23 Saturday / February 23, 2019

Just Breathe: Meditations for Relaxation Retreat

10:00 am to 01:00 pm
Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington 406 S. Walnut St. Bloomington 47401
http://www.meditationinbloomington.org

So much of the daily stress and tension we experience comes from our mind. Breathing meditation helps to reduce this stress. By letting go of our tension, worries, and distractions, we will experience a calm, spacious feeling in our mind and many of our problems will subside.

Take a break from your usual busy Saturday morning routine and join us for this practical and meaningful retreat. Learn 3 simple breathing meditations to make your mind calm and peaceful. Leave feeling relaxed, positive, and inspired to make meditation a part of your daily life.

Each meditation session stands alone and includes a short teaching and one of the 3 guided breathing meditations. You may attend any one or all of the sessions. To receive the most benefit, consider coming to all 3!

No experience is needed. Cushions and chairs are provided.
Enjoy tea and light refreshments on the short breaks.

Everyone is welcome.

Sessions: 10am, 11am, 12pm

Cost: $5/session $10/all 3 sessions

Education / Health / Speakers

23 Saturday / February 23, 2019

Experience Maple Syrup Season

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Hinkle-Garton Farmstead
http://www.facebook.com/HinkleGartonFarmstead

Visit the sugaring operations, learn the maple syrup production process, and explore its history. Weather permitting there will be a syrup boil in progress in the wood-fired outdoor evaporators. Available for purchase will be freshly bottled maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy, do-it-yourself maple tree tapping kits, and books pertaining to maple syrup production and use. Also available for purchase will be jams and jellies prepared by Farmstead Volunteers. Friday Musicale and The Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group with Mark Wiedenmayer will be hosting music in the parlor. Volunteers will give indoor tours of the Farmhouse. The Farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and maintained by Bloomington Restorations, Inc. It is free and open to the public.

Benefits / Eat and Drink / Education / Entertainment / Exhibits / Live Music / Outdoors

23 Saturday / February 23, 2019

Guided Tours of Balancing Act: Christyl Boger and Of Bodies and Borders: Ana Teresa Fernández

02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Grunwald Gallery of Art
https://soaad.indiana.edu/creative-activity/grunwald-gallery/exhibitions/upcoming/2018-08-24-out-of-easy-reach.html

Guides will take you on a tour of the Grunwald Gallery’s current exhibitions “Balancing Act: Christyl Boger” and “Of Bodies and Borders: Ana Teresa Fernández.” Learn about one or both exhibitions from Eskenazi Museum of Art guides who will offer insight into the artists’ processes and concepts. Tours will take place starting at 2pm every Saturday while the exhibitions are on view. Join us anytime between 2 and 4pm to start a tour.

“Balancing Act: Christyl Boger” contains works from the artist’s renowned career. Christyl Boger was interested in the balancing act of the human animal caught between impulse and control, individual versus group, and the “fragile, vulnerable veneer” of our shared cultural behavior. Her work exists at the confluence of high and low art, of traditional figurative sculpture and domestic decorative figurines. The figures are caught between irreverent display and self-conscious concealment, shifting between vulnerable and suggestive states of being. Though she referenced non-ceramic elements such as public statuary and contemporary inflatable beach toys, Boger stated that her material “stays true to the language of ceramic figurines…the material of clay itself is inseparable from the ideas of fragility and artifice.”

“Of Bodies and Borders: Ana Teresa Fernández” is an exhibit organized by Gallery Wendi Norris and previously shown in Miami, FL. Consisting of oil paintings, drawings, a sculpture installation and two videos, Of Bodies and Borders seeks to refocus our attention on the plight of immigrants crossing one of the deadliest borders in the world, the Central Mediterranean route from Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. In a performance filmed off of the island of Poros, Greece, the artist weighed down, wrestles with a bed sheet beneath the blue waters. The oil paintings document this performance in layers of paint and depict the artist struggling, submerged in the abyss.

Education / Exhibits

23 Saturday / February 23, 2019

Lotus Firebay Open House

02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Lotus Firebay (105 S. Rogers St. Bloomington, IN 47404)
https://www.lotusfest.org/event/lotus-firebay-open-house/

You are invited to join us as we welcome the community to the newly renovated Lotus Firebay, located at 105 S. Rogers, on Saturday, February 23.  Featuring musical showcases by two Fairview student groups, interactive all-ages art, hands-on crafts, and complimentary light refreshments and drinks.

Eat and Drink / Live Music

23 Saturday / February 23, 2019

Stardusters “little BIG Band”

07:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Feb 10
Stages Bloomington 222 W. Second Bloomington
http://www.stardustersmusic.con

This is your chance to join theSardusters “little BIG Band” as this 9 piece ensemble guarantees to take you back to a time when the music was swingin’ and feet were dancin’. Don’t dance that’s ok. The music is some of the best listening music you will ever hear. Featured with the Stardusters will be the wonderfull Rachel Caswell singing as only she can. Joining Rachel will be the fabulous Elise Anderson.
After a short rest the Stardusters are kicking off 2019 at a new venue, Stages Bloomington, located at 222 W. 2nd st. You have been asking where we will be performing in 2019. Well here is the first of many performances we have coming this year.

Dance / Entertainment / Live Music

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