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Jan. 23, 2012

Hancher presents Stew & The Negro Problem Feb. 2 at the Englert

Songwriters and performers Stew and Heidi Rodewald have a thing or two to say about Iowa City. Stew & The Negro Problem is a rock band with a flair for biting social satire and witty wordplay. This past fall, Stew and Heidi visited Iowa City to gather material for a collection of songs. Those songs will be part of the performance when the University of Iowa's Hancher presents Stew & The Negro Problem on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Englert Theatre.

Stew and Heidi may be best known for their Tony Award-winning off-Broadway musical, Passing Strange which was also made into a film by Spike Lee. But the two collaborators have been making music together since the 1990s. The band just released its new album, "Making It," a record that, in part, explores Stew and Heidi's former romantic relationship.

Of late, Stew and Heidi have been interested in traveling to new towns to create sets of songs based on those communities. Hancher commissioned the duo to do that very thing in Iowa City. The project is in keeping with Hancher's longstanding tradition of commissioning new work from a wide array of artists.

Tickets are $25-$30; college student, $10-$27; senior citizen, $22.50-$27; youth, $12.50-$15—available from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Englert Theatre.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0037,