In Small Things, Grinnell artist Tilly Woodward gives honor to things that are symbolic of her life: "People, past and living; family, loved ones, our history together; people I would like to honor. An awe of the forces of nature." She says, "I love oil paint--the way it smells, the way it moves, the way it captures color and light. I w... read more
  • Thu Mar 5 - Sun May 3 2015
  • Commons Gallery
Iowa-trained and Tennessee-based artist Jonathan Rattner mixes nonfiction and fiction techniques, qualities of wandering and weaving, and diffuse approaches to discovering the truth. The four works in Cinematic Essays combine documentary and experimental elements to explore issues of place-based identity and memory making. In 3am, ... read more
  • Thu Mar 5 - Sun May 3 2015
  • Digital Gallery
Wednesday only Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today," French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan's name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music o... read more
Join us for this free artist reception from 5 to 7 pm featuring new exhibits by Melissa Furness & Rian Kerrane. Melissa is an artist-in-residence at Legion Arts for the week. An artist talk will be at 6 pm.... read more
  • Thu Apr 2 2015
  • CSPS Hall • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us for a very special artist reception Thur Apr 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (artist talk at 6 pm) With support from the Visual Artists Network, Legion Arts has been pleased this spring to have Denver artist Melissa Furness in residence for a week, during which she created a complex, two-part exhibit in the galleries of CSPS. ... read more
  • Thu Apr 2 - Sat May 30 2015
  • Main Gallery, CSPS
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 ... read more
Featuring the fiery accordion, fiddle wizardry and soulful vocals of its namesake leader, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys delivers great, pack-the-dance-floor renditions of Creole classics as well as their own dynamic brand of contemporary zydeco. The son of esteemed accordionist Delton Broussard, young Jeffery began his musical journ... read more
Twice-Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch is a pioneer and a traditionalist, continually pushing the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Blazing her own trail in the mid ‘70s when there were few role models for a young woman in bluegrass, Claire made history when she fronted the Front Porch String Band. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, that group evolved into ... read more
A master of gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt, John Jorgenson brings an inimitable flair to the stage with exciting new compositions, amazing fretwork and searing clarinet, supported by some of the best musicians in the world. “To say that John is a superlative guitarist is an understatement,” fellow string legend Earl Scruggs said... read more
Since she was 18, when she astounded the Celtic music world by winning the Senior All-Ireland Championship, Liz Carroll and her fiddle have been amazing audiences around the globe. In recent years, she has been honored with accolades including a nomination for a 2010 Grammy, with John Doyle, for their duet album, Double Play. In 2011, ... read more
Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, and too Memphis for Nashville. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him “the greatest songwriter of our generation”), fierce lyricist (in Lucero’s “Tears Don’t Matter Much” they sing that Cory has, “a way wit... read more
The University of Iowa’s premiere touring repertory company stops by CSPS on its spring Midwest tour. The company of 12 dancers, including undergraduate and graduate students, under the direction of UI Dance Faculty Charlotte Adams, tours throughout Iowa and the Midwest from March to June each year performing live concerts and lecture demonstrati... read more
Viewed for the first time in over 100 years, The Brinton Silent Film Collection features historian Michael Zahs as narrator, with Red Cedar Trio members flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall and cellist Carey Bostian providing live accompaniment. A new commission by Harvey Sollberger, arrangements by Boland and Dowdall, and music from Red C... read more
Since joining forces in the late 1970s, Jay and Molly have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. Their warmth and wit—coupled with consummate musicianship—have delighted audiences worldwide. Listen to the timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil... read more
The remarkable Nellie McKay cannot be categorized. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on “A Prairie Home Companion,” duetted with Eartha Kitt, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music. H... read more
Runa is enigmatic–their name means “mystery” in Celtic–and fun: misty imagery and stark soundscapes contrast with raucous step-dancing and driving rhythms. “There is truly a mystical quality to their playing,” Irish Philadelphia said. “They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless.” The four-p... read more
This show has been cancelled due to visa issues. Irish band Runa will perform instead. OBD tickets may be exchanged or refunded by contacting the box office. Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirr... read more
  • 7:00 pm
  • Thu Apr 30 2015
  • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door
Artists of all disciplines are invited for networking, refreshments, tours of CSPS and, at 5:30, a short presentation about some of the services Legion Arts offers to area artists, including our Oct. 17 artist health fair. RSVP to or 319-364-1580.... read more
  • Wed May 6 2015
  • CSPS Hall • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
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... read more