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Creative Strategist, Jonny Stax and Artist, Amenda Tate with Manibus
Bridging Divides to Mobilize a Creative Force during the Witching Hour Festival at Beadology Iowa
I am deeply grateful for all the time and energy of the staff and volunteers of Witching Hour Festival. I will never miss it again after the experiences I had. Thank you so much for giving this opportunity to all of us. To say that it was transformative would not be an overstatement.
THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT TIMES!
I had a such a great experience presenting at Witching Hour 2017! Thank you so much!
Witching Hour, thank you very much for the 2017 edition! I did 13 events (either part or in full) at 7 different venues over the two days. I appreciate the diversity of creativity on display, and look forward to future festival years!
Check out Tom Tomorrow: 25 Years of Tomorrow at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village Magazine, Witching Hour is a festival dedicated to exploring the unknown, discussing creative process, and presenting new work.

Each year, we welcome the brightest artists and thinkers pushing the bound

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Witching Hour updated their business hours. 08/09/2021

Witching Hour updated their business hours.

Witching Hour updated their business hours.

03/25/2021

𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀: 𝘿𝙪𝙤𝙨 ✨

That's right, we're back celebrating music & literature in a whole new way! Each set will feature performances from a writer and a musician followed by a one-on-one conversation. It's basically going to be the crossover episode of your dreams 😫💭

Learn more and grab early bird tickets here: missioncreekfestival.com

WH2020: Tameka Cage Conley 12/22/2020

WH2020: Tameka Cage Conley

In our third installment of Witching Hour Video Replay, we feature Tameka Cage Conley performing her reading "Pandemic, in Seven Parts".

WH2020: Tameka Cage Conley Tameka Cage Conley, Ph.D. is a graduate of the fiction program of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and the Provo...

Witching Hour 2020: Heavy Color 12/10/2020

Witching Hour 2020: Heavy Color

We're excited to share the second installment of Witching Hour Video Replay featuring interview and performances by Heavy Color.

Heavy Color recently created the score for the environmental rights documentary, The Invisible Hand. More information at WitchingHourFestival.com

Witching Hour 2020: Heavy Color The modern-music ensemble Heavy Color was founded by composer producers Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their often surreal and cinematic compositions explore ...

11/30/2020

Witching Hour 2020: Dawson Davenport

Today we're looking back to Dawson Davenport's performance at Witching Hour 2020. Stay tuned as we share more posts from this year's festival over the coming weeks.

Photos from Witching Hour's post 10/29/2020

Did you know that the livestream will allow attendees to connect with one another via chat? Tune in to chat with fellow art lovers. You may even get a chance to talk to community artists who will be featured in this year's festival!

Tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

10/29/2020

Did you know that attendees to this year's festival will be able to interact in real time in the stream's live chat? Tune in and you just may find yourself chatting with one of the festival artists!

Tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

Did you know that attendees to this year's festival will be able to interact in real time in the stream's live chat? Tune in and you just may find yourself chatting with one of the festival artists!

Tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

Photos from Witching Hour's post 10/29/2020

In our first-ever call for submissions, we received art from over 30 artists in our community! Tune in on October 30 & 31 to see all 14 pieces were chosen for this year's festival.

Tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

10/28/2020

This year, Witching Hour Festival is more accessible than ever. We're letting you choose how much you want to pay! From $5 to $100, there's something for everyone.

Get your tickets TODAY at witchinghourfestival.com

This year, Witching Hour Festival is more accessible than ever. We're letting you choose how much you want to pay! From $5 to $100, there's something for everyone.

Get your tickets TODAY at witchinghourfestival.com

10/27/2020

Witching Hour 2020

Join us for a virtual Witching Hour Festival on October 30 & 31 at 8 PM. Presented by Englert Wavelength & Little Village Mag, the festival is a volume of poignant statements about the creativity, the strength, and the tools we will need to build a tenable future.

Choose your own ticket price at witchinghourfestival.com

10/25/2020

Stacey Walker may be best known as a politician, but it's his upbringing that gave him his clarity into the current state of society that causes audiences stop and listen. At the festival, he'll perform a monologue that he recently penned.

Get your tickets and join us at witchinghourfestival.com

Stacey Walker may be best known as a politician, but it's his upbringing that gave him his clarity into the current state of society that causes audiences stop and listen. At the festival, he'll perform a monologue that he recently penned.

Get your tickets and join us at witchinghourfestival.com

Witching Hour — outer/most 10/22/2020

Witching Hour — outer/most

Last year, Beatrice Thomas hosted a conversation and workshop at Witching Hour titled "Creative Tools for the Apocalypse". Attendees were awestruck by the performance and their content was so timely that we asked them to come back and participate in this year's festival!

Get tickets to this year's performance at witchinghourfestival.com

Witching Hour — outer/most Presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village Magazine, Witching Hour is a festival dedicated to exploring the unknown, discussing creative process, and presenting new work.

10/18/2020

Dawson Davenport is many things: an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and now a Witching Hour performer! The Meskwaki owner of the Indigenous Peoples Art Gallery and Café and the non-profit the Indigenous Art Alliance will join us at Witching Hour for a reading of his work.

Learn more and buy tickets at witchinghourfestival.com.

Dawson Davenport is many things: an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and now a Witching Hour performer! The Meskwaki owner of the Indigenous Peoples Art Gallery and Café and the non-profit the Indigenous Art Alliance will join us at Witching Hour for a reading of his work.

Learn more and buy tickets at witchinghourfestival.com.

Witching Hour — outer/most 10/16/2020

Witching Hour — outer/most

We can't wait to welcome Danez Smith to Witching Hour. Danez has gained a reputation for using their poetry to highlight racial injustice. Their most recent anthology, Homie, is a deep dive into the friendships that surround the writer.

"The radiance of Homie arrives like a shock, like found money, like a flower fighting through concrete. . . . This is a book full of the turbulence of thought and desire, piloted by a writer who never loses their way." -- Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

Learn more at witchinghourfestival.com

Witching Hour — outer/most Presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village Magazine, Witching Hour is a festival dedicated to exploring the unknown, discussing creative process, and presenting new work.

10/14/2020

Things are happening! Today we filmed Stacey Walker's presentation, a poignant and sobering reflection of what it's like to be Black in America.

Get your tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

Things are happening! Today we filmed Stacey Walker's presentation, a poignant and sobering reflection of what it's like to be Black in America.

Get your tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

10/14/2020

Originally scheduled for Mission Creek Festival, we're excited to welcome @BlackBeltEagleScout to Witching Hour 2020. Pitchfork Magazine calls the artist's 2017 album Mother of my Children “a collection of pensive rock songs saturated with an oceanic mood.”

Buy tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

Originally scheduled for Mission Creek Festival, we're excited to welcome @BlackBeltEagleScout to Witching Hour 2020. Pitchfork Magazine calls the artist's 2017 album Mother of my Children “a collection of pensive rock songs saturated with an oceanic mood.”

Buy tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

Danez Smith - "Dear White America" 10/13/2020

Danez Smith - "Dear White America"

We can't wait to welcome poet Danez Smith to Witching Hour. Recipient of the 2020 Princeton Arts Fellowship, Smith's work often investigates what it means to be Black in America. Today we feature "Dear White America" from 2017's Don't Call Us Dead. Learn more about Danez and purchase tickets to their reading and discussion at witchinghourfestival.com

Danez Smith - "Dear White America" Get Danez's book, BLACK MOVIE: http://bit.ly/blackmoviebook Become a Member for exclusive perks and videos: https://bit.ly/ButtonMember Danez Smith, performi...

Witching Hour — outer/most 10/12/2020

Witching Hour — outer/most

Catch Heavy Color at Witching Hour as they perform and discuss what it's like to score a film. In 2020, the musicians scored the music for the documentary Invisible Hand, directed by Mark Ruffalo which explores the "rights of nature".

Buy tickets at witchinghourfestival.com

Witching Hour — outer/most Presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village Magazine, Witching Hour is a festival dedicated to exploring the unknown, discussing creative process, and presenting new work.

Photos from Witching Hour's post 10/02/2020

We're so excited to announce the 2020 lineup for Witching Hour. We can't wait to share the virtual festival with you on October 30 & 31 streamed exclusively with Outer/Most at outermost.stream. Visit witchinghourfestival.com for more information and to buy tickets.
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Witching Hour Festival is presented by Englert Wavelength & Little Village Mag

Witching Hour Submissions Video 2020 09/30/2020

Witching Hour Submissions Video 2020

Time's running out! Witching Hour founder and Englert executive director, Andre Perry is asking you to submit your work to be featured in our upcoming festival. For more information and to submit your work, visit witchinghourfestival.com/submit. But don't wait. Submissions are due by October 3!

Witching Hour Submissions Video 2020 We're looking for community submissions for our upcoming Witching Hour Festival presented by Englert Wavelength & Little Village. For more information, visit...

09/28/2020

We're still seeking submissions from the public for Witching Hour 2020. For more information, and to submit your work, visit bit.ly/WH2020-Submissions. Don't wait, submissions must be received by October 3!

We're still seeking submissions from the public for Witching Hour 2020. For more information, and to submit your work, visit bit.ly/WH2020-Submissions. Don't wait, submissions must be received by October 3!

09/22/2020

We invite you to submit your own creations that will be presented between our main performances at our virtual festival which will take place on October 30 & 31. Videos should be up to 2 minutes long and can feature a speech, story, poem, or reflection into the camera; jamming with your family band in your living room; a time-lapse of you painting—any form of expression you want to share. The sky’s the limit!

If your work is selected, you will receive $150 in compensation! So now's the time. Submissions must be received by October 3.

Learn more at bit.ly/WH2020-Submissions

We invite you to submit your own creations that will be presented between our main performances at our virtual festival which will take place on October 30 & 31. Videos should be up to 2 minutes long and can feature a speech, story, poem, or reflection into the camera; jamming with your family band in your living room; a time-lapse of you painting—any form of expression you want to share. The sky’s the limit!

If your work is selected, you will receive $150 in compensation! So now's the time. Submissions must be received by October 3.

Learn more at bit.ly/WH2020-Submissions

09/02/2020

Witching Hour

09/02/2020

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06/25/2020

Creative Tools for the Apocalypse | Witching Hour 2019

We don't all have the time, money, and resources to do the kind of soul-searching that involves exotic vacations or getting lost in the desert. Luckily, Beatrice Thomas's Creative Tools for the Apocalypse, presented at Witching Hour 2019, is a pragmatic way to come back to your spiritual self in uncertain times... for FREE!

Grab a pen and some paper and get ready to belly laugh your way to destiny 🙌

It’s hard to predict where we are going in this world. Moral bankruptcy is celebrated and our lives, relationships, and jobs are being impacted. The winds of...

clas.uiowa.edu 05/12/2020

Collegiate Teaching Award honors seven College of Liberal Arts and Sciences instructors | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | The University of Iowa

Congratulations to Christopher Rasheem McMillan for being awarded the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at The University of Iowa's Collegiate Teaching Award. This is the college's top award honoring excellence and impact in teaching.

McMillan performed The Reaping 4.6 at Witching Hour Festival 2019 which explored and interrogate white supremacy.

clas.uiowa.edu The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences named seven recipients of the Collegiate Teaching Awards for 2019-2020. The awardees, chosen by the college’s Teaching Awards Committee from nominations by students and colleagues, are Nicole Esposito (Music), Jasper Halekas (Physics and ...

clas.uiowa.edu 05/12/2020

Collegiate Teaching Award honors seven College of Liberal Arts and Sciences instructors | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | The University of Iowa

Congratulations to Christopher Rasheem McMillan for being awarded the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at The University of Iowa's Collegiate Teaching Award. This is the college's top award honoring excellence and impact in teaching.

McMillan performed The Reaping 4.6 at Witching Hour Festival 2019 which explored and interrogate white supremacy.

clas.uiowa.edu The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences named seven recipients of the Collegiate Teaching Awards for 2019-2020. The awardees, chosen by the college’s Teaching Awards Committee from nominations by students and colleagues, are Nicole Esposito (Music), Jasper Halekas (Physics and ...

04/22/2020

On this #EarthDay we're looking back at Marcelo Mena's compelling presentation on understanding and addressing the issue of climate change, opened with a powerful message from the students behind Iowa City Climate Strikes.

Serving as Chile’s Vice Minister of the Environment and, later, Minister of the Environment, Marcelo Mena lead what National Geographic called an environmental revolution, with feats including:

▪️ Increasing the area of sea under Chilean state protection from 4.3% to 42.4%
▪️ Expanding the Patagonia to become Latin America’s largest network of national parks
▪️ Making Chile the first country in the Americas to ban plastic bags

Marcelo's is a University of Iowa alum and a leader worth celebrating on this Earth Day! 🌏

04/02/2020

Mission Creek Festival

Hey Witching Hour fans! We postponed our sister festival, Mission Creek Festival due to the pandemic, but we've created a six part series we're calling Mission Creek Underground featuring performances from local musicians and authors to enjoy from home!

Check out our second installment with Spectral Snake when it premieres Thursday at noon and see all of the videos once their published on our website: missioncreekfestival.com/underground

Spectral Snake is the musical project of Angela Barr and Brooks Strause, devised as a way to tell fantastical horror stories about “real”-life darkness, packaged in subtle, elegant songs. Multi-instrumentalists Barr and Strause (along with an ever-growing gang of collaborators) create eerily beautiful sounds that have been described as the folk music of an alien world.
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Mission Creek Underground is a six part video series produced to celebrate music, literature, and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series features the performances of local musicians and authors.

12/20/2019

What moves you to give?

The Englert Theatre produces Mission Creek Festival and Witching Hour each year, but it's only through the support of donors that these platforms for art exist in our community. If you value the work we do, please consider becoming a Friend of the Englert.

Go to englert.org/friends to see our newly redesigned Friends of the Englert perks which include free tickets to our festivals, advance ticketing, and special pricing. We've even created a brand new Student Friends program.

11/15/2019

Did you attend Witching Hour or any of the events associated with it? We want your feedback!

Take our post-festival survey to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Revival Clothing Store gift card. Winners will be contacted by email.

Take the survey here: https://forms.gle/n42T4e1wPT6zq2KP7

11/14/2019

Jonny Stax led the Bridging Divides workshop at Witching Hour 2019 to investigate the silos that divide people and how we can break them down. During the workshop, Iowa Arts Council Fellow Amenda Tate's dancing paint robot created this work of art. Thanks to Beadology Iowa for hosting this event!

Read more at Jonny's blog to learn more about his experience during the festival.

11/13/2019

Little Village Mag

We were so fortunate to have the amazingly talented powerhouse Sharon Udoh of Counterfeit Madison at Witching Hour 2019.

Thank you to our partners at Little Village Mag and Iowa City Downtown District for highlighting her experience at this year's festival.

It happened downtown on Nov. 2, 2019: Sharon Udoh (Counterfeit Madison) gave one of Witching Hour Festival's most memorable performances, presenting her Nina Simone songbook solo, on piano, at the The Englert Theatre

She spoke with Little Village before the show at the site of her last performance in Iowa City, The Mill.

Video by Jason Smith with photos by Zak Neumann

dailyiowan.com 11/05/2019

Exploring realms and discussing the process: A recap of Witching Hour

Thank you to The Daily Iowan for capturing this year's festival; we wish we could do it all again 😍

dailyiowan.com Kerry Howley The annual Witching Hour Festival kicked off with upcoming work and words of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program’s Assistant Professor Kerry Howley. Inspired by the political tumult spurred by whistleblowers and the hidden intricacies of how people are surveilled in ...

11/04/2019

Let’s make it 3/3 soon!

bless you, @witchinghourfest, for filling me with joy. 2 for 2, iowa city. i can't believe how good you are to me. imma be back! //photo by brittany borgia

#counterfeitmadison #createproduceexploderesetcontinue #counterfeitmadisondoesninasimone #counterfeitmadisondoesninasimone #younggiftedandblack

What is Witching Hour?

Witching Hour is a festival dedicated to exploring the unknown, discussing the creative process, and presenting new work. Presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village Magazine.

Each year, we welcome the brightest artists and thinkers pushing the boundaries of their respective crafts to venues across downtown Iowa City. Through performances, readings, discussions, workshops, and other events, we engage what it means to be human in today’s world.

Witching Hour is Iowa's premier gathering where attendees can connect directly with visiting artists, take part in interactive workshops, and return to their creative practices refreshed, energized, and inspired.

For passes and full schedule, please visit the Englert Box Office (221 E. Washington St, downtown Iowa City) or witchinghourfestival.com.

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Witching Hour 2020: Dawson Davenport
Witching Hour 2020
What moves you to give?
Ending our night with a high energy performance from Shredders, co-produced by our friends at Scope Productions 👊
Unboxing the new Witching Hour black IPA
Rachel Grimes and her orchestra rehearse for The Way Forth, a folk opera based on the lives of rural Kentucky Women.Tomo...
Witching Hour Unboxing: Megan Gogerty
We're proud to offer several events during Witching Hour 2019 that are free and open to the public. We hope you'll join ...
Witching Hour 2019
Witching Hour Unboxing: Savannah Lane
Daniel Boscaljon - The importance of Witching Hour is that it's more than just a festival, it's an interaction with othe...
Genevieve Trainor on experiencing the Witching Hour

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