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The Threepenny Opera  

The Threepenny Opera

January 10, 2019 - January 13, 2019

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre returns to CSPS with a new production of The Threepenny Opera. Brutal and scandalous, yet humorous and hummable, with a notoriously happy ending, Bertolt Brecht's revolutionary masterpiece is a landmark of 20th century theatre. Inspired by John Gay's 1728 "Beggar's Opera," Brecht, together with composer Kurt Weill, fashioned a savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality.

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Kris Delmhorst w/ Sam Moss  

Kris Delmhorst w/ Sam Moss

December 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

The product of a musical family, Kris Delmhorst released her debut album, Appetite, in 1998. Since then she’s released multiple acclaimed albums, spanning a range of musical genres, both as a solo artist and as a band member. She’s contributed vocals, fiddle and cello to albums from Peter Wolf, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither and Lori McKenna, and performed with Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey as the trio Redbird.

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Stephen Kellogg  

Stephen Kellogg

December 8, 2018 at 8:00pm

Over the last decade, New England native Stephen Kellogg has performed more than 1500 concerts, raised thousands of dollars for causes close to his heart, been named Armed Forces Entertainer of the Year, and penned singles for artists ranging from rock band O.A.R. to American Idol winner Nick Fradiani. His most recent writing work, with legendary guitarist Robert Randolph, resulted in a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Record. His songs have been covered by international artists, while he’s released ten studio albums of his own. His latest, Objects in the Mirror, was recorded in Nashville by Will Hoge, and features twelve songs that explore American life in 2018.

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An Irish Christmas in America  

An Irish Christmas in America

November 30, 2018 at 8:00pm

Now in its 14th year, this beloved and heartfelt holiday show delivers a fascinating evening of Irish music, song, dance and stories. Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada , the hugely popular production includes some of Ireland’s top traditional performers in a program rich in humour and boundless energy.

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Rhythm Future Quartet  

Rhythm Future Quartet

November 18, 2018 at 7:00pm

Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw on international rhythms and idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical tradition.

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SPT Theatre  

SPT Theatre

November 16, 2018 - November 17, 2018

Every couple of months a group of misfits and wacky funsters gets together in a room ... a writers' room, in fact ... and comes up with a series of original comedy sketches. Out of this secular conclave will grow 15-20 theatrical pieces that, when wed to the magic of SPT's raucous theatrical energy, make for an evening of live entertainment unlike any other in Eastern Iowa.

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Donna the Buffalo  

Donna the Buffalo

November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

Based in Upstate New York, Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear on vocals and electric guitar; Tara Nevins on vocals, fiddle, and accordion; David McCracken on keys; Kyle Spark on bass; and Mark Raudabaugh on drums. Ranging from Cajun to raggae, zydeco to bluegrass to old-time fiddle and guitar, the sound they create has been described by Erie Times as “spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities … Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, powered by reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals. Puryear’s tunes accentuate the groove, with exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like lyrics.”

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Richard Shindell  

Richard Shindell

November 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Argentina and the Hudson Valley, Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow's Point in 1992, to his current release, Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song. His talents as a writer, singer, storyteller and guitarist have been evident in his collaborations with the likes of Joan Baez, Larry Campbell, Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky, while his solo performances remain engaging and unforgettable.

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Stelios Petrakis Trio  

Stelios Petrakis Trio

November 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

Stelios Petrakis started out as an instrument maker, renowned throughout Europe for the sterling quality of his fiddles and lutes. Only later did he emerge as a virtuoso musician in his own right. Today he tours the world with an ensemble that performs the spirited and often hypnotic dance music of the island of Crete, as well as its epic songs and laments. Cretan music, shaped over the centuries by many influences (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Venetian and Ottoman) is a highlight the Eastern Mediterranean musical family. Kin to the Greek music of the mainland, it is characterized by the predominant use of the three-stringed bowed instrument, known as the lyra, accompanied by the Cretan lute, or laouto. On the current tour, Petrakis, on lyra and lute, is joined by Thanassis Makrokostas on bagpipes and cello, and Andonis Stavrakakis on mandolin, laouto and vocals.

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There Is a Happiness That Morning Is  

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

November 1, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Legion Arts is proud to present the fourth production of Mirrorbox Theatre’s inaugural season at CSPS Hall.

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Adrian Legg  

Adrian Legg

October 30, 2018 at 7:00pm

Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Adrian Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). In addition to his distinguished career as a live performer, recording artist and composer, he is an innovator in guitar design and amplification technology, an instructor, photographer, writer and author, witty and engaging between song onstage raconteur, and an at large commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, among other gifts, pursuits and interests.

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Steve Poltz  

Steve Poltz

October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm

Watch out. Songwriter Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. Born in Canada, raised in California, he is a lover of life, fascinated by all things large and small. A road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room, and unafraid of letting his stream of consciousness take him where he needs to go.

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