The Jazz From Bloomington All-Stars, an ensemble composed of professors and other established performers, will play today at T.I.S. Music Shop, 1424 E. Third St. The concert is to publicize the group, which is devoted to attracting accomplished jazz artists to the Bloomington region.
The Vietnam War has made an unforgettable imprint on American society.
People strolled along Fourth Street Saturday and Sunday, between Dunn and Lincoln streets, jostling and gawking at the wares spread out in the booths lining both sides of the street. It was a timeless scene, one replayed in every marketplace since the beginning of trade among humankind. During the past 24 years, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts has been a cornucopia of arts and crafts which heralds the end of summer in Bloomington.
Jacques Bachelier lives in Nashville, Ind., and like many Nashville residents, he grew up in a serene countryside where stone was quarried. But no, it wasn't South Central Indiana. Bachelier actually grew up in Tours, France; a town in the Loire Valley. Bachelier, a stained glass artist, wears a tan beret that looks like burlap. With the beret, he might be mistaken for a French painter, a career path he once considered. How did he become a stained glass artist? Following him from his boyhood in the Loire Valley, to engineering school to life as an a artist, it becomes apparent that his early exposure to both ornate cathedrals and engineering have left him with a unique ability to use engineering to achieve beautiful art.
John Mellencamp's free performance in Woodlawn Field Thursday drew a crowd of fans, both students and community members. "I think it was pretty good," he said in a press conference following the show. "It was pretty hot, but nothing like Nashville was."
After recent surprise appearances in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and several other cities, John Mellencamp is bringing what has been called his "Good Samaritan Tour" closer to home. It was announced Tuesday the Seymour, Ind., native will play a free concert at 1 p.m. today in Woodlawn Field, located at the intersection of 10th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.
The Jammin' On Walnut musical extravaganza Tuesday night was exactly what it was expected to be: jammin' all night and a lot more. The event consisted of local and regional bands performing at three different locations: Axis, 419 S. Walnut, Bluebird, 216 N. Walnut, and Kilroy's Sports, 319 N. Walnut. The net proceeds of this event were donated to Shelter Inc.
Professor David Baker will take the stage once again at 5:30 p.m. today at Bear's Place, 1316 E. Third St, at the Jazz Fables concert series. Baker will be celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Jazz Fables series, which has played at Bear's almost every week since its conception in September 1989.
John Mellencamp fancies himself a Good Samaritan. The Seymour native announced Tuesday he'll give a free acoustic performance at 1 p.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Field, at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 10th Street. Mellencamp has been performing free, impromptu concerts throughout the month of August as part of his Good Samaritan Tour. He announces the concerts on his Web site, mellencamp.com, a few days in advance and has played in Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Boston. Though attendance has varied, a recent show in Chicago drew in 15,000 for his hour-long set. The Bloomington performance will be the last of the tour, according to his Web site.
The only thing missing is the glass slipper. Junior Justin Johnston is living out his lifelong dream of being an entertainer in what he calls "a Cinderella story." After pursuing a major in telecommunications and a minor in music at IU for three years, he is leaving Bloomington to join the national touring company of the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent."
Two new exhibitions will be featured in the School of Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, which opened last Friday will continue until Oct. 6. Featured are "Old Stories," paintings by Nancy Morgan-Barnes, and Robert Barnes' "Lunch Bags." The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the SoFA Gallery.
IU Art Museum 'Works of Eugene Goudin, Paul Signac, Jacob Jordaens and Matthias Stom are being displayed on loan from U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Steven Green. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon through 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 855-5445.
Two or three times a year, the clubs of downtown Bloomington join together and turn up the heat with music from local and regional bands. It is once again that time of year when the prolific local musical talent shakes and bakes Bloomington all night. This extravaganza of music, dance and booze is what has come to be called Jammin' on Walnut Street.
One-man-bands have always had something of a stigma attached to them. After all, the genre was pioneered by Wesley Willis, a certified schizophrenic from Chicago. He has spent the past 20 years touring, pounding out songs such as "I'm Sorry I Got Fat" on his keyboard.
Every year, returning students and incoming freshmen shop for furniture, rugs and items for decorating their apartments and dorm rooms. One place to start this decorative search is the 24th-annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts.
It's been the story of the summer, an inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists, a bone of contention between local merchants and city government and an eyesore in the heart of Bloomington. It's the construction that closed Kirkwood Avenue earlier this summer. But Saturday night saw a new side of Kirkwood, and for the first time in a long while, people filled the street. Some stopped into local shops such as Smoothie King and Tracks. Some sipped ale in the beer garden, and most gathered around the stage at Grant Street and enjoyed the performances of musical groups Cracker, Karl Denson and others.