Head Backstage to be in the know. 

We want to take you behind the scenes, to give you insider information you won't find anywhere else. This is where we pull Bloomington's hip happenings together with recommendations from our team, first-hand accounts from project producers, and guest blogs by local gurus.  The Backstage Blog helps you stay in front of it all.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Something for everyone at IU

Categories: Indiana University, Arts & Culture

In a show that's sure to engage and inspire Cinderella fans of all ages, IU Opera Theater presents a new production of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella), based on the original fairy tale, on Feb. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center.

Called "one of the greatest writers of our time" by the late novelist John Gardner, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates will read and lecture at Indiana University's Indiana Memorial Union Solarium Room on Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.  The lecture is part of a "Cultural Conflicts" series presented by the College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI). CAHI is financed by IU's College of Arts and Sciences to foster interdisciplinary research and cooperation among arts and humanities faculty.

Indiana University Bloomington will celebrate Black History Month with a diverse calendar of events, including a Feb. 23 lecture by one of America's most provocative intellectuals, Cornel West. Union Board is presenting West's lecture at 7 p.m. in the IU Auditorium, 1211 E. 7th St. A book signing will follow his lecture in the auditorium lobby.

The Indiana Department of Athletics will hold its annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday, Feb. 8, prior to the Hoosier women's basketball game against Illinois in Assembly Hall. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. ET, with tip-off against the Fighting Illini scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Fans will have a chance to try new sports skills and learn the benefits of participating in sports. Pre-game activities include interactive stations focusing on girls and women's health, fitness and safety issues, as well as academic success and career opportunities.  There will also be a postgame autograph session with the Hoosiers and a chance for fans to shoot layups on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall.


Laura Newton

Laura Newton

A proud Indiana University grad, Laura blogs primarily about IU related events, athletics and other happenings on campus. Laura is the Chief Operations Officer for Visit Bloomington.