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Events at Indiana University

Dream Echoes
Now-April 28, various hours, Cultural Arts Gallery, CE 240, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis --In his new exhibition at IUPUI, Jorge Macfarland displays his love of the minimalist world of the Baja desert landscape. Born in the U.S. and growing up in Mexico, Macfarland says his feet are "bare of place" and that his spirit is Mexican, carrying the "Indio" shaman or curandero way. He calls himself a shape shifter who can interpret the American mentality as well as the expansiveness and depth of the Mexican soul. America, he believes, lacks this depth and too often wastes its vital energies on wealth or the pursuit of possessions. On canvas, he uses oils, acrylics, sea sponges, spray bottles, blow dryers and a variety of tools and objects to express his art. Admission to the "Dream Echoes" exhibition is free and open to the general public. The exhibit is open for viewing during regular IUPUI Campus Center hours. For hours or more information, call 317-278-2533.

Find a Fable

"Find a Fable, Tell a Tale"

Find a Fable, Tell a Tale: A Story of Story Telling
Now-April 30, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- A new exhibition at the Mathers Museum explores the world of storytelling beyond words on paper. In "Find a Fable, Tell a Tale: A Story of Story Telling," curator Amanda Hotz, a senior in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, focuses on the notion that all objects have a story to tell, although some are more obvious than others. The exhibition illustrates the variety of forms that stories can take beyond written representation. It explores stories that are told through music, physical actions, images and objects. The items in this exhibition tell stories that are known worldwide, as well as stories representative of a specific culture or of an individual. Hotz uses these particular objects to remind the viewer that stories are everywhere. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail mathers@indiana.edu.

Functional Faces: Pottery with Personality
Now-April, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The desire of mankind to create things that look like us, even in the most utilitarian of objects, is the subject of a new exhibition at the Mathers Museum. In "Functional Faces: Pottery with Personality," curator Tiffany Carter examines the use of the human face in pottery from around the world. Carter, a graduate student in IU's Arts Administration program and a graduate assistant in the Mathers Museum Exhibits department, brings together anthropomorphic pottery from a variety of cultures to illustrate the universalism of facial expressions. While it may seem that expressions of happiness, sadness or anger might vary from culture to culture, these pots demonstrate that facial expressions are readable by people who speak any language. The items in this display all serve a variety of functional purposes, making the artisan's desire to include sculptural elements of the human form all the more interesting. The exhibition examines how the function of the pottery relates to the expression on its surface. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail mathers@indiana.edu.

Rockefeller Center

Hiroshi Sugimoto, "Rockefeller Center"

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Transcendent: The Photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto
Now-May 10, Indiana University Art Museum, Special Exhibitions Gallery/Hexagon Gallery, first floor, 1133 East Seventh St., Bloomington -- Drawn from four private collections, this exhibition of 14 striking black-and-white photographs by the internationally recognized Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto highlights the elegance and simplicity that are hallmarks of his style. Sugimoto's interest in time and space -- as seen in his seascapes, theaters, architecture and conceptual form series -- transcends the physical limitations of a particular locale or subject matter to reveal a wider realm of ideas. The exhibition and all of the related events are free and open to the public. This exhibition is supported by the Thomas T. Solley Endowment for the Curator for Asian Art and IU Art Museum's Arc Fund. For more information, visit http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php.

Shadow and Substance
Now-May 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis -- A collaboration with the internationally acclaimed Burns Collection of New York brings together dozens of rarely seen photographs of the African American experience in the United States. "Shadow and Substance" celebrates "the strengths and accomplishments of African Americans in the face of oppression, subjugation and political disenfranchisement." The exhibition is filled with remarkable illustrations of achievement and shocking evidence of intolerance that include images of slaves; Civil War soldiers; new voters; businessmen and professionals; and political activists among others. Indiana-related imagery, such as a photograph of Hoosier international bicycle champion Major Taylor, is also included. The Burns Collection is best known as the nation's largest and most comprehensive resource for early medical photography, but it also includes more than 600,000 other images, with particular strengths in African American photographs, Judaica, Criminology and Ethnology. Much of the African American imagery focuses on the 19th- and early 20th-century African American middle class; however, it also includes rare photographs of all aspects of African American history. For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/ism/Exhibits_Collections/ChangingGalleries/burns.aspx.

Botanica

Botanica: A Pharmacy for the Soul

Botanica: A Pharmacy for the Soul
Now-July 2, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The exhibition "Botanica: Pharmacy for the Soul" centers on traditions of spirit healing and the practitioners and places associated with these beliefs. The Mathers Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit http://www.mathers.indiana.edu.

Images of Native Americans: The Wanamaker Collection
Now-July 2, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- This exhibition presents selections from one of the largest and most important collections of images of Native Americans, and features an overview of the collection's history and its holdings. For more information, visit http://www.mathers.indiana.edu.

Safe and Sound: Protective Devices from Around the World
Now-Aug.14, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The universal desire to avoid danger and remain out of harm's way is the subject of a new exhibition at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. "Safe and Sound: Protective Devices from Around the World" features a number of objects that are believed, by some cultures, to hold protective powers. Curator Suzanne Ingalsbe, a doctoral student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, delves into the history of these devices and explores the sources of their power. The objects in this exhibition represent a variety of countries, cultures and beliefs. Included in the display are signs, clothing, jewelry, text and other devices that illustrate the many varied forms protection can take. These objects, alongside an explanation of their roots, demonstrate the power that belief can give to a seemingly ordinary object. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail mathers@indiana.edu.

Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan
Now through June 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment, The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Morrison Hall, third floor, Bloomington -- "Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan" features a variety of erotic artwork from Iran, India, Japan and China. In the 1940s and 1950s, Alfred Kinsey actively collected visual materials from around the world to enable him to study sexual behavior and attitudes across the Asian continent. Since that time, the institute has continued to acquire paintings, prints, illustrated books, sculptures and art objects from Asian countries, each of which has its unique artistic traditions and genres for the visual representation of sexuality. The Kinsey Institute was founded in 1947 as a private research institute affiliated with IU. Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender and reproduction. For more information, visit http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/services/gallery.html or call 812-855-7686.

Zulu art

Clive Sithole, "Uphiso"

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Ukucwebezela: To Shine -- Contemporary Zulu Ceramics
Now-May 24, third-floor of the Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, IU Art Museum, Bloomington -- Masterfully thin-walled clay containers, round as balls, with blackened, sooty surfaces, are among the most recognized -- as well as the most prized -- examples of the potter's art in the world of African ceramics. Featuring the work of more than 25 artists, "Ukucwebezela: To Shine" speaks to the changing cultural and economic realities of South African ceramicists. An important part of the cultural traditions of the Zulu peoples, the largest single ethnic group in South Africa, these vessels have a long history, but are also part of the vibrant art scene in contemporary South Africa. "Ukucwebezela: To Shine-Contemporary Zulu Ceramics" takes a fresh look at Zulu ceramics, encouraging visitors to recognize subtle differences and to note the rich variety of form, color, texture and decoration of Zulu ceramics today. For more information, visit http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php.

Art from Cameroon

Kom Kingdom, Cameroon. Bowl Figure, early 20th century.

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Focalpoint installation focuses on art from Cameroon
Now-May 24, IU Art Museum, 1133 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- IU Art Museum visitors can still see some objects from northern Cameroon as well as Grasslands objects not usually on display (including some recent acquisitions) in this semester's Focalpoint Installation. The IU Art Museum's galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php.

A Poet or Calligrapher

Mughal Dynasty, "A Poet or Calligrapher"

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From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts
Now-May 10, Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor, IU Art Museum, Bloomington -- The IU Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of approximately 50 works on paper drawn exclusively from IU collections and on display for the first time. A volume of nine articles produced with full-color illustrations will be published by IU Press to complement the exhibition and to provide a permanent record of IU's rich collections of Islamic art. Both the exhibit and the publication are supported by an Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant. Along with a Web module, both the show and the book will establish IU as a leader in the scholarly study of Islamic artistic traditions, a field of growing public interest in recent years. For more information, visit http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/section.php?returnSection=special_exhibitions&navSection=upcoming_exhibitions.

The America Play examines black identity
April 2-3, 7:30 p.m. and April 4, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wells-Metz Theatre, Bloomington -- Can black identity ever truly be formed when it is constructed upon white history? This question cuts to the heart of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks's powerful and provocative The America Play. With echoes of Samuel Beckett and James Joyce, the playwright's unique theatricality and expressive language impressively interrogate American history through the eyes of a single black man, a gravedigger known as "the Foundling Father." Laced throughout with wickedly irreverent and incisive humor, the play cuts through to the painful, unlearned facts of history. The America Play exposes what Parks calls "The gap between the promise and the reality of this country, and that is a wound." Tickets are $10-20. To purchase tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 812-333-9955 or buy online at http://theatre.indiana.edu/.

Whimsy and the Wylies: 18th-Century Expressions of Kin, Career and the Colloquial
April 2-30, Herman B Wells Library Lobby, West Case, Bloomington -- Painting, drawling and sketching were important parts of elite general education during the 19th century, regardless of whether a student planned to pursue art as a career. The images produced by Theophilus A. Wylie and his family during the course of their formal and familial upbringing offer a rich example of how such training was employed in everyday life. Images were chosen from hundreds that appear in family documents and books held in collections at Wylie House Museum and the IU Archives. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~libwylie/exhibits.html.

BFA Exhibition II Opening Reception
April 2, 4 to 6 p.m., Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery, IU South Bend -- the BFA Exhibition II will open with a reception in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery. This BFA Exhibition will feature the artwork of graduating Bachelor of Fine Art students. Refreshments will be served. The students will discuss their work, experiences and plans for the future during the "Gallery Talk," which begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.iusb.edu/~sbarts/.

Jennifer 8. Lee

Jennifer 8. Lee

"How Chinese Food is all-American"
April 2, 7 p.m., IU School of Journalism Auditorium, Bloomington -- Did you know that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonald's, Burger Kings, and Wendy's combined? Jennifer 8. Lee's New York Times best selling book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, is for anyone who has ever wondered who General Tso is and why we eat his chicken; why Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas; and who really invented the fortune cookie. Lee solves enduring mysteries of Chinese cuisine through a mix of in-depth research and entertaining personal anecdotes to take readers on a fantastic journey around the world. More information can be found at her interactive blog, http://www.fortunecookiechronicles.com/. For more information, e-mail acc@indiana.edu.

Toradze Piano Studio
April 3, 8 p.m., Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall, IU South Bend -- The Toradze Piano Studio has reached professional status under the instruction and guidance of Alexander Toradze, the Martin Endowed Professor in Piano at IU South Bend. Toradze joined the faculty in 1981 and has been recruiting world-class piano players to study at IU South Bend since his arrival. While many of Toradze's recruits hail from his home town of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, he has also brought in students from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Costa Rica, Brazil and from across the United States. The April 3 performance will feature piano music from the Baroque and Romantic eras. Audience members will hear music by Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. The performers will include current studio members Giorgi Samadalashvili, Tinatin Saralidze, Elisabed Imerlishvili and Nikita Abrosimov. Studio graduate Edisher Savitski will also perform, as well as Youngmi Choi, a prospective member of the Toradze Piano Studio from Korea. Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office for $3-$12. The Arts Box Office is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, one hour prior to each performance. For more information visit http://www.arts.iusb.edu or call the Arts Box Office at 574-520-4203.

SPEA Public Affairs Week at IU Northwest to feature law-enforcement panel, evening with U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky
April 3,7,8, various times and locations, IU Northwest, Gary -- In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, SPEA and the Division of Social Work, in cooperation with many area organizations, will present the 19th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect. The theme for this year's free program is "Child Abuse and Neglect in Indiana and Lake County: Notes for Challenging Times." On April 7, SPEA and IU Northwest will welcome U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky to campus for the program "Change in Washington and the Outlook for Northwest Indiana: The First 100 Days." The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, with a reception for Rep. Visclosky beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to Rep. Visclosky, several other local speakers will be featured at the event. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served. On Wednesday, April 8, SPEA will conclude Public Affairs Week by welcoming Ted Coopwood, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Children's Health Programs, for the program "Protecting the Health of Children in an Ever-Changing Environment." This event will begin at 7 p.m. in room 107 Hawthorn Hall. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information on Public Affairs Week, contact Sandra Hall Smith, SPEA assistant to the dean for graduate programs and outreach, at 219-980-6695, or e-mail at shs@iun.edu.

African American Dance Company

African American Dance Company

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AAAI presents African American Dance Company
April 4, 8 p.m., Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington -- Exemplifying keen vigorous expression, eloquence and class, the African American Dance Company will present a fusion of dance styles and forms that explore movement and expression of the human condition of people of the African Diaspora. Tickets for this event are $17 for adults, $7 for students (limit two per student ID) and children. Group tickets for 10 or more adults are $15 and are $5 for groups of children 12 and under (must be advanced purchase). For more information, please contact the AAAI Marketing Office at 812-855-5427 or visit the AAAI Web site, http://www.indiana.edu/~aaai/.

Singing Hoosiers

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Singing Hoosiers present Celebration spring concert
April 4, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- The Singing Hoosiers' spring performance includes music for the entire family, featuring Broadway tunes (from the hit Damn Yankees), classic rock and standards from the popular music repertoire, such as works by Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. One set will feature the music of Aaron Copland and Eric Whitacre. The music will be enhanced by the choreographic talents of The Varsity Singers. Also included in the lineup is a guest performance by the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christopher Ludwa. Reserved seating ticktes are $13-15 for adults and $10-12 for students. For more information, call IU Auditorium Box Office at 812-855-1103, Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit http://www.iuauditorium.com/new0809/index.html.

Participate in a night of Slam Poetry
April 8, 6 p.m., IU School of Education Atrium, Bloomington -- Join Joaquín Zihuatanejo, the No. 1 ranked slam poet in the world for 2008 and 2009 for an open mic night. Zihuatanejo is a father, a husband, a poet, a spoken word artist, and an award-winning teacher. He was born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas where his grandfather, Silas C. Medina, showed him what the novelist, Rudolfo Anaya, describes as the Path of Light. Through his poetry he strives to capture the duality of his Chicano culture. Zihuatanejo's heritage comes from a mestizo culture that is steeped in duality, and in his poetry he depicts the essence of barrio life, writing about subjects as varied as his grandfather's garden, the experiences of a youth that was plagued by gang violence, a heritage that is steeped in sacrifice, and borders. He writes of borders that are both actual and metaphorical, borders that plague a people seen as immigrants in their own homeland. Zihuatanejo is a member of the 2004 Dallas Poetry Slam Team and current Grand Slam Spoken Word Poetry Champion of Dallas. Zihuatanejo has self-published two collections of poetry, Barrio Songs and I of the Storm and has just completed his first spoken word CD, Barrio Songs, A Spoken Word Collection. He has had the privilege of being selected as the poet to open up for award-winning poet and novelists Maya Angelou and E. Lynn Harris at their recent recitals. The event at IU is sponsored by the Indiana University Student Personnel Association, Latino Graduate Student Association, Black Graduate Student Association, Residence Halls Association, La Casa/Latino Cultural Center, Resident Programs & Services, Office of Diversity Education Grant and Commission on Multicultural Understanding. For more information, call La Casa at 812-855-0174.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
April 9 and 11, 7:30 p.m., Haven's Auditorium, IU Kokomo -- Come prepared to be entertained and take a step back in time during the musical production of "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" performed by students, faculty and staff at Indiana University Kokomo. The coming of age story involves the 1950s Catholic education of eight Chicago children, following them from the start of elementary school through the senior prom and beyond. The production is being directed by Joann Kaiser, visiting lecturer in communication arts, and musical director is Cindy Ison, senior lecturer in music. The main focus is on late-blooming Eddie Ryan and Becky Bakowski, who become best friends, fall in love . . . and then go their separate ways when Becky decides to join a convent. Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? is based on a novel by John R. Powers, with music and lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans. Admission is $7 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to the show. For more information call 765-455-9468.

"The Most Happy Fella"

"The Most Happy Fella"

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Internationally renowned baritone Timothy Noble returns to the MAC stage in The Most Happy Fella
April 10-11 and April 17-18, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, Bloomington -- In what has been called a musical theater piece, an operetta and an opera, Jacobs faculty member and internationally renowned baritone Timothy Noble will bring The Most Happy Fella to the stage. Noble will perform the role of Tony Esposito, who falls in love with a young waitress, Rosabella. They correspond, but she does not remember him and asks for his picture. Insecure about his age and looks, Tony sends Rosabella a photo of the young, handsome, Joe. From that point on, misunderstandings, mistakes and bittersweet, as well as hilarious, events unfold. To purchase tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41149/?search_redirect=musical arts center&tm_link=tm_header_search

Etiquette dinner to serve students successful interviewing tips
April 16, 5:30 p.m, Kelly Student Center, room 130, Bloomington -- IU students can learn the art of the "grip and grin," as well as other useful tips for any professional situation, at the upcoming etiquette dinner and reception during the "New Professionals Conference." A two-person team of professional etiquette facilitators will lead the conference, which will include a reception and a four-course meal. Attendees will learn proper dining manners, including how to use a formal table setting. In addition, two conference-style sessions will focus on successful interviewing and budgeting and salary negotiations. The event is designed to teach students skills that will allow them to interact in social or business situations by providing them real-world experiences that will be invaluable in their future professional lives. Cost for the reception is $5 per student. To register, please contact the Office of Career Services by e-mail at carserv@iuk.edu, or by phone at 765- 455-9301.

Wilco to play at IU Auditorium
April 16, 8 p.m. IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- Indiana University's Union Board and Live Nation are bringing the Grammy-winning alternative band Wilco to Bloomington. Wilco is an American band based in Chicago that formed following the breakup of the alternative country music group Uncle Tupelo. The band's music has been inspired by a variety of artists, including Bill Fay. Tickets are on sale now for $25 for IU Bloomington students and general public tickets are $32.50. To obtain tickets, visit the IU Auditorium Box Office or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For more information, visit http://www.iuauditorium.com/new0809/index.html.

Oklahoma!
April 17, 18, 21-25, 7:30 p.m. and April 25, 2 p.m., Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Bloomington -- "All the sounds of the earth are like music" in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!. Perhaps the most American of American musicals, the play has delighted audiences since its premiere over sixty-five years ago. The only American musical to win the Tony, the Grammy, and the Pulitzer Prize, this landmark piece continues to resonate today. Full of optimism, but never shying away from the difficulties of everyday life, Oklahoma! serves as the perfect piece to close our season and usher in the summer. Tickets for students are $12, $15 and $20; general public, $20. To purchase tickets, visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/home.htmI?l=EN&err=2&AcctId=&chooseSeat=&errIn=login&team=iuartstd or call 812-855-1103.

Godspell
April 17-19, 24-25, various times, Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall, South Bend -- The IU South Bend Theatre Company and the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts present Godspell, directed by Randy Colborn. This collaborative project is the first musical presented by the school in well over a decade. Godspell is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Tickets range from $3-$9 and can be purchased by calling 574-520-4203. For more information, visit http://www.arts.iusb.edu/.

Flight of the Conchords take to the IU Auditorium stage
April 25, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- The Indiana Memorial Union Board will present the Grammy Award-winning comedic folk duo Flight of the Conchords, an offbeat, New Zealand-bred musical duo (Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement). The two were "flatmates" at Victoria University of Wellington studying film and theater when they formed Flight of the Conchordsin 1998. Their unique combination of folk-rock and wit has led to international fame and a loyal cult following. The group will perform at IU less than two weeks after the anticipated release of its second full-length studio album, expected out April 14. General public tickets are $38.50, and student tickets are $33.50. Tickets can be purchased at the IU Auditorium Box Office or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/. For more information about Union Board, call 812- 855-4682 or e-mail ubpr@indiana.edu.

Electronic Waste Collection Days: A Free Event Hosted by IU Bloomington and IUPUI
April 30, May 1-2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., various locations -- All public and private schools, universities, businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to drop off e-waste Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. The program will be open to the general public Saturday, May 2, also from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Bloomington, the collection event will take place in the parking lot to the north of Memorial Stadium. The drop-off location for Indianapolis will be the parking lot directly south of the Indiana State Fairgrounds at the corner of 38th Street and Coliseum Ave. Complete information, including maps, hours, and a list of accepted items, is available at indiana.poweron.com. Businesses and other organizations are asked to register in advance at http://indiana.poweron.com/p/register.

Stephen Sondheim

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Stephen Sondheim

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Musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim, NPR's Scott Simon to appear at IU Auditorium
April 30, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- Stephen Sondheim will appear with author Scott Simon, host of NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday," in a live, unscripted conversation titled "An Evening with Stephen Sondheim and Scott Simon," scheduled for April 30 at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For ticket information, call 812-855-1103 or visit the IU Auditorium box office at 1211 E. Seventh St. The event is made possible by the Ralph L. Collins Memorial Lecture Fund.

Department of Theater and Drama's 75th Anniversary Gala
May 2, 6 p.m., Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, Bloomington -- The Department of Theater and Drama's 75th Anniversary Gala is a highlight of the department's 2008-09 75th anniversary year celebration. The party will include a dinner; a performance by IU's Broadway Cabaret (directed by Emmy Award-winning faculty member George Pinney); a screening of the film Memory Lane by senior Graham Sheldon; "Dancing with Our Stars," an opportunity to dance with some of the department's top performers; a sing-along piano bar, and a stroll down memory lane that includes a Brown County Playhouse Sweet Shop Gallery, historical exhibits, guided tours, a photo booth and alumni room. Tickets for the gala, including dinner, are $100. For show and cast party only, tickets are $50 for general public, $25 for IU students. Additionally, $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 "play bills" honoring the department's chairs will be available in the lobby to spend for beverages, theatre boutiques, games and tips. All proceeds from the event will help launch an endowment campaign. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Patricia Kennedy at 812-855-5568 or e-mail patkenne@indiana.edu.

Our Culture is Our Resistance

Our Culture is Our Resistance

Jonathan Moller's work featured in new exhibit
Now-Aug. 14, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- "Our Culture is Our Resistance" features images by internationally renowned photographer and human rights activist Jonathan Moller. This exhibit focuses on the history of Guatemala, documenting injustices towards the country's indigenous majority during the civil war at the hands of the Guatemalan government. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail mathers@indiana.edu.

Thoughts, Things, and Theories . . . What Is Culture?
Now-July 31, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The meaning of culture and cultural traditions is explored in a new exhibition at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. "Thoughts, Things, and Theories . . . What Is Culture?" uses objects from around the world to show the way culture permeates all human lives. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the exhibit focuses on two main themes: universal needs and life stages. Universal needs (food, clothing, and shelter, for example) are demonstrated in replicas of two households -- one a Bloomington ranch house from 1967, the other a multi-generational family compound from northern Nigeria in the same year. Visitors can then move into an area of the exhibit with artifacts illustrating life stages (from birth and infancy to death and the afterlife), with a Lakota cradleboard, Japanese wedding kimono and numerous other artifacts from around the globe. The exhibit also features a hands-on activity station, computer kiosks with interactive programs, and a reading area. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail mathers@indiana.edu.

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