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The bioartist confronts Human Nature

Like painter Alexis Rockman, whose dim, eerie and apocalyptic Manifest Destiny confronts the consequences of human advancement, the visual artists chosen for the upcoming SoFA Gallery exhibition Human Nature I: The Natural World (Oct. 20-Nov. 18) are using their creative abilities to enhance contemporary discourse about the life sciences. With each new discovery in the field -- including those in the areas of stem cell research, the human genome, cloning and genetic engineering -- they have brought to the forefront ethical and moral issues related to scientific developments. "Both artists and scientists share an affinity for experimentation and a desire to forge new frontiers in their fields, looking for and creating something that has never been attempted or discovered before," said Betsy Stirratt, director of Indiana University Bloomington's School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery.  Full Story

 The roots of techno

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The world may know about the Motown Sound, but many don't know that techno music -- a wildly popular electronically produced form of dance music reverberating dancehalls and raves across Europe -- was developed 20 years ago by a handful of African American college students around Detroit. The Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University has organized the first national conference, scheduled for Oct. 21, about the genre.

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 Cracking the Domenico code

A museum director's detective work is restoring a visionary 18th century Venetian artist to his rightful place in the history of art. Indiana University Art Museum Director Adelheid M. (Heidi) Gealt and George Knox, an emeritus professor at the University of Vancouver, have reconstructed the largest-known New Testament cycle produced by a single artist: 313 large, finished drawings in ink and wash by Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), one of the foremost Venetian artists active during the second half of the 18th century. Dismembered, sold and scattered soon after his death in 1804, Domenico's narrative, which retells the history of early Christianity, has never before been published or exhibited ... until now.

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 IU Southeast's new record label celebrates one year anniversary

The Music Department at IU Southeast and New Dynamic Records will soon celebrate the one-year anniversary of their debut release, Influence. Last October, the department issued the first release of its new recording label, New Dynamic Records, and has scheduled a second release in 2007 with the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, a Holland-based group. The group was featured in two pieces on Influence, and recently was nominated for the Edison Award, the Dutch equivalent to the Grammy.

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 Fall Ballet: From Balanchine to Baker

Indiana University Ballet Theater begins a new era Oct. 6 and 7 as it opens its 2006-07 season with the Fall Ballet "From Balanchine to Baker: An International Evening of Dance" at the Musical Arts Center. The program will mark Michael Vernon's official debut as the newly appointed chair of the IU Jacobs School of Music's Ballet Department, while his ballet Cathedral also makes its Bloomington debut the same weekend.

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 “Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist”

Playwright and performance artist María Elena Fernández will present her one-woman show "Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist" on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Indiana University. Her story has been featured on National Public Radio as part of the "Day to Day" occasional series "My Fellow Americans," which are audio portraits that capture the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans. From Catholic schoolgirl to cha cha feminist, Fernández tells an inspiring story about forging your own path on the bumpy road to bicultural womanhood.

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