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Friday, March 22, 2019

Top April Events

Categories: General

Theater in Bloomington

musical arts center

Cardinal Stage presents The Glass Menagerie: March 21 - April 7 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary

The Jedi Handbook: March 30 - April 13 | Bloomington Playwrights Project | 7:30 pm

Bernstein's Mass: April 5 - April 13 | Musical Arts Center | Time TBD
Bernstein’s Mass is electrifying, sometimes irreverent, and always soul-stirring. Prepare to leave the theater exhilarated and humming some of Leonard Berstein's classics. 

Finding Neverland: April 23 - April 24 | IU Auditorium | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus, and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.


Music in Bloomington

Bluebird Concert

Tuesday Tuneup with Ruth & The Stones: March 19 - April 16 | The Bishop | 8:00 pm
Ruth & The Stones is a five lady harmony-singing country music force of nature. Named after ethnomusicologist Ruth Stone, these five graduate students play their way through country greats, traditional tunes, and throw in some originals.

Kero Kero Bonito: April 2 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

An Evening with Branford Marsalis: April 6 | IU Auditorium | 8:00 pm
He's won Grammys, he's performed with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, and now he's in Bloomington to spend an evening with you. 

IU Soul Revue Spring Concert: April 13 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm
America's first and finest collegiate popular music ensemble presents its 47th annual Spring Concert. From funk to soul to R&B and hip hop, the Soul Revue will have you on your feet dancing to the music. Don't miss this IU and Bloomington treasure!

Baroque Orchestra - Music of the Bach Family: April 13 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

JD McPherson: April 18 | The Bluebird | 7:00 pm
Rock artist JD McPherson is coming to The Bluebird! To go for free, enter here for a chance to win tickets. 

Mexico Remixed Presents: ONIX Ensemble: April 18 - April 19 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Comprised of outstanding musicians from Mexico, ÓNIX Ensemble has achieved worldwide recognition as a leading champion of contemporary music. The group has premiered nearly two hundred compositions and recorded eleven albums in their two decades of existence.

Culture Shock Music Festival: April 20 | Dunn Meadow | 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Culture Shock is back for its 33rd year. The free musical festival will have performances going all day and all night. Local businesses and artisans will be there as well as food trucks. This is a perfect family-friendly way to spend your Saturday. 

Mexico Remixed Presents: Flor de Toloache: April 20 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Flor de Toloache got their start performing as a harp, violin, and vihuela trio for subway riders. Today they perform as a full mariachi ensemble, featuring members who hail from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and the continental United States. Their most recent album, Las Caras Lindas, won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album.

USA International Harp Competition Presents Harpyday Ensemble: April 23 | FAR Center for Contemporary Arts | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

African American Choral Ensemble Spring Concert: April 27 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Indiana University's critically acclaimed African American Choral Ensemble presents its 43rd annual Spring Concert. The Choral Ensemble features a broad repertoire of African American music, including spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel, and formally composed works by African American composers. 


Film in Bloomington

IU Cinema

Films at Buskirk-Chumley Theater: Dates Vary | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary

IU Cinema: Dates Vary | IU Cinema | Times Vary
IU Cinema plays films from all genres and generations. They also have a Mexico Remixed series of films that highlight Mexico filmmakers and stories. 


Sports in Bloomington


IU Men's Soccer vs. Lipscomb: April 7 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 2:00 pm

32nd Women's Little 500 Race: April 12 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 4:00 pm

69th Men's Little 500 Race: April 13 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 2:00 pm

IU Baseball: Dates Vary | Bart Kaufman Field | Times Vary

IU Softball: Dates Vary | Andy Mohr Field | Times Vary


Around Bloomington


Mexico Remixed Presents: Ana Raquel Minian: April 1 | Global and International Studies Building | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Reversible: April 2 - April 4 | IU Auditorium | 7:30 pm
Reversible, the newest production from the Montreal-based circus company 7 Fingers, is coming to Bloomington. Through a unique and riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music, and acrobatics, they will tell the stories of the generation who forged the world we live in today.

Mary Lynn Rajskub: April 4 - April 6 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary
Best known for her unconventional portrayal of 'Chloe' on the highly rated 24 for Fox, Mary Lynn Rajskub can be seen in Universal's comedy film Night School alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. She's also appeared in shows such as Brooklyn 99, Arrested Development, and Little Miss Sunshine. 

Whose Live Anyways?: April 5 | IU Auditorium | 8:00 pm
The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are in Bloomington with their new improv show. 

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market: April 6 - November 23 | Showers Common | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
It won't be long until you can spend your Saturday mornings at Indiana largest farmer' market. 

Indiana University 8th Annual Traditional Powwow: April 6 | Dunn Meadow | 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

African American Dance Company Spring Concert: April 6 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm
Directed by renowned choreographer and Black dance scholar Baba Stafford C. Berry Jr., the African American Dance Company will share movement traditions and dances from the Americas and the African diaspora — a unique fusion of African styles, contemporary jazz, hip hop, and more.

Guitar Ensemble - "Guitar Ensemble Plays the Movies": April 6 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

John Roy: April 11 - April 13 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary
After honing his act in clubs around the Midwest, John was crowned the first champion of CBS’ Star Search, in 2003. He has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show, and The Late, Late Show. He has also written on projects for Comedy Central, MTV, and Funny or Die. 

Yoga in the Gallery: April 13 - August 10 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | 10:00 am - 11:00 am 
Stretch, strengthen, and relax with Asana flow yoga in the calming and sunlit Miller gallery.

Set It Off!: April 14 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 6:30 pm
Hip Hop ConnXion – Indiana presents Set It Off! This is a dance showcase that shows all of Hip Hop ConnXion – Indiana's talent and hard work throughout the school year. There will be guest performers as well to express their art. 

Kurt Braunohler: April 18 - April 20 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary
Kurt Braunohler is a comedian, actor, and podcaster who has committed his career to inserting absurdity into stranger’s lives to make the world a better place. Kurt can be seen (and heard) on Bob's Burgers, The New Girl, Chelsea Lately, and so much more.

Coffee & Canvas: April 20 | Allison-Jukebox Community Center | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bloomington Craft Beer Fest: April 20 | The Woolery Mill | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The 8th annual craft beer fest is back! Check out the fest to support local brewers and try their new and classic beers, ciders, and meads. Check out this blog for more information. 

Portraits in Motion Spring Concert: April 20 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Bloomington Street Fair: April 28 | Kirkwood Avenue | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Street Fair is an opportunity to use Bloomington's city streets in new ways: To meet neighbors, find out more about local businesses and organizations, and celebrate our city and its residents. Local businesses and community groups will host displays and interactive activities, multiple stages will feature music of all kinds and pop-up performances, and food trucks and Kirkwood Avenue restaurants have plenty of delicious eats.

Tamango Tango Band: April 28 | Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Bloomington | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tamango Tango Band will play Tango music from Argentina for your dancing pleasure! Come watch, learn, meet new people and dance to live music! All ages are welcome (childcare option available by RSVP). 


Nia Jones

Nia Jones