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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top January Events 2018

Conductor's Orchestra

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Enjoy the doctoral recital of conductor David Jang as leads the orchestra through Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78. The concert will be held in Auer Hall featuring the Seward Organ which has almost 4,000 pipes. This event is free and open to the public. Read more


PRIDE Film Festival

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Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival brings together feature-length and short films, live performance, lecture, and public participation events exploring the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. PRIDE continues to celebrate diversity with the goal of advocating community-wide attitudes of awareness and acceptance. Read more.


Eagles Over Monroe

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Did you know Monroe Lake was the site of Indiana's Bald Eagle reintroduction program? In the 30 years since, Bald Eagles have survived and thrived, becoming our lake's signature bird. Eagles Over Monroe explores the lives of eagles and other raptors and gives visitors the opportunity to learn about recent research, explore bird biology, and meet live raptors. Read more.


The Sound of Music

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The hills are alive! Follow the musical journey of Maria and the von Trap family as they sing their way through the hills of Austria. This beloved musical story will once again thrill audiences with its iconic score including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the famous title song. Read more.


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Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market
Harmony School, Every Saturday, January – March 

5th Annual First Day Trail Run and Walk
Fairfax State Recreation Area, January 1

Little Hikers: “Who’s Been Here?” Bean Blossom Bottoms 
Nature Preserve, January 7




The Original Wailers
The Bluebird, January 18

Concerts at the Crossroads Organ Performance
Indiana Memorial Union – Alumni Hall, January 18

Thompson Square
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, January 21

Minnesota Orchestra
IU Auditorium, January 23



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An Evening with W. Kamau Bell
The Comedy Attic, January 16

Julius Caesar
Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center, January 19-20, 23-27

Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical
Bloomington Playwrights Project, January 26-27



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IU Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, January 6

IU Wrestling vs. Michigan State
University Gym, January 19

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, January 28

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