The work of Cedar Falls artist Angela Waseskuk deals with the rhythm of life, everyday tasks and our ability to conquer these repetitive minutia: meals, sleep, dusting, dishes, driving to work, driving home. “My work alludes to this repetition in its process and becomes inseparable from the work itself. There is comfort in identifying with the wa... read more
  • Thu Aug 7 - Sun Sep 28 2014
  • CSPS Hall
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Dichromacy is a collection of split tone photography by Cedar Rapids artist Nathan Biehl. His work explores the repetition and commonalities of form across both natural and man made landscapes. Nathan's utilization of a split tone process, in which a monochromatic photograph is tinted with color, helps to accentuate the subtle shifts i... read more
  • Thu Aug 7 - Sun Sep 28 2014
  • Commons Gallery
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New York artist Nicholas Economos presents seven rotating videos under the title Intervals. Economos is an artist and educator living on a hilltop near Big Flats, NY, USA. His art practice includes work in software art, responsive media art, sound, video, and animation. He is an Editor Emeritus for Rhizome.org at The New Museum of Conte... read more
  • Thu Aug 7 - Sun Sep 28 2014
  • Digital Gallery
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Musicians from Europe, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East highlight the seventh annual Landfall Festival of World Music taking place in Cedar Rapids Sept 16 through 20. Headline acts, appearing nightly at CSPS include: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Tuesday) The seven-piece (plus dancer), multi-generational gr... read more
  • Tue Sep 16 - Sat Sep 20 2014
  • CSPS Hall and locations TBA
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Classically trained South Africa guitarist Derek Gripper fuses his country’s disparate musical traditions with styles from throughout the world. His music draws on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian works, Malian kora works, Cape Town folk styles such as ghoema/goema and vastrap, and even Indian classical music. Derek’s 201... read more
  • 6:30 pm
  • Wed Sep 17 2014
  • Opus Concert Cafe, 119 Third Ave SE • Free. Donations welcome.
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Calypso Rose is the ambassador par excellence of Caribbean music. Born in 1940 in the tiny island of Tobago in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in the West Indies, Calypso Rose has written more than 800 songs and recorded over 20 albums. Today she resides in Queens, New York, but returns every year to her island “to come back to herself”... read more
Passionate and wildly talented traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist and composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo knows where the soul of her music lies: in her left hand. “It brings out all the colors, everything you want to hear, the bending and sliding notes. Otherwise, with just the right hand, the melody feels so dry,” explains Vo. “The right han... read more
  • Thu Sep 18 2014
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE • Noon & 5:00 pm • Free. Donations welcome.
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Emerging from the jazz and blues scene of Istanbul, the Telvin Trio is celebrated for its virtuosic blend of contemporary jazz and Turkish folk music. The trio is led by Erkan Oğur, a brilliant fretless guitar player who combines traditional Turkish themes with rock, blues and contemporary jazz. Turgut Alp Bekoğlu on percussion and İlkin Deniz o... read more
  • 6:30 pm
  • Thu Sep 18 2014
  • First Presbyterian Church, 310 Fifth St. SE, Cedar Rapids • Free. Donations welcome.
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Boldly feminine, joyous and tropical, Argentina’s La Yegros mixes the skittering rhythms of Colombian cumbia with cutting-edge beats and electronica. The group’s flamboyant leader Mariana Yegros has emerged as queen of the Buenos Aires scene, scoring a huge hit across South America with ”Viene De Mi, “ a song as fun as the Lambada, only mor... read more
Tunisian Emel Mathlouthi--inspired singer, poet and composer--stands directly in line with the great divas of the Arab World but has also inherited the legacy of the protest singers from the ‘60s. With sources and influences ranging from Dylan to Cheikh Imam, and above all sounds of our time, she vests her protest songs in the rock and electro... read more
BrightSky, a Cedar Rapids/Iowa City-based band, plays music from the Indian sub continent drawing inspiration from Indian classical and contemporary music. The band members are from different parts of India--all settled in and around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Each band member brings his or her unique perspective to the band, tapping into their... read more
  • Sat Sep 20 2014
  • Greene Square Park (Rain location, CSPS) • 1:15 & 3:00pm • Free. Donations welcome
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In 2002, the Sierra Leone civil war ended and the Refugee All Stars emerged like light from the darkness. Under the direction of Reuben Koromo, the band progressed from jam sessions in Guinean refugee camps to fledgling recordings in their native capital of Freetown. The Refugee All Stars are a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the... read more
  • 12:00 pm
  • Sat Sep 20 2014
  • Greene Square Park (Rain location, CSPS) • Free. Donations welcome
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Kinobe is the new voice of Ugandan music, the inspired synthesis of African roots and world music, of traditional and modern instrumentation. These musicians represent the new vanguard of Ugandan performers, gifted instrumentalists steeped in the music of their homeland, but with ears opened to the sounds of the world at large. Driving poly-rh... read more
  • 1:45 pm
  • Sat Sep 20 2014
  • Greene Square Park (Rain location, CSPS) • Free. Donations welcome
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Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where dynamic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues-drenched vocals, telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes. Veterans of the New York music scene and U.S. festival circuit, Matuto (“bumpkin” in Brazilian slang) moves w... read more
  • 3:30 pm
  • Sat Sep 20 2014
  • Greene Square Park (Rain location, CSPS) • Free. Donations welcome
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Crystal Bowersox gained fame on the cultural juggernaut “American Idol,” finishing as runner-up in 2010. Since then, she’s recorded two albums, Farmer’s Daughter and the All That for This, produced by Steve Berlin, who has worked with Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow and John Lee Hooker. Her rich amalgam of blues, country, folk a... read more
Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava incorporates wide ranging influences, from Bill Monroe and Bob Dylan to Chick Corea and Czech opera. Meaning "Second Grass" in Czech, the name Druha Trava describes a band reaching beyond the classic bluegrass sound for inspiration,... read more
Hoba Hoba Spirit calls its fusion music “Hayha,” but you might call it “Moroccan-roll.” Blending rock, reggae and Gnawa (African Islamic spiritual songs), the band sings in the Arabic dialect Darija, French and English, reflecting the hopes and concerns of young Moroccans. Hoba Hoba Spirit is: Reda Allali, guitar and vocals Anouar Z... read more
This Pueblo, Colorado-based quintet breathes vim and vigor into old-timey roots music. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin', the group’s original sound blends bluegrass, blues and country. The harmonies are delivered by Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar), while multi-instrumentalist Mike Clark (h... read more
Steve Poltz's mildly demented folk rock spans topics from transvestism to Johnny Cash. It was his often satirical lyrics that helped make him a cult icon with seminal indie rockers The Rugburns. Since releasing his solo debut One Left Shoe in 1998 on Mercury Records, Poltz has produced 13 solo records on his own label, 98 Pounder Records. ... read more
The daughter of two preacher’s kids, Pieta Brown’s early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace, running water or TV. There she was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, beloved Midwestern folk singer Greg Brown. Later, while living with her mother in Birmingham, Alabama, during her formative years, ... read more
24-year-old singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and “American Idol” finalist Casey Abrams co-wrote, sang, played bass, acoustic guitar, drums, Wurlitzer and even recorder on his self-titled debut. The release opens with the finger-snapping cool of “Simple Life.” “Wore out My Soul” shows his R&B balladeer chops and he makes musi... read more
The Murphy Beds The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) are making waves with their traditional Irish, American and original folk songs featuring close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. “O’Leary and Hamer’s voices harmonize brilliantly,” said New York Irish Arts... read more
Since forming in 1975, BeauSoleil has pretty much locked up the title for best Cajun group on the planet. Fiddler and bandleader Michael Doucet gave up the study of Romantic poetry for the mission of reviving a musical tradition that had nearly sunk back into the Louisiana bayou. Starting with traditional Cajun as sort of a roux, BeauSolei... read more
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
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
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