Last modified: Thursday, July 27, 2006
Events at Indiana University
Summer Music Festival, Continued...
Now through Aug. 12, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington -- A performance by international violin sensation and Indiana University alumnus Joshua Bell, IU Opera Theater's presentation of The Mikado, the world premiere of a composition by acclaimed Scottish composer James MacMillan, the return of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the debut of a new Festival Jazz Orchestra highlight a powerful lineup for Indiana University's 2006 Summer Music Festival. The festival features opera, orchestral, band, chamber and solo concerts. Highlights for the remainder of the Summer Music Festival include the opening of The Mikado in the IU Opera Theater on Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Internationally celebrated conductor Leonard Slatkin will preside over the Festival Orchestra in the Musical Arts Center on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Sun-Dogs for Chorus a Cappella by Scottish composer James MacMillan premieres Sunday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall with a pre-concert lecture by the composer scheduled for 2:30 p.m. the same day in Ford Hall. The festival closes on Saturday, Aug. 12, with IU's David Baker conducting the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in the Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. For more information visit http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/3333.html or http://www.music.indiana.edu/?vs=noflash. To order tickets for various Summer Music Festival events, go to http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/tickets.shtml.
'Arms and the Man'
July 19-23, 26-30, Brown County Playhouse, Nashville, Indiana -- The razor-sharp wit of legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw returns to the stage of the Brown County Playhouse. The play, Shaw's most popular and widely-produced comedy, tells a story of romance in a time of war. Be sure to catch this timeless, relevant tale of the soldier who finds it more useful to carry chocolate than ammunition. For tickets, visit ticketmaster at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41147/?search_redirect=Brown County Playhouse. Tickets are $18 for adults. Student/Junior tickets are $11. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/bcplay.html.
'The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)
Aug. 3-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, Brown County Playhouse, Nashville, Indiana -- Where else can you see Othello as a rap song, or King Lear as a football game, or Hamlet at supersonic speed—backwards? It could only be the riotously funny The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged). Three actors perform all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in a madcap style worthy of Groucho Marx. Take advantage of this chance to be able to impress all of your friends by saying, "I've seen the complete works of William Shakespeare." Just leave off the "abridged" part. For tickets, visit ticketmaster at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41147/?search_redirect=Brown County Playhouse. Tickets are $18 for adults. Student/Junior tickets are $11. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/bcplay.html.
'IU Day' at the Indiana State Fair
Aug. 10, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis -- It's all about IU for an entire day at the Indiana State Fair. On Aug. 10 on Expo Hall Street, IU will celebrate its commitment to the Hoosier state with hands-on booths, giveaways, pep rallies and performances by the university's leading artists and performers. Several stages will showcase the best of IU's fine arts, music and dance, and the university will have a continual presence on IU Boulevard throughout the duration of the fair, to be held from Aug. 9 to 20. What's more, the brand-new IU Summer Music Festival Jazz Orchestra, directed by Indiana living legend David Baker, will help kick off the fair's 150th anniversary with a special concert on Aug. 8. For more information, go to http://www.indiana.edu/~fair/.'
Show Us Your Drawers'
Now through Aug. 6, Herron School of Art and Design galleries, Indianapolis -- Show Us Your Drawers is a juried exhibition of the most innovative work created by recognized professional studio furniture-makers from the United States, Canada and beyond. This exhibit will serve as the centerpiece of a citywide display of contemporary furniture design, which will complement the Furniture Society's National Conference hosted by Herron. The Furniture Society is a national association supporting and advancing the art of furniture-making. For more information, visit http://www.herron.iupui.edu.
Places of the Imagination
Now through September 2, The Lilly Library, Bloomington -- This exhibition is a celebration of worlds, islands, and realms that have captured the collective imagination throughout the ages -- places that, by name alone, conjure up an immediate sense of familiarity for many. The materials displayed allow us to examine how these locations have been depicted by authors and artists and how they have been re-imagined over the years. The exhibition ranges from fantastical lands, such as Oz and Middle Earth, to disguises based on real locations (Yoknapatawpha County and Winesburg, Ohio). Some originated in stories told simply to amuse children (Toad Hall from The Wind in the Willows) or in works addressing contemporary social issues such as Samuel Butler's Erewhon. While some have been "mapped" -- as one would expect Treasure Island to be -- others exist on purely abstract levels, such as Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. Travel narratives, of course, offer a wonderful assortment of distant lands for readers to explore-from Gulliver's Lilliput to Sindbad's Valley of Diamonds. The Lilly Library also features a number of online exhibits. For more information, go to http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/.
'Japan-in-America: The Turn of the Twentieth Century'
Ongoing, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington -- A new exhibit at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures examines the growing American interest in and apprehension of Japan during the 23 years preceding World War I. Japan-In-America: The Turn of the Twentieth Century, samples the vast number of images, stories, performances, and accounts of Japan that circulated in the United States during that time. The exhibit displays a wide array of images and artifacts from the popular culture of the period -- paintings, poetry, and travel literature, but also postcards, illustrated books, sheet music, magic lantern slides, editorial cartoons, motion pictures, missionary tracts, children's literature, advertisements, and a range of other forms. A companion Web site at www.indiana.edu/~jia1915/ provides even more examples of these images, as well as downloadable texts of children's books from the time period, such as the work Japanese Fairy Tales by Teresa Pierce Williston, published in 1904. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington -- This Children's Gallery exhibit features hands-on activities and shoes from around the world. Talking Shoes explores how shoes can reveal much about their makers and wearers. Native American beaded moccasins, sandals from the Republic of Congo, felt shoes from Tibet and wooden shoes from the Netherlands and Surinam are just a few highlighted artifacts in the exhibit, which features hands-on activities for younger visitors. The exhibit was developed by students in Indiana University's Anthropology A403: Introduction to Museum Studies class during the spring semester 2004-05. The students worked with staff at the Mathers Museum to select shoes from the museum's collections, research and write the exhibit labels, prepare the artifacts for display, design the case lay-outs and install the exhibit. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail email@example.com.