Director David Baker and his jazz ensemble opened with its first concert of the 2002-03 season to a crowd of over 200 Monday night at the Musical Arts Center. The event was free and open to the public. A noticeable number of the jazz lovers in the audience were today's senior citizens who danced to jazz when it first became widespread the way they did to Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey of the swing era. But the main crowd appeared to be IU students out to enjoy a free evening's entertainment.
The sound of trumpets, cellos and children's voices trickles through Borders Bookstore. Following the noise, one arrives at the store's southwest corner, where a group of parents and kids sit on planet, star and sun-speckled semi-circular steps. Amy Benson, John Richardson and Cheryl Schuster, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra violinists and the objects of the group's enchantment, sit at the bottom.
After months of anticipation and weeks of strenuous rehearsal, Mozart's world-renowned opera "Don Giovanni" had its opening performance at the Musical Arts Center this past Friday. Mozart set his music to the somewhat bawdy libretto written by Lorenzo da Ponte and first performed it in Prague in 1787. It tells the story of a character to whom many college students can relate.
With the clouds hanging low over Bloomington and a steady drizzle keeping all but the most industrious people indoors, the music coming from inside the Malibu Grill Thursday was quite enticing. Piano and bass duo Paul Johnston and Steve Johnson entertained a small but loyal audience of jazz enthusiasts. Oh, and they managed to impress this lone music reviewer to boot. The duo spent the evening playing a mixture of both popular and lesser known jazz arrangements, keeping the music interesting through the entire set. Paul Johnston's flowing piano really got the people to listen, while Steve Johnson's jazz bass kept the groove in overdrive. The result was an enjoyable combination of good old-fashioned upbeat lounge jazz with a solid taste of soul to round out the mix.
Trapeze artists, middle school choir groups, cotton candy, a chair massage and a lollipop tree all in the same place. The annual Third and High Festival of the Arts celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday and Sunday at St. Charles Church. The event is a fundraiser for both the parish and the school. It usually brings in about $20,000 and is split equally between the two.
A tarp, mic stands and an amplifier or two. This is the setting at People's Park (located across the street from Kilroys on Kirkwood) every Tuesday afternoon, and is part of the People's Park lunch series, which runs from mid-May to Oct. 8. From noon till 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, different local musicians bring their own style of music to the Bloomington community.
ASSISI, Italy -- St. Jerome's white beard is largely gone, his rich cloak looks like it was devoured by moths and the roll of writing paper on his desk has disappeared.
John Barrymore is often remembered not only as being one of the greatest actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood, but also as one of the most tragic. His career started with such classics as Grand Hotel, Dinner at Eight, and the silent version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. However towards the end of his life, the films he starred in floundered in quality and his career began to unravel. He died at the age of sixty leaving behind one fascinating piece of unfinished business.
TOKYO -- When Eitetsu Hayashi goes on the road, he doesn't travel light. First, he has to pack three big traditional drums, each weighing about 900 pounds. Then there are another 20 smaller drums, cases, sound equipment -- two tons of stuff. At least.
LOS ANGELES -- A group of musicians including Don Henley and Jennifer Warnes urged California lawmakers to intervene and protect them from what they say are unfair contracts that give recording companies the opportunity to withhold royalties with impunity. The musicians, whose careers span seven decades, also charged Tuesday that the recording industry systematically underreported sales to reduce royalty payments.
I was a few minutes early when I flung my buzz-bomb of a Buick nicknamed "The Red Hornet" around the corner of Third St. and South Washington St. I quickly found myself in my favorite secret parking place used when visiting the Bloomington Playwrights Project. I was attending an opening night reception that started at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the Cabaret Nouveau Series. The show "Slightly Deranged: A Thinking Woman's Tour D'Vorce," was written and composed by Bloomington local Krista Detor.
As the brilliant fall sun trickles down between crimson, copper and golden-colored leaves, some 3,000 visitors eager for fresh produce, live music and down-home fun stroll through the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market. Visitors will buy everything from ruby-red tomatoes to savory baked breads to colorful fall flowers -- not to mention hearty, plump pumpkins.
Edgar Meyer, a 1984 graduate of the IU School of Music, will be one of 24 new recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship. Meyer, a well-known bassist and composer, has been reviewed by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument," according to a press release.
To some children, becoming an archaeologist is as common a dream as becoming a professional athlete or fireman. Children love the excitement of action, the intrigue of mystery, and archaeology presents them with both. But children are incapable of spending their time searching for dinosaur bones in the black plains of Montana or Egyptian mummies deep inside tombs of pyramids. Instead of waiting for a trip to the field, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures is bringing that opportunity to Bloomington. The museum, with the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology, is hosting a free "Discover Archaeology" function from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is for all ages and is open to the public.
It began one night in a lounge, when an accomplished violinist laid out a dream. Together with other accomplished musicians, her dream became a possibility in October 2001. The result: The Educational Cross-Cultural Heritage Organization (ECHO), which is approaching its one-year anniversary in Bloomington.