In his exhibit "Some Places on This Planet," Stuart Klipper literally takes on the world. The Minnesota photographer has traveled the world (six visits to Antarctica alone) capturing the light and form of far-flung environments. His arresting panoramic shots of Midwestern water towers, polar icescapes and tropical forests distill a... read more
  • Thu May 1 - Sun Aug 3 2014
  • Commons Gallery
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Ian Etter brings his multi-media exploration, Manned Mock Mars Mission (MMMM), to the CSPS galleries. Blending histories of the settlement of the American West and interplanetary exploration, the installation covers Ian’s time in the Utah high desert and the Iowa Loess Hills where he conducted simulations of living on Mars. The project began w... read more
  • Thu May 1 - Sun Jul 27 2014
  • CSPS Hall
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Grant Wallace Band is a project of protean Chicago composer-performers Ben Hjertmann (voice), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola), and Cedar Rapids native Luke Gullickson (piano). Named for an esoteric California artist who practiced interstellar telepathic communication in an isolated cabin, Grant Wallace Band is weaving a fresh, diaphanous sound from t... read more
These icons of Cuban son have more than seven decades and three generations of musical history under their belts. Founded by the legendary Arsenio Rodríguez in the 1940s, the legendary reed and brass-fueled band has been led by the son and then grandson of first trumpet player Felix Chappottín since Rodríguez left Cuba for New York in 1... read more
Suzy Bogguss is one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native’s 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound... read more
Exuberant youthful energy bursting with natural talent and contagious rhythm, the six young men of Mokoomba bring an electrified blend of Afro-fusion and tantalizing traditional Tonga music. Hailing from the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe, the band is setting dance floors ablaze throughout Africa and Europe. Mokoomba combines traditional and ... read more
It was 1968 when Bonnie Koloc, an Iowa girl of 22, burst onto the Chicago folk music scene and became a pivotal act at the Earl of Old Town, Chicago’s legendary folk music club. Along with Steve Goodman and John Prine, she formed what became known as the “trinity of the Chicago folk scene.” During the next decade, Bonnie recorded seven alb... read more
With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, Davina and the Vagabonds are burning up the concert circuit with their high-octane live shows. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evok... read more
Trish Bruxvoort Colligan’s new record was recorded live in the Amish-built barn at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. The 12 heartfelt and handcrafted songs on Wild Acre reflect Trish’s return to the basics of storytelling and her own singular voice. She’d spent the last 10 years making music with her husband Richard, raising a child a... read more
When the Los Angeles Times suggested that “if it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” it may have been an understatement. Few pop stars pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring and charisma into their shows and recordings as Galician multi-instrumentali... read more
The Holmes Brothers – Wendell Holmes (guitarist/pianist/vocalist/songwriter), Sherman Holmes (bassist/ vocalist/songwriter) and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon (drummer/vocalist) – are true treasures of American roots music. For 35 years, their joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country has been captiva... read more
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 songs... read more
Will Kimbrough Born and raised in the deep south of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Will Kimbrough’s body of work reflects a lifetime of performing, writing and collaborating from more angles than Da Vinci’s protractor. His music reflect years of learning the intricacies of folk, blues, gospel, country, rock’n’roll, punk rock and ... read more