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Events at Indiana University

Dancer with Basket of Pomegranates

Coptic (Egypt), 5th century AD. Dancer with Basket of Pomegranates. Curtain: polychrome wool and undyed linen. IU Art Museum 72.126.5

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Selected Coptic Textiles from Ancient Egypt
Now-spring 2009, Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Indiana University Art Museum, first floor, Bloomington -- Nearly 100 years ago, more than 150 textiles dating from the third to the 12th centuries and spanning late Roman, early Byzantine and early Islamic times were unearthed from shallow burials in the sandy soils of Egypt. The examples included in this new gallery installation have not been on display since 1999 and are being reintroduced to complement the Middle Eastern Arts Festival organized by the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program of Indiana University. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more about Coptic textiles, please visit For further information, e-mail or call 812-855-5445.

Mathers Museum Exhibit -- Botánica: A Pharmacy for the Soul
Now-Dec. 31, various times, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The exhibition "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.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. For further information, visit

Sunken Cities and Shipwrecks: The Growing World of Underwater Museums
Now-Dec. 19, various times, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- This exhibition delves into the world of underwater museums and addresses the related issues of treasure hunting and site preservation. The Mathers Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. For further information, visit

Images of Native Americans
Now-Dec. 31, various times, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The Mathers Museum 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. The Mathers Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. For further information, visit

"Thoughts, Things and Theories . . . What is Culture?" exhibit open to the public
Now-Dec. 19, Mathers Museum, Bloomington -- This exhibition examines the nature of culture through the exploration of cultural traditions surrounding life stages and universal needs. The Mathers Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free. For further information, visit

St. Mark's Square

Henry Bacon, American, 1839-1912; St. Marks Square

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The Grand Tour: Art and Travel, 1740-1914
Now -Dec. 21,10 a.m. to 5 p.m., IU Art Museum, Special Exhibitions, Bloomington --This exhibition examines the phenomenon of the Grand Tour, an extended period of travel that was popular with artists and wealthy tourists from the mid-18th to the early-20th century. Works are drawn from the permanent collections of the IU Art Museum and the Lilly Library. A complimentary brochure accompanies this exhibition. For further information, visit

John Edwards

John Edwards

Former Senator and Presidential Candidate John Edwards to speak on election results and answer student questions
Nov. 11, 7 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- Only a week after the Nov. 4 presidential election, John Edwards will give a lecture that focuses on what the results of the election mean for America's political and economic future. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q-and-A session. Edwards will dissect the general election results and forecast how they will affect the state of political discourse, the American economy and the plight of working families. He will also weave stories from his experience running for president into his analysis, describing what it's like to be a major presidential candidate in today's accelerated political and media environment. For more information about the event or to request press credentials, contact Union Board Public Relations Director Nathan Click at or 812-855-4682.

Antiques Roadshow appraiser to speak at Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI
Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m., Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis --The Herron School of Art and Design will host Debra Force, appraiser for the popular PBS show "Antiques Roadshow" and former vice president and head of the American Paintings Department at Christie's in New York. Force will present a discussion titled "The Valuation of Art, Factors that Influence its Worth." The event is free and open to the public. John Vanausdall, president/CEO of the Eiteljorg Museum will join Force to offer a local perspective on the valuation of art. Prior to joining the Eiteljorg, Vanaudall had an 18-year career with the Indianapolis Children's Museum. Parking is available at the Natatorium Garage immediately west of the Herron School of Art and Design. Herron School of Art and Design, a school of Indiana University and Indiana's only professional school of art and design, is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report, ranking 45th among 300 art and design schools nationwide. For further information, Visit

School of Journalism presents Kris Wilson
Nov. 13, 4 to 5:30 pm, Ernie Pyle Lounge, School of Journalism, Bloomington -- Kris Wilson spent a decade working in television as a news director, executive producer, anchor, reporter and weather anchor. Before his position at Emory, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Kansas and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. His scholarly research analyzes press coverage of climate change, factors that influence global warming reporting and public (mis)understanding of mediated science. His work has been published in Science Communication, Mass Communication Review, The Journal of Geography, Public Understanding of Science, National Weather Digest and in the book Environmental Risks and the Media. For further information contact

University Club Luncheon
Nov. 13, 11:45 a.m., Presidents' Room, 150, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- Guest speakers are CIA Operatives, Gene and Jan Coyle, talking about "Love, Marriage, and the CIA." Come hear the stories of what it's like to be a "tandem couple," carrying out espionage in places like Moscow, Bishkek and Athens and also finding food and adjusting to local customs in third world countries. The Coyles met at IU and married in Beck Chapel, the start of what seemed to be a traditional marriage but turned out to be a unique life together. Call the University Club at 855-1325 by noon Nov. 11 to make reservations or e-mail

"Examining Immigration Policy History: The Bracero Guest Worker Program" with Speaker Don Felipe Munos
Nov. 13, 5 p.m., La Casa, Bloomington -- Speaker Don Felipe Munos is a former bracero worker and a founding member of the National Assembly of Former Braceros of Tlaxcala, which has been fighting since 1999 for the recovery of 10% of their savings which was deducted when they worked in the US as part of the Bracero Program. The talk is being sponsored in part by the Mexico Solidarity Network. For further infomation, call 812-855-0174.

Theatre of the 8th Day

"The Files"

Theatre of the 8th Day: The Files
Nov. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., 122 S. Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington -- Theatre of the Eighth Day, founded in 1964, was one of the most significant groups of the student theater movement from which Polish alternative theater arose. The group's willingness to speak with its own voice about the surrounding world got the group into trouble with the communist state Apparatus, even though it had never been intended as a political theater of opposition. The group was under surveillance by the secret police, and was accused of committing common crimes. Despite this, the theater managed to create some of the most important Polish performances of the 1970's. The Files (2007) is a special and unusual performance for the theatre of the Eighth Day based on actual secret police reports on the theater's activity written during the period from 1975 to 1983 (reports that also covered the actor's contacts, friendships and meetings). A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this extraordinary, historic troupe -- in a sardonic docudrama on their art as seen through the eyes of the police. Tickets for this event will be: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and will be available at For further information, visit or call 812-855-0207.

1968 in Latin America: Events, Impacts, Legacies
Nov. 14. 1-6 p.m., The Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center CG 1032, 1275 E. 10th St., New Business Building, Bloomington -- CLACS invites you to join us for an interdisciplinary symposium on 1968 in Latin America. Panels will include: "Echoes: 1968 in Hemispheric Perspective Luis González" (IU Libraries); Alfredo Minetti (IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs); "Love-in, Love-out: Gender and Sexuality in 1968 Deborah Cohen" (University of Missouri-St. Louis); Lessie Jo Frazier (IU Department of Gender Studies ); Emily Maguire (Northwestern University); "What's Left?: The Shifting Political Landscapes of 1968" Patrick Barr-Melej (Ohio University); and Jeff Gould (IU Department of History). Please e-mail for more information.

Lecture on video on the Internet: The Content Question
Nov. 14, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Herman B Wells Library, Room LI 001, Bloomington -- What is the effect of Internet distribution on digital video on content? Is there evidence that content will be different from what is available through other conduits or will it just be more of the same? Who will be producing it and who will be consuming it? How important will user-generated video content be? These are some of the questions addressed in Jeffrey Hart's essay and his lecture. Hart is professor of political science at Indiana University Bloomington and a member of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics Advisory Committee. He has conducted research in international politics, international political economy and the politics of high technology industries for more than 25 years. His professional career has focused on the politics of international economic competitiveness in advanced industrial nations, and, specifically, on the politics of software, hardware and telecommunications. He has recently completed a project on globalization, and in 2004 he published a book on the politics of high definition television (HDTV) titled Technology, Television, and Competition: The Politics of Digital TV. The full paper is available at For more information, visit

Hamlet -- Shakespeare's great masterpiece returns to IU Bloomington
Nov. 14-15, 18-22, various times, Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Bloomington -- Arguably the greatest play written in the English language, Shakespeare's masterpiece returns to the Indiana University stage for the first time in more than 50 years. The play's exquisite language and excruciating violence collide to create one of theater's truly timeless tragedies. Prodded by the ghost of his slain father, the Prince of Denmark seeks justice against his usurping uncle and malevolent mother, all the while falling into an ever deepening exploration of his own troubled psyche. Both pensive and penetrating, Hamlet probes the struggle for power and the dynamics of family, its lyrical beauty demonstrating why its author stands as one of the supreme poets of the stage. For further information, visit

Love of Three Oranges

"The Love of Three Oranges"

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The Love for Three Oranges comes to the MAC stage
Nov. 14-15 and 21-22, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, Bloomington -- In this fantastical farce, a prince is dying of gloom, and laughter is the only cure, but the sorceress Fata Morgana, the wicked prime minister, and an even more wicked Princess Clarissa, are preventing it. When the sorceress herself is accidentally turned upside down by the palace guards, the ridiculous antics finally make the prince laugh. But Fata puts a curse on him: he must find and fall in love with three oranges. Follow his journey to distant lands to discover that each orange holds a beautiful princess. The opera is sung in English with English supertitles. For further information, visit

The Dance Show takes to the Ogle Center stage
Nov. 17-21, 10 a.m., and noon, Ogle Center IU Southeast, New Albany -- In this high-energy performance, dancers demonstrate the concepts of shape, space, pattern and rhythm through a series of short dances. Dancers emphasize teamwork, positive self-expression, healthy life choices and setting goals while engaging students with live performances and interactive exercises. This show is recommended for students in grades K-6. For tickets to Ogle Center performances contact TicketMaster at 502-361-0066. The ticket office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For further information, visit

Synergy Brass Quintet

Synergy Brass Quintet

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Synergy Brass brings classical music alive
Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Ogle Center IU Southeast, New Albany -- Synergy Brass Quintet performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. Acclaimed for "blazing precision [and] amazing technique" (The Watertown Daily Times), the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world's most exciting ensembles. The group's engagements have taken it to every corner of the United States including the Ravinia Music Festival in Illinois, the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, and internationally at the Festival de Musica de Camara de Aguascalientes. Synergy is often heard on National Public Radio, and in 2005 the group broadcast on NBC with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. For tickets to Ogle Center performances, contact TicketMaster at 502-361-0066. For subscriptions to a series, to be added to the e-mail list at the center, or for more information, call the center ticket office at 812-941-2526. The ticket office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

The Nutcracker comes to the MAC stage
Dec. 5-7, various times, Musical Arts Center, Bloomington -- This holiday tradition features the beloved music of Tchaikovsky while telling the story of young Clara, who receives a toy soldier nutcracker from her mysterious godfather. When she falls asleep with the Nutcracker in her arms and starts to dream, magical things begin to happen. This Nutcracker production will feature choreography created specifically for the Jacobs School's talented dancers by Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department. The production will be conducted by guest Kevin Noe, artistic director and conductor of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. The set was designed by C. David Higgins, chair of the Jacobs School's opera studies department. Tickets range from $18-$35 and go on sale Nov. 10. For ticket sales call 812-333-9955. For further information call 812-855-7433 or visit

The riotously funny Marisol takes to the stage
Dec. 5-6, 9-13, Wells-Metz Theatre, Bloomington -- Trapped in the tempestuous world of violence and anger that is New York City, a young woman turns to her guardian angel. The angel, however, remains ensnared by her own battles: an aging God is dying and seemingly plans to take everyone with him. The result is a complete disintegration of reason and logic in the world. Often upsetting, but riotously funny, Marisol speaks to the sense of disorder and disillusionment in contemporary society while driving home the vast importance of a single word: hope. For further information, visit

Chimes of Christmas
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- The bells will be ringing when the Chimes of Christmas comes caroling to IU Auditorium. This holiday tradition features some of the best the IU Jacobs School of Music has to offer with performances from the IU Wind Ensemble, Trombone Choir and the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers. This heartwarming event will usher in the holiday with the Christmas classics that have brought cheer to families for generations. For ticket sales call 812-333-9955. For further information call 812-855-7433.

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

The Community of Modern Dance
Jan. 16-17, 7:30 p.m., Ruth N. Halls Theatre, 275 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington -- Indiana University Dance Theatre presents "The Community of Modern Dance." The performance will feature works by guest artists from the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; IU faculty in modern dance, music and African American and African Diaspora Studies; and master teacher, choreographer and artist Bill Evans. The event is produced by the IU Departments of Kinesiology and Theatre and Drama. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and children age 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the IU Auditorium Box Office or by calling 812 855-1103.

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