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Events at Indiana University

"Maria de Buenos Aires" -- tango-opera
Aug. 31, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington -- "María de Buenos Aires" is a tango opera with libretto by Horacio Ferrer and music by Astor Piazzolla. This surrealist production engages audiences with sensual dance, exhilarating music and symbolic narration alluding to the cultural portrait of Argentina and to the condition of art vs. moral preconceptions. At its core is María, who personifies the power of art and the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in all its splendor and decay, its euphoric high spirits and wistful melancholy. For more information, e-mail

Sept.1, SoFA Gallery, Bloomington -- Refresh is the first art auction and benefit gala for the School of Fine Arts Gallery and the Friends of Art. Unlike many art auctions for charitable or non-profit organizations, the Refresh benefit proceeds go back into the arts, allowing SoFA to continue its provocative visual arts exhibitions and the Friends of Art to enhance its important advocacy and scholarship programming. Tickets to Refresh are $15. To purchase tickets, please contact the gallery via e-mail:

Gallery Talk and Book Signing: Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with the "Bird Watcher"

William Zimmerman, American, b. 1938. Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), 1992. Original artwork for plate 25 in Arthur Cleveland Bent's Life Histories of North American Woodpeckers. Acrylic on paper. Gift of Elaine Ewing Fess and Stephen W. Fess.

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Sept. 3, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Gallery of the Art of the Western World, first floor, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington -- The fall season brings the migration of students back to school as well as the migration of birds to the south. The Indiana University Art Museum celebrates the beginning of the new academic year with a special gallery talk and book-signing by William Zimmerman—a noted Indiana wildlife artist and Brown County resident. The talk will focus on a small installation of original acrylic paintings from his North American woodpecker series, which have never before been on public display. Immediately following the talk, Zimmerman will be on hand for a book-signing in the IU Art Museum's Angles Café & Gift Shop. Zimmerman—an Indiana native—began sketching and painting the wildlife surrounding his rural home in Dillsboro by the age of 10. After studying at the Cincinnati Art Academy and working as an illustrator for the Gibson Greeting Card Company, he became a professional wildlife artist specializing in the depiction of birds. Like his famous nineteenth-century predecessor John James Audubon, Zimmerman employs his fine draughtmanship and design skills—combined with careful observation of the natural world—to create realistic images for books. The event is free; no pre-registration is needed. Free weekend parking is always available at the IU parking garages on Jordan Avenue and Fee Lane. Visitors can also park at Indiana Memorial Union any day of the week and have their ticket validated for a discount at the museum's Visitor Information Desk. The Indiana University Art Museum is home to collections ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. The Indiana University Art Museum is located on 7th Street in the heart of the Bloomington campus. The Indiana University Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., and includes Angles Café & Gift Shop. The Art Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is always free and open to the public. More information on all exhibitions and programs can be found at

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. For many, these places -- by name alone -- conjure up an immediate sense of familiarity. 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 (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 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

Quitumbe Andean Ballet
Sept. 7-8 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IU Southeast, New Albany -- The Quitumbe Andean Ballet will perform during a free program. It is the first of 10 performances known as the Chase Children's Series and targeted to area school children. The Quitumbe Ballet builds its repertoire from traditional Ecuadorian dance with an "ethno-contemporary" approach where history, social content, and cultural identity are intrinsic elements. The 25-member dance group hails from Quito, Ecuador, and all dancers are also students at the Quitumbe School, a public school of nearly 1,000 students in grades pre-school through 12th grade. The dancers were brought to IU Southeast and the Ogle Center through the efforts of Metro Louisville, Sister Cities of Louisville, and various IU Southeast organizations. The Quitumbe Andean Ballet performances will appeal to children in grades K-12. Although the show is free, reservations are required. Teachers, administrators and parents of home-schooled children may call 812-941-2525 or visit the Ogle Center on the Web at to learn more.

Coffeehouse Nights @ the Art Museum

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Sept. 7, 14 and 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., IU Art Museum, Bloomington -- Visitors to the IU Art Museum can experience art from a new angle when coffee, art and music come together. As visitors stroll through the gallery each night, they will enjoy live music related to the evening's theme, from soothing Turkish melodies to coffeehouse jazz to African beats. Each night, one of the museum's three permanent galleries will be featured:• Sept. 7: Turkish art in the 2nd floor gallery, featuring music by Silk Road Ensemble

• Sept. 14: European modern art in the 1st floor gallery, featuring cool jazz

• Sept. 21: African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian art in the 3rd floor gallery, featuring Ghanaian drumming and xylophone music

An art-and-coffee scavenger hunt and raffle will add to each evening's activities. Free samples of coffee related to these cultures will available, along with sweet treats. Angles Café & Gift Shop will also be open so that visitors can shop, relax, or hang out with friends. Each evening offers a chance to experience something new at the Art Museum. The Indiana University Art Museum has collections ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. The Indiana University Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m., and features the redesigned Angles Café & Gift Shop. The Art Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call (812) 855-IUAM.

Terror from the Skies: The First Day Of The London Blitz, September 7, 1940
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Ballantine Hall 005, Bloomington -- Peter Stansky (Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University), will give this lecture. During the Second World War, the Germans bombed London from September 7, 1940, until May 10, 1941, on every day but one for the first two months. This lecture will consider the attack's launch and its significance. The Blitz was an extremely important event in multiple ways: the role it played in the course of the war, how the British reacted, and, most important, what it can tell us about the role of terror, then and now. Co-sponsored by CEUS, Global Village Living-Learning Center, History, Victorian Studies and West European Studies. For more information, e-mail

Comprehensive book on Indiana governors is produced by IU Southeast professors
Sept. 7, 7 p.m., Destinations Booksellers, 604 E. Spring St., New Albany -- IU Southeast professors Linda Gugin and James St. Clair have finished a three-year writing and editing project that culminated in the publication of a new book, The Governors of Indiana. The 436-page book is likely the most comprehensive and up-to-date tome ever written on Indiana's highest political office. The two professors will discuss and sign copies of the book at a special event on Sept. 7. The two writers-researchers-professors divvied up this gargantuan project by centuries. St. Clair was responsible for 19th century governors and Gugin for 20th century governors. They also enlisted the help of their colleagues. Many of the biographies were written by fellow IU Southeast professors. Each governor's biography has a different focus or theme. Gugin and St. Clair felt like this approach made the book more engaging or readable. The book begins with territorial governor William Henry Harrison (1801-1812) and ends with current governor, Mitchell Daniels. In all, there are 50 governor biographies. St. Clair says his favorite governor is James Mount (1897-1901) because "he was effective and worked well with both political parties." Gugin likes Paul McNutt (1933 - 1937) whom she calls "a fascinating person and arguably one of the most powerful governors in Indiana history." More information on the book signing event at Destinations Booksellers can be found at

IU Mini Marathon
Sept. 9, 8 a.m., start and finish is at the parking lot outside Memorial Stadium, Bloomington -- The 13.1-mile inaugural run will be the largest running event in southern Indiana and the state's first collegiate mini marathon. Runners will compete on a road route taking them throughout the IU Bloomington campus, which is renowned for its natural beauty. The course has been officially certified by the USA Track and Field Association. The route the race can be viewed online at The event will fund the Bill Z. Littlefield Scholarship for Survivors. The scholarship, named for a Kelley School of Business faculty member who died this summer from cancer, will be awarded to a cancer survivor to attend one of IU's eight campuses. The scholarship account has been established at the IU Foundation. Planners hope that once the scholarship is endowed, annual proceeds of the event will be able to support other charitable causes. Updates about the event will be regularly posted at the IU Circle of Life's Web site, To make a contribution, call 812-855-5776.

The Colors of Rust

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Renaissance Boat © 2003 Bruce Linn

Sept. 11 through Oct. 16, gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Ronald L. Barr Gallery on the IU Southeast campus, New Albany -- The Ronald L. Barr Gallery will exhibit paintings by Bruce Linn. The opening reception for "The Colors of Rust" exhibit will be Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the gallery, contact 812-941-2358.

Musical icon and funk revolutionary, James Brown, to perform

James Brown image

James Brown

Sept. 19, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- James Brown will bring his electrifying stage show to the IU Auditorium. Tickets for Brown's soul revue are $45 for the general public and $29-$22 for all IU Bloomington students. In his more than 50 years delighting crowds across the globe as "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," Brown has been responsible for more than 116 R&B hits, including such classics as "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," and "I Got You (I Feel Good)." The often imitated but never duplicated sound of Brown's horn driven funk laid the groundwork for the decades of soul, funk, and hip-hop that followed. Now in his 70's, Brown is still as active as ever, recording with platinum artists Black Eyed Peas, headlining Australia's Good Vibration's Festival, and playing to a crowd of 80,000 as one of the headliner's of Ireland's recent Oxegen Festival. Tickets are available at the IU Auditorium Box Office (1211 E. Seventh St.) or online at For more information, call (812) 855-1103.

The Gallergy to host Whitewater Valley Artist Consortium exhibit

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Solstice Labyrinth by Carvin Reinhardt

Now through Oct. 4, The Gallery at Indiana University East, Richmond -- Nine artists from the Whitewater Valley Artist Consortium will have their work on display in The Gallery. The Whitewater Valley Artist Consortium is composed of professional artists living in the Richmond and Wayne County region. The group meets regularly to share ideas on how to prosper in the art business. The show features: Antoine DeVillers, painting; Diane Lebo, ceramics; Carvin Rinehart, painting, design and fine art photography; Carol Sexton, sculpture; Lawrence Sexton, painting; Daniel Sims, stained glass; Susanna Tanner, fine art photography; Michele Walker, digital images and Web site design; and Jeanette Wilson, painting and fine art photography. An open reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 in The Gallery. For more information about the exhibit, contact Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at 765-973-8605 or visit For more information on the Whitewater Valley Artist Consortium, please visit The Gallery is open and free to the public. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday.

Non-Profit Institute open house at IU Northwest
Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. NPI offices, located in the IU Northwest Library Conference Center -- Non-profit organizations are invited to bring their staff, volunteers and board members to the IU Northwest Non-Profit Institute Open House and Resource Fair. Local non-profits are encouraged to take this opportunity to gain resources, network with other organizations, and learn about services the NPI offers to Northwest Indiana non-profits. Also during the open house, there will be a hands-on demonstration and training classes for Grantstation, the online grant-resource database. These classes are scheduled for 12 p.m. The NPIs mission is to increase the organizational capacity and financial sustainability of non-profit organizations in Northwest Indiana. The Institute provides such services as one-on-one technical assistance, technology education and resources, networking for community building, professional development courses, and workshops for staff, volunteers and board members. The Institute operates under the auspices of the IU Northwest Center for Regional Excellence and is administered by the Center for Regional Excellence and GRANTS, Inc, a local, non-profit technical-assistance and capacity-building organization. For more information about the Non-Profit Institute, e-mail the Institute at or visit the Web site at

'Japan-in-America: The Turn of the Twentieth Century'

Youthful Mothers art

Youthful Mothers art

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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, including paintings, poetry and travel literature, as well as 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 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

'Talking Shoes'
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 2004-05 spring semester. 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 layouts and install the exhibit. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail