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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 N. 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.

Otto Stark, "Cutting Limestone"

Otto Stark, "Cutting Limestone" (detail)

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Celebrate Limestone Month at the IU Art Museum
Now-Aug. 31, various times, IU Art Museum, 1133 E. 7th St., Bloomington -- The Indiana University Art Museum celebrates "Limestone Month" with the work of noted Indiana artists in two special installations in the first floor Gallery of the Art of the Western World through the end of August. A rare series of four, large-scale watercolors depicting the quarrying of Indiana limestone by "Hoosier Group" painter Otto Stark are currently on public display for the first time. Hoosier Group refers to Indiana impressionist painters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Stark, T.C. Steele, Richard Gruelle, William Forsyth and J. Ottis Adams. For more information, visit http://www.artmuseum.iu.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.

Indianapolis Speedway, 1911

Photo from the Frank M Hohenberger Photograph Collection at IU's Lilly Library

Indianapolis Speedway, 1911

IU's Lilly Library showcases vintage autos
Now-Sept. 5, various times, Lilly Library, on Seventh Street south of Showalter Fountain on the IU Bloomington campus, Bloomington -- To kick off the summer traveling season, the Lilly Library at Indiana University's Bloomington campus has opened an exhibition featuring collections relating to early automobiles and motor cars. "Are We There Yet? The Age of the Automobile" showcases vintage catalogs, books and materials featuring topics ranging from luxury roadsters to the first Indianapolis 500. Lavish catalogs aimed at Gatsby-like customers come from the collection of Thomas T. Solley. Solley was director of the Indiana University Art Museum from 1971 to 1986 and a grand-nephew of J. K. Lilly Jr., early benefactor of the library that bears his family name. The Lilly Library is Indiana University's library for rare books and special collections and one of the 18 libraries of the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 812-855-2452. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan
Now-June 26, 2-4 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.

Will You Malign Me? (Part 2)

Sarah Taavola (Hartland, Wisconsin), Will You Malign Me? (Part 2), 2009, Photograph, 14 x 9

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The Kinsey Institute 2009 Juried Art Show
Now-July 31, IU School of Fine Arts Gallery,1201 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- The Kinsey Institute 2009 Juried Art Show, featuring 120 paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, wearable art, metalwork, fiber art and video installations, explores themes related to sex, gender, eroticism, reproduction, sexuality, romantic relationships and the human figure. SoFA Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. Visitors should be 18 or older or accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/services/gallery/jeas/2009/.

Works from the Estate of John D. Hurt Sr.
June 9- Aug. 27, IU Art Museum, 1133 East Seventh St., Bloomington -- Four works from the collection of John D. Hurt Sr. will be on display throughout the summer of 2009. Hurt, an attorney from Martinsville, collected the works of Indiana artists, including William Forsyth, John Ottis Adams, Fredrick Polley and others. Galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~iuam/iuam_upgrade.htm.

2009 IU Writers' Conference features award-winning poets, novelists, essayists and journalists
June 14-19, various times, Dogwood Room, IMU, Bloomington -- The Indiana University Writers' Conference, now in its 69th year, invites prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.IUWC conferees have two options: participate in a workshop or choose the classes-only option. Workshop participants may also attend any or all of our offered classes. IUWC classes are geared to writers and poets of all skill levels: those new to creative writing, as well as seasoned professionals. New writers are strongly encouraged to explore the classes-only option. For the complete itinerary and registration, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~writecon/schedule.html. Applications are also available by e-mailing writcon@indiana.edu or by calling the IU Writers' Conference office at 812-855-1877.

IU Art Museum to host 'Midsummer Night' celebration
June 18, 7-9 p.m., IU Art Museum, Seventh St., Bloomington -- In honor of summer solstice, the shortest night of the year, the Indiana University Art Museum will host a special reception Thursday, June 18, from 7-9 p.m. From Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream to Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night , Midsummer Night (also known as summer solstice, which technically occurs June 21 in the northern hemisphere) has inspired artists, who are attracted to its associations with ancient rituals, lovers' escapades and nature's bounty. For more information, visit http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php or call 812-855-5445.

"The All Night Strut"

"The All Night Strut!"

The All Night Strut!
June 11-July 5, various times, Brown County Playhouse, 70 Van Buren St., Nashville, Ind. -- The Brown County Playhouse season opens June 11 with The All Night Strut!, a classy, sassy musical celebration of the 1930s and '40s. This show soars, sings and struts to the matchless music and dynamic dances of the '30s and '40s, guiding the audience from the Depression through World War II to the post-war boom on waves of blues, jazz, bebop and classic song standards, including favorites by legendary composers of the American songbook. The event includes dancing, from smooth moves to swing to jumpin' jive. Regular admission is $20 and $12 for children and students. For more information, call 812-855-1103 or visit http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/bcplay.html.

History, pop culture dominate 26th Annual IU Northwest Kids College
June 16-July 3 and July 7-July 24, 8 a.m., to 12:15 p.m., IU Northwest, Gary -- Kids College is a summer program offering more than 46 courses during two 3-week sessions. The sessions are Monday-Thursday. Session I runs from June 16 through ends July 3; Session II begins July 7 and ends July 24. Kids College classes cover a wide range of topics such as "Super Science," "Crime Scene Investigation," ISTEP Preparation for Mathematics and Reading, Art, Spanish, French, Ballet, Crafts, Phonics, Basketball, Theater and much more. These classes will enrich and enhance the students' understanding of the subject material. The teachers teach all of the classes using hands-on approaches. The classes are also taught without academic screening, tests and homework. The teachers encourage creativity and intellectual curiosity. The students come to learn new things, but they also learn things about themselves. For registration, visit http://www.iun.edu/~kidscol/pdf/2009_kids_college.pdf.

IU Northwest Non-profit Institute to host Third Annual Open House and Resource Fair
June 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Savannah Center, 33rd and Broadway, Gary -- Non-profit organizations and for-profit vendors that serve non-profits are invited to reserve tables for this popular Northwest Indiana event, which provides networking opportunities, workshops and database training on the United Way Regional Volunteer Center database, a repository of contact information for potential volunteers. Admission is free to this year's event, which will feature an array of workshops and presentations for non-profit executives, board members, personnel and volunteers. There will be a workshop on "Civic Engagement -- Participatory Action Research," in which participants will consider ways that non-profits might collaborate with university faculty and students on research projects that directly address needs or challenges in the community. There will also be "Ask The Professional" Roundtables, where knowledgeable consultants will be available for informal roundtable discussions on various topics. The "Know Your Funder" Forum is designed to bring corporate and foundation representatives together to discuss funding opportunities. This year's exhibitor fees range from $25 to $100 for non-profit groups. The deadline to reserve space is Friday, June 12. For more information about the CRE Non-Profit Institute contact GRANTS Inc. Program Coordinator Gabrielle Gill at 219-981-5673, or e-mail her at grants-inc@hotmail.com.

Teens explore business ideas with IU Southeast
June 24-29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., YMCA of Southern Indiana, New Albany -- - Local teens can get a head start in the business arena with help from area leaders during a six-week program called "Teen Business." Frank Wadsworth, IU Southeast marketing professor, will facilitate the workshop. "People have different strengths," Wadsworth said, "and this workshop is an opportunity for youth to discover and develop a budding idea. I have worked with young participants in this type of workshop who have found it to be a life-changing event." The cost including materials is $70 per person. Deadline for registration is June 12. For further information, contact Cheryl Young at 812-941-2355, young24@ius.edu or Brenda Swartz, 812-941-2494, bswartz@ius.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.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival
June 21-Aug. 11, various times and locations, Bloomington -- Featuring more than 50 free and ticketed events, the 2009 Indiana University Summer Music Festival on the IU Bloomington campus offers the collegiate premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza and a world-class array of orchestral concerts, chamber music, piano recitals, band concerts, percussion and other special events. For a complete list of Summer Music Festival performances and further information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html. For tickets and Festival Passes, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/tickets.html.

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

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2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
June 21, 4 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Joseph Kalichstein, piano; Jaime Laredo, violin; and Sharon Robinson, cello. Works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Schubert. Tickets are $8 for students, $15 for non-students. Festival Passes can be purchased for all events. For more ticket information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/tickets.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Biava Quartet and Atar Arad, viola
June 23, 8 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington --Featuring Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violin; Mary Persin, viola; and Jason Calloway, cello, with Atar Arad. Works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio
June 25, 8 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Yael Weiss, piano; Mark Kaplan, violin; and Clancy Newman, cello. Works by Bright Sheng, Smetana and Brahms. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Festival Chamber Players
June 26, 8 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Erin Aldridge, violin; Atar Arad, viola; Csaba Onczay, cello; and Evelyne Brancart, Chih-Yi Chen and Cory Smythe, piano. Sonatas by Beethoven, Grieg, Schubert and Stravinsky. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Hans Boepple
June 27, 8 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Enjoy a series of diverse piano recitals, performed by renowned musicians, all closely associated with the IU Jacobs School of Music and the Summer Piano Academy. Works by J. S. Bach, Barber, Chopin and Liszt. This event is free. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/pianorecitals.html.

Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio

Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio

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2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio and Friends
June 28, 4 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Yael Weiss, piano; Mark Kaplan, violin; and Clancy Newman, cello, with Sarah Kapustin and Zoe Martin-Doike, violin; Atar Arad and Mary Persin, viola; and Peter Lloyd, double bass. Works by Mendelssohn. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Ruth Morrow
June 29, 8 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Enjoy a series of diverse piano recitals, performed by renowned musicians, all closely associated with the IU Jacobs School of Music and the Summer Piano Academy. Works by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Muczynski and Schubert. This event is free. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/pianorecitals.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: String Academy 25th Birthday Celebration
June 30, 8 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring William Harvey, violin, with Erin Aldridge, violin, and Cory Smythe, piano. Works by Bartok, William Harvey, Sharara, Mozart, Cowell and Ranjbaran. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Festival Chamber Players
July 1, 8 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Mihaela Martin, violin; Atar Arad and Zoe Martin-Doike, viola; Jason Calloway, cello; and the Biava Quartet. Works by J. S. Bach, LeClair, Penderecki and Ginastera. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: David Robertson, Conductor
July 2, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan, Bloomington --Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson is highly acclaimed worldwide for his impeccable musicianship, exhilarating presence and innovative programming. Works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Nielsen. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/orchestra.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Jonathan Biss
July 3, 8 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- This event is a special scholarship benefit concert for the summer piano academy. Works by Haydn, Kurtag, Beethoven and Schumann. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/pianorecitals.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Read Gainsford
July 5, 8 p.m., Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Enjoy a series of diverse piano recitals, performed by renowned musicians, all closely associated with the IU Jacobs School of Music and the Summer Piano Academy. Works by Berio, Ravel, Liszt, J.S. Bach and Vine. This event is free. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/pianorecitals.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Festival Chamber Players
July 5, 4 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Jorja Fleezanis and Miheala Martin, violin; Atar Arad, viola; Anthony Ross, cello; and Evelyne Brancart, piano. Works by Beethoven, Kodaly and Brahms. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

Sarah Kapustin

Sarah Kapustin

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2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Sarah Kapustin, violin and Jeanette Koekkoek, piano
July 6, 8 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Beethoven Violin Sonatas 1, 8, 2, and 7. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Festival Chamber Players
July 7, 8 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Erin Aldridge, violin; Amir Eldan, cello; Chih-Yi Chen and Cory Smythe, piano. Works by Schubert, Franck and Arensky. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Summer Band Concerts
July 8, 15, 22, Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan, Bloomington --Enjoy our free Wednesday band concerts featuring marches, popular favorites, solos and light classics. This year, they will be indoors on the MAC stage. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/band.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Sarah Kapustin, violin and Jeanette Koekkoek , piano
July 8, 8 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 6 and 9. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Biava Quartet and Friends
July 9, 8 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third St., 003, Bloomington -- With Jeanette Koekkoek, piano, and Csaba Onczay, cello. Quintets by Dvorak and Schubert. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

Jazz in July
Various dates and times, IU Art Museum Sculpture Terrace, 1133 E. Seventh, 2nd floor, Bloomington --The sounds of jazz will be in the air on four straight Friday nights starting July 10 at 6:30 p.m. The IU Art Museum will host its annual Jazz in July summer series of free concerts featuring some of the best local and regional jazz talents. All concerts are free and open to the public but seating is limited, so everyone is encouraged to come early.
July 10: Offramp
July 17: Craig and the Crawdads
July 24: Jan Aldridge Clark
July 31: Monika Herzig featuring Tom Roznowski and Carolyn Dutton
For more information, visit http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php or call 812-855-5445.

Afiara Quartet

Afiara Quartet

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2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Afiara Quartet
July 12, 4 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third Street, 003, Bloomington -- Featuring Valerie Li and Yuri Cho, violin; David Samuel, viola; and Adrian Fung, cello. Works by Beethoven, Zorn and Mendelssohn. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Sarah Kapustin, violin and Jeanette Koekkoek , piano
July 15, 8 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third Street, 003, Bloomington -- Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 3, 5 and 10. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: String Academy Gala Concert
July 17, 7 p.m. Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third Street, 003, Bloomington. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

Menahem Pressler

Menahem Pressler

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2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Menahem Pressler and Friends.
July 21 and 22, 8 p.m. Auer Hall, second floor, 1201 E. Third St., Bloomington -- With Alexander Kerr, violin; Larry Dutton, viola (Emerson Quartet); Paul Watkins, cello (Nash Ensemble). Piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorak. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Mario Venzago, Conductor
July 23, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan, Bloomington -- Swiss conductor Mario Venzago has served as music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 2002, following several prestigious music directorships in Europe. Works by Moussorgsky, Strauss, Debussy, and Ravel. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/orchestra.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: College Audition Preparation Faculty
July 26, 7 p.m. Ford-Crawford Hall, 1201 E. Third St., Bloomington --Free and open to the public, featuring brass, woodwind, voice, jazz bass and jazz piano faculty. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/index.html.

Musical Arts Center

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2009 IU Summer Music Festival: David Robertson, conductor
July 2, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan, Bloomington -- Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Rovertson is highly acclaimed worldwide for his impeccable musicianship, exhilarating presence and innovative programming. Works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Nielsen. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/orchestra.html.

There Goes the Bride playing at the Brown County Playhouse
July 10-Aug. 2, various times, Brown County Playhouse, 70 Van Buren St., Nashville, Ind. -- A wedding always creates tension and requires problem-solving and personal management skills, but the society event in There Goes the Bride by Ray Cooney and John Chapman brings new meaning to the phrase "trouble in paradise." Besides the usual interfering relatives and disapproving future in-laws, Judy must deal with a father who is out of his mind -- and not because he's losing a daughter. The morning of the wedding, harassed advertising executive Timothy Westerby hits his head and happily awakens beside Polly Perkins, a 1920's Flapper girl straight out of his current advertising campaign. Of course, no one else can see or hear her. Bruce Burgun directs this funny fiasco. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/bcplay.html.

2009 IU Summer Music: Symphony Orchestra performance
July 14 and Aug. 11, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan, Bloomington -- Savor two great concerts directed by Cliff Colnot, principal conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's contemporary MusicNOW series. Works by Ravel and Tchaikovsky. The second event will be held Aug. 11, 8 p. m. with works by Schubert and Hindemith. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/orchestra.html.

"The Light in the Piazza"

"The Light in the Piazza"

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2009 IU Summer Music Festival: The Light in the Piazza July 31, Aug. 1,7 and 8, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan, Bloomington --Based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter Clara. While sightseeing, Clara -- a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman -- loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine. When he returns the hat, an immediate, intense romance begins between the two. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/piazza.html.

2009 IU Summer Music Festival: Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor
Aug. 6, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan, Bloomington --Costa Rican conductor and new music champion Giancarlo Guerrero was recently appointed music director of the Nashville Symphony, following a seven-year tenure as music director of Oregon's Eugene Symphony. Works by Sibelius and Berlioz. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/summer/2009/piazza.html.

The farce Present Laughter hits the stage
Aug. 7-23, various times, Brown County Playhouse, 70 Van Buren St., Nashville, Ind. --Brown County Playhouse producer Jonathan Michaelsen directs Present Laughter, a farce that sparkles like fine champagne. In Present Laughter a popular, pampered, and self-obsessed stage star is rather fearfully facing his 40s. But Garry needn't worry that he'll be abandoned. As he prepares for an upcoming theatrical tour he is bombarded by friends, relatives, a love-struck ingénue, his long-suffering secretary, and an aspiring -- if quite mad -- playwright who invades his elegant London flat -- many of them attempting to seduce him. And then there's his estranged wife to avoid -- or not. This wonderful romp about growing old gracefully is a summer sizzler and just a whole lot of fun. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/bcplay.html.

Driving Miss Daisy
Sept. 25-Oct. 25, various times, Brown County Playhouse, 70 Van Buren St., Nashville, Ind. -- Director Dale McFadden draws the 61st season to a close this fall with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that became the Oscar-winning movie Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. After Daisy, a feisty widow, crashes the car, her son hires a chauffeur against her wishes. Set in Atlanta, this heart-warming, humorous play begins in 1948 and spans one of the most tumultuous and hopeful periods in American history. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/bcplay.html.

To view more events from around the state, visit http://www.events.iu.edu/.