Sheeba Madan

Aug 8, 2004 9:06 pm

Intensity, talent at 'Macbeth'

Battling the mosquitoes, the threat of rain and the wet grass Friday and Saturday, Bloomington residents assembled at the Third Street Park to see the Monroe County Civic Theatre's production of "Macbeth." Seated on folding chairs or lounging on the grass, the audience members were treated to an essential production that is a rare commodity these days.

Macbeth," the last of Shakespeare's four great tragedies, will be performed at the Third Street Park over the next two weeks. As the 80th production of the Monroe County Civic Theater, this play is the second and last installment of Shakespeare in the summer series. Set in Scotland, the play traces Macbeth's ambitious rise to power with the collaboration of his wife. Inspired by the three witches' prophecy, Macbeth embarks on a series of murders, including his king, Duncan, while he is asleep. Composed in late 1606 or early 1607, Macbeth engages in a powerful exploration of the psychology and motivations of an ambitious couple who ultimately fail to retain power.

arts  •  Jul 21, 2004 9:53 pm

Puppet show takes Buskirk-Chumley stage

The nationally acclaimed Wood and Strings Puppet Theatre Company will perform "Out of the Mist ... A Dragon" at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. The performance is part of the Buskirk-Chumley Family Series organized by the theater and Bloomington Parks and Recreation. WSPT has performed on National Geographic Live in Washington, D.C. and The Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City, and has been nominated for the Tennessee Governor's Award in the Arts.

The IU School of Continuing Studies is offering its first online course to help international students prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

world  •  Jul 18, 2004 9:50 pm

Canadian leader to select cabinet

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will talk to opposition leaders this month to plan the course for the country's new minority government. The prime minister is expected to announce his cabinet appointments Tuesday. Led by Paul Martin, the Liberal Party formed a minority government in Canada after the results of general elections were announced June 29. This is the first minority administration in Canada in the last 25 years.

world  •  Jun 30, 2004 9:46 pm

High court rules on detainees

In a decision that could be one of the largest setbacks to President Bush's war on terrorism, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had the right to a judicial review of evidence against them. The 6-3 Supreme Court ruling made the writ of habeas corpus available to detainees classified as enemy combatants by the U.S. government.

Jun 30, 2004 9:11 pm

Building proposal rejected

The proposal for a new utilities plant at IU was recently rejected in favor of renovations for the existing plant. The utilities plant, located on Walnut Grove, provides hot and cold water to campus buildings residence halls. The construction of the new plant was slated for 2006 and estimated to cost $120 million. Utilities Manager Michael McGinnis said cost was a primary concern. "We presented the (IU) board (of trustees) with three alternatives: renovate the existing plant, switch fuels or build a new plant," McGinnis said. "They agreed on the philosophy of fuel flexibility but opted for renovations, which will cost $45 million."

The School of Music's Summer Music Festival kicks off its elite summer opera season next week with Jerry Bock's 1964 musical "She Loves Me." The opera is scheduled for July 9 through 11 at the Ruth N. Halls Theatre. "She Loves Me," the basis for the films "You've Got Mail" and "In the Good Old Summertime," was inspired by 1940 film "The Shop Around the Corner" starring Jimmy Stewart. The film was an adaption of Miklós László's play "Parfumerie," set in Budapest.

International musicians will visit Bloomington in the Chamber Music Series this summer as part of IU's School of Music Summer Music Festival. The music series began June 25 and will run until July 21. Jerzy Kaplanek, an associate professor who teaches violin and chamber music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, will perform at the Summer Music Festival for the fifth time.

arts  •  Jun 23, 2004 9:28 pm

Union Board throws outdoor concert

National singer-songwriter Ari Hest and Bloomington bands The Swell and After Mars will play in Dunn Meadow from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in a summer concert arranged by Union Board. Hest, who hails from New York City, will perform at the concert as part of the promotional tour for his forthcoming debut album, "Someone To Tell," which will be released by Columbia Records Aug. 10.

Jun 20, 2004 9:51 pm

World-class culture

The 2004 Summer Music Festival, IU's School of Music's summer season, began Sunday and is scheduled to bring international musicians to Bloomington to perform first-rate music in a wide variety of concerts through August 14. "This year there will be students from Japan, Mexico, Switzerland and France and teachers coming in from France, Sweden and Wyoming," said professor Mimi Zweig.

Jun 20, 2004 9:15 pm

Alumni honored at annual barbecue

The IU Alumni Association honored an athletics broadcaster and an IUAA secretary for their contribution to IU athletics and the alumni association Saturday. In a cream and crimson barbecue, the IUAA awarded Joseph Smith the Bill Orwig Medal for his contribution to IU athletics and Carolyn Birchler Muhn the Gertrude Rich Award for her work with the association.

An alleged comment by an IU assistant professor of political science incited one of his students to post a complaint against him on a political Web site. The complaint was lodged against assistant professor Abdulkader Sinno, who taught a class on the contemporary Middle East in world politics during the 2003 fall semester.

Fortune has been smiling on Dalia Kaikhasraw since her arrival at IU in February to participate in the Intensive English Program. Kaikhasraw, a Fulbright scholar from Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, attended the G-8 summit at Sea Island, Ga., last week. She spoke at a roundtable discussion on global women's issues which Laura Bush, Cherie Blair and Bernadette Chirac participated in.

arts  •  Jun 16, 2004 9:26 pm

Truly Remarkable Loon comes to Bloomington

With a quarter century's experience in juggling giant bean bag chairs, spinning plates and tossing flaming torches, Truly Remarkable Loon will perform Friday as part of Buskirk-Chumley Theater's Family Series. Loon, who goes by his stage name in real life, said he is excited about his second performance in Bloomington. "I really like this town," he said. "It reminds me of Madison, (Wis.) where I live.

As the cicadas become silent, 29 Indiana high school students have broken the summer's stillness by participating in Camp S.O.U.L,, a summer camp dedicated to teaching students about their black musical heritage. The camp began Monday afternoon and continues until Friday.

Jun 13, 2004 9:56 pm

Campus welcomes new freshmen

The library staff has began rearranging the tables in the Main Library lobby. The Division of Recreational Sports has hired a team of students to coordinate events at the Student Recreational Sports Center. The staff at the Office of Orientation Programs was working feverishly Friday afternoon.

Jun 6, 2004 10:13 pm

Professor given esteemed title

Maureen Pirog, professor of public policy, was appointed as the Rudy Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, effective July 1. Rudy Professorships are awarded to retain outstanding IU faculty members.

As one gallery season nears its end, the Bloomington Area Arts Council begins planning for future exhibits. The BAAC is calling for proposals of exhibition from area artists for its 2005 gallery season at the Rosemary P. Miller and Flashlight Galleries in the John Waldron Arts Center.

Jun 6, 2004 9:13 pm

Entertaining 'Shrew' needs update

The Monroe County Civic Theater's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" this weekend was an interesting melange of an early modern script with contemporary sets and costumes. Any modern-day production that clings to the original script of "The Taming of the Shrew," now informally classified as a "problem play," and frequently referred to as Shakespeare's comic paean to chauvinism, is going to be tricky.

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