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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Top March Events

Categories: Events, Arts & Culture, Festivals, General, Wine & Culinary

March brings many things: St. Patrick's Day, International Women's Day, and spring! There is a lot to look forward to in the new month including these exciting events coming to Bloomington. Fill your calendar with all these fun things happening around town!

Theater in Bloomington

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La Traviata: February 28 - March 7 | Musical Arts Center | 7:30 pm
“Musically and dramatically, just about the perfect opera.” - Francesca Zambello, artistic director, Washington National Opera

Ada and the Engine: March 26 - April 11 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary 
Discover the groundbreaking woman of science whose work has impacted all of our lives in profound ways. Ada and the Engine tells the inspiring and fascinating story of Ada Byron Lovelace, a brilliant female mathematician now recognized as the first computer programmer. 

Waitress: March 31 - April 1 | IU Auditorium | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Making its Bloomington debut, the fun and contemporary Broadway hit Waitress arrives at IU Auditorium next spring. Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this Tony Award-nominated show features original music and lyrics by seven-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and original direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Music in Bloomington


Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor: March 1 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm
Janis Ian is a Grammy-nominated artist and has toured with some of the greats, such a John Mellencamp. Livingston Taylor's career has spanned over 50 years covering performing, songwriting, and teaching. Taylor has also performed alongside greats, such as Fleetwood Mac.

Tom Walsh Jazz Ensemble: March 2 | Musical Arts Center | 8:00 pm

Symphony Orchestra: March 4 | Musical Arts Center | 8:00 pm

Bonnie "Prince" Billy with Emmett Kelly & Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkins: March 5 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm

GRLwood with glitches: March 5 | Blockhouse Bar | 8:00 pm

New Music Ensemble - "Indiana Remixed" - Concert I: March 5 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

Lanco: March 6 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Baroque Orchestra: March 7 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

Monika Herzig's Sheroes with Special Guest Krista Detor: March 7 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm
The show will feature a group of the leading NY instrumentalists and celebrate their new release, Eternal Dance, which is a collection of music on the theme of healing and overcoming barriers.

Six Degrees of Separation: A Choral Concert: March 9 | Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Voces Novae presents Six Degrees of Separation: a short, thought-provoking choral concert exploring networks and connections.

Beethoven Piano Sonata Festival - Concert V: March 9 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm
The complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in 12 concerts, played by students of the Jacobs School of Music.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: March 10 | IU Auditorium | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Influenced by traditional South African music and originating in the 1960s, the five-time Grammy Award-winning singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues the legacy of singing of peace, of love, and for everyone to live in harmony. The group has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others.

HAYDN: The Seasons: March 10 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

Lost Dog Street Band: March 12 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Guster: An Evening of Acoustic Music and Improv: March 13 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm

The Firehouse Follies Present - "The Ides of March" with Jennie Devoe: March 15 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Salaam: March 22 | Blockhouse Bar | 7:00 pm

Rain - A Tribute To The Beatles: March 26 | IU Auditorium | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain - A Tribute To The Beatles will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to early Beatles favorites.

Jacobs Live at the Movies: March 28 | Musical Arts Center | 7:30 pm
Enjoy a top-notch Jacobs School orchestra on stage at the Musical Arts Center while it provides the dramatic musical accompaniment as one of your favorite contemporary films plays on the big screen.

Benefit Concert by The Alethia Duo for the USA International Harp Competition: March 29 | Auer Hall | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Film in Bloomington

IU Cinema 

Films at IU Cinema: Dates Vary | IU Cinema | Times Vary

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

Hoosier Films Annual Festival: March 19 - March 22 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary 
The Hoosier Films Annual Festival celebrates the vibrant and diverse films and filmmakers of Indiana. With a feature film each evening and two full days of themed short film blocks, this festival is your gateway to independent film in Indiana. Meet filmmakers from around the state and learn about their work, build connections among filmmakers, film aficionados, and local art supporters. 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival: March 28 - March 29 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary 
This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, paddling the wildest waters and climbing the highest peaks, bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2019/2020 World Tour is an exhilarating exploration of the mountain world. From approximately 400 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. 

Sports in Bloomington

IU Baseball

IU Baseball vs. Purdue: March 4 | Bart Kaufman Field | 3:05 pm

IU Men's Basketball vs. Minnesota: March 4 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Baseball vs. San Diego: March 6 - March 8 | Bart Kaufman Field | Times Vary

IU Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin: March 7 |  Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 12:00 pm

IU Softball vs. Miami (OH): March 10 | Andy Mohr Field | 4:00 pm

IU Baseball vs. Cincinnati: March 11 | Bart Kaufman Field | 4:05 pm

IU Baseball vs. Memphis: March 13 - March 15 | Bart Kaufman Field | Times Vary

IU Baseball vs. Kentucky: March 17 | Bart Kaufman Field | 6:05 pm

IU Baseball vs. Illinois State: March 20 - March 22 | Bart Kaufman Field | Times Vary

IU Softball vs. Penn State: March 20 - March 22 | Andy Mohr Field | Times Vary

IU Softball vs. Louisville: March 24 | Andy Mohr Field | 5:00 pm

IU Baseball vs. Ohio State: March 27 - March 29 | Bart Kaufman Field | Times Vary 

IU Softball vs. Ohio State: March 27 - March 29 | Andy Mohr Field | Times Vary

IU Softball vs. Notre Dame: March 31 | Andy Mohr Field | 4:00 pm

Around Bloomington

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Devour B-Town: February 24 - March 9 | Various Locations | Times Vary
Experience three-course, value-priced menus during Devour Bloomington. Diners can experience unique menus from participating restaurants. 

Janis Ian Master Class in Artistry: March 2 | Monroe County Public Library | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

First Thursday: March 5 | Eskenazi Museum of Art | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Explore the museum after hours and enjoy artist talks, tours, and so much more! This is a free event. 

29th Annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show: March 5 - March 7 | Monroe Convention Center | Times Vary
View over 150 beautiful quilted pieces, take a quilting class, shop for new materials, and more at this annual event! 

Kate Willett Returns to Bloomington!: March 5 - March 7 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary
Comedian, actress, and writer Kate Willett has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Netflix's Comedy Lineup. She has also toured with great such as Margaret Cho. 

TEDxBloomington: Perspective Shift: March 6 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 6:00 pm
This event seeks to ignite new insights – by inviting a diverse group of speakers with different viewpoints and life experiences. Find more information here

Poetry Slam: March 6 | The Bishop | 8:30 pm

Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market: December 7 - March 28 | Switchyard Park Pavillion | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Now entering its 16th year, the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is the oldest in the state of Indiana. The Winter Market has a variety of vendors and products including fresh produce, local meat, beeswax candles, artisan bread and baked goods, and more.

Annual Heirloom Seed Sale: March 7 | Wylie House/Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wylie House’s annual sale of heirloom variety flower, vegetable, and herb seeds.

Mom Jeans!: March 7 | The Back Door | 11:00 pm - 12:30 am 

Indiana Remixed: Karen Joy Fowler: March 9 | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Karen Joy Fowler is a Bloomington native and author of six novels and three short story collections. Her 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book.

The Fantastic Jackie Kashian!: March 12 - March 14 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Flowmotion Symposium: March 13 - March 15 | Monroe Convention Center | Times Vary
FlowMotion Symposium is a metropolitan cirque and flow arts education and performance weekend. People of all ages and skill levels are invited for aerial, circus and juggling curricula, performances, group discussions, live music, and fire!

Indiana Maple Syrup Weekend at The Farmstead: March 14 | Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Community Historic Site | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visitors to the site can tour the sugaring operations and learn about the process. Visitors will also be able to purchase bottled maple syrup, maple candies, maple cream, do-it-yourself maple tree tapping kits and books related to maple syrup, and sample refreshments made with maple syrup. 

SPARKmovement: Echo Dance Co. Season 5 Reveal Party by Unveiled: March 14 | UNVEILED studio | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art Exhibition. Auction Fundraiser. Dance Party.

Blissful Rejuvenation Mini-Retreat: March 15 | Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Discover one of the easiest meditation and mindfulness practices and experience the profound peace that resides below the busyness of life's demands.

Spring Fling: March 19 | Twin Lakes Recreation Center | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Spring is coming! Time to fling off the winter blues and get active! Keep the entire family active during spring break at the Spring Fling.

Mike Birbiglia: Working It Out: March 19 - March 21 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary 
Comedian, filmmaker, and actor Mike Birbiglia has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Broadway. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed and starred in the films Sleepwalk With Me (which is based on his New York Times bestselling book) and Don’t Think Twice. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Billions and Orange Is The New Black as well as in the films Trainwreck and The Fault in Our Stars.

An Evening with Josh Ritter: A Book of Gold Thrown Open: March 22 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm

Spring BFA Thesis Exhibition: March 24 - March 28 | Grunwald Gallery of Art | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This exhibition features work created by graduating Bachelors of Fine Arts students in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University.

Ashley C. Ford: March 26 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm
Ashley C. Ford, a writer, critic, podcaster, and consultant, lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. Ford hosts Profile by Buzzfeed News and is the former host of Brooklyn-based news and culture TV show and podcast 112BK. Her work can be found in The Guardian, Elle, Buzzfeed, OUT Magazine, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, and Indianapolis Monthly. Ford has been named one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Media (2017).

Be More Awards: March 31 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Be More Awards is our community's way of honoring and applauding the outstanding, but often unrecognized efforts of our community volunteers.

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