace to all of the Marias of the world. 

Sharon Van Etten

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 breakthrough album Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Her latest release, Are We There, is a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth. 

Los Lobos

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.

It's extraordinary to think that in an age when musical careers are lucky to last three years, Los Lobos has prevailed for more than three decades. In answer to the question posed by the group's debut album 25 years ago: These wolves have not only survived - they've absolutely thrived. But more than any other California band, Los Lobos can best be described as eclectic - in the best possible sense of that term. It's nearly impossible to encapsulate or pigeonhole East L.A.'s favorite sons, since they excel at (and manage to synthesize) every form of modern roots music into their sound. You name it - hard R&B and blues, Tex-Mex, country, pop/rock, folk music, ethereal psychedelia, gorgeous ballads, or pure, raucous garage rock 'n' roll - and these guys have delivered it in spades, while forever remaining true to the pure traditional Mexican music that brought them together as teenagers in the first place.

The Salt Company

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

This event is part of Hancher’s 2014-2015 season.

All tickets are being sold through the Hancher Box Office


It might not seem like a natural collaboration—two extraordinary modern dancers and a key chronicler of modern life. But these three gifted storytellers come together for a lively and surprising evening sure to both tickle and move you.

The show includes radio interviews staged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers.
Act One: The job of being a performer.
Act Two: Falling in love and what it means to stay in love.
Act Three: Losing what you love.

“People who enjoy This American Life will probably like this,” says Ira Glass, “because it’s just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancing during all the stories."

Leaf Kitchen Dinner

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Part of "Celebrating Local: 10 Years of the New Englert." To celebrate the Englert's tenth birthday, local restaurant the Leaf Kitchen will prepare a special small plates dinner. Run by Harriet Woodford and chef Masae Judge, the Leaf Kitchen opened in 2007 and serves some of the best and freshest food in Iowa City (moreover, it continues to run strong as one of top food experiences in the Eastern Iowa Corridor). As the Leaf Kitchen typically offers only breakfast and lunch service, it is a true treat to open the restaurant for dinner. For reservations, call the Leaf Kitchen: 319-338-1909

The Salt Company

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

Caroline Smith

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith‘s new album, Half About Being a Woman, is a record about self-acceptance and growing into your own. With soaring vocals and catchy melodies at the heart of her songs, Caroline has gone back to the roots of ‘feel-good’ music. “I have to celebrate who I am – a strong, confident, opinionated woman – and encourage other women to do the same.”

On Gratitude: An Evening of Classical Music & Literature with Conor Hanick and Dora Malech

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Two former Iowa City residents who have taken their art from the corners of our town and into the world will present an evening of classical music and literature. Concert pianist, Conor Hanick will play selections from Charles Ives' “Concord” Sonata and Malech will read from a selection of poems including work commissioned in 2014 by The Englert Theatre around the theme of gratitude.

Run River North

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9 p.m. 

PLEASE NOTE: Gabe’s is a 19 and over establishment. Patrons under the age of 19 must to be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 10:00pm. In the course of several months, Run River North went from playing a handful of hometown shows in Los Angeles to performing to an audience of millions on late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! It was an explosive trajectory for the sextet, whose uplifting anthems march to the beat of drums, jangling guitars and a rapturous string section. The rapid ascent from obscurity launched a new chapter for the band (then called Monsters Calling Home), whose upcoming full-length self-titled debut ventures further into effervescent rock anchored with a down-home aesthetic.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

The Englert Theatre and Comics in Action are proud to bring the Rocky Horror Picture Show to life once again at the Englert! Come out at midnight for the only film that brings together costumes, screaming, laughs, and the occasional thrown object! We'll provide the props (included with your ticket purchase), you bring your best voice and all your virgin friends. Doors & Seating at 11:30 p.m. - movie begins at Midnight. PROP BAGS PROVIDED - No outside movie props permitted!!

Bruce Hornsby

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” – the title track of his 1986 debut album – became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson. Hornsby’s performance will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.

National Theatre Live: Skylight

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7 p.m.

This is a HD movie screening of a live theater production. Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard appear in the West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. 

SpokFrevo Orquestra

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

This event is part of Hancher’s 2014-2015 season.

All tickets are being sold through the Hancher Box Office


Frevo is vibrant Brazilian music with deep ties to Carnival. Saxophonist, arranger, and musical director Spok (AKA Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque) fronts a big band that infuses jazz with the frevo spirit. The result is an energetic, improvisational music that incorporates and redefines tradition.

Dogs of Rwanda

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Lewis: 1994. At 16 years of age, David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he follows the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan boy they’ve stumbled upon, he enters a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. On the 20th anniversary of the genocide he witnessed firsthand, a book David wrote regarding his experiences that Spring arrives with a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save. “You didn’t tell them everything,” it says. “You didn’t tell them everything.” A dinner party story for the ages. Part of the In the Raw/Intimate Series presented by the Englert and Working Group Theatre - a new series of intense, engaging theater performances presented with the artists and audiences onstage together.

The Salt Company

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

Bolshoi Ballet: The Legend of Love

Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

 

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.


Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

Palisades Cafe Dinner

Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 6 p.m.

To celebrate the Englert's tenth birthday, Mt. Vernon-based Palisades Cafe will prepare a special dinner. Run by young entrepreneur / chef Rachel Sauter, Palisades Cafe opened in Spring 2014 stepping into fill a vast void in the Culinary Corridor when Lincoln Cafe closed its doors earlier in the year. In a very short time, Palisades Cafe has emerged as a top choice for fresh food and inventive menu items. The menu for the dinner on Nov 9th will reflect the rich, colorful flavors of autumn in Iowa. Please call Palisades Cafe to make reservations: 319-895-4041

An Irish Christmas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.

An Irish Christmas brings joy, hope, laughter, friendship, and celebration of life through storytelling, music, song, and dance in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of magic! Performers dance through the generations over brooms, on half doors, around butter churns, into the world of mythology and out again. You can be sure of a rip-roaring celebration of Christmas from the heart of glorious Ireland with a superb team of Irish traditional musicians, dancers from the Kerry Dance Troupe led by Kevin Horton (Riverdance), the Kerry Records voice squad, and Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen. We will journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making, singing of Christmas carols and great storytelling in an unforgettable Irish night. Irish folk theater at its best!

The Salt Company

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

Chase Garrett’s 5th Annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.

CHASE GARRETT’S 5TH ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO STOMP features three of the most demanded leaders in blues and boogie woogie from around the world today. Prepare to be blown away as Chase Garrett (Iowa City, IA), Ricky Nye (Cincinnati, OH) and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (British Columbia, Canada) hit the stage to bring you the best blues and boogie woogie show in Iowa City!

An Evening with Henry Rollins!

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Described by the New York Daily News as “some of the most provocative chit-chat around,” Henry's spoken word performances – “talking shows,” as he calls them – are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of humor and outrage; pop culture, political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism. 

My Brightest Diamond

Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 8 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place at The Mill (120 E. Burlington St). The Mill will open for event seating at 7 p.m. - feel free to come early to grab a bite to eat! The Mill is a 19 and over establishment. Patrons under the age of 19 must to be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 10:00 pm.

As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden's voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera house to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She's performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts Bryce Dressner (The National), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson among friends and fans. They are just a few of the many who've fallen in love with Worden's mystical voice and mythic storytelling.  Worden's artistry seems to transcend music itself. On stage she evokes as much Martha Graham as Edith Piaf, and can be found collaborating with visual artists (Matthew Ritchie) and filmmakers (Matthew Barney, Murat Eyuboglu) alike. Where worlds are colliding, there is a Shara; a zeitgeist for a growing movement of experimental musicians eager to bend the borders of artistry and genre. 

Rosanne Cash

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Born in Memphis and raised in California, Rosanne Cash - daughter of country legend Johnny Cash - has recorded 15 albums, including 1981′s Seven Year Ache and 1987′s King’s Record Shop (both certified Gold). Rosanne has charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which climbed to No. 1. She has received 12 GRAMMY nominations, winning in 1985. Cash has also published four books, including her 2010 bestselling memoir, Composed, which The Chicago Tribune hailed as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.” Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York TimesRolling StoneNew York magazine and the Oxford American, among others. She recently wrapped up a three-day residency at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

The Salt Company

Thursday, November 30, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

The Nutcracker

Friday - Sunday, December 5-7, 2014

Nolte Academy of Dance and The Englert Theatre are proud to present a unique and highly entertaining version of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. No holiday is complete without a visit to Clara's house where her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer presents the magical gift of The Nutcracker. Take a journey with Clara and her hero as they defeat the evil Mouse King. Travel with them through the magical Land of Snow and delight in their arrival in the Kingdom of Sweets. This holiday classic comes to life with performances by dancers from Nolte Academy of Dance. The production features a live orchestra consisting of local musicians conducted by Carey Bostian. Don't miss the wonder and enchantment of this Christmas tale!

Danú

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

This event is part of Hancher’s 2014-2015 season.

All tickets are being sold through the Hancher Box Office ​


Hancher favorite Danú invites you and yours to celebrate the holidays the Irish way with traditional music performed by a joyous, spirit-lifting band. Accented with Irish dance, this concert is the perfect gift to delight your entire family.

The Salt Company

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Salt Company is the college ministry of Veritas Church in Iowa City

Bolshoi Ballet: Pharoah's Daughter

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.

 

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.


With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadère

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2 p.m.

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti.
 
La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.
 
(Ballet recorded live on January 27th, 2013) 

Kronos Quartet: ​
Beyond Zero: 1914–1918, A new work for quartet with film

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

This event is part of Hancher’s 2014-2015 season.

All tickets are being sold through the Hancher Box Office 


The groundbreaking Kronos Quartet returns to Iowa City to perform a new multimedia work—composed by Aleksandra Vrebalov with a film by Bill Morrison—commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War One. The program will also include a new work by Mary Kouyoumdjian, co-commissioned by Hancher as part of the quartet’s Under 30 Project.

Dave Mason

Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s sight and sound experience,
Traffic Jam. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. Mason has penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot.

Gaelic Storm

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Gaelic Storm has straddled the line between tradition and innovation for nearly two decades. Led by founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the group infuses traditional Celtic music with modern influences, updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country and folk. Along the way, the musicians have topped the Billboard World Chart four times, appeared in the blockbuster film "Titanic" (where they performed "Irish Party in Third Class," an unreleased song made available for the first time on Full Irish) and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band.

Roseneath Theatre: La Maleta

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

This event is part of Hancher’s 2014-2015 season.

All tickets are being sold through the Hancher Box Office 


Ten-year-old Roca leaves Colombia for North America clutching her suitcase, in which she believes her grandmother is hiding. In her new home with a new friend, the suitcase opens the way to an adventure. Incorporating Spanish and English, La Maleta gives voice to young people struggling in a new language, and helps us all to hear them.

Recommended for grades 2–6.

The Nile Project

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

This event is part of Hancher’s 2014-2015 season.

All tickets are being sold through the Hancher Box Office 


Performers from the eleven countries that share the Nile River come together in a musical conversation designed to foster cross-cultural empathy and inspire environmental curiosity. A powerful pan-Nile percussion section underpins the collective, which features both traditional and contemporary instruments.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Iowa Arts Council and General Mills Foundation.

Pieta Brown & The Pines

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Two of Iowa's own will return to their home state for an evening of folk roots and prairie stomp music, wrapping up celebrations at The Englert Theatre. Pieta Brown & The Pines will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 13th, the finale to a cross-country tour celebrating the release of Brown's new album, Paradise Outlaw. Set for release on September 30th, Paradise Outlaw (Red House Records), was produced by Brown and frequent collaborator and partner, Bo Ramsey. WXPN's The Key describes Brown's single "Flowers of Love" as "a warm, welcoming, laid back song, built on a shuffling beat, delicate banjo picking and an easy back porch, soft wind blowing vibe."

Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo & Juliet

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2 p.m.

In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets organise a masked ball in honour of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito because of the hatred that tears the two houses apart. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, and are distraught when they realise they belong to rival families.
 
William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favourite, and is one of the world’s most popular ballets.
 
Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience.
 
(Ballet recorded live on May 12th, 2013) 

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2 p.m.

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.
 
White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterized by elegance, style and harmony.
 
With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.

Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan the Terrible

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2 p.m.

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and Tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyar's plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich's powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible's controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigor, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colors of medieval Russia. Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company's repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.