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12th Annual Bloomington Polar Bear Plunge

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fairfax Beach, Fairfax Road, Bloomington IN
http://www.bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org

This year will marks the 12th Annual Plunge … January 1st at 11:00AM at Fairfax Beach near Four Winds Resort in Bloomington. It’s a plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Monroe – and a seriously fun time for all !!

The 2016 Polar Bear Plunge is a free event — everyone is welcome! Certificates of Achievement will be awarded to all registered participants. This year’s theme is ugly sweaters.

T-shirts commemorating the event will be available at the event. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales go to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

For more information, check out our website: bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org or email Cindy at cindyduffy@gmail.com”

Benefits / Comedy / Fitness / Outdoors

5 Wednesday / February 5, 2020

Writer Guild Spoken Word Series

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Bear's Place
https://www.writersguildbloomington.com

Writers Guild Spoken Word Series
featuring Jennifer Sue Payne (poetry), Antonia Matthew (prose), Bonnie Maurer (poetry)
music by Sitar Outreach Ministry (psychedelic sitar)
+ an open mic
$5 suggested donation

JENNIFER PAYNE is a multi-disciplinary artist from Bloomington Indiana. She studied Creative Writing at Indiana University and represented IU in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2017. She has participated in her local slam community for 4 years. Jennifer also makes wire wrapped jewelry and operates a small, local, handmade style shop.

ANTONIA MATTHEW, originally from England, has lived in Bloomington since 1968. She is a member of Five Women Poets and with them has published three chapbooks and put out a CD. She grew up during WWII and this informs much of her work. Her play “Home Front,” which is built around the letters that she received from her father, who was fighting in Burma in WWII, has been performed live in Bloomington and is currently being produced in London as a full-cast audio dramatization.

BONNIE MAURER, MFA in poetry, IU, is the author of Reconfigured (Finishing Line Press, 2009) and The Reconfigured Goddess: Poems of a Breast Cancer Survivor (Blurb, 2013). Her poems have appeared in the New York Times; So It Goes, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library Journal; Nimrod International Journal, and others, as well as on IndyGo buses and on the 6th floor ceiling of St. Vincent Hospital cancer wing in Indianapolis. She works in Indy for Arts for Learning as a poet-in-the-schools and community, as a copy editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal, and as an Ai Chi (aquatic flowing energy) instructor. Maurer was a finalist for the 2020 Indiana Poet Laureate and currently nominated for a Pushcart prize. She is an avid welder using recycled objects from local junkyards and bike shops. Contact bmaurer@ibj.com.

In the hazy basements of local analog havens, an audio experience has been blooming at a remarkably organic rate. SITAR OUTREACH MINISTRY, comprised of a sitar, electric guitar, and numerous unique instruments, has been planting the seeds of meditative grooves for many years in the Bloomington scene and impact listeners new and old.

Comedy / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / LGBT / Live Music / Speakers / Spoken Word

9 Sunday / February 9, 2020

High Proof Laughs at Cardinal Spirits

07:00 pm to 09:00 am
Cardinal Spirits
https://www.cardinalspirits.com/events

Limestone Comedy Festival and Cardinal Spirits present the return of High Proof Laughs: a live comedy series at the distillery featuring emcee Mat Alano-Martin! Because craft cocktails + cracking up is something we could all use a lot more of in 2020. Second Sundays in January, February, and March — all featuring former Limestone Comedy Festival performers and new favorites!

On 2/9, headliner Dwight Simmons will be joined by Maria Bluck, Natalie Bainter and Dan Paswell!

Your $5 cash donation at the door will benefit the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County. Doors open at 6pm and close at 7pm when the show starts! Seats fill early. 21+ only.

Comedy

10 Monday / February 10, 2020

Digging in Their Heels

07:00 pm to 09:30 pm
Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium
https://cardinalstage.org/event/digging-in-their-heels/

Cardinal Stage present’s Sally Perkins’ original one-woman show, Digging in Their Heels, for two nights only, February 10 & 11, at the Ivy Tech Waldron Rose Firebay.

When: February 10 & 11 at 7:00 PM
Where: Ivy Tech Waldron Rose Firebay
Tickets: $15 General Admission. Tickets available at cardinalstage.org

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with Digging In Their Heels, The Story of Women’s Suffrage Told In A Way You’ll Never Forget! If Susan B Anthony and her pals had iPhones, Twitter, and Uber drivers, maybe it wouldn’t have taken 72 years to win the vote. Maybe. Sally Perkins imagines the suffragists with modern technology as she takes her audiences through the 72-year journey in this interactive, hilarious, and poignant story, revealing the suffragists’ struggles, strategies, racism, and endurance.

Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Civic Affairs / Comedy / Entertainment / Exhibits / LGBT / Speakers / Spoken Word / Theater

11 Tuesday / February 11, 2020

Digging in Their Heels

07:00 pm to 09:30 pm
Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium
https://cardinalstage.org/event/digging-in-their-heels/

Cardinal Stage present’s Sally Perkins’ original one-woman show, Digging in Their Heels, for two nights only, February 10 & 11, at the Ivy Tech Waldron Rose Firebay.

When: February 10 & 11 at 7:00 PM
Where: Ivy Tech Waldron Rose Firebay
Tickets: $15 General Admission. Tickets available at cardinalstage.org

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with Digging In Their Heels, The Story of Women’s Suffrage Told In A Way You’ll Never Forget! If Susan B Anthony and her pals had iPhones, Twitter, and Uber drivers, maybe it wouldn’t have taken 72 years to win the vote. Maybe. Sally Perkins imagines the suffragists with modern technology as she takes her audiences through the 72-year journey in this interactive, hilarious, and poignant story, revealing the suffragists’ struggles, strategies, racism, and endurance.

Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Civic Affairs / Comedy / Education / Entertainment / Exhibits / LGBT / Speakers / Spoken Word / Theater

15 Sunday / March 15, 2020

The Firehouse Follies presents ‘The Ides of March’ with Jennie Devoe!

04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Ivy Tech - John Waldron Auditorium
https://www.facebook.com/FirehouseFollies

The Firehouse Follies is B-Town’s answer to ‘the Prairie Home Companion’ series – with a Hoosier influence. This Follies is titled ‘The Ides of March’ and will feature Jennie Devoe as our special music guest. (www.jenniedevoe.com). Jennie has performed with John Hiatt, Patty Griffin & Lucinda Williams to name a few. The Firehouse Rounders will provide some amazing music for y’all with this program’s featured musicians being Kade Puckett, Danny Deckard, Neil Heidler and Marie Brentano. Ginger Curry will sit in as Band Director for this one! Speaking of Ginger – she will also be performing as one of the WFHB GoZpel GurlZ – a tight harmony trio who’ve performed on the Firehouse Follies for over a decade!. Comedian Grant Volkmar will delight you with his antics as will the Unusual Suspects – Bloomington’s premier (and only ;-) radio acting troupe. Our Director for ‘The Ides of March’ will be Jon Golembiecki and our Host with the most – will be the one and only ‘Hondo’ – known for his work as host of the John Hartford Festival for the past few years in Brown County.
We suggest you arrive early to insure a seat for this one – as the venue is intimate (holds only 150).
You can purchase tickets in advance and online at www.BCTboxoffice.org OR day of show.
Single admission $15
Doors open at 3:30 pm – Showtime; 4-6pm
https://www.facebook.com/FirehouseFollies

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