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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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Gilded Pear explores Framework in their second juried art exhibit

The notion of Framework frames the new juried exhibition at the Gilded Pear Gallery in the Cedar Rapids Med Quarter District (808 3rd Ave. S.E.). Lauren Tucci, gallery assistant and inventory manager, is the coordinator of the show. She says the framework theme arose as waters rose in Cedar Rapids in September 2016. […]

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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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North America’s only professional marimba quartet makes a stop in Cedar Rapids

The Heartland Marimba Quartet — the only professional marimba quartet in North America — will present a concert at the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (1841 E Ave NE, Cedar Rapids) on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. The concert is free, but a $15 donation is suggested. […]

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Amara Piano Quartet helps the Friends of Music at Coe celebrate a big anniversary

For 25 years, the Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC) has been working to connect the Coe College Music Department with the wider Cedar Rapids community in an effort to build audiences. The group, founded by alumni and friends of Coe, also works to provide enhanced educational opportunities by bringing guest artists to campus. […]

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‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ gives audiences the gift of laughter

Giving Tree Theater is offering audiences a gift: an evening of such silliness that one’s troubles can’t intrude while the stage lights are up. Under the direction of Joe Link, the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors delivers a rapid-fire collection of sight gags, linguistic trickery, recurring bits and general zaniness. […]

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Rothrock on DeWitte: The Cedar Rapids musician opens up about her husband’s illness ahead of a weekend of performances

Vocalist Lynne Rothrock and guitarist Ron DeWitte are fixtures of the Eastern Iowa music scene. They are also married. And together, they are coping with DeWitte’s serious illness. […]

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Granger House kicks off a spooky season with an exploration of ‘Macbeth’

‘Macbeth’ Granger House Victorian Museum — Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Things are about to get spooky at the Granger House Victorian Museum. Beginning this weekend and through October and beyond, the uncanny will take center stage. The Granger House (970 10th St, Marion) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It […]

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‘We kind of grew up together’: Mother and daughter pair Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche head to Iowa

Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are, of course, well aware of the famous musical figures in their extended family. From The Roches, Suzzy’s vocal group with her sisters, to Lucy’s father Loudon Wainwright III and half-siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright — not to mention Lucy’s own solo efforts — there is plenty of musical firepower in the family. […]

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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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Explore Czech Village and New Bo destinations at Room with a Brew

Room with a Brew returns to Czech Village and the New Bo neighborhood this weekend, and organizers are hopeful that the second edition of the event will not have to contend with any weather issues. This year’s event is this Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. The starting point is the NewBo City Market where there will be prize drawings and exhibitors and where participants can pick up a souvenir glass and a tour map. The self-guided tour includes four excellent examples of the urban living options in the district and four great eateries. The tour map serves as the ticket, granting access to the living spaces and securing participants two free beverage tastings and appetizers at the restaurants. […]

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