Quilting is an art form like no other. Hundreds of tiny pieces of fabric are "pieced" together to create images of pinwheels, birds, portraits of people, flowers, tea pots, kittens, rabbits, and a myriad of startling and colorful abstract designs. Once the pieces are sewn together, borders, batting and backing fabric are added and then the entire piece is quilted, sewn over with a design either by hand or by machine, to complete the laborious process.
As a child, Sonny Skyhawk slipped out of bed one night to eavesdrop on his parents and other grown-ups. He wondered: Did they secretly talk in the odd, staccato way Tonto did on "The Lone Ranger"? Turned out the television series wasn't realistic.
Indiana University alumni and former IU School of Music pianist, Winston Choi, recently received first place at the Orleans Concours International Competition in Orleans, France. His awards for this prestigious achievement include concerto and recital showings in France, Spain, Argentina and Bulgaria. He also signed recording contracts with Harmonia Mundi and Quadro Frame recording labels for which he will be recording the complete solo works of Elliott Carter and a CD in the series, "Yearbooks of Twentieth Century" respectively.
Since the debut of her best-selling novel "Clan of the Cave Bear" in 1980, author Jean Auel has won the hearts of readers and archeologists alike with her intensely researched prehistoric fiction series, "Earth's Children." Now on a book tour for her long awaited novel "Shelters of Stone" that was 12 years in the making, Auel will making a special stop at IU's Alumni Hall tonight at 6 p.m. to give a presentation for the craftsmanship lecture series which is featured by the Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology (CRAFT) annually.
The new play that opened at the Bloomington Playwrights Project this weekend, "Afterdark" by New Yorker Kara Manning, is supposed to examine the personal lives and relationships of seven city dwellers trying to make sense of their world, post-Sept. 11. It does successfully raise some important questions and offer flashes of occasional insight, but just how many questions and what they may be is not always clear. For every truth eloquently illuminated, there seems to be two other threads left untied.
LOS ANGELES -- Ruth Handler, who created Barbie, the world's most popular doll and an American icon that helped shape girls' dreams while infuriating feminists, has died. She was 85.
Most of Bloomington has probably heard of Straight No Chaser, but many may not have seen the group perform. Those not familiar with the group's work will get their chance Saturday at the IU Auditorium, where SNC will perform its spring CD release concert at 8 p.m.
Sex and drugs -- Real World style. Last night, an estimated 400 students spent two hours asking questions and receiving frank, and at times explicit, answers from two former cast members. Disclaimers posted on the doors to Alumni Hall warned all those entering the event that opinions given were not representative of the Union Board.
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." -- Charlie Parker Michael Burton looks stressed.
The IU Auditorium, which has consistently brought well-known acts to campus, has announced its 2002-2003 lineup. With Broadway hits such as "CATS" and high-energy shows such as "Bring In Da' Noise, Bring In Da' Funk," the IU Auditorium hopes to provide entertainment for everyone. Among the shows to come to IU in the fall, patrons will have the chance to groove to popular Bee Gees hits in "Saturday Night Fever" and revisit their childhood dreams with "Cinderella."
Wilkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. Step inside the Kit Kat Club, where scantily clad men and women are here to serve you. Watch them entertain as your host narrates the stories of love, loss, poverty and politics. Welcome to "Cabaret."
Tonight, IU's premier women's a cappella group, Ladies First, will perform for the last time this year with all of its members. For those who are unfamiliar with the group, Ladies First began three years ago, when Natalie Perkins and Sarah Gibson founded the group in the fall of 1999 with the assistance of Walter Shilanskas, director emeritus of Straight No Chaser. The group of 10 women gained sponsorship from the IU Alumni Association in spring of 1999.
Members of the Bloomington High Flyers fold and contort as they stack themselves three-deep on top of one another to create a grotesquely beautiful human pyramid. New age music crackles out of a chalk-coated stereo, providing a complement to the superhuman strength required to defy gravity and every other law of nature.
The MAC Jazz series concludes with its annual Big Band Extravaganza tonight at 8 p.m. A collection of some of the most popular pieces from the swing era, the night promises to offer lively entertainment both for those who remember the original music and those who are only familiar with it through tradition.