Off-Broadway show highlights Darwin Day activities

What: The Rap Guide to Evolution, a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway theatre production, will make Iowa City its first stop on its tour

When: 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12

Where: Englert Theatre, downtown Iowa City

Admission: free

What’s this all about?: The production is the brainchild of Canadian rap artist and polymath Baba Brinkman, who gained notoriety for his award-winning hip-hop adaptation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. His newest performance piece is a two-man show in which Brinkman is joined by DJ Jamie Simmonds of the United Kingdom. Together they use Darwinian theory and DNA to examine the origins of hip-hop and human behavior, as well as exploring gender relations and inner-city violence through the lens of evolution.

The performance will serve as the culmination of the sixth annual Iowa City Darwin Day celebrations, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12. Learn more about the celebration at

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