CSPS flood update, including show changes | September 28, 2016

UPDATE: We are open for business and back on our regular schedule CSPS Hall will remain closed until the flood waters recede. Fortunately, the building was effectively floodproofed in the renovations that followed the flood of 2008. All property from … Continue reading

LANDFALL FESTIVAL to bring 65 musicians from a dozen countries Sept 13-17 | September 5, 2016

Musicians from Ethiopia, Cuba, Hungary, Poland, Argentina, Czech Republic and Austria highlight the ninth annual Landfall Festival of World Music taking place at various Cedar Rapids venues Sept. 13 through 17. That’s 65 musicians hailing from more than a dozen … Continue reading

Make Your Mark at CSPS | April 20, 2016

Update: Deadline extended to Aug. 1 Looking back, we like to think that Legion Arts has made its mark — not only on artists and audiences, but on the neighborhood, the community, and Iowa’s cultural scene in general. That’s especially … Continue reading

New parking lot is open | October 14, 2015

The new parking lot is open for business. Access from Second Street is just one of the new features, which include handicap spaces and new plantings courtesy of Trees Forever.  

Landfall 2015 coming Sept. 15-19 | September 8, 2015

A note on parking A band of parka hat-wearing Russians who transform folk songs into dance music… A Montreal-based MC from Mexico blending hip-hop, electronica and nueva cumbia…. An Israeli-born Ethiopian diva who ignites Ethio-Jazz and funk with the soul … Continue reading

Local audiophile gives Surf Zombies vinyl an 8; release show Sept. 11 | August 26, 2015

Surf Zombies headman Brook Hoover asked local audiophile Michael Roeder to assess the new vinyl version of the band’s instant surf rock classic  It’s…a Thing. Michael (who also operates the music blog Play B Sides) ran the record through the paces … Continue reading

Concert for Nepal to aid country still in great need | July 14, 2015

The “Concert for Nepal” Saturday, Aug. 1 at CSPS Hall will cap off a month-long fundraising effort led by local Nepali man Suresh Basnet to bring relief to remote villagers struggling after a devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April … Continue reading

Make Music Day comes to Cedar Rapids June 21 | June 8, 2015

On Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer, the city of Cedar Rapids will be filled with live music, as Legion Arts coordinates the first annual MAKE MUSIC DAY CEDAR RAPIDS. MAKE MUSIC DAY, the wild and wonderful mix … Continue reading

Bob Untiedt joins Legion Arts | May 20, 2015

Bob Untiedt joins the Legion Arts staff as Finance and Development Specialist after years of volunteering with the organization. A native of eastern Iowa, he grew up in Davenport and Durant, Iowa, and attended Coe College in the 1980s. Among other … Continue reading

Artist ‘explores’ Mars with new project | April 24, 2014

Ian Etter brings his multi-media exploration, “Manned Mock Mars Mission (MMMM),” to the CSPS galleries May 1-June 29. An opening artist reception is planned for Thursday, May 1, 5-7 pm, at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. The … Continue reading

Robert Lindsey-Nassif’s ‘Opal’ based on real girl’s diaries | January 24, 2014

Robert Lindsey-Nassif’s Opal will be presented at CSPS on Friday and Saturday Jan. 31 & Feb 1, and Feb 7 & 8 at 8 pm. The musical is based on the magical and mysterious diary of seven-year-old Opal Whiteley — … Continue reading

Hinterlands’ ‘The Circuit’ earning raves | October 22, 2013

This review originally appeared on Milwaukee Mag.com Tickets to Oct. 25-26 CSPS shows here For all its punk sensibility, there is a core of heartfelt and sometimes pungent nostalgia in The Circuit, the latest project by the imaginative Detroit-based performance … Continue reading