SPT Theatre: A Modern Salon
Friday, Jan. 13, to Jan. 28

A familiar face in Eastern Iowa theatrical circles will be gracing center stage during A Modern Salon at Brucemore. Cherryl Thomason is joining SPT Theatre for a lively evening of stories, conversation and music reflecting “Imagination.” Emulating the Parisian salons at the turn of the 20th century, A Modern Salon is held in the mansion’s Great Hall, where Brucemore’s Douglas family frequently entertained guests. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays. Doors open at 7 p.m. for wine tasting and appetizers, and desserts and champagne will be served during intermission. In the spirit of Parisian history, evening dress is encouraged for this soiree.

SPT Theatre: A Modern Salon
7:30 p.m. Friday (1/13) to Jan. 28, Great Hall, Brucemore mansion, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; $40 to $45, (319) 362-7375 or Brucemore.org

Indoor kayak practice
Sunday, Jan. 15, to March 12

Ice kayaking not what you had in mind? Bender Pool is ready for kayakers ages 10 and up to practice their strokes, rolls, and safety and rescue moves in a controlled environment. Drop-in sessions are available Jan. 15 and 29, Feb. 12 and 26, and March 12. Bring your own kayaks and equipment, and wear proper swim attire and clean life jackets; helmets are required for practicing rolls. Youths must be supervised by an adult, and kayaks must be rinsed inside and out before hitting the water. Experienced paddlers will be on hand to help.

Indoor kayak practice
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday (1/15) to March 12, Bender Pool, 940 14th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $10 at the door, (319) 286-5566

RUNA
Today, Jan. 12

RUNA is redefining traditional Celtic music by mixing the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and the blues. Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, the quintet has created a signature sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its members: vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia; Dublin-born guitarist Fionan de Barra; Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion; Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhran, and step-dancing; and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle. Hear their sound tonight at CSPS.

RUNA
7 p.m. today (1/12), CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $21, CSPS Box Office, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org