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Friday, December 19, 2014

11 Sure Bets in B-town for January, 2015

Categories: B-town's Rainbow Flavor, Indiana University, Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Live Music, Festivals

It's hard to choose just 10, or 11, or more of the top events in Bloomington, but here's my hand-picked list. Add your events in the comments!!

Even more great events can be found on our events calendar.

Paynetown SRA

2nd Annual First Day Trail Run - January 1

A non-competitive, un-timed run-walk on a 3.6 or 1.6-mile course through the woods and fields at Paynetown SRA. Bundle up and run off those holiday calories!


Mike Adams at His Honest Weight - January 3

Mike Adams, a Bloomingtonian, made the list of American Songwriters' Top 50 Songs of 2014! For this booty-shaking show at the Bishop, he is joined by world travelers Frank Schweikhardt and Chiemi Jones.

Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass  - January 13

The five members of Greensky Bluegrass have forged a defiant, powerful sound that, while rooted in classic stringband Americana, extends outwards with a fearless, exploratory zeal. Hear them at the Bluebird!

Encounters and Collisions

Encounters and Collisions - January 16-18

IU Contemporary Dance Theatre's annual winter dance concert will feature premieres by IU faculty Elizabeth Shea, Selene Carter and Nyama McCarthy-Brown.

Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra - January 21

Known as one of the world's top orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra is pleased to return for its biennial residency. This concert at the IU Auditorium will include a performance of Dvorak's Violin Concerto with violinist and IU alumnus William Preucil as the featured soloist.

Fortune Feimster

Fortune Feimster at the Comedy Attic - January 22-24

The Chelsea Lately star and Last Comic Standing finalist returns to town with a slew of new credits- most notably as star of the upcoming Tina Fey series on Fox. Fortune has also had a recurring role on Mulaney and has appeared on Workaholics, 2 Broke Girls and has her own Comedy Central Half Hour Special.

IU Women's Bball

Indiana Women's Basketball vs. Maryland - January 25

The IU Women's Basketball team has had an amazing season, and it keeps getting better! Coach Teri Moren has led the Hoosiers to their current place of 7th overall in points per game! Don't miss this heated game against another of the nation's top teams.

Sister Act: The Musical

Sister Act: The Musical - January 27-28

Coming direct from Broadway to the IU Auditorium, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy the New York Post calls "ridiculously fun"-and audiences around the country couldn't agree more! This uproarious and uplifting production features original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken.

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival - January 29-31

The Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival is a three-day celebration that explores a wide variety of issues and situations involving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and queer communities through film and live performance. Celebrate 12 years of PRIDE at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater!


Make Me Bad - January 30 - February 14

This gritty and sexy musical thriller explores what happens when you fall in love with a serial killer. Presented by the Bloomington Playwrights Project

Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson - January 31

Believe it or not, here's a country music star who isn't from Nashville. And yet Clayton Anderson has opened for some of country's biggest stars, like Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Kenney Chesney, and Jimmy Buffett. It won't be long before country radio notices this well-traveled musician, but until then, you can make sure to tell your friends you knew about him first. Hear him at The Bluebird.

Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.