Narciso Meneses Elizalde was raised in the small town of Totoapa, Hidalgo, in Mexico. His family moved to Cedar Rapids when he was 15, after which he earned a BFA from the University of Iowa in Fine Art. Narciso’s diorama work takes as its subject Mesoamerican art and thought. Mesoamerica existed in the area encompassing central Mexico and ... read more
  • Thu Oct 2 - Sun Nov 30 2014
  • Commons Gallery
Young Frank cut wood, bailed hay, fed cows, had a tumor, and dreamt big, on a small farm near Des Moines. His childhood formed his artistic vision early. The old rusty junk he was surrounded by made him realize that art didn't have to be pretty. He took that approach to Grand View College and eventually created his own style of art called Emot... read more
  • Thu Oct 2 - Sun Nov 30 2014
  • Main Gallery
Lauren Tucci’s dark, fantastical ceramic pieces tell half-stories… the viewer supplies the rest. “My attempt is to connect viewers with something they may have experienced and let them resonate with a story that they can finish telling,” she says. Animals, real and otherwise, figure prominently. In “Nurture” octopus-like appendages c... read more
  • Thu Oct 2 - Sun Nov 30 2014
  • Club Room Gallery
This quartet of films by Nick Twemlow remixes images from home movies, televised memorials and stock footage to illustrate the different ways in which we alienate and feel alienated. “I don’t think how people experience alienation is universal, but I do think it is universally experienced," Nick says. "What lengths do we go to not feel alone or... read more
  • Thu Nov 6 - Wed Dec 31 2014
  • Digital Gallery
As an Iowa native, Zachary Grey Phelps has spent a great deal of time in the timber and hills of the countryside drawing influence from the naturally occurring patterns and textures in the wild. His work ranges  from monochrome line drawings to digital scans of photography with X-rays, and from colorful oil paintings to 3D animated short films. ... read more
  • Thu Nov 6 - Sun Dec 28 2014
  • Commons Gallery
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 addi... read more
The Boston Globe hailed Garnet Rogers as a “charismatic performer and singer -- one of the major talents of our time.” With his smooth, dark baritone; incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highl... read more
Over the last decade, Pokey LaFarge has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing, all while writing songs that ring true in both spirit and sound. His music transcends genre, challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Cle... read more
Fourth Room Theatre presents John Logan's Tony award-winning drama about the legendary painter Mark Rothko. Red is the startling portrait of the famous abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko’s two-year struggle to complete the most high-priced commission in the history of modern art, and his charged relationship with young assistant, Ken,... read more
In conjunction with World AIDS Day Dudley Saunders' In These Boxes is an exhilarating and heartbreaking mix of live music, transmedia and video art exploring the human need to keep the dead from disappearing by holding onto their things. Dudley asks the local community to contribute photos of treasured objects, inherited from l... read more
Korby Lenker went from a mortician's son in rural Idaho to one of the most innovative voices in Nashville's current music scene, a tale only slightly less fascinating than his music: Songs that are simple and catchy, yet sophisticated and wry. “I'm always trying to write a song that you can hum along with on the first listen,” he says. “You'r... read more
It’s been a few miles across America, Canada, the UK and Europe since Willy Porter released his debut CD, The Trees Have Soul, in 1990. Back then he traveled in his Volkswagen selling discs out of the trunk, mesmerizing audiences with his guitar chops and original tunes. Since those days Willy has seen it all, from signing to a major lab... read more
A Cuban-American whose parents fled Castro’s Havana with him still in the womb, Walter Salas-Humara helped inspire the alt-country No Depression movement with his seminal ‘80s band The Silos. Raised bilingual in Fort Lauderdale, Walter formed and left ‘80s indie pioneers the Vulgar Boatmen. Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York, he for... read more
Drawing from influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style. His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in five critically acclaimed solo recordings and... read more
Guitarist Marc Ribot’s delicate and haunting score to the silent film The Kid continues this master musician's tradition of breaking new ground. Ribot contemporizes Charlie Chaplain's 1921 classic, making it relevant to the economic and social conditions of today. “When I first saw the film as a kid--like 45 years ago--it seemed rea... read more
In Oy Vey in a Manger, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina trying to sell off their manger--yes, that manger--before it's foreclosed upon. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and mayhem ensues--all in glorious four-part harmony. Oy Vey boasts The Kinsey Sicks reinterpretations of holid... read more
This six-piece Madison, Wis, band was forged in nearby Baraboo, the home of the famous Circus World Museum. Something must have rubbed off…a PHOX show is somewhere between a calliope-fueled blowout and a high-wire reverie. Upon their surprise Lollapalooza debut a critic raved: “a whimsical, infectious 30-minute set, created with a cacophony ... read more
At 73, Bryan Bowers is perhaps the world’s most accomplished living autoharp player.  “This man makes more music from an autoharp than you can imagine from a 12-string guitar and a harpsichord combined,” said The Washington Times. “He has more stage presence and charisma than any stage performer in recent memory.” Bowers was ... read more
Founded in 2002, this Canadian acoustic roots quintet boasts a diverse collection of musical influences, including old-time, jazz, Celtic folk and even punk. For nearly a decade they’ve blended these genres, and more, into an irresistible sound that feels both traditional and modern. The Boston Globe said The Duhks “romp from world-bea... read more
Christine Lavin and Don White walk the line between folk music and comedy, offering funny and touching insights into relationships and the world we live in. The Boston Globe called them, “Perhaps the two funniest performers on the folk circuit today.” With 22 albums to her name, Christine is perhaps best known for b... read more
Martin Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument,” says The New York Times. “His unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of the ordinary heart.” Sexton’s new album, Mix Tape of the Open Road, is a m... 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