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September Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

August 31, 2012 Leave a comment
Lotus Music and Arts Festival, Sept. 20-23

Lotus Music and Arts Festival, Sept. 20-23. Photo provided by and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren, Director of Tourism
Visit Bloomington

Welcome to Bloomington!

Each September brings a renewed energy to Bloomington.  The weather is refreshingly cooler, the youthful IU students return, the IU football season gets everyone excited, and of course there’s an abundance of amazing festivals and events!

The first weekend of the month, Labor Day weekend, pulls together several fantastic events.  It all starts on Friday evening with the indie rock band Okkervil River at Upland Brewing Company, as part of the annual Hillbilly Haiku American Music Series.  The next two days bring the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts.  This is one of the most popular events in Bloomington, bringing local and national artists to showcase their work.  And a new festival, the Community Art Fair and Garlic Fest, will take place that weekend too, featuring all local artists as well as cooking demonstrations and contests featuring garlic.  There’s also the home opener for the IU Football team on Saturday, which is sure to draw a large (and enthusiastic) crowd.  With so much to do Labor Day weekend, you’ll need the extra day off just to fit it all in!

Later that month, the Lotus Festival will transform downtown Bloomington into a street carnival atmosphere.  The festival features several venues- tented outdoor stages and indoor performances at theaters and churches, all in the heart of downtown.  The festival will take place September 20-23 this year and feature a wide range of music styles such as traditional Celtic, Gypsy jazz, Finnish string music and the high-energy swing sound of the incredibly popular Swedish group Movitz!  There are few times when you can experience so much fantastic music in such variety, and it all takes place in downtown Bloomington.

The amazing music continues on September 26 with Ani DiFranco performing at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.  This beautiful and historic theater is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and doing it in style by bringing in some fantastic artists.  This month it’s DiFranco and fellow singer/songwriter Richard Thompson, and more nationally known acts will be performing this season, so check their website for more shows!

For sports fans, September brings back all the Big Ten action.  The Hoosiers will be playing at home numerous times this month in a variety of sports.  The football team will be playing in The Rock a couple of times this month, and Coach Wilson and his guys have been training hard for this new exciting season.  You can also catch the legendary men’s soccer team, women’s soccer team and the rising women’s volleyball team at home this month.  For sports fans, Bloomington is a paradise.

There are many more events, shows and performances taking place this month, including live local music every night of the week!  For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to

September 2012

  • Bloomington Farmers Market, Every Saturday, 8am, Showers Common
  • 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts, September 1-2, 10am,4th Street (between Indiana and Grant Streets), 812-575-0484
  • Community Art Fair and Garlic Fest, September 1-2, 10am,,Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park, 812-339-2805
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Bowling Green, September 1, 12pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Thematic Tour: Lurking—Reptiles in the Art Museum, September 1, 2pm,IU Art Museum, 812-855-5445
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Georgia Tech, September 1, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Football vs. Indiana State, September 1, 8pm, IU Memorial Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Monroe County Civic Theater Presents: Working, September 1-2,Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-269-8788
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs. San Diego State, September 2, 2pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • American Idiot The Musical, September 4-5, 8pm,Indiana University Auditorium, 812-855-9528
  • Stargazing Open House, Every Wednesday, 9pm, IU Kirkwood Observatory, 812-855-7736
  • Ryder Film Series, Every Thursday, 7:30pm, Root Cellar Lounge at FARMbloomington, 812-323-0002
  • Natasha Leggero, September 6-8, The Comedy Attic, 812-336-LAFF
  • Cardinal Stage Company Presents: To Kill a Mockingbird, September 6-16, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-336-7110
  • IU Field Hockey vs. Louisville, September 7, 3pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • First Friday, September 7, 5:30pm, Downtown Bloomington
  • Movies in the Park: Viva Las Vegas, September 7, at dusk, Bryan Park, 812-349-3725
  • A Fair of the Arts, September 8, 8am, Showers Common
  • IU Field Hockey vs. Ohio, September 9, 1pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Family Craft Day—Celebrating National Crafts, September 9, 1:30pm, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 812-855-6873
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs. Indiana State, September 12, 7:30pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs. SIUE, September 14, 7:30pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Valparaiso, September 14, 7pm,IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Tunes on the Terrace with The Vallures, September 14, 7pm, Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800
  • Movies in the Park: Back to the Future, September 14, at dusk, Bryan Park, 812-349-3725
  • IU Field Hockey vs. California, September 15, 1pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Opera: Don Giovanni, September 14-22, 8pm, IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-7433
  • IU Football vs. Ball State, September 15, 8pm, IU Memorial Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Chattanooga, September 15, 12pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Miami (OH), September 15, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Richard Thompson, September 18, 8pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020
  • Lotus World Music and Arts Festival (see photo above), September 20-23, Downtown Bloomington
  • IU Theatre: When the Rain Stops Falling, September 21-29, IU Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 812-855-1103
  • The Amazing Reservoir Race, September 22, 8:30am, Lake Monroe, 812-837-9546
  • Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session, September 25, 7:30pm, Café Django, 608-322-6827
  • BCT Presents Ani DiFranco, September 26, 8pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame, September 26, 7pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • 29th Annual American Red Cross Book Fair, September 27-October 2, 9am, Monroe County Fairgrounds, 812-332-7292
  • Oktoberfest Dinner and Dance, September 28, 6pm,KRC Banquets and Catering, 812-332-6861
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs. Illinois, September 28, 7:30pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Ballet: Light and Shade, September 28-29, 8pm, IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-7433
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois, September 28, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Rx by Kate Fodor, September 28-29, 7:30pm, Bloomington Playwrights Projects, 812-323-3020
  • Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, September 29, 9:30am, Indiana University Athletics Complex, 812-353-5000
  • Upland Oktoberfest, September 29, 11am, Upland Brewing Company, 812-336-2337
  • Birds of Prey: A Live Show, September 29-30, WonderLab Museum, 812-337-1337
  • Harvest Moon Weekend, September 29-30, Lake Monroe Paynetown SRA, 812-837-9967
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern, September 29, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern, September 30, 1pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • 6th Annual Bloomington Chefs’ Challenge, September 30, 7pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-332-0999
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Mac Tools US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway through Sept. 3

August 30, 2012 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Raceway

Lucas Oil Raceway. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Press Release Excerpts
Lucas Oil Raceway

The 58th annual Mac Tools US Nationals Drag Racing Championship is underway and continues daily through Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Hendricks County.

The US Nationals feature top fuel, funny car, pro stock motorcycles, and pro stock cars. New for 2012 is the introduction of the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts, special “races-within-a-race” featuring competition among eight racers in both the Funny Car and Top Fuel ranks.  These best of the best races in both nitro categories will pit the top Funny Car racers as they battle for $100,000 on Sept. 1st.  The elite racers in the Top Fuel class will race for $100,000 on Sunday.

Each NHRA event is fan friendly. Every ticket allows fans access to all of their favorite drivers. John Force Racing will host a car show today, Thursday, August 30. This will include hundreds of cars, food, entertainment, vendors, and more. Driver appearances may include John Force, Ashley Force Hood JFR Race Shop, Courtney Force, Brittany Force, Robert Hight, and Mike Neff.

Pedregon Racing hosts their annual Open House, Thursday, August 30, at the team’s shop just two miles from the raceway. This event features race cars and hot rods, and includes live music and a charity silent auction. And Don Schumacher Racing will host an open house on Friday, August 31 from 10-3. The open house will feature driver appearances, autograph signings, cars, entertainment, and more.

Lucas Oil Raceway is located at 10267 East US Highway 136 between Brownsburg and Indianapolis on Indy’s west side. For more information, visit, or call 317-291-4090.

Fall Fun in Downtown Indianapolis in September

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Indy Irish Fest, Sept. 13-16.

The Indy Irish Fest, Sept. 13-16, is one of the great September events in downtown Indianapolis. Photo provided by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., and used with written permission.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Update on Downtown development

As we close a busy summer, there is still much excitement on the horizon for Downtown Indianapolis in upcoming events and development. CityWay, Downtown Indianapolis’ newest and most unique urban development project located at the intersection of South and Delaware Streets, will complete two major projects by the end of 2012: the CityWay Lofts, luxury one to three bedroom apartments and townhomes and The Alexander, a four-star hotel. CityWay in its entirety, including select retail space, restaurants and a parking garage, will be completed by the end of 2013 with the exception of a new YMCA, which awaits funding from a capital campaign. Visit <>  for more information.

Other Downtown developments that will be completed by the end of 2012 include The Hinge, a new retail, office and residential development on Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square, Pan Am Plaza renovations and The Platform at Indianapolis City Market. Visit <>  for more information on Downtown development.

Fall into the festivities!

The arrival of September brings a diverse lineup of fall festivals to Downtown Indianapolis, celebrating culture, art, food and more. As the weather starts to cool, it’s the perfect time to bring the family to one or more of these unique events.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 3:
Rib America Festival at Military Park offers more than just fantastic BBQ. This year’s live music lineup features George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, moe., Cheap Trick and more. $7 gets you in and admission is FREE before 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Kids 12 and under get in FREE all weekend.

Sept. 1:
Labor Day Parade, 11 a.m., will march through the city on the Downtown parade route and is FREE.

Sept. 8:
Penrod Arts Fair, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, showcases more than 300 artists, six stages and a special children’s area for only $12 in advance and $17 at the door. Kids 10 and under get in FREE.

Indianapolis Chinese Festival, noon – 7 p.m. at Military Park, will honor the Chinese Moon Festival through traditional art and performances with authentic Chinese food. Admission is FREE.

Sept. 10 – 16:
Indy Jazz Fest, at various times and locations around Indianapolis, features some of today’s most popular jazz and blues artists. Downtown venues include Indiana Landmarks Center and The Cabaret at The Columbia Club.

Sept. 13 – 16:
17th Annual Indianapolis Irish Fest takes over Military Park (see photo above) with live music, dancing, food (and yes, more than just potatoes) and kid’s craft tent and game area for $10 in advance, $15 at the door and kids under 14 get in FREE.

Sept. 15:
Fiesta Indianapolis, noon – midnight at American Legion Mall, enters its 31st year making it one of the longest-running ethnic festivals in the state. It features Latino music, dance, art and food and admission is FREE.

Indianapolis Sister Cities International Festival, noon – 6 p.m. at Indianapolis City Market, celebrates the cultures of Indianapolis’ seven “sister cities” from around the world through tastings, live music, a beer garden and more, all for FREE.

Sept. 21:
Monument Circle Oktoberfest, 5:30 – 11:30 p.m., boasts an authentic German Biergarten, traditional German fare and live music by Polkaboy starting at 7 p.m. with FREE admission.

Sept. 22:
Rooftop Garden Oktoberfest, noon – 6 p.m. at the Fountain Square Theatre Building, offers some of the best “wurst” in town from Claus’ German Sausage & Meats in Fountain Square, plus Sun King Oktoberfest on tap. Admission is FREE, but kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 29:
Herron-Morton Oktoberfest, 1 – 9 p.m. on the 1900 block of Alabama Street, will sport fantastic local beer, hard cider, mead, food trucks, live music and more for $5 in advance or $10 at the door.

50th Anniversary Circle of Lights talent search

Think you have what it takes to be featured in central Indiana’s greatest tradition? The Circle of Lights presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 will kick off its annual talent search with auditions Sept. 25 and 29. Registration is not required – auditions are conducted on a first come-first serve basis. A short list of performers will be called back for second auditions Oct. 8, and the Circle of Lights Talent Search show will premier on Thanksgiving night at 7 p.m. on RTV-6. Judges will email select finalists to perform live at the 50th Anniversary Circle of Lights on Nov. 23.

Summer concerts aren’t over yet

September is an exciting month for marquee concerts Downtown. Some of the most famed artists around the world will be featured at Downtown’s three top concert venues. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park will host Cake Sept. 7 and The Avett Brothers Sept. 30. Rush comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Sept. 13. Old National Centre has a packed September lineup featuring Reverend Horton Heat Sept. 15, AWOLNATION Sept. 21, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Sept. 23, Slash Sept. 25 and Earth, Wind & Fire Sept. 26, in addition to several other shows throughout September.

For a touch of the classical, don’t miss Krzysztof Urbański conduct Beethoven & Dvorak Sept. 14 and 15 at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Hilbert will also host TF3 & The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Sept. 21 – 23 and Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony Sept. 27 – 29. For a FREE classical option, head to the Central Library for Classical Concerts at Central Sept. 23.

September Sports: catch the Indians in the playoffs!

The league-leading Indianapolis Indians close their season at home Sept. 1 and head towards the playoffs! Tickets are now available for the first two home games of their round 1 playoff series. Newcomer Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts host their first regular season home game Sept. 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Minnesota Vikings. Georgia Street will host the Bud Light Tailgate starting at 11 a.m. before every Colts home game. The Indiana Fever play five home games this month: Sept. 1, 9, 12, 14 and 23, against some of the WNBA’s toughest competition including the Minnesota Lynx, Chicago Sky and Seattle Storm.

Autumn art abounds on First Fridays

If you haven’t experienced it yet, be sure to head Downtown for IDADA’s First Friday Art Tour this month on Sept. 7, when local galleries around the city, particularly along Mass Ave and in Fountain Square, open for FREE from 6 – 9 p.m. Once you’ve re-upped on your fill of local aesthetic, stop by any number of the local bars and restaurants nearby and grab a pint of Sun King or one of New Day’s innovative meads. First Fridays Downtown are a truly unique experience.

Get fit and give back!

September weather is perfect to get outside and walk or run around Downtown Indianapolis while supporting any number of noble causes. There is a run/walk Downtown every Saturday this month:

Sept. 1:
Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, Hyatt Regency

Sept. 8:
The GLO Run, White River State Park

Sept. 8:
Walk From Obesity, Indiana State Museum Lawn

Sept. 15:
Indianapolis Heart Walk & 5K Run, Celebration Plaza at White River State Park

Sept. 15:
Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Celebration Plaza at White River State Park

Sept. 22:
SCTNow Benefit Walk, White River State Park

Sept. 29:
Indianapolis Vision Walk, Indiana Government Center

Sept. 29:
Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk, Indianapolis City Market

Sept. 29:
Race for Rehma, Canal Overlook

Popular travel writers will visit Downtown

The Society of American Travel Writers holds its annual gathering in Downtown Indianapolis this year Sept. 9 – 14. The group is comprised of many of the world’s best travel writers contributing to the most popular international publications like Washington Post and USA Today. They will stay at the JW Mariott but will travel across Indianapolis to experience local attractions, restaurants and our six Cultural Districts. The group regularly visits the world’s hottest tourist attractions, including New Zealand last year.

Butler University “Religion and Global Health” Public Seminars

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Butler University

Butler University. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Butler University Seminar on Religion and World Civilization will present four public seminars on “Religion and Global Health,” beginning Sept. 20, 2012, with “Global Challenges for Healing and Hope.”

That will be followed by “Health and Wellness in Kenya and Indianapolis” (Oct. 30), “Health in Latin America and the Caribbean” (Jan. 29, 2013), and “Health, Faith and the Religious Landscape of South Asia” (Feb. 26).

All events in the series take place from 7-9 p.m. in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall. They are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets for the September and October events will be available starting Sept. 4 at the Clowes Hall box office. Tickets for the January and February events will be available starting Jan. 3, 2013.

The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 317-923-7252.

The Seminar on Religion and World Civilization is a program of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University, promoting understanding of interfaith and intercultural relations through the discussion of religious issues in global perspective. The Center for Faith and Vocation gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Here is more about each event.

Religion and Health: Global Challenges for Healing and Hope
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Healthcare is one of the most important ways in which faith-based development organizations strive to do good around the world. But the landscape of this work is complex politically, socially and theologically. Scholars of religion and development work will lay a foundation for our year-long exploration of religion and international health issues.


Katherine Marshall is visiting professor and senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and Public Affairs at Georgetown University.  Marshall, who worked at the World Bank from 1972 to 2006, currently advises the World Bank on issues faith and ethics. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has completed graduate and professional training at Harvard and Princeton universities.


Candy Gunther Brown is an associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her research explores the place of religion in healing in the Americas and worldwide, as well as globalization, religion and science, medical ethics and healthcare management.

Matt MacGregor is executive director of Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization. It works to expand access to healthcare, while empowering student and medical volunteers to engage directly in global development and tackle global health challenges firsthand

Health and Wellness in Kenya and Indianapolis
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

For nearly 25 years, hospitals and faith communities in Indiana and Kenya have been developing international partnerships in health and wellness, working to treat AIDS and prevent the spread of HIV, and improve access to education and healthy food. A panel discussion will bring together leaders from three initiatives that will expand our understanding of health and wellness internationally and here in the Midwest of the United States.


Dr. Robert Einterz is associate dean for international programs and professor of clinical medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and co-founder of the IU-Moi University (Kenya) exchange program. Launched in 1989. it led to the creation of AMPATH (the Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS). AMPATH  provides care for more than 55,000 HIV-infected patients in Kenya and has reduced the rate of HIV infection by addressing the poverty that fuels the spread of the virus.

Joseph Okuya is project coordinator of Global Interfaith Partnership in Chulaimbo, Kenya. Founded in 2006, the Global Interfaith Partnership is a coalition of congregations in Indiana and the Chulaimbo area of western Kenya which has developed the Umoja Project (“unity” in Kiswahili) to respond to the urgent needs of Chulaimbo’s orphans and vulnerable children.

David Miner is volunteer executive director of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Launched in 2009, the Interfaith Hunger Initiative connects diverse faith communities in Indianapolis and in Kenya with the mutual goal of ending hunger in both parts of the world.

Religion and Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Faith-based organizations have worked across Latin America and the Caribbean for decades in an effort to improve living conditions, access to clean water, immunization rates, pre-natal care and other basic healthcare. What is the motivation of religious organizations in public health? What is the prognosis for long-term collaboration with secular organizations and government infrastructures?


The Rev. Thomas G. Streit is a research assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and director of the university’s Haiti Program. Ordained a priest in 1986, Streit earned a doctorate in biological sciences at Notre Dame. Through postdoctoral work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in Haiti, he conducted research on the transmission and control of lymphatic filariasis (LF), a mosquito-borne infection that affects more than 120 million people throughout the tropics.


Jennifer Snyder is an associate professor, physician assistance program at Butler University with a focus on internal medicine and field experience in primary care medicine in Honduras.

Michael Vance is a professor of pharmacology at Butler University who travels extensively across Latin America.

Health, Faith and the Religious Landscape of South Asia
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Religious-based outreach to combat poverty, including efforts to bring healthcare to underserved people, has long been a mainstay of development work in India and across south Asia. Much of that healthcare in the last century has come from Christian-based organizations serving majority Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim communities. A veteran of 30 years of development work worldwide explores the unique dynamics in the region.


Rabia Mathai is a former vice president of public policy in the south Asian division of Catholic Medical Mission Board. She served 20 years as vice president of global program policy and planning for the U.S.-based Catholic charity.


Chad Bauman, assistant professor religion at Butler University, is a scholar of world religions with a particular interest in the religious communities of India.

Temporary Change in Hours

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Please make a note of this if you are a patron.

The Garfield Park Arts Center

Front Entrance to the GPAC

Effective immediately, The Garfield Park Arts Center must temporarily cut its open hours until further notice. We will now be open:

Mon – Tues          Closed

Wed – Thurs         4 – 9 pm

Friday                    9 am – 1 pm

Saturday               9 am – 4 pm

Sunday                 1 – 5 pm

Questions? Call us at (317) 327-7135.

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