Los Angeles-based filmmaker and performance artist Seema Kapur brings Rivers and Bridges to the CSPS galleries. The video installations touch provocatively on identity, ethnicity, fantasy and the land.

“Remembering Apna Punjab” is a suite of works named after rivers in the Northern Indian state of Punjab. In each, an American ... read more

  • Thu Jan 14 - Sun Apr 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall

Fidencio Martinez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico but raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. Currently an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa, his work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio­economic issues affecting Mexico. Martinez manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and ... read more

  • Thu Jan 14 - Sun Apr 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery

University of Iowa senior graphic design student Sam Watkins presents eight portraits of Martin Luther King Jr. in an exhibition called "Keep Moving Forward." The Cedar Rapids native and Washington High School graduate created the works for a recent exhibit at the UI Memorial Union, part of the UI’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration We... 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

February 12-13 – “I Yam What I Ya... read more

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a Louisiana supergroup. The Revelers were just nominated for a Grammy in the Best Regional Roots category for their new record Get Ready.

Founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, two groups unquestionably at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance, have joined togethe... read more

Meet the Artists is a series of artist talks and events across Iowa featuring the the 2015 Iowa Arts Council Artist Fellows.

2:00 pm | Artist Talk
3:00 pm | Reception

Enjoy an artist talk to learn about the work of 2015 Iowa Arts Council Artist Fellows Rachel Buse, Lisa Schlesinger and Rob Stephens. En... read more

  • Sat Feb 20 2016
  • CSPS Hall • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • Free

This moving musical presented by Cedar Rapids’ own Revival Theatre Company tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty and acceptance. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet goes on a cross-country journey in search of healing at the hands of a televangelist. Along the way she discovers beauty, courage and love.

F... read more

  • Thu Feb 25 - Sun Feb 28 2016
  • CSPS Hall • Feb 25, 26,
    27, 8:00 PM; Feb 28, 2:30 PM
  • $29 advance | $34 door

Austin, Texas-based  fiddler/singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez is often pegged as a country singer, yet she often sings in fluent Spanish, and her new release features classic Ranchera songs from the Mexican songbook.

Called Lola, the new record features guitarist Bill Frisell and a guest performance by Raul Malo of The Maverick... read more

This orchestral indie rock band based out of South Minneapolis is distinguished by songwriter/frontman Peter Miller’s unique countertenor vocals and songs that combines Sufjan Stevens’ sense of sad wonder with the winsome shamble of PHOX.

“The music feels like an intimate blend of complicated realities,” wrote Ear to the Ground.”... read more

  • 7:00 pm
  • Sun Mar 13 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $11 Launch rate
  • $14 advance | $17 door

Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships. The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into The Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics, plus a handf... read more

With an extensive and amazing track record of unique and imaginative performances featuring his curious instrument and copious amounts of originality, Mike Silverman aka That1Guy has set himself apart as a true one-of-a-kind talent that rivals any other artist currently in the entertainment industry. Averaging 150-200 shows a year all over North... 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

March 25-26 – “No Returns”
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Sounding sort of like a Canadian Sufjan Stevens, Jordan Klassen views the world through a beautifully kaleidoscopic lens, watching life’s splendors crash into the darkness. “This is lush-sounding chamber-folk, full of sonic atmospherics embellishing Klassen's reflective songs and bolstering a pure floating falsetto voice,” said New Canadia... read more

  • 7:00 pm
  • Tue Mar 29 2016
  • CSPS Hall • $11 Launch rate
  • $14 advance | $17 door

Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately phrased melodies and traditional songs.

"The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm," says The Scotsman, "as ... read more

This Beijing-based six-piece create a fiery, unique sound using folk instruments like the morin khuur (horsehair fiddle) and tobshuur (two-stringed lute), fused with propulsive throat-singing and electric guitars. Hanggai’s leader, Ilchi, abandoned his punk band after hearing traditional overtone singing for the first time. H... read more

This two-time Grammy-nominated artist started out as an alt-country darling and went on to write "New Country" hit "Nobody Wins"--with Radney Foster--and the successful singles "Things We Said" and "(Believe Me Baby) I Lied" for Tricia Yearwood.

Her latest release, Thorn In My Heart (Lojinx/Yep Roc), features Jason Isbell, Wilco’s Pat Sa... read more

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. He and singing partner, Carmen Nickerson, bring their brand of righteous indie-folk for a night of high-test tunes and tons of fun. Willy’s signature finger-picking guitar work and rich songwriting creates a one-of-a... read more

Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa), Mikael Marin (viola), and Roger Tallroth (12-string guitar) make up the Nordic folk trio Väsen.

Väsen take the traditional music of their native Sweden and blend it into a delicious mixture of distinctive rhythms, gorgeous melodies and unstoppable grooves.

“The sound may be traditional, but the attit... read more

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams carry on the musical tradition of great singing couples: Johnny and June, Graham and Emmylou, Michael and Cary Ann (Shovels & Rope)... Onstage, they truly are hotter than a pepper sprout, jamming and harmonizing on songs carved from old-growth Americana. It was Emmylou herself who said, “The music Larry a... read more

Judd Apatow told Rolling Stone Magazine, "In my head, Loudon Wainwright is Bono." And Loudon really is a folk music superstar, a beacon in the cultural night for people who read between the lines and enjoy their feelings with a little thought and humor.

Loudon’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs... read more

Red Cedar Chamber Music brings a rare collection of 19th-century magic lantern slides to life with original music. Set to images from the collection of Iowa historian Michael Zahs, the pieces range from fanciful ("The Tiger and the Tub"), to dramatic ("Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight") to heart-on-sleeve sentimentality ("There’s... read more

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

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

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