China Remixed: IU Presents a 10-Week Culture Festival

BY PETER DORFMAN This spring, Indiana University will celebrate the arts and culture of China from one end of campus to the other as the university presents China Remixed, a 10-week festival of art, music, food, and literature. But don’t expect dragons and red lanterns. “We’re highlighting the most progressive aspects of Chinese culture today,” says Ed Comentale, one of the festival’s key organizers. “This is not the Disney version.” Comentale runs the provost’s Arts and Humanities Council, a campus-wide organization that is committed to creating a rich arts and humanities experience for all members of the IU community. The festival is the first in an annual series that will focus on a different country each year, Comentale says. “China […]

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Malcolm Dalglish Presents Evening Of Music, Dance, Love — and Pie

  BY PAUL BICKLEY An evening filled with music, dance, humor — and pie — is in store for those attending the reprise of Malcolm Dalglish’s Love Songs for a Lasting World at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The show, first performed last year, is scheduled for the evening before Valentine’s Day, February 13, at 7 p.m., and celebrates not just romantic love, but what Dalglish calls the “multiplicity of love.” Dalglish, a veteran composer, director, and hammer dulcimer player, says the show was inspired in part by a solo hike he took on the John Muir Trail in California, and is his valentine to the Earth and a hymn for preserving it. “As men, we need to change our behavior, change […]

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Cardinal Stage Company Revives ‘Oliver!’ for the Holiday Season

BY SOPHIE BIRD Cardinal Stage Company is celebrating its 10th anniversary season, and Artistic Director Randy White sees it as the right time to come full circle. “I’ve had a number of requests over the years to redo Oliver! and it happens to be one of my favorite shows,” says White. “It all came together as an idea that made sense for this year.” White is also taking this opportunity to track down members from the original 2007 Cardinal production of Oliver! and invite them to see the new cast perform. “Everybody’s moved on,” says White. “It’s 10 years later. If you were 8, you’re going to college now. We’re going to be bringing those kids up on stage and […]

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Drummer Kenny Aronoff Returns With a Show, a Talk, and a Book

BY PETER DORFMAN November 11 will mark a homecoming for a Bloomington music icon when the Buskirk-Chumley Theater hosts “An Evening With Kenny Aronoff.” The one-man show is part performance and part meditation on personal and professional success. Best known for his 17 years with the John Mellencamp Band, Aronoff, 63, has worked with most of rock’s aristocracy, including the two remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. He has continuing commitments to several bands and performers, including the BoDeans, John Fogerty, and Supersonic Blues Machine, and owns a recording studio in Los Angeles. Mentoring is an increasingly passionate interest for Aronoff, too. His autobiography, Sex, Drums, Rock ’n’ Roll! The Hardest-Hitting Man in Show Business, hits bookstores in November. […]

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Feature Story: Bloomington’s Own Middle Coast Film Festival

BY JANET MANDELSTAM There are plenty of film festivals, but Jessica Levandoski and Chelsea Sanders thought the world needed one more — right here in Bloomington. There’s no rule that dictates premiere features and shorts have to gravitate to the coasts or to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah they decided. “We met. We said, ‘Let’s just do it.’ We threw it all together in less than two months,” Sanders recalls. And that’s how the Middle Coast Film Festival made its debut in the summer of 2014. Now in its third year, the festival will welcome filmmakers and cinephiles to town July 28–30 for screenings of national and international short and feature films, web-based episodes, and music videos. In addition to the screenings, there will be panel discussions, question-and-answer sessions, and networking events at local restaurants, bars, and studios. The co-founders’ […]

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