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IU Auditorium winter season to feature Alton Brown, Straight No Chaser


The IU Auditorium is long known for its diverse lineups of performances featuring comedy, music, lectures and more. This winter season, IU invites musical acts, a culinary show and African traditions to the stage.  

Potpourri of the Arts in the African American Tradition 

This event will bring together several of IU’s performance groups to showcase the arts of the African American tradition at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. The African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble and IU Soul Revue will perform at the event. These groups perform individually throughout the academic year, but this event will allow attendees to see all three groups at once. Tickets are $35 with student tickets available for $10. 

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Chimes of Christmas 

Chimes of Christmas will bring the Singing Hoosiers to the stage for two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. The group will present a wide range of holiday tunes including Christmas carols, contemporary songs and classical choral pieces. They will also perform “The Ballad of the Brown King” by Margaret Bonds, which reimagines the poetry of Langston Hughes in a telling of the story of King Balthazar. Singing Hoosiers will invite IU’s African American Choral Ensemble and the Jacobs Contemporary Vocal Ensemble to perform the piece with them. Student tickets start at $11 and general admission tickets start at $18. 

Alton Brown Live: Beyond The Eats — The Holiday Variant 

Host of Netflix’s “Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend” Alton Brown will bring his live show to the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. The act combines cooking, comedy, music and science and Brown promises the audience will “see things [he’s] never been allowed to do on TV” according to the auditorium’s website. Audience participation will be part of the show and Brown warns that volunteers may be in for more than they expect. Tickets start at $42.50.  

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Straight No Chaser 

One of America’s forefront a cappella groups, Straight No Chaser had their start at IU 25 years ago. At 8 p.m. Dec. 16, their 25th Anniversary Celebration tour will bring them back to the IU Auditorium for a show featuring pop and holiday tunes. The group returns to the Auditorium annually, but this show commemorates their 25 years of performance by bringing them back to where they first began. Student tickets start at $29 and general admission tickets start at $39. 

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