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Carly Weber  ::   UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 2:09 pm   ::  

Friday, April 3Since coming together in 2007, Deborah Holland, Wendy Waldman, and Cindy Bullens have been wowing audiences with their soaring harmonies, indelible musicianship and unforgettable stage presence. With 19 solo albums and multiple Grammy Award nominations among them plus connections that run from Animal Logic to Vanessa Williams to "Grease," The Refugees are a true folk supergroup. Blending country, rock, folk and Americana, these three women have created an entirely new sound. Their debut CD, ‘Unbound' was released this January and features the trio on guitars, dobro, bass, mandolin, harmonica, accordion and percussion. The song list includes a mix of innovative new cowrites and fresh arrangements of their previously recorded radio favorites, including "Save the Best for Last," "Fishin' in the Dark," "Spy in the House of Love" and "Jellico Highway."
The Refugees
8 p.m. Friday (4/3); CSPS, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids; $17 advance, $20 day of show, (319) 364-1580; www.legionarts.org
Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festivalhttp://hooplanow.com/files/2009/04/film-fest.jpg
Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4
The ninth annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival will showcase the work of filmmakers, from across the state and around the country, all with strong connections to Iowa. Of the 70 films submitted, 31 were chosen. These films represent a wide variety of features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animations and experimental films at student, pro-am and professional levels. Among them a documentary about the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a short about a 98-year-old woman getting her drivers license renewed. There's also a full-length feature by Max Allan Collins that has already done well on the festival circuit starring Tom Sizemore (of "Saving Private Ryan" fame) about a hitman lured out of retirement by a big paycheck. The festival also includes seminars and a casting call for "Splatter," a projects that will be filmed at locations around Iowa including several near Burlington.
Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday (4/3), 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday (4/4) and 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday (4/5); Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Rd., Marion; $10 each session or $35 all-event pass; Eddy Awards ceremony free with any other festival ticket purchase; www.crifm.org
Vh1 Save the Music artist, Andy Frascohttp://hooplanow.com/files/2009/04/web-frascopromophtosprng09.jpg
Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5
From the suburbs of West Los Angeles, Andy Frasco has performed with acts such as, Hellogoodbye, Berlin, Tyler Hilton, Butch Walker, Gavin Degraw and many others. The 21-year-old blues musician has vintage style one could easily imagine resonating off the tin walls of a phonograph. In 2007, Frasco moved to New York and independently produced, arranged, and distributed his debut full-length album "Growth & Progress." He's currently performing 50 benefit concerts in 60 days through 33 states for music education programs in the public school system through The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring music programs in public schools and raising public awareness about the importance of music for our nation's youth.
Vh1 Save the Music artist, Andy Frasco 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (4/4 and 5); Cocktails & Co., 1625 Blairs Ferry Rd., Marion; $5 Saturday and FREE Sunday; www.myspace.com/andyfrasco or www.andyfrascorocks.com

Three Other Things

Spring Metro Gallery Tour 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (4/3)
Various Locations, Cedar Rapids and Marion, FREE, www.crma.org
Raising Medusa 7:30 p.m. Thursday (4/2, 9, 16), Friday (4/3,10, 17) and Saturday (4/4, 11, 18) 2 p.m. Sunday (4/5 and 19)
Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, $24 with discounts available for seniors and youth, (319) 338-7672, www.riversidetheatre.org
Harmony Hawks Revolutions In Song 7:30 p.m. Friday (4/3) and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (4/4) Theatre Cedar Rapids Lindale, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, $17 for adults and $5 for kid, (319) 366-8591, www.theatrecr.org

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