Hancher is Back!

We’ve been feeling a little anxious about facing fall without the usual stellar season of events from Hancher Auditorium. So we’re thrilled to report that, yes, there will be a 2008-09 season—although not exactly at Hancher. Venues all around Iowa City will host events while ongoing renovations continue inside the flood-damaged building on the river. (Below: West side of Hancher on June 17, 2008.)

The season’s first event, ScrapArtsMusic, is a wildly theatrical and totally entertaining ensemble that recycles throwaways—from accordion parts to artillery shells—into percussive instruments for an energetic percussion party! And this premiere event of the season is free—Sunday, September 28, 2 p.m. at the UI Pentacrest. (Below: ScrapArtsMusic at the Big Bang Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Photo Credit: Fred Van Diem)

Tickets for some Hancher-sponsored events—now relocated to smaller venues—are very limited (as of today, less than 200 tickets left for Judy Collins on Oct. 17), so visit the Hancher website today to secure your favorite events: http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu/

Saturday, Oct. 4
Kathy Griffin, 7:30 p.m., Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Wednesday, Oct. 15
Global Drum Project, 7:30 p.m., West High School

Friday, Oct. 17
An Evening with Judy Collins, 7:30 p.m. Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Thursday, Oct. 23
Chiara String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Congregational United Church of Christ

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 6-7
An Irish Homecoming, 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre

Wednesday, Nov. 12
Takács Quartet, Muzsikás, Marta Sebestyen, 7:30 p.m., City High School

Thursday, Nov. 13
Brad Mehldau Trio, 7:30 p.m., City High School

Wednesday, Feb. 4
St. Lawrence String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Brown Deer Golf Club

Thursday, Feb. 12
Time for Three, 7:30 p.m., City High School

Friday, Feb. 13
Vienna Boys' Choir, 7:30 p.m., West High School

Tuesday, March 10
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars, 7:30 p.m., West High School

Wednesday, March 11
Musicians from Marlboro, 7:30 p.m., Brown Deer Golf Club

Wednesday, March 25
The Academy of Ancient Music, 7:30 p.m., West High School

Friday, April 3
Richard Stoltzman, "Salute to Benny Goodman," 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre

Friday, April 24
Alpin Hong, 7:30 p.m., City High School

Sunday, May 10
Trout Fishing in America, 2 p.m., West High School