Sweet, soothing sounds


Lisa Rock, center, and her band pay tribute to the music of Richard and Karen Carpenter. Contributed photo.

Treat your valentine to a night of romantic music at "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" on Feb. 14 (8 p.m., Stephens Auditorium).  

Singer and songwriter Lisa Rock pays tribute to the music of brother-sister duo Richard and Karen Carpenter, whose soft rock/pop sound dominated the 1970s music scene. Rock and her six-piece band will perform hits like "Rainy Days and Mondays," "We've Only Just Begun" and, of course, "Close to You."

Tickets, $25 to $55, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster

Grab dinner, too

Concertgoers may attend a dinner prior to the performance (6:30 p.m., Scheman Building) by calling the Iowa State Center ticket office at 294-2479. Tickets for the meal are $32 per person, and should be ordered by noon on Feb.13. The menu, prepared by Iowa State Center executive chef Kevin Streiff, is available online.