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Buskirk-Chumley Theater presents its March lineup


A local Black Lives Matter organization is holding a free screening of the documentary film “Do Not Resist” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The film, released in 2016, is an investigation into the rapid militarization of American police forces, and the effects of this on marginalized and minority communities. Yulin Yu Buy Photos

February is nearing its end, so the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is preparing to present a new lineup of films, concerts and performances for March.

Here are a few upcoming events, courtesy of the Buskirk-Chumley website.

Texas Troubadours

Three Texas-based artists, Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Carrie Rodriguez, will showcase their songs when the Texas Troubadours tour lands at 8 p.m. March 2 in Bloomington.

Tickets start at $40.

Foster, one of the performers, mixes gospel, blues, jazz, folk and soul styles in her songs, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website. Foster has won Blues Music Awards and Austin Music Awards, and her last three albums were Grammy contenders.

Gilmore has 50 years of music experience under his belt, according to the website. His music also blends folk, rock, country, blues and bluegrass. He has been nominated for several Grammy awards.

Rodriguez released her critically-acclaimed album "Lola" in February, according to the website.

"A passionate performer, Carrie Rodriguez melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an 'American Chicana' attitude," according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.

A Saint Patrick's Celebration with the Irish Rovers

As self-proclaimed ambassadors of Irish music, the Irish Rovers will celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with a performance at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Buskirk-Chumley.

Tickets start at $30, but groups of 15 or more may receive a 10-percent discount if they contact the Buskirk-Chumley box office.

"For five decades the Irish Rovers have charmed and entertained audiences around the world," according to the theater's website.

"Throughout the years, these ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer – one that will have you singing and clapping along."

Window Horses

IU's Center for the Study of the Middle East is working with the Buskirk-Chumley to present the animated film "Window Horses" at 7 p.m. March 5.

Tickets cost $6.

The film, written and directed by Ann Marie Fleming, explores the ideas of familial love, poetry, history and culture, according to the theater's website.

The film follows young Canadian poet Rosie Ming as she performs at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran. When she arrives in Iran, conversations with poets lead her to confront her past.

"The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides," according to the Buskirk-Chumley website. "It's about being curious, staying open and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry."

Andrea Gibson

Spoken-word poet Andrea Gibson is set to perform at 8 p.m. March 6 at the Buskirk-Chumley.

The 2008 Woman of the World Poetry Slam winner started their poetry career with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado, according to the theater's website.

Gibson has since released seven albums and three collections of poetry.

Gibson's album "HEY GALAXY" was created in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which encouraged them to focus their work on social justice.

“There’s a quote that says, ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable,'" Gibson said, according to the theater's website. "I wanted to do that. I wanted to make something political and human and gutsy in its revolt, something beautiful in its sweetness and rage and vulnerability, something loud and tender at the same time.”

A League of Their Own

The Buskirk-Chumley will present the film "A League of Their Own" at 7 p.m. March 8.

The film focuses on the formation of a women's baseball league to fill the gaps left by men fighting in World War II, according to the theater's website. It stars Tom Hanks as a washed-up player hired to coach a team of athletic, driven women.

The film, which is inspired by the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, will be screened to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8.

Epic: Motion and Grandeur

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra will perform with Houston Grand Opera's Cecilia Duarte and Royal College of Music graduate Dani Howard at 6 p.m. March 11.

They will perform the music of De Falla, Grieg and Fauré before closing the concert with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash

Grammy-winning Graham Nash will perform at 8 p.m. March 16. Tickets start at $66.

Nash is a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.

For his tour, Nash is raising money for Musicians United for Safe Energy, a nonprofit organization that supports international organizations that promote alternative energy sources.

"Graham Nash's passionate voice has often been heard in support of peace and social and environmental justice," according to the website.

Miracle Movie Matinee: The Wizard of Oz

Bloomington South Dance Marathon will present a screening of "The Wizard of Oz" at 2:30 p.m. March 18.

All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Riley Hospital for Children.

"Love v. Kentucky": The Marriage Equality Case

The Buskirk-Chumley will screen the documentary "Love v. Kentucky," which centers on the 2015 Supreme Court marriage-equality case.

Dan Canon, who is running for Indiana Congress, will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session along with the case's client Tim Love after the screening, according to the theater's website.

The event is free and unticketed.

Victor Gama: Pieces For Acrux and Toha

The IU African Studies Program and The College Arts & Humanities Institute will present a performance by musician Victor Gama at 7 p.m. March 22.

Gama will perform his original compositions on the acrux and toha, two contemporary musical instruments.

The acrux is inspired by the Southern Cross constellation, and the toha is inspired by the nest of the weave bird, which is found in Angola, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.


The InMotion Dance Company will present a dance showcase called Fusion at 7:30 p.m. March 30.

The one-hour showcase will include contemporary, jazz and hip hop pieces.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

IU Outdoor Adventures will present the 16th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival from March 31 to April 1.

The festival starts out at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and tours 40 different countries.

"This year's tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from the festival," according to the theater's website. "Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, paddling the wildest waters and climbing the highest peaks, bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the World Tour is an exhilarating exploration of the mountain world."

Christine Fernando

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