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Artist Shakor to take center stage at "Side Man"

Side Man Over the course of 15 years in New Orleans, B. Cameron White, known by the name "Shakor," became one of the most sought-after artists in the city. But when the strong winds of Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, destroying his studio and all but three of his paintings, he was forced to start over. Enter the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama, which will incorporate two of the artist's surviving paintings into its upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning Side Man. Scenic designer Seamus M. Bourne, who came across Shakor's paintings while researching jazz images for Side Man, says, "One of the first times I talked to him on the phone he asked me how big it was going to end up being. I said it would cover up most of the stage and gave him the dimensions. He said, 'Whoa, that's big.'"  Full Story

 Let your hair down and dance the night away at "Hairspray"


Hairspray, Broadway's musical comedy phenomenon, is coming to the IU Auditorium. After its acclaimed world premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in June 2002, the fantastically fun musical opened on Broadway in August 2002 to rave reviews, winning eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Hairspray takes its audience to 1960s Baltimore in this mega-hit, piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance -- and enough deliriously tuneful songs to fill a nonstop platter party.

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 Next course? A “Philharmonic” feast (rioting not allowed!)

Indiana University's Moveable Feast of the Arts will present its next offering on Jan. 27 when the IU Philharmonic Orchestra travels to New Albany, Ind., for a performance featuring music -- now considered masterful, but once the cause of controversy -- of the great Russian composers Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The orchestra will perform Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which, at its premiere in May 1913, was greeted by a riot. After enduring cries of "ta gueule!" ("shut up!") and facing an uproar that began even before the curtain was drawn, Stravinsky left the hall in a rage. "I have never again been that angry," he wrote years later. "The music was so familiar to me; I loved it, and I could not understand why people who had not yet heard it wanted to protest in advance."

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 IU Kokomo Art Gallery examines stuff of human nature

What can scientific thought tell us about being human? What ideas from man-made culture do we try to impose on the natural world? Contemporary art reflecting on the relationships of body, nature and science will be offered in The Human Nature Show at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery from Jan. 16 to Feb. 25. Eleven artists created the videos, sound installations, sculptures and color and ultrachrome prints on display. Several of the pieces appeared at IU's School of Fine Arts Gallery in Bloomington when Human Nature debuted there in fall 2006.

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 Art and technology meet at "A Bloomington Biennial"

Margaret Dolinsky

An exhibition of works by approximately 30 current and emeriti fine arts faculty from Indiana University Bloomington will explore the interaction of art with science and technology and give testament to the richness and variety of contemporary art. A Bloomington Biennial: Faculty Artists from IU's Hope School of Fine Arts will be on display in the IU Art Museum's Special Exhibitions Gallery Jan. 27 through March 11. Jenny McComas, curator of this year's faculty exhibition, said, "Considering the role of science and technology in art seemed like an intriguing challenge and an interesting way to frame a large group exhibition of diverse artworks in many media."

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 "Wild at Heart": Film studies professor discusses David Lynch

"I have to make what I see, whether it's a painting, a table or a movie -- or it's like a death and what would be the point of that?" Those are the words of provocative film director David Lynch, whose contributions to modern cinema will be explored this evening (Jan. 18) during the new BCT Directors Series at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University Bloomington film studies professor Joan Hawkins will kick off the series with an introduction to two of Lynch's acclaimed films, Wild at Heart and Lost Highway. In this Q&A, she discusses her fascination with Lynch and the weirdly seductive nature of his films. Of Lynch, she says, "He still has his finger on the pulse of the culture's uneasiness with itself."

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 Previous issue, Dec. 7, 2006

The Dec. 7, 2006, issue highlights the Moveable Feast of the Arts performance by the Indiana University Philharmonic in Fort Wayne, Ind., as well as IU's most prolific student playwright and the impending arrival of world-famous Maestro Leonard Slatkin at the Jacobs School of Music. It also features stories about a student's work on a documentary film exploring the intersection of faith and politics in America, a holiday CD featuring the IU Singing Hoosiers, the annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition at IU East and an IU Southeast employee's remarkable Christmas collection.

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