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'Afterdark' thought provoking and complex

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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.


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Around The Arts

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.



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IU musical group releases CD

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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.

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Students get taste of 'Real World'

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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.


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Quintet offers more than jazz

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"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.


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Auditorium boasts variety

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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."


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Kit Kat Club's 'Cabaret' comes to IU tonight

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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."


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Ladies First present year-end show

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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.


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Flying family defies gravity

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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.


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Jazz series ends with collaboration

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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.


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Summer releases questioned

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LOS ANGELES -- So many summer movies, so many question marks. Is The Rock actor enough to carry "The Scorpion King" without the digitally grafted insect body he wore in "The Mummy Returns"?


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Anyone for some Candy?

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Listen to the buzz around town lately and you will hear local arts lovers and Bloomington Playwrights Project patrons proclaiming "We Want Candy!" Not the savory treat one would find in a candy store, but Candace Decker, the company manager of the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Under her direction, the project has created a new series so popular that it has been able to sell out each of its previous performances. Decker got the idea for her Cabaret Nouveau series through her love of cabaret performance.


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Copperfield to perform magic

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David Copperfield will be appearing -- and disappearing -- this evening at the IU Auditorium. The world-renowned entertainer will bring his newest act, "PORTAL," for shows at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. In this act, Copperfield selects members of the audience and leaves viewers wondering where they are going. The show can get cut short for some of the audience members, because they will not have time to get back from Timbuktu.


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Rhythm & Soul

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A very special birthday is coming up. April 20 will be the 30th anniversary of one of IU\'s most prominent musical groups, the IU Soul Revue, and the highlight of the weekend will be -- of course -- a concert.


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MTV honors Aerosmith

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LOS ANGELES -- Sure, there are Grammys and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are MTV's Video Music Awards and platinum albums, too. But Aerosmith's Steven Tyler said the ultimate accolade comes when well-known artists cover the songs that made his band a household name.



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'Parade' focuses on diverse range of topics

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"Parade" isn't your average song-and-dance musical. The spontaneous bursts of song that characterized musicals of the past have been tossed out, and a new era of musically driven drama has taken center stage.


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Caswell sisters to perform in Jazz Fables tonight

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Thursday evening Bloomington residents will have the opportunity to witness two up-and-coming jazz artists. As part of Jazz Fables, Bear's Place will host a performance by the Caswell sisters. Sara and Rachel Caswell, both graduates of the IU School of Music, are names that jazz enthusiasts everywhere are beginning to recognize.


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Senior's directoral debut to premiere this weekend

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One of the most unique times of the school year for IU Theatre and Drama students is the end of the department's producing season. It is the time when theater students produce, direct and act in independent projects. Students flock to work together every semester whether or not these productions are sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Drama.