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Juneteenth Celebration & Summer Necessity Drive Drop Off

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Banneker Community Center 930 W. 7th St Bloomington IN 47404

Join Black Lives Matter Bloomington for our Juneteenth Celebration & help with our Summer Necessity Drive

WEDNESDAY JUNE 19th 2019
6:00pm to 9:00pm
at the Banneker Community Center
930 W. 7th St
Bloomington IN 47404

With Food Trucks:
Rasta Pops, MeSorrel, Top Shotta Jerk Chicken, Pili’s Party Tacos

Free: Red Velvet Cake & Strawberry Soda from BLM

Music by DJ Jada Bee playing Prince and 80’s/90’s Tunes
&
Info tables from all of the organizations BLM’s Necessity Drive supports: Middle Way House, Indiana Recovery Alliance, & All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center

WITH a Juneteenth Kids book story corner, coloring pages & craft area!

Learn more about our Drive with these Quick Links:
Necessity Drive HERE ⬇️⬇️⬇️
https://blm.btown-in.org/summer-2019-necessity-drive.html
OUR Amazon wish list for the Necessity Drive:
Click the link find the item you want to buy, purchase it and click the send to BLM option.

Click here to start ⬇️⬇️⬇️
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/Y5KZKVMZ34LJ

Benefits / Civic Affairs / Dance / Eat and Drink / Education / Entertainment / LGBT / Volunteering

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A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records: A Film & Talk Presentation

08:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Jan 25
FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 202 S. Rogers St, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
https://www.facebook.com/events/568506316953563/

Cicada Cinema and Landlocked Music are excited to present:

A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records: A Film & Talk Presentation

A mix of film, audio, slides and lecture presented by Mississippi Records founder Eric Isaacson. This presentation attempts to tell the entire history of recorded music in 90 minutes — from the first star being born to the current age of bizarre technology.
Subjects covered will include the cosmic patterns that resemble music generated by stars being born and dying, the untold early history of recording technology, the rise of blues, rock and roll, and other revolutionary American music forms and their subsequent destruction by the powers that be, and some hopeful messages about the future.

Mississippi Records is a store and label based in Portland, Oregon. They’ve released over 240 records spanning nearly every genre of music, ran a store for 15 years, and traveled the world with presentations such as this one. All of this has been done with no online presence, no promotion or advertising of any kind anywhere and no general existence in the digital world!

Entertainment / Films / Live Music

11 Saturday / April 11, 2020

Bloomington Craft Beer Festival

02:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Woolery Mill
http://www.lotusfest.org

Drink beer, support Lotus! Lotus will once again be the charity partner for the Bloomington Craft Beer Festival. A portion of all proceeds from the event will help Lotus continue to celebrate music, song, dance, and storytelling from around the globe, for audiences of all ages — building appreciation and respect for different cultural traditions and the people who bring them to life.

Ticket Info:
Early Bird (2 – 6 p.m.): $50 in advance online, $60 day of at the gate if available

General Admission (3 – 6 p.m.): $35 in advance online, $45 day of at the gate if available

Designated Driver (may enter with the rest of their party; no alcohol may be consumed): $10 in advance online, $10 day of at the gate if available

Want to help out? We’re recruiting volunteers to help out with the festival while helping us maintain our charity-partner status. If you are interested in participating, please coordinate with Sarah at volunteer@lotusfest.org.

Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

13 Monday / April 13, 2020

The Corn Potato String Band Concert

07:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Lotus Firebay
http://www.lotusfest.org

Lotus hopes to see you at the Corn Potato String Band Concert at the Lotus Firebay. The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise for its performance and preservation of traditional American music from Central and Southern United States. In addition to being champion fiddlers (Aaron won first place in bluegrass fiddle at the 2018 Galax Fiddlers Convention), band members Aaron Jonah Lewis and Lindsay McCaw play the banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin.

$5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.

Entertainment / Live Music

15 Wednesday / April 15, 2020

Hoop Dancing Workshop with Violet Duncan

05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Lotus Firebay
http://www.lotusfest.org

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to join Native American storyteller and powwow dancer Violet Duncan for a hoop dancing workshop here at the Lotus Firebay. Duncan, who facilitates workshops to promote spiritual wellness and cultural education across the US, Canada, and Europe, is a proud member of the Plains Cree of Kehewin Cree Nation & Taino. She held the title of Miss Indian World in 2006 and was featured in Nelly Furtado’s music video Big Hoops as the Native American Fancy Dancer. We hope to see you there!

$5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.

Entertainment / Live Music

16 Thursday / April 16, 2020

Mask Making Workshop with Violet Duncan

05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Lotus Firebay
http://www.lotusfest.org

Would you like to learn to make a mask with Native American hoop and powwow dancer Violet Duncan? Join Lotus for an interactive workshop with Violet Duncan who facilitates workshops to promote spiritual wellness and cultural education across the US, Canada, and Europe and is a proud member of the Plains Cree of Kehewin Cree Nation & Taino.

$5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.

Entertainment / Live Music

17 Friday / April 17, 2020

Mental Health America of Monroe County’s 1st Annual Gala, Fundraiser & Recognition Dinner

05:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Monroe County Convention Center Great Room
http://www.mha-monroe.com

Mental Health America of Monroe County (MHA-MC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and supporting mental health consumers and their families through education, referral and service. We achieve our mission by educating the public about ways to preserve and strengthen mental health; by sponsoring support groups; by serving as a clearinghouse for information about mental health promotion, prevention and treatment resources in our community; and by fostering innovation in policy, research, practice and services.

Save the date — Join us to learn about what MHA-MC is doing to support health care in our community and state and our goals for 2020. Nominations for mental health categories will be solicited and winners will be announced, recognizing those agencies, individuals, etc. for their contributions. Our keynote speaker is Jill Lees, Bloomington Police Department’s Chief of Police. We will introduce our volunteer board members, serve you a great dinner with a cash bar and provide music for dancing. There will be table sponsorships available, an Eventbrite to register coming soon and a raffle. All proceeds will allow MHA and the Suicide Prevention Coalition to continue working to help make a difference to the wellbeing of our friends and families.

Business / Dance / Eat and Drink / Education / Entertainment / Health / Speakers / Volunteering

17 Friday / April 17, 2020

Moira Smiley with the River Ducks

07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
The FAR Center
http://www.lotusfest.org

We are thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lotus Blossoms Program by joining Bloomington Roots and its Hand Picked Music Series for an evening with Moira Smiley and the River Ducks. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lotus Blossoms program. Doors: 6:45pm | The River Ducks: 7:30pm | Moira Smiley: 8:00pm
VIP ticket holders will have seats reserved in the front; general admission tickets will allow ticket holders access to open seating outside of the reserved section. The show is expected to last 90 min. If tickets have not sold out in advance, they will be available to purchase at the door by cash only.
We hope to see you there!
$20 general seating | $30 VIPTickets at the Buskirk-Chumley Box Office or thefar.org/handpicked

Entertainment / Live Music

8 Sunday / November 8, 2020

Considering Matthew Shepard

03:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
https://www.chambersingers.info/concerts-all/considering-matthew-shepard

On November 7 and 8, 2020, the Bloomington Chamber Singers will perform Considering Matthew Shepard, Craig Hella Johnson’s powerful reflection on the events surrounding the 1998 beating and death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming. This “fusion oratorio” speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Gerald Sousa conducts the Bloomington Chamber Singers and soloists in this production, rescheduled from May 2 and 3 due to the coronavirus.

Amid deep divisions in our country and a fear of “otherness,” Considering Matthew Shepard helps listeners and musicians alike reflect on the proliferation of violence as well as the healing power of understanding, acceptance, justice, and love. Listeners of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and musical tastes describe this work as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling,” and “gripping.”

Entertainment / LGBT / Live Music

7 Saturday / November 7, 2020

Considering Matthew Shepard

07:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
https://www.chambersingers.info/concerts-all/considering-matthew-shepard

On November 7 and 8, 2020, the Bloomington Chamber Singers will perform Considering Matthew Shepard, Craig Hella Johnson’s powerful reflection on the events surrounding the 1998 beating and death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming. This “fusion oratorio” speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Gerald Sousa conducts the Bloomington Chamber Singers and soloists in this production, rescheduled from May 2 and 3 due to the coronavirus.

Amid deep divisions in our country and a fear of “otherness,” Considering Matthew Shepard helps listeners and musicians alike reflect on the proliferation of violence as well as the healing power of understanding, acceptance, justice, and love. Listeners of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and musical tastes describe this work as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling,” and “gripping.”

Entertainment / LGBT / Live Music

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