Past Tense, Future Perfect features collage works by Johnson County artist Sharon Beckman. She combines images culled from the past to form new narratives.

“The found elements I use in my art once told a very different story,” she explains. These images include photographs of young men heading off to war, Spiegel catalog illus... read more

  • Thu Jul 7 - Sun Aug 28 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery

Pursuit of Happiness is a mixed-media group show featuring works by Rachel Buse, Des Moines; Tom Jackson, Cedar Rapids; Joe Lacina, Iowa City; Rob Stephens, Des Moines; Tiny Circus, Grinnell, and Bart Vargas, Omaha.

Taking its title and theme from the Declaration of Independence, the exhibit features works by some of Iowa’s most talked-a... read more

  • Thu Jul 7 - Sun Oct 2 2016
  • CSPS Hall

Blair Gauntt—Hiawatha graphic designer, fine artist and cofounder of the New Bohemia Group--has pried open the top of his head and craziness has spilled out in the form of a new book of cartoons called George Orwell and His Magic Penguin. A book launch and gallery opening are planned for Thursday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 7 pm, in the Commo... read more

  • Thu Sep 1 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery • 5:00-7:00 pm

Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat melds the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk, expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful live sound. Comprised of dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), percussion and horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh ... read more

The ninth season of SPT Theatre's Tales From the Writers' Room this year proudly reminds us that "It's a Zoo!" Each original episode takes an unlikely theme, a pool of clever sketch writers, and some of the hottest musicians in the corridor to weave together an original two-hour fun-fest.

Chock full of original sketches and live music, thi... read more

Musicians from around the world will descend upon Cedar Rapids for the ninth annual Landfall Festival of World Music Sept. 13 through 17 at various venues in Cedar Rapids.

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  • Tue Sep 13 - Sat Sep 17 2016
  • CSPS Hall and various venues

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle are storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians. Anna and Elizabeth bring old Appalachian songs and tales to life with banjo, fiddle, guitar and the uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. As if that weren’t enough, they illustrate their music with "crankies" — intricate pi... read more

Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut enchants audiences with inventive arrangements of traditional songs from her homeland. Alone on stage, she blends her crystalline voice with violin and electronics, creating layers of haunting loops. “Her music takes us far away, in a country still wild and very close to nature,” said one critic. “Wh... read more

John McCutcheon is folk music’s Renaissance man: master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. He is a master of a dozen traditional instruments, including the hammer dulcimer, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and Jew’s harp.

His 30 recordings have garnered every honor imaginabl... read more

The seven-piece (plus dancer), multi-generational group brings to life the music of southern Italy’s wild and remote Adriatic coast. Their atmospheric concerts range from tender love songs to a frenzied dance music called pizzica tarantata. Played on guitar, drums, accordion, violin, harmonica, tamburello and bagpipes, the music is believed to... read more

Tall Heights are more than an East Coast take on the intricate finger-picked guitar and tight, prismatic vocal harmonies of Portland's Fleet Foxes. They bring with them the New England vibe of Simon & Garfunkel, a gravitas and lightness missing from much of today's indie music.

Ear to the Ground wrote, "They are one of the few understa... read more

  • 8:00 pm
  • Sat Oct 22 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $12 Launch rate
  • $15 advance | $18 door

Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Adrian Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). In a... read more

  • 7:00 pm
  • Wed Oct 26 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $14 Launch rate
  • $17 advance | $21 door