Award-winning media artist Jesse McLean has presented her work at museums, galleries and film festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rome Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Impakt Festival, and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. She is Assistant Professor and Head of Film &... read more
  • Thu Oct 2 - Sun Nov 2 2014
  • Digital Gallery
Narciso Meneses Elizalde was raised in the small town of Totoapa, Hidalgo, in Mexico. His family moved to Cedar Rapids when he was 15, after which he earned a BFA from the University of Iowa in Fine Art. Narciso’s diorama work takes as its subject Mesoamerican art and thought. Mesoamerica existed in the area encompassing central Mexico and ... read more
  • Thu Oct 2 - Sun Nov 2 2014
  • Commons Gallery
Young Frank cut wood, bailed hay, fed cows, had a tumor, and dreamt big, on a small farm near Des Moines. His childhood formed his artistic vision early. The old rusty junk he was surrounded by made him realize that art didn't have to be pretty. He took that approach to Grand View College and eventually created his own style of art called Emot... read more
  • Thu Oct 2 - Sun Nov 2 2014
  • Main Gallery
Lauren Tucci’s dark, fantastical ceramic pieces tell half-stories… the viewer supplies the rest. “My attempt is to connect viewers with something they may have experienced and let them resonate with a story that they can finish telling,” she says. Animals, real and otherwise, figure prominently. In “Nurture” octopus-like appendages c... read more
  • Thu Oct 2 - Sun Nov 2 2014
  • Club Room Gallery
Revival Theatre Company presents the Midwest premiere of a musical based on the 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But w... read more
Praised by the likes of Fatboy Slim and Damon Albarn, Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate is a musical visionary blurring the lines between West African and American roots music. Bassekou has jammed with Bonnie Raitt and Bono. He’s explored blues and country music with Taj Mahal and created tumbling improvisations with banjo maverick Bela Fleck. Basseko... read more
SPT Theatre Company serves up another season of Tales from the Writers’ Room with the theme of 7, which celebrates season 7 of SPT offerings and marks the return of Janelle Lauer, SPT founding member. According to Wikipedia, seven is the lowest natural number that cannot be represented as th... read more
Caravan of Thieves sounds a little like Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles playing a party at Tim Burton’s house. This family, like many, started with a married couple--Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni writing and performing as a duo. “It began as a romantic, bohemian vision...making music, performing on the road, in parks, venue... read more
Vishtèn's music is a hardy mixture of the French, Irish and Scottish styles of Eastern Canada, with fiery fiddling and powerful step dancing taking front and center.  Their stage show re-creates the joy and energy of the “kitchen party,” the informal community gatherings where all are welcomed to sing, play and dance.  The rhythms and melodi... read more
"The most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard." — Johnny Cash "He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature." — Washington Post John McCutcheon is one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a d... read more
The Jones Family Singers, consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father, have been tearing up churches and festivals for over two decades. The Austin Chronicle said, “The three-generation gospel collective's high-energy performances are the living embodiment of the indelible connection between the black church and ... read more
Enjoy an energetic, uplifting and spiritually delicious Gospel Brunch to benefit Jane Boyd Community House. Two performances will be held at 9 am and noon. We're talking about homemade southern cooking that will fill your stomach and inspiring music that will stir your soul. Live gospel music performed by The Jones Family Singers, will set the stag... read more
  • Sun Nov 9 2014
  • CSPS Hall • Two sittings: 9:00-11:00 am & Noon-2:00 pm • Tickets: $45 each; Table for eight, $350; Limited Seating
Natalia Zuckerman’s songs display “the come-hither sultriness of her slinky, earthy vocals” (Performing Songwriter) along with elements of folk, jazz, blues and a soulful something or other that you can’t quite put into words. “A noteworthy folk-pop songstress and fleet-fingered guitarist, Natalia Zukerman weaves clean and curvy ... read more
Midwest native Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of American country and blues, producing a string of albums full of haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. No less than The New Yorker raved of one of his discs, “An album full of gravelly, gorgeously rolling poems about weather, trains and love.” ... read more
For 25 years now Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys have churned out a classic blend of rockabilly, western swing and traditional country, with just a taste of punk mojo. Listen also for touches of Memphis soul, Cajun, mariachi and bluegrass. Sandy and the boys have played the Grand Ole Opry, “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” and been inducted ... read more
Matt the Electrician is Matt Sever, a former Austin, Texas, journeyman electrician turned singer-songwriter. “Distinguished by his warm, raspy voice and playful mix of wry-but sweet lyrics, buoyantly hummable melodies and a veritable toy box full of musical instruments--banjolele, Wurlitzer, frying pans, etc.” [Texas Music Magazine], M... read more
There are guitarists, there are axe-wielding maniacs, and then there are wizards. Adrian Legg is one of the wizards. A true virtuoso, he has enough technique to do just about anything he wants on the guitar, but also the sensitivity to honor the contours of a melody. Impossible to categorize as a player, Legg incorporates virtually every genre in h... read more
The Boston Globe hailed Garnet Rogers as a “charismatic performer and singer -- one of the major talents of our time.” With his smooth, dark baritone; incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highl... read more
Over the last decade, Pokey LaFarge has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing, all while writing songs that ring true in both spirit and sound. His music transcends genre, challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Cle... read more
Fourth Room Theatre presents John Logan's Tony award-winning drama about the legendary painter Mark Rothko. Red is the startling portrait of the famous abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko’s two-year struggle to complete the most high-priced commission in the history of modern art, and his charged relationship with young assistant, Ken,... read more
In conjunction with World AIDS Day Dudley Saunders' In These Boxes is an exhilarating and heartbreaking mix of live music, transmedia and video art exploring the human need to keep the dead from disappearing by holding onto their things. Dudley asks the local community to contribute photos of treasured objects, inherited from l... read more
Korby Lenker went from a mortician's son in rural Idaho to one of the most innovative voices in Nashville's current music scene, a tale only slightly less fascinating than his music: Songs that are simple and catchy, yet sophisticated and wry. “I'm always trying to write a song that you can hum along with on the first listen,” he says. “You'r... read more
It’s been a few miles across America, Canada, the UK and Europe since Willy Porter released his debut CD, The Trees Have Soul, in 1990. Back then he traveled in his Volkswagen selling discs out of the trunk, mesmerizing audiences with his guitar chops and original tunes. Since those days Willy has seen it all, from signing to a major lab... read more
In Oy Vey in a Manger, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina trying to sell off their manger--yes, that manger--before it's foreclosed upon. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and mayhem ensues--all in glorious four-part harmony. Oy Vey boasts The Kinsey Sicks reinterpretations of holid... read more
Founded in 2002, this Canadian acoustic roots quintet boasts a diverse collection of musical influences, including old-time, jazz, Celtic folk and even punk. For nearly a decade they’ve blended these genres, and more, into an irresistible sound that feels both traditional and modern. The Boston Globe said The Duhks “romp from world-bea... read more
  • 7:00 pm
  • Sun Jan 18 2015
  • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door
SPT Theatre Company serves up another season of Tales from the Writers’ Room with the theme of 7, which celebrates season 7 of SPT offerings and marks the return of Janelle Lauer, SPT founding member. According to Wikipedia, seven is the lowest natural number that cannot be represented as t... read more