Past


Vance Gilbert  

Vance Gilbert

March 15, 2019 at 8:00pm

Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Introducing Vance Gilbert, live. It’s been almost two decades since a young singer and teacher went from playing open mikes to opening for Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker and George Carlin. Along the way, America began to discover this Boston songwriter with “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Since then, Vance has released nine acclaimed albums, from Edgewise (1994) to Old White Men (2011). Side of the Road, his 2003 duo effort with Ellis Paul, was called by the Boston Globe, “the songwriter’s most compelling work yet; literate, heartfelt, rippling and emotionally resonant.”

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Bully  

Bully

February 28, 2019 - March 2, 2019

In the latest production from resident company Mirrorbox Theatre, Wren, Simone and Tanisha beat up other women for fun on the weekends. Bree, one of their victims, discovers their identity and plots revenge with friends Delilah and Candace. In her quest for revenge against the bullies who beat her up, will Bree learn more about herself than she bargained for? This alternately funny and terrifying exploration of female relationships answers an eternal question: What if Lord of the Flies was transported to an aerobics studio?

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Premiere Pass  

Premiere Pass

November 1, 2018 - March 2, 2019

Mirrorbox Theatre presents Iowa premiere plays as reflections on contemporary culture. Join us for another season of thought-provoking and imaginative drama in an intimate setting. Our Premiere Pass is a season subscription, discounted from the regular price of $15 per show. Guarantee your seats and avoid additional transaction fees by purchasing all four shows today, each one produced by Mirrorbox for the first time in Iowa.

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Lula Wiles  

Lula Wiles

February 27, 2019 at 7:00pm

They’ve been a festival hit all over New England, thanks to what one critic calls “harmonies that would make the angels envious, and songs of love lost (and a murder ballad or two) that would make them blush" (Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots). Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today.

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Halfloves w/ Treesreach  

Halfloves w/ Treesreach

February 23, 2019 at 8:00pm

Hailed as "the best rock band in Iowa" by the Iowa Informer, Halfloves has been described by the Ames Tribune as "an excellent indie rock band capable of weaving tones together into a bright, rocking and melodic dose of pure pop."

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The Talbott Brothers  

The Talbott Brothers

February 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

They were such a hit opening for Donna the Buffalo this fall that we’re bringing them back in the winter. The Talbott Brothers are a Portland based duo composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. Born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, they began writing and performing together in the summer of 2012 before relocating to Oregon. Perfecting an alternative blend of folk, rock and blues, The Talbott Brothers creatively combine blood harmonies with storytelling and infectious melodies.

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T’Monde  

T’Monde

February 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

Three remarkably accomplished young musicians come together in T’Monde, the Acadian phenomenon that Offbeat magazine has called “a creative fusion of classic country and out-of-the-way Cajun.” The band began in 2011 as three friends who liked playing together. Lafayette native Drew Simon had taken up the accordion as a teen, though it would be another five years before he actually owned the instrument. He’s since played with Balfa Toujours, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, the Savoy Family Band and the Pine Leaf Boys. A native of Tepetate, Louisiana, Megan Brown is a fixture on the Lafayette scene, playing guitar and singing with a host of Lafayette bands. Rounding out the trio is jolie blonde Kelli Jones-Savoy, who grew up playing old-time music in North Carolina, before moving to Lafayette to study French.

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SPT Theatre  

SPT Theatre

February 15, 2019 - February 16, 2019

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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John Primer & The Real Deal  

John Primer & The Real Deal

February 12, 2019 at 7:00pm

You could say John Primer’s musical career was forged by the legends. As bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Primer's virtuosity as a blues musician draws on the giants. To go even further back, he began his playing on Maxwell Street, the birthplace of Chicago blues. Before long he had taken over as bandleader at the infamous Theresa's Lounge, where for the next seven years he played alongside Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, James Cotton and others.

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Connla  

Connla

January 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Connla has been called “the hottest new group out of Northern Ireland.” Since the release of their album River Waiting in 2016, the quintet has made an impact on the folk and traditional scenes, garnering fantastic reviews at home and abroad, and attracting a following that stretches across Ireland, UK, Europe and the US.

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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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