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Events at Indiana University

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.

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, 1881

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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

The riotously funny Marisol takes to the stage
Dec. 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

BFA Thesis Exhibition
Dec. 9 -13, SoFA Gallery, 1201 E. Seventh, Bloomington -- The School of Fine Arts Gallery Thesis Exhibition will hold an opening reception for this exhibit on Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the SoFA Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. This exhibition will highlight artworks created by undergraduate graphic design, metals and photography students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Students showing work in the exhibit participate in the planning and installation of their pieces. For further information, visit

The Chimes of Christmas

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The Chimes of Christmas return this holiday season
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- Chimes of Christmas, the Bloomington holiday tradition from the IU Jacobs School of Music, will ring in the holidays at IU Auditorium. The annual Jacobs School of Music's Chimes of Christmas concert features the IU Wind Ensemble, the IU Trombone Choir and all 125 members of the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers. This event is one of the most popular of Bloomington's holiday celebrations and showcases a wide variety of traditional Christmas songs and spirituals. General public tickets range from $13 to $19 for adults and $11 to $14 for children 12 and under and IU Bloomington students. Tickets are on sale now at the IU Auditorium Box Office and online at Tickets for the show are available at the Auditorium Box office, by phone at 812-855-1103 and online. Patrons attending Chimes of Christmas are asked to bring cans of food the night of the show. All donated cans will be given to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

The Holiday Art Sale and Auction
Dec. 10-12, noon to 4 p.m., The SoFA Gallery, 1201 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- The School of Fine Arts Gallery will have its annual Holiday Art Sale and Auction, featuring current work donated by faculty and students from the IU Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Additional works on display have been donated by the Friends of Art from anonymous donors and private collections. The sale will open Dec. 10 and end with a silent auction on Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the SoFA Gallery. All events are free and open to the public. The sale will include works from the IU Fine Arts program including jewelry, photography, painting, printmaking, ceramics and textiles. There will be special jewelry pieces made specifically for this event by IU metalsmithing and jewelry design students and faculty. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase beautiful wearable, functional and non-functional art pieces made by IU artists for themselves or as holiday gifts for friends and family. On Dec. 12, The Holiday Art Sale and Auction will be preceded by the Fine Arts Student Award Ceremony for IU Fine Arts undergraduate students at 5:30 p.m., in Woodburn Hall, room 100. For further information, visit

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. For more information, visit:

The Time Jumpers

The Time Jumpers

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The Time Jumpers
Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Ogle Center IU Southeast, New Albany -- The Time Jumpers is a Western Swing Band with two awards from the Association of Western Artists, one from the Western Music Association and two Grammy nominations. This group of Nashville's studio elite has evolved from casual jam sessions at the Grand Ole Opry to performing on the main stage, and becoming the Monday night destination at the Station Inn in Nashville. As a band, they've been sought out to record with artists such as Vince Gill, Amy Grant and John Anderson. For tickets to the show, 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 more information, visit

See Bob The Builder Live!
Jan. 29, 7 p.m. IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- Join the constructive crowd at IU Auditorium as the preschool set's stop-animation hero comes to life on stage. Bob the Builder and his can-do crew, including partner Wendy, Scoop the digger, Muck the dumper, Lofty the crane and Dizzy the cement mixer, join forces in a fun-filled adventure that's brimming with sunny songs. But it's not all lyrics and laughter in Sunflower Valley. This time, Bob and his gang must strap on their tool belts and do some serious work to clean up "Spud's Big Mess." In the process, the friends pull together to build the first-ever Sunflower Valley Recycling Plant and Wind Farm. The popular PBS Kids program "Bob the Builder" began in England in 1999 and has since become an international sensation. It's shown in more than 30 countries, is presented in more than a dozen different languages, and has spawned a line of toys, clothing, and other accessories that are all the rage among preschoolers across the globe. And now, with Bob the Builder Live!, young fans can see their heroes up close. For further information, visit

Stop Kiss explores contemporary urban life
Feb. 6-7 and 10-14, Wells-Metz Theatre, Bloomington -- Simultaneously a valentine and a warning, Diana Son's sweetly arresting Stop Kiss explores the highs and lows of contemporary urban life. Swinging back and forth in time, the play revolves around a brutal beating that occurs when two young women are seen kissing on a park bench in Greenwich Village. While deftly addressing issues of sexuality and the devastating impact of a simple, hesitating moment of intimacy, the play retains a pervasive sense of humor, melding light and dark into a single work that eloquently captures the complexity and humanity of daily existence. For further information, visit

Cendrillon brings a fairy tale classic to stage
Feb. 6-7 and 13-14, Musical Arts Center, Bloomington -- Unlike the Rossini version, the carriage and the glass slipper are back in this famous romantic fantasy based on the Cinderella fairy tale. After much beautiful music, magical developments, and all the elements that make up such tales, the lovers are reunited and all live happily ever after. Who can resist the desire to believe that dreams really can come true? (And who doesn't want a Fairy Godmother?) Sung in French with English supertitles. For further information, visit

Hungarian pianist Ern Fehér to play at the Ogle Center
Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Ogle Center IU Southeast, New Albany -- Hungarian pianist Ern Fehér's virtuosity and musical sensitivity have attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. In recent seasons, Fehér has appeared as a soloist with the Marosvasarhely Symphony Orchestra, Kecskemet Symphony Orchestra, BM Duna Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Symphony Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra and the Gyõr Symphony Orchestra. For tickets to Ogle Center performances contact TicketMaster at 502-361-0066. More information can be found at

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