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 drawings from a new book of cartoons called George Orwell and His Magic Penguin.

The cartoons are wildly imaginative depictions of recognizable characters way... read more

  • Thu Sep 1 - Sun Oct 30 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery • 5:00-7:00 pm

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

SHEL is Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, four young, classically trained musicians who happen to be sisters.  Based in Fort Collins, Colo., the sisters turn folk music upside down with infectious rhythms, hypnotic vocals and stunning musicianship. SHEL is an acronym for their names; Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboard, Eva on mandolin, Liza on dru... read more

The four young members of Dallahan call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritages to create a musical explosion. They blend Celtic, jazz, funk, pop and classical music, pushing and pulling listeners on a musical journey… from the tender Transylvanian love songs, to punchy Irish dance tunes packed with funky grooves.

Members ... 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

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

Parsonsfield is a five-piece alt-folk band from Northampton, Mass, that blows away preconceptions of how banjos and mandolins should sound.

The New York Times raved: "They harmonize; they play saws, mandolins and pump organs; they back their songs with crickets and squeaking screen doors; they are boisterously youthful yet deftly ... read more

Born and raised around Holly Springs, Miss., Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, has been playing music all his life. He has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style that takes the blues to another level. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the... read more

As part of our 25th anniversary season, Legion Arts presents a series of Reunion Concerts, bringing back, and bringing together, favorite musicians who have performed at CSPS Hall since 1991. The series kicks off with a double bill featuring two of our all-time faves: Dar Williams and Richard Shindell. Along with Lucy Kaplansky, the two were par... read more

  • 7:00 pm
  • Thu Nov 10 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $28 Launch rate
  • $35 advance | $40 door

Singer/songwriter Susan Werner began life as an Iowa farm girl before studying classical voice at the University of Iowa and heading to Philadelphia where she began a string of songwriting that lead No Depression to rave, "When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon."

With each release... read more

  • 8:00 pm
  • Fri Nov 18 - Sat Nov 19 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $19 Launch rate
  • $25 advance | $30 door