Hominine and Mr. Lips: Two Works is an exhibition by New York-based artist Andrew Brehm. The sculptural installation and video series deal with issues of family and relationships in general, specifically with those that are dysfunctional. In the Digital Gallery, Brehm shows three segments from his Mr. Lips series. Th... read more
  • Thu Dec 4 - Sun Jan 4 2014
  • Digital and Club Room galleries
Students from the University of Iowa 3D Design Program won this year’s CONNECT competition at SOFA CHICAGO, the world-renowned art fair dedicated to functional art and design.  Schools were invited to create a series of lounge environments incorporating seating, lighting and installations. The winning design reflects a focus on student growth... read more
  • Thu Dec 11 - Sun Jan 4 2014
  • Main Gallery
In five videos, a performer uses a wooden stick to push on the wavy membrane between air and water. These "drawings" create a ripple effect that eventually expands to cover several square miles. Adam Burke is an award-winning media artist, producer and writer with national and international credits. Last year, with a collective of artists and ac... read more
  • Mon Dec 15 - Sun Feb 1 2014
  • Commons Gallery
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
Minneapolis-based, dance couple Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs ”interact with droll humor and deadpan slapstick as they create an entire world constructed from precisely splintered images” (City Pages) in the Iowa premiere of The Very Unlikeliness (I'm Going to KILL You!). Their stoic faces, monochromatic costumes and a soundtr... read more
Led by dynamic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds command an arsenal of instruments from around the world. They are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow. Surrounding Zindle's earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic ba... read more
In his three and a half decades as a recording artist, Willie Nile has earned a reputation as a fierce rock ’n’ roller and an insightful songwriter. It’s Nile’s introspective side that fuels If I Was a River, a 10-song collection focusing on the remarkable melodic and lyrical skills that have long endeared Nile to his passionately ... 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
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 kazoo... read more
“I always said that if I didn’t write songs, I’d be covered in tattoos, because every song I write is something I want to remember really badly,” says Heather Maloney. Still a blank slate as far as tats go, the Northampton, Mass., singer/songwriter is marking life lessons with music on her new self-titled album: tuneful reminders to hers... read more