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Actors Theatre of Indiana Musical Opens Feb. 1

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment
The Musical of Musicals, The Musical!

Image provided by ATI and used with written permission.

By Don Farrell
Actors Theatre of Indiana
http://actorstheatreofindiana.org/

Actors Theatre of Indiana presents The Musical of Musicals, The Musical! at the Studio Theatre in Carmel, Feb. 1-24, 2013, featuring the ATI debut of Dave Ruark, along with ATI veterans Cynthia Collins, Judy Fitzgerald, and Don Farrell.

Sometimes one musical is not enough! In this comic Off-Broadway satire of musical theatre genres, the same story, “You Must Pay The Rent,” is told five different ways, each in the distinctive style of a different master of the form: Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma, South Pacific), Stephen Sondheim (Company, Sweeney Todd), Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Evita), & Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). There is truly something in this show for everyone!

The Studio Theatre is located at the Center for the Performing Arts, 4 Center Green, in Carmel, Indiana. Free parking is available in the Center for the Performing Arts garage, behind the Studio Theatre. Enter the garage from 3rd Avenue SW.

The performance schedule is:

Friday, February 1, 2013            8:00 PM  OPEN

Saturday, February 2, 2013        8:00 PM

Sunday, February 3, 2013          2:00 PM

Thursday, February 7, 2013       7:30 PM

Friday, February 8, 2013            8:00 PM

Saturday, February 09, 2013      8:00 PM

Sunday, February 10, 2013        2:00 PM

Thursday, February 14, 2013     7:30 PM

Friday, February 15, 2013          8:00 PM

Saturday, February 16, 2013      8:00 PM

Sunday, February 17, 2013        2:00 PM

Thursday, February 21, 2013     7:30 PM

Friday, February 22, 2013          8:00 PM

Saturday, February 23, 2013      8:00 PM

Sunday, February 24, 2013        2:00 PM  CLOSE

Tickets range from $20 to $40 at the Center for the Performing Arts Box Office (Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm, Sat 10 am to 4 pm), or call 317-843-3800. For more information, visit our Web site at http://actorstheatreofindiana.org/.

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February Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Indiana University in Bloomington

Many of this month’s Monroe County events take place at Indiana University in Bloomington (its stately gate pictured above). AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Julie Warren
VisitBloomington.com
http://www.visitbloomington.com/

Welcome to Bloomington! The weather can be a bit dreary in February, but this month you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you warm and having fun.  This month is filled with musical offerings, including musical theater.  Starting on the first of the month choose from: Mooch the Magnificent, an opera for kids; Handel’s XERXES, presented by the renowned IU Opera and Ballet Theater; The Truman Show, a musical presented by the Bloomington Playwrights Project.

Throughout the month are even more opportunities to experience an extraordinary spectrum of music. Whether you like singer/songwriters, musicals, the orchestra, jazz, or 80’s dance parties, there’s something for everyone.  So start your humming and put on your dancing shoes because everyone needs a little music in their life, and Bloomington is a live music Mecca!

Sports fans can find plenty of action in Bloomington this month as well.  The highly-ranked IU men’s basketball team and the exciting women’s basketball team have several games at the legendary Assembly Hall.  Meanwhile, right next door, you can catch men’s and women’s tennis action at the indoor tennis pavilion.  The ranked Hoosier wrestlers also have some match ups this month, so get pumped and show your IU pride at these highly competitive events!

Do you love the outdoors? How about scavenger hunts?  Then challenge yourself to geocaching!  Geocaching is an outdoor hide and seek challenge where participants use a GPS navigational devise to find containers called “caches” which are hidden in a variety of places, from wooded areas to office buildings.  The Reservoir Ramble Geocache Challenge takes place on Saturday February 2nd at the Paynetown SRA on Lake Monroe.  This event will be a great way to hike and explore nature, so bundle up and wear good hiking shoes because it’s time to find some cache!

If you prefer to stay inside and enjoy quality art, come support Bloomington’s local artists at the Local Artists Showcase Event held on February 24th at the Convention Center.  This event features 67 extremely talented artists from around the area.

Bloomington is filled with culture and diversity.  The IU Auditorium is proud to present the RAAS Royalty dance competition on February 9th. This competition will give you a taste of the traditional Indian dance, Raas Garba, as eight teams compete for a chance to represent their schools at the National Competition in Texas.   Along with putting on such a spectacular and colorful display of Indian culture, the event raises money for its partnering organization, Timmy Global Health.  This is an experience you don’t want to miss!
There are many more events, shows, and performances taking place this month. For more information on events, restaurants, shopping, and attractions, go to http://www.VisitBloomington.com. Have a great stay!

February

Brewery Tours at Upland’s Production Brewery
Every weekend 2 pm
Upland’s Production Brewery
812-336-2337

IU Coach’s Show Radio Broadcast
Every Monday 7 pm
Holiday Inn
812-334-3252

The Short List — All ages variety show

On the first and third Monday of each month 7 pm
Cafe Django
812-339-2925

Beer School @ Yogi’s Grill & Bar
Every Tuesday7 pm
Yogi’s Grill & Bar
812-323-9644

Ryder Films in the Root Cellar Lounge
Every Thursday 7:30 pm
FARMbloomington in the Root Cellar Lounge
812-323-0002

First Friday & Gallery Walk
Feb. 1, 5 pm
Downtown Bloomington

First Friday Evening Science of Art: Opera for Kids
Feb. 1, 5 pm
Wonderlab
812-337-1337

IU Men’s Tennis Match vs. Oklahoma
Feb. 1, 2 pm
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

IU Men’s Tennis Match vs. IUPUI
Feb. 1, 7 pm
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

IU Men’s Wrestling Match vs. Michigan
Feb. 1,7 pm
University Gym
866-IUSPORTS

Week of Chocolate
Jan 26- Feb 1
Various times
Various venues
812-332-9615

Roundabout Opera for Kids presents: Mooch the Magnificent!
Feb. 1, 6 & 7:15 pm
Wonderlab
812-337-1337

Taylor 2
Feb. 1, 8 pm
Indiana University Auditorium
812-855-1103

Handel’s XERXES – 2012-13 IU Opera and Ballet Theater
Feb. 1-9, 8 pm
IU Musical Arts Center
812-855-7433

IU GLBTAA Celebration Weekend
Feb. 1-2
Various Locations
812-856-7260

Eagle Watch Weekend
Feb 1-3
Lake Monroe

PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival
Jan 31- Feb 3
Buskirk Chumley

The Truman Show: A Musical
Feb 1-16
7:30 pm
Bloomington Playwrights project
812-334-1188

Reservoir Ramble Geocache Challenge
Feb. 2
Paynetown SRA at Lake Monroe
812-837-9967

IU Men’s Basketball Game vs. Michigan
Feb. 2
9 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex
866-IUSPORTS

Spirit of ’68 presents Mice Parade
Feb. 2
8:30 pm
The Bishop Bar
812-855-8900

IU Women’s Basketball Game vs. Ohio State
Feb. 3
2 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex
866-IUSPORTS

IU men’s tennis match vs. Dartmouth
Feb. 3
10 am
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

IU men’s tennis match vs. Ball State
Feb. 3
3:30 pm
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

Dark Star Orchestra
Feb. 6
8 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
812-323-3022

Symphony Orchestra
Feb 6
8 pm
IU Musical Arts Center

IU Women’s Basketball Game vs. Penn State
Feb. 7
6:30 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex
866-IUSPORTS

Bloomington Storytellers Guild: Wintertelling
Feb. 8
7:30 pm
Monroe County Public Library
812-829-4770

Country Singer/Songwriter Iris Dement
Feb. 8
8 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
812-323-3020

Roundabout Opera for Kids presents: “The Telephone”
Feb. 8
4:30 pm
Monroe County Public Library

Spirit of ’68 Promotions Presents: Wooden Wand
Feb 8
9 pm
The Bishop

RAAS Royalty
Feb 9
6:30 pm
IU Auditorium
812-855-1103

“Power of Pattern” Banner Printing Workshop
Feb. 9
1:30 pm
Mathers Museum
812-855-0197

IU men’s tennis match vs. Eastern Kentucky
Feb. 9
10 am
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

IU men’s tennis match vs. Brown
Feb. 9
3 pm
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

New Wave Night – ’80s dance party!!
Feb. 9
10 pm-2:30 am
The Root Cellar Lounge

Spirit of ’68 Promotions Presents: The K-Holes
Feb 9
8 pm
The Bishop Bar

Take Apart Weekend
Feb. 9-10
Sat., 11:30 am, Sun., 1:30 pm
Wonderlab
812-337-1337

Umphree’s McGee
Feb. 10
9 pm
The Bluebird Nightclub
812-336-3984

IU Women’s Tennis Match vs. Xavier
Feb. 10
11 am
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

IU Women’s Tennis Match vs. Ball State
Feb. 10
4 pm
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

IU Men’s Basketball Game vs. Nebraska
Feb. 13
7 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex
866-IUSPORTS

Menomena
Feb. 14
9:30 pm
The Bishop Bar
812-333-4700

Roundabout Opera for Kids presents: Mooch the Magnificent!
Feb 15
4:30 pm
Monroe County Public Library

Traces
Feb. 15-16
7:30 pm
Indiana University Auditorium
812-855-1103

Holograaphic
Feb. 16
TBA
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
812-330-4400

IU Men’s Basketball Game vs. Purdue
Feb. 16
2 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex
866-IUSPORTS

King Creole’s Bayou Boogie
Feb. 16
6 pm
Bloomington Convention Center
812-332-7439

Sinkane
Feb. 18
9 pm
The Bishop Bar
812-333-4700

Why? w/ Astronautalis and Dream Tiger
Feb. 19
9 pm
The Bishop Bar
812-333-4700

IU Women’s Basketball Game vs. Purdue
Feb. 20
7 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex
866-IUSPORTS

Boombox
Feb. 21
9 pm
The Bluebird Nightclub
812-336-3984

Pokey Lafarge
Feb. 21
9 pm
The Bishop Bar
812-333-4700

Craig Brenner at Cafe D’Jango
Feb 22
8 pm
Café D’Jango
812-335-1297

Akhnaten – 2012-13 IU Opera and Ballet Theater (New Production)
Feb. 22 & 23; Mar. 1 & 2
8 pm
IU Jacobs School of Music
812-855-7433

IU Men’s Wrestling Match vs. Northwestern
Feb. 23
2 pm
University Gym
812-866-IUSPORTS

IU Women’s Tennis Match vs. Notre Dame
Feb. 24
11 am
IU Tennis Center
866-IUSPORTS

Bloomington Baroque
Feb 24
2 pm
Jacobs School of Music Auer Hall
812-855-9846

2013 Local Artists Showcase Event
Feb. 24
12-5:30 pm
Bloomington Convention Center
812-323-8959, ext.2

Roller Derby
Feb. 24
10 am-4 pm
The Cardiac Arena

Snow Moon Owl Patrol
Feb 25
Fairfax SRA at Lake Monroe
812-837-9967

Johnny Richman ft. Tommy Larkins
Feb. 26
9 pm
Russian Recording
812-323-8777

Peter Pan The Musical
Feb. 26-27
7:30 pm
Indiana University Auditorium
812-855-1103

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
Feb. 26
6:45 pm
Café Django
608-322-6827

Butler University Mascot to Retire in March

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Butler Blue II

Butler Blue II. Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University
http://www.butler.edu/

Butler Blue II, who has served Butler University proudly as mascot for nearly nine years, is retiring.

Blue II (nickname: Blue) and his understudy, Butler Blue III (nickname: Trip), will participate in the University’s first “Changing of the Collar” ceremony on March 9, 2013, Senior Day at Hinkle Fieldhouse, during the Butler men’s basketball game against Xavier University.

Additionally, the Butler University Student Foundation will host a ninth birthday party and retirement celebration for Blue on campus on March 29, 2013.

“Blue II is in good health, but 8 years old is getting up there for an English bulldog,” said Michael Kaltenmark, Butler’s director of Web Marketing and Communications and handler of the live mascots. “Blue has served Butler so admirably all these years, and we want him to go out on top. Retirement will mean fewer appearances and less official business for Blue, but he will continue to come to campus on a regular basis and post on his various social media profiles.”

An American Kennel Club-registered dog, Blue II became known as “America’s Dog” in 2010 and 2011 when Butler men’s basketball team played for the NCAA national championship. Blue II appeared on the floor of every Butler men’s home and Final Four basketball games, as well as some away games. Butler players touched him before each game for good luck as they were introduced.

“Blue II really galvanized the pride and tradition of having a live mascot at Butler,” Kaltenmark said. “His daily presence on campus, online and at everything from athletic events to black tie galas made him a living and breathing fixture of the Butler brand. He was born for the role.”

Blue II was bred by Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel in Lizton, Ind., and presented to Butler as a puppy. He was cared for by Kaltenmark, a 2002 Butler graduate and director of Web Marketing and Communications, who also served as his voice on Facebook, where he was liked by more than 7,500 people, and Twitter, where he had more than 11,500 followers. In 2011, Klout, a company that measures influence in social media, named Blue II’s Twitter feeds among the nation’s Top 10 most influential accounts representing a college or university.

The dog also had his own Web site, a vehicle provided by Don Hinds Ford, veterinarian care compliments of 1992 Butler grad Dr. Kurt Phillips, and a host of other sponsors such as the dog food brand Holistic Select.

Over the years, Blue II became a media sensation, hobnobbing with celebrities including Colin Powell, Jimmy Fallon and Jillian Michaels. During the Final Four in 2011 in Houston, Blue II also met former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.

Blue II’s replacement, Trip, made his debut on Feb. 18, 2012, and has been trailing Blue since.

Given Butler Blue I’s early departure from service in 2004, no official ceremony had been established to introduce and transition new mascots. Thanks to local jeweler Reis-Nichols Jewelers, a new University tradition has been born. Reis-Nichols and Butler University have partnered to commission a new, custom collar to be used for the ceremony and future official events.

This new official custom collar will feature sterling silver elements, including the University seal, athletic logo, Butler Blue logo, and mascot names, on blue leather.

“We are honored to be a part of this chapter in the University’s history,” said BJ Nichols of Reis-Nichols. “The custom emblems that will adorn Blue’s collar were created on our state-of-the-art auto cad computer design program, and we’ve enjoyed having Trip come in for his ‘fittings.’”

In addition to the collar, local artist James Kelly of Mad Lab Studios will be unveiling a portrait of Blue as gift to the University. The portrait will likely be unveiled at the March 9 game and again at the campus birthday/retirement party, which is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. March 29 in Atherton Union on Butler’s campus.

The party is open to the public. Blue will be on hand to greet the campus community, pose for pictures, and collect a few much-deserved parting gifts.

Fred the Mastodon Unveiled at the State Museum

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Fred the Mastodon

Photo provided by the Indiana State Museum and used with written permission.

By Kathi Moore
Indiana State Museum
http://indianamuseum.org/

It has been 14 years since Dan Buesching found some huge bones in the mucky soil of his Allen County peat farm, but Fred the Mastodon has finally come to rest at the entrance to the Level 1 Nina Mason Pulliam Gallery of the Indiana State Museum, where he was unveiled in a ceremony recently to a crowd of donors, Bueschings and board members.

This fall, the mastodon will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit, Indiana’s Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons, presented by IMI.

There are many unusual things about this mastodon; for one, it is a real-bone mount, not a cast of bones, which you often find in museums.  The skeleton is 80% real bone, which is also very rare to find that many bones of one mammal; usually 50% would be considered a good find.  It is also rare for a museum to take on the actual mounting of such a large creature.  (More information on the mounting process can be found on the museum blog here.)

About Fred

Fred is Indiana State Museum’s most complete skeleton of a mastodon and one of the most complete skeletons in the Midwest. Dan Buesching discovered a 9-foot tusk in 1998, when he was digging peat moss on his family’s farm – Buesching Peat Moss & Mulch – near Fort Wayne.

Buesching reported the find to the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Faculty, students and volunteers excavated the skeleton, which was entombed in soil muck that was once a prehistoric lake.

The skeleton found its permanent home at the Indiana State Museum in 2006. The mastodon is named after Fred Buesching, Dan Buesching’s grandfather and founder of the family business.

Quick facts about Fred

  • About 80 percent of the full skeleton was recovered in Fort Wayne.
  • Fred weighed about 3 tons.
  • The skull is about 250 pounds.
  • The lower jaw weighs about 80 pounds.
  • Each tusk weighs 100 pounds.
  • Mounted, Fred is about 9 feet tall.
  • Bone analysis through radiocarbon dating shows that Fred is more than 13,000-years-old.

Exhibiting the bones

In order to present the remains, the mastodon is mounted on a metal frame customized and crafted by the museum’s mountmaker and sculptor Mike Smith.

Funding

Fred’s assembly was supported by the LDI 100th Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift Program and donors who purchased mastodon bones starting from $50 for small bones to the $20,000 skull, which was purchased by members of the Buesching family. (Bones are still available for sale here.)

 About mastodons

Often confused with the woolly mammoth, mastodons are an older species. Scientists think they originated in Africa 35 million years ago and entered North America about 15 million years ago. Both animals were prevalent during the Ice Age in Indiana. Though the mammoth was taller, the mastodon was a bulkier animal.

Mastodons in Indiana

The Indiana State Museum has mastodon and mammoth remains from more than 28 localities around Indiana; more sites than any other museum in the Midwest.

“What makes Fred so significant is that more than 80 percent of the skeleton has been discovered, and the bones – even the intricate feet bones – were largely intact,” said Ronald Richards, paleontology curator at the Indiana State Museum.

Indiana also has a long history of exporting mastodon bones, which can be seen in museums throughout the country.

For more information, visit http://indianamuseum.org/, or call 317-232-1637.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2013

January 27, 2013 Leave a comment
Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Wed and Fri this week.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Things to do in Indianapolis
Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2013

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