Hancher presents: /peh-LO-tah/
Poet and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s new multidisciplinary work considers soccer as a conduit for both joy and corruption around the globe. With live music drawn from multiple traditions, dance, poetry, shadow work and film, /peh-LO-tah/ connects the game to our complex, interconnected lives. It’s described as a Balinese-style shadow play that examines global economies and sexual identities through the lens of soccer’s World Cup. Bamuthi Joseph, a spoken-word poet, dancer and playwright, is considered one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education and artistic curation. The New York-native, lives in Oakland, Calif., where he’s chief of program and pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Hancher presents: /peh-LO-tah/ -- 7:30 p.m. May 4, Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City; $10 to $35, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or Hancher.uiowa.edu
This Wheel’s on Fire: Dylan celebration
Friday, April 28
An all-star Iowa lineup will celebrate the music and words of Bob Dylan in a benefit for the nonprofit Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. Performers including Iris DeMent, William Elliott Whitmore, David Zollo & The Body Electric, Elizabeth Moen, BF Burt, Jason T. Lewis, The Recliners and Ingrid Streitz will reinterpret Dylan’s catalog through their own voices and perspectives. The program will span the breadth of Dylan’s career, from his beginnings as a folk music icon to his current reflections on life in the modern age. Seating is general admission.
This Wheel’s on Fire: Dylan celebration -- 7 p.m. Friday (4/28), Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $10 to $25, Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org/event/this-wheels-on-fire
Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years
Saturday, April 29
Accompanied by a live string quartet, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, who call themselves Bookends, are bringing the music of Simon & Garfunkel to the CSPS stage. Performed against a backdrop of documentary photos, video footage and interviews with Simon and Garfunkel, the six musicians recreate the legendary folk-rock duo’s sound. Their repertoire includes the hits like “The Sound of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” as well as lesser-known gems and selections from the artists’ solo careers. The show has toured extensively in Great Britain and Ireland.
Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years -- 8 p.m. Saturday (4/29), CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $25 advance, $30 door, CSPS Box Office, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org