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Desdemona redux: Emily Martin explores animation at CSPS

Book artist Emily Martin, whose work has been displayed across the country and the world, has turned her attention to a new medium for her exploration of William Shakespeare’s Othello through the words of the tragic Desdemona: animation. […]

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Interview: Folksinger Richard Shindell on his influences and his love of Cedar Rapids’ CSPS Hall

Songwriter, guitarist and folksinger Shindell returns to CSPS Hall on Wednesday night for a concert presented by Legion Arts. Tickets are still available — $18 in advance and $22 at the door — for the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Shindell will be joined by Marc Shulman on electric guitar. […]

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CSPS Legion Arts-commissioned ‘Pang!’ premieres in Cedar Rapids, exploring poverty on stage

Pang! CSPS Hall — Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 and 8 p.m. Pang!, a production made up of three live radio plays about families struggling with hunger, will have its world premiere performances this weekend at CSPS Hall in the New Bohemia district of Cedar Rapids. Legion Arts, […]

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SPT Theatre celebrates 10 years of Tales from the Writers’ Room

The 10th season of Tales from the Writers’ Room kicks off, as it were, with 1st and 10, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, at CSPS Hall. Performances, featuring sketch comedy, music and more, start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. […]

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SHEL satisfies with strong sets at CSPS

No one needs to encourage the members of SHEL to come out of their shells. Legion Arts presented the band at CSPS in Cedar Rapids’ New Bo District on Saturday night (May 13), and SHEL pleased the crowd with two sets of music and funny, if sometimes awkward, banter. […]

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Mount Vernon’s Dan Bern to play two nights at CSPS Hall

Dan Bern CSPS Hall — Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Mount Vernon’s own Dan Bern settles in to CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, for a two-night stint of lyrical folk delight. Earlier this year, the extremely prolific Bern released Adderal Holiday, his […]

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Hiawatha artist Blair Gauntt returns to visual roots with new book ‘George Orwell and His Magic Penguin’

Blair Gauntt and his longtime friend and collaborator Rich Dana were leading a hands-on zine making workshop at the 2015 edition of ICON — the long-running Iowa science fiction convention — when Gauntt picked up a ballpoint pen and started drawing. “I realized at that point I hadn’t drawn — I hadn’t made lines with […]

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Jen P. Harris closes exhibit and launches catalog

Jen P Harris - Ghost Prairie

Jen P. Harris: Closing Reception and Catalog Launch Legion Arts CSPS Hall — Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. Iowa City-based artist Jen P. Harris closes out her exhibit at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Sunday with a reception, an artist’s talk and a newly published catalog. The event runs from 2–4 p.m. Harris, […]

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Saturday at CSPS Hall: One-man play tells the story of labor hero Joe Hill

Joe Hill’s Last Will CSPS Hall — Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. On Nov 19, 1915, after a questionable trial over a trumped-up murder charge, labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill was executed by firing squad in Utah. Since his death, he has become a legend, memorialized in poetry, prose, song and the play […]

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Interview: Actor Jeff Daniels talks life on the road and the joy of touring with his sons

Jeff Daniels

“It’s hard to be two things in this country,” says actor Jeff Daniels. “They’ll give you one, but not two.” The notion of a successful actor or actress breaking through into the music world is indeed a precarious one, with fame working as both an ally and enemy, a foot in the door and a […]

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Hang ten, my undead dudes! Surf Zombies head to CSPS for vinyl release show

Surf Zombies Vinyl Release Party Cedar Rapids Legion Arts Hall — Friday, Sep. 11 at 8 p.m. After a studio hiatus, Surf Zombies are at it again with their new release It’s a … Thing. The album is the forth that the group has released together though their individual music histories are extensive. Brook Hoover, […]

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