As January comes to a close, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will be opening up a wide range of new events in February, from films to musical acts.
Here are a few upcoming events, courtesy of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater website.
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
The 1928 silent comedy “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” will screen at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 with live accompaniment by Modern Indulgence Orchestra.
Jackson Creek Middle School’s Creek Rocks Brass Band will perform a short opening set before the film begins.
While the event is free, attendees will need a ticket and are suggested to bring a $20 donation. All proceeds will go toward Jackson Creek Middle School’s Lesson Scholarship Fund.
The screening was partially set up by One Pulse Entertainment, in addition to the middle school and Buskirk-Chumley, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.
The film, which is not rated and 70 minutes long, follows its character William Canning Jr. as he travels to meet his father, whom he has not seen since he was a child.
John Raymond Jazz Ensemble
IU Jazz Studies will present a performance by the John Raymond Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Feb. 9. No tickets are needed.
The group will perform music by classic jazz composers Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Charles Mingus, as well as contemporary composers Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler and Don Ellis.
John Raymond, whom the ensemble is named for, is an assistant professor of music in jazz studies at the Jacobs School of Music.
Raymond, who has released five albums since 2012, was also recently voted a rising star trumpeter in Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll.
Singin’ in the Rain
Buskirk-Chumley will screen “Singin’ in the Rain” at 7:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Tickets cost $7.
The 1952 musical, which is G-rated and runs for one hour and 43 minutes, tops the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Movie Musicals and is in fifth place in their list of greatest American motion pictures.
State of the City Address
The City of Bloomington and Mayor John Hamilton will present the State of the City Address at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.
The event is free, open to the public and does not require a ticket. While the address will last about one hour, there will also be a 30-minute reception with light refreshments afterward.
The Arizona-based rock band Gin Blossoms will play at the Buskirk-Chumley at 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets start at $45.
The band will perform its full 1992 album “New Miserable Experience” to celebrate the album’s 25th anniversary.
After several charting singles, including “Hey Jealousy,” the band broke up in 1997 before reuniting in 2002.
The band then released its fourth album, “Major Lodge Victory,” in 2006 and its fifth, “No Chocolate Cake” in 2010.
Gin Blossoms’ jangle-pop sound evolved during the rise of grunge music superstars, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.
“As they approach their third decade, Gin Blossoms remain a rare breed — rock ‘n’ roll lifers, destined to continue creating, crafting, and performing for audiences rapt by their glorious catalog of material,” the website reads.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The Buskirk-Chumley will screen the classic 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 alongside LifeDesigns Week of Chocolate. Tickets cost $5.
The film, which is G-rated and runs for one hour and 40 minutes, is based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book.
It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score while Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
Singer, songwriter and musician Valerie June will play at the Buskirk-Chumley at 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets start at $30.
The Tennesee native’s style blends folk, soul, country, R&B and blues, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website. She has released four albums, including the 2017 “The Order of Time.”
“June has been patiently at work in the garden of song, nurturing seedlings with love and care into the lush bloom that is her stunning new album, “The Order of Time,” the website reads. “Some songs grew from seeds planted more than a decade ago, others blossomed overnight when she least expected them to, but every track bears the influence of time.
Vir Das and Asif Ali
The IU Arts and Humanities Council will bring stand-up comedian, actor and writer Vir Das to the Buskirk-Chumley at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. While entry is free, tickets are required.
Das is one of the biggest comedians in India today, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website. His work explores cultural stereotypes, pop culture and global politics.
His 2017 Netflix special, “Abroad Understanding,” have led him to sell over half a million tickets for his tours, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.
Comedian Asif Ali will open for Das in an event that is expected to run for two hours.
Love Songs for a Lasting World
Musicians Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolites will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24.
While children younger than 6-years-old can get in for free, tickets cost $15 for students and $30 for the general public.
The event is also a fundraiser for Middle Way House and is in honor of the organization’s former executive director Toby Strout, who died at age 71 in February of last year.
The performance will end in a singing parade that will end at a bonfire with apple pie from Muddy Fork Bakery.
“‘Love Songs for a Lasting World’ is a fanciful swirl of song, dance and pie,” the Buskirk-Chumley’s website reads.
Oscar Short Film Festival
The Buskirk-Chumley will present the Oscar Short Film Festival at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 as part of the Ryder Film Series.
The Ryder is a Bloomington-based organization that screens international, independent and classic films at venues across the city.
While children under the age of 6 can get in for free, advance tickets cost $8, and tickets the day of the event cost $9.50.
The series will include the Academy Award nominees for Best Short Film in Animation and Live-Action.
Singer, songwriter, activist and poet Ani DiFranco will perform at the Buskirk-Chumley at 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets start at $45.
DiFranco created her own label in 1990 and has released 21 studio albums, including the 2017 album “Binary.”
She is known for her social activism and outspoken political lyrics, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.
“At a time of global chaos and confusion, DiFranco is kicking ass and taking names, with a set of songs offering a wide range of perspective and musical scope,” according to the website.
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the screening of “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” was partially organized by Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly. The IDS regrets its error.
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