The works in Jen P. Harris’ Ghost Prairie were conceived in response to the Iowa landscape, by most measures the most radically altered place in North America. Imagery in the paintings reference the lost Iowa tallgrass prairie, which gave way to the current landscape of monoculture crops. The artist says she wanted to “evoke an expe... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Main Gallery

Tori Lawrence, director-choreographer of Tori Lawrence + Co., creates immersive site-specific dances, intermedia performances, and dances for the camera.

Man and Woman with Plants is a six-minute portrait of two people who might have lived in an abandoned farmhouse; a contemporary Grant Wood.

Tori is currently on fellowship ... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall • Digital Gallery

Sampler is a collection of new work by Minneapolis artist Katy Collier, riffing on the idea of a “sampler,” an artifact produced as a test or example of a skill. The series of collaged works explore the influence of pastoral themes within domestic design and traditional craft practices. In the last four years Collier has printed multilayered... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery

New York City composer Mikel Rouse has been churning out these curious four-panel cartoons, one a day, for a little while now. Titled The Underemployed, this cartoon and exhibit are as enigmatic and fun as his music.

The son of Missouri state trooper, Rouse moved to New York City in 1979 and became associated with a Downtown New York movem... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun May 29 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery

A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice, Matt Andersen has netted three Maple Blues Awards, a Memphis Blues Challenge win, a CIMA Road Gold Award, a European Blues Award, and a JUNO Award nomination.

“Canada's greatest guitarist made one acoustic guitar sound like a fully staffed band. Outrageous skill and contagious joy...... read more

Tall Heights are more than an East Coast take on the 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 unde... read more

The bold vulnerability of Chris Pureka’s songs is appealing to an exploding number of fans. She releases her sixth CD, the aptly titled Back in the Ring, this spring.

John Pareles of The New York Times wrote,“An interviewer asked Chris Pureka to sum up her music as a haiku. I will: Folky sorrowful songs of lo... read more

2016 Best Picture winner Spotlight shines a light on the impact of investigative journalism and a real news team at the Boston Globe. Join IowaWatch, a statewide non-profit news organization, as they talk live with a member of the Spotlight team before a screening of the celebrated film.

Do... read more

  • 7:00 pm
  • Thu May 5 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $15

The 10th annual International Annual Russian Guitar Seminar and Festival visits CSPS.

This year’s line-up: Kurt and Annette Bjorling; Igor Golger and Hiroko Hajimoto; Dan Caraway; The Czar's Guitars, Maxim Lysov; George Arutunyan; Vadim Kolpakov; Oleg Timo... read more

  • 8:00 pm
  • Sat May 7 2016
  • CSPS Hall •
    $12 advance, $10 student, $15 at the door

This Colombian eight-piece is storming the globe with its spectacular, super-tight performances of joropo music and dancing. Hailing from the vast Orinoco plains on the great Orinoco River, joropo is a fast traditional rhythm played on harp, bandola and cuatro accompanied by bass, cajon and maracas. Cimarrón have experimented with the music of ... read more

Bo Ramsey will open with an acoustic set of original music and then back up Pieta

It’s a voice that demands attention without rattling the cage-- soft, seductive, bearing the ghost of a Southern drawl.

Pieta continues to ride the upward arc begun with her eponymous 2002 debut. To her credit, each stop along the way reveali... read more

Raised in a Pentecostal church in central Oklahoma, Parker Millsap sings like he’s on intimate terms with the devils and angels. The 23-year-old is raising converts with his new release The Very Last Day on Okrahoma Records/ Thirty Tigers. Accompanied by his collaborators, high school buddy Michael Rose on bass and fiddle-player Danie... read more

SPT Theatre Company serves up another season of Tales from the Writers’ Room

Featuring the original musings of the members of the Writers’ Room, Tales is an evening of sketch comedy and drama, monologue, poetry and live music provided by SPT and musical guests

May 20-21 – “Here’s Looking at ... read more

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend-defier and savagely funny s... 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 m... read more

  • 7:00 pm
  • Tue May 24 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $13 Launch rate
  • $16 advance | $19 door

This fast-rising singer-songwriter duo is made up of Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. They accompany each other with electric/acoustic guitars, along with piano, percussion and the occasional banjo, but it’s their rich harmonies that bring down the house. Their perfectly matched voices sometimes share the back-and-forth conversations of the so... read more

Identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook hail from Sandpoint, Idaho by way of Portland, Oregon. Their beautiful twin harmonies drift over banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden Egg to creat a unique and eccentric ... read more

Winner of “American Idol’s” eighth season, Kris Allen has released his third full-length album Horizons, bringing a more boldly openhearted spirit to his soulful brand of pop- rock than ever before. With his past work including a 2009 self-titled debut featuring the platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying,” Allen’s ... read more

Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for the mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories of Caravan of Thieves.

This CSPS favorite sounds a little like Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles playing a party at Tim Burton’s house.

It all started in 2008 when husb... read more

Since forming in 2009, the Dirty Bourbon River Show has released eight studio albums, fast earning them a reputation for the tight, diverse sound they’ve dubbed  “New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock.”

“Genetically theatrical… ,” Gambit Weekly said, “appetite-whetting… a snow-globe carnival segueing seamlessly from... read more

Multi award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Peter D. Harper brings a stunning amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, basing much of his sound around the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original sound ... read more

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