Concert Across America to End Gun Violence to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence CSPS Hall — Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Trinity Episcopal Church — Sunday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Across the U.S. on the same evening, numerous concerts will be occurring, in 43 states, the Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. — […]

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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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Timeless duo the Cactus Blossoms play CSPS on Friday, June 10

Cactus Blossoms CSPS

The Cactus Blossoms CSPS Hall — Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. Legion Arts CSPS Hall welcomes the Cactus Blossoms this week, as they tour for their debut album, You’re Dreaming. A Minneapolis-based traditional country band, the Cactus Blossoms are something from an older time. Influenced by the Everly Brothers and American folklorist Alan Lomax, the […]

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Interview: Parker Millsap talks weird thrift store clothes and early inspirations

Parker Millsap The Mill CSPS

Parker Millsap w/ The Grahams The Mill — Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Legion Arts CSPS Hall — Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is gaining a lot of attention lately as the kid with the wild voice. With comparisons to a young Elvis being tossed around, thanks to his […]

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Multi-genre performer Dahlak Brathwaite visits Cedar Rapids for shows, workshops

Dahlak Brathwaite

Dahlak Brathwaite – Spiritrials CSPS — Thursday through Saturday, Mar. 10-12 at 8 p.m., with Q&A to follow There’s an intersection where poetry, theatre and music meet. The distinctions between them blur there. The categories cease to matter. This is performance at its purest, at its truest, at its most historic and its most transcendent […]

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Meet the Artists Series continues at CSPS

Meet the Artists CSPS Hall — Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Legion Arts will host the second in a series of talks sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council. Framed as “Meet the Artists,” these talks, given across the state, allow the public to engage with the 2015 Iowa Arts Council Artist Fellows. The event […]

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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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