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Exploring the arts during spring break



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Brown County musician and songwriter Scott Freed performs March 10, 2014, at The Players Pub. Over spring break, students and Bloomington residents can attend events at The Players Pub featuring The Fannatics and Alexander-Lee & Thee Vatos Supreme.  IDS file photo Buy Photos

As spring break rolls in, many IU students will pack their bags, lock their doors and head home or to a sunny vacation spot for the week. But for those who stick around Bloomington, there are plenty of arts events going on around town.

Bloomington Unplugged

After a performer had to cancel, The Venue Fine Art & Gifts switched up its March 13 event to offer “Bloomington Unplugged,” a showcase of Bloomington acoustic performers, according to a press release.

The performances will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at The Venue, a gallery located at 114 S. Grant St.

“Join us and see how we will turn this sow’s ear into a silk purse,” the release read.

The Fannatics

The Fannatics will bring rock, blues, funk and soul music at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to the Players Pub. Tickets cost $5, according to the pub’s website.

Marshall & McFann will open for The Fannatics with an acoustic set.

“A smokin’ rhythm section, killer horn section and lead vocalist, Mary Beth 'Pipes' McFann, burn the stage down with songs to live and love by,” according to the website.

Alexander-Lee & Thee Vatos Supreme

The alternative country and western band Alexander-Lee & Thee Vatos Supreme will also perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Players Pub.

Thee Vatos Supreme translates in Spanish to “Thee Supreme Dudes,” according to the Players Pub website.

The group’s front man, Alexander-Lee McQueen, is a native Hoosier who entered the music scene through punk rock in Bloomington, according to the website. But his love for Texan songwriters Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver led him to Austin, where he honed his own songwriting skills.

From there, McQueen wanted to perform county music with a twist, according to the website.

“Having grown tired of the same played out country tunes, and boring stage shows, Thee Vatos Supreme became the change they wanted to be and the change they wanted audiences to see,” the website read.

Graham Nash

Grammy-winning Graham Nash will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for “An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash.” Tickets start at $66.

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is using his tour to raise money for Musicians United for Safe Energy, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of alternative energy sources, according to the Buskirk-Chumley website.

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

‘Love v. Kentucky’ Screening

The Buskirk-Chumley will screen the documentary "Love v. Kentucky" at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

The film centers on the 2015 Supreme Court marriage-equality case that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. During the case, plaintiffs from four states argued for marriage equality.

The movie also tells the story of Tim Love and Larry Ysunza, who were denied a marriage license in Kentucky.

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

The event is free and unticketed.

Christine Fernando

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