December Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

The Banana Tree

‘The Banana Tree’ at Bloomington Playwrights Project, Dec. 6-21.

By Julie Warren
Visit Bloomington
http://visitbloomington.com/

Twinkling lights and the scent of pine seem to be ever-present in Bloomington during the month of December.  It creates a quaint setting for the holiday season, putting everyone in a cheerful mood and encouraging some serious shopping!  Downtown Bloomington is especially lovely during this time of year, with the canopy of lights illuminating the courthouse square.  Downtown vendors offer up some great deals on unique gift items, many of them made locally.  Fine art by local and national artists, unique children’s clothing and toys, rare books, outdoor gear, apparel and accessories—it’s all available downtown.  The ambiance—and the shopping—of downtown Bloomington just can’t be beat during the month of December. 

There’s plenty more than just shopping in Bloomington this month.  Check out the Bloomington Playwrights Project production of The Banana Tree from December 6 through December 21 (see image above).  This zany comedy is from the minds of The Simpsons stars Dan Castellaneta (voice of Homer Simpson) and Deb Lacusta (writer).  It’s about a convenience store clerk, Angela, that dreams of becoming the first African American female magician in Las Vegas.  After a series of hilarious events, Angela finds herself in the middle of a robbery, kidnapping, and at the mercy of a criminal, who also happens to be a telepathic banana tree.  So if you’re in the mood for a laugh, come down to the only professional theatre in Bloomington dedicated to new plays and see what this Banana Tree has in store for Angela.

There are many holiday traditions that families celebrate together, and one of them should be attending the Cardinal Stage Company’s holiday show.  This year, Cardinal presents the kid-friendly Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, from December 20 through January 5 at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater.  Charlie Bucket is back and touring the fantastical chocolate factory once again.  With the Oompa Loompas always close behind, join Willie Wonka as he demonstrates his world of pure imagination.

If you’re like most Hoosiers, December also means basketball traditions.  Head to the iconic Assembly Hall as the Indiana University men’s basketball team takes on Nicholls State on December 20 and Kennesaw State on December 22.  With the students out of town for winter break, there are plenty of tickets available and some great hotel deals.

If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve just yet, plan a trip to Bloomington to ring in the New Year.  With a variety of events planned that weekend, there is something for everyone.  Whether you are listening to soul stylings of the Dynamics at the Player’s Pub, or the brooding sounds of Murder by Death (with local favorite the Vallures) at the Bluebird your musical tastes will be satisfied.  Or ring in the New Year with a laugh at the Comedy Attic, where the Limestone Comedy Fest will present Geoff Tate.

For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to visitbloomington.com.  You’ll also find some fantastic hotel deals this month and next!

December

Bluegrass Jam with Toast
Every Sunday, 4 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Jazz Jam with Toast
Every Sunday, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Songwriter Showcase
Every Monday, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

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

Beer School @ Yogi’s Grill and Bar
Every Tuesday, 7 pm
Yogi’s Bar and Grill, 812-323-9644

Contra Dance
Every Wednesday, 8 – 10:30 pm
Harmony School, 812-339-8184

Ryder Film Series
Every Thursday, 7:30 pm
FARMbloomington, 812-323-0002

Geology Tour of Monroe Lake
December 1, 9 am
Paynetown Activity Center, 812-837-9967

Mirror Mysteries: Science in Reflection
December 1, 1 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Women’s Basketball: IU vs. USC Upstate
December 1, 2 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Mathers Museum Panel – A discussion on the future of museum ethnography
December 3, 9:30 am
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 812-855-6813

Noon Talk: Art as Diplomacy in World War II
December 4, 12:15 pm
Indiana University Art Museum, 812-855-9647

Five Friends Master Class Series
December 4, 4 pm
IU Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Women’s Basketball: IU vs. Virginia Tech
December 4, 7 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Diego Garcia
December 4, 9:30 pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

New Music Ensemble
December 5, 8 pm
IU Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

The New Old Calvary
December 5, 9 pm
Max’s Place

The Song & Gong Show + Thumpin’ Thursday Dance Party
December 5, 9 pm
The Backdoor Bloomington

Art Fair & Bazaar
December 6, 10 am; Dec. 7, 9 am
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington

Gallery Walk
December 6, 5 pm
Downtown Bloomington, 812-339-4200

Ivy Tech Waldron First Friday Reception
December 6, 5-8 pm
John Waldron Arts Center, 812-330-4400

Rick Fettig
December 6, 5 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Woodland Christmas Workshop
December 6, 6 pm
Lake Monroe, 812-837-9967

Mamma Mia!
December 6– 7, 8 pm
IU Auditorium, 800-745-3000

The Nutcracker
Dec. 6, 8 pm; Dec. 7, 2 & 8 pm; Dec. 8, 2 pm
IU Jacobs School, 812-855-9846

Baroque Orchestra
December 6, 7:30 pm
IU Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Cloud 9
December 6-7, 10-13, 7:30 pm; December 14, 2:00 & 7:30 pm
IU Theatre, 812-855-1103

The Banana Tree (see image above)
December 6-21, 7:30 pm
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188

Holiday Hoopla
December 7, 9 am
Fountain Square Mall, 812-336-7313

Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Holiday Treats
December 7, 10 am
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Coffee with Friends, Featuring Marci Creps
December 7, 11 am
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B, 812-349-3050 ext. 1080

Holiday Festival Chorus
December 7, 4 pm
IU Jacob’s School of Music, 812-855-9846

Men’s IU Basketball: IU vs. North Florida
December 7, 7:30 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Kuttner Quartet
December 7, 8 pm
IU Jacob’s School of Music, 812-855-9846

Charles Bradley
December 7, 9 pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Mathers Museum Holiday Event –Winterfest
December 8, 2-3 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 812-855-6873

All Campus Choir
December 8, 3 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

It’s a Wonderful Life
December 8, 3:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

All Campus Orchestra
December 8, 8:30 pm
Jacobs School, 812-855-9846

Center for Electronic and Computer Music
December 8, 8 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Concentus
December 8, 7 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Mick Foley
December 8, 7 pm
The Comedy Attic, 812-336-5233

Catfish
December 9, 7 pm
IU Cinema Center

Chamber Music at the Miller Gallery with Students of the Pacifica Quartet
December 9, 7 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

Seasons of Sebastian Concert XXI: “My End is My Beginning”
December 9, 8 pm
IU Jacob’s School of Music, 812-855-9846

Men’s Basketball: IU vs Oakland
December 10, 7 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Civil War Roundtable
December 10, 7 pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

Philharmonic Orchestra
December 10, 8 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Chimes of Christmas
December 11, 7:30 pm
IU Auditorium, 1-800-745-3000

Women’s Basketball: IU vs Milwaukee
December 11, 7 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Krista Detor Holiday Benefit Concert for Volunteers in Medicine
December 12, 6 pm
Bloomington Convention Center, 812-333-4032

Krista Detor CD Release and Local Artisans Holiday Market
December 12, 7 pm
Bloomington Convention Center, 812-333-4032

Backyard Feeder Workshop
December 13, 6 pm
Lake Monroe, 812-837-9967

Menahem Pressler 90th Birthday
December 13, 8 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Soul Street
December 13, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Trekker’s Junket: Dream Wilderness
December 14, 9 am
Hoosier National Forest, 812-361-5622

Wrestling: IU vs Manchester
December 14, 2 pm
IU University Gym, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at WonderLab
December 14, 5 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 x 25

Winter Concert: Peace, Hope, Joy
December 14, 7 pm; Dec. 15, 3 pm
First United Church, 812-876-4175

O2R Blues Band
December 14, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Last Waltz Tribute
December 14, 9 pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

New Wave Night- 80’s Dance Party
December 14, 10 pm – 2:30 am
The Root Cellar Lounge

Quarryland Men’s Chorus Rehearsal
December 17, 7:30-9:30 pm
First United Church

Built For Comfort
December 18, 6:30 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

HiStory Time
December 19, 10:30 am
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517 x 3

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
December 20-January 5, Fridays 6:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 & 6:30 pm
Cardinal Stage Company, 812-336-9300

Men’s Basketball: IU vs Nicholls St.
December 20, 7 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Americana Showcase
December 20, 5 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Reindeer Reserve: A Live Arctic Animal Show
December 21, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Jason Wilbur
December 21, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Men’s Basketball: IU vs Kennesaw St.
December 22, 12 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Winter Woods Walk
December 22, 2 pm
Lake Monroe, 812-837-9967

Shape Note Singing from the Sacred Harp
December 22, 2-4 pm
Bell Trace Health and Living Center, 812-336-2792

Stardusters Little Big Band
December 26, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Kade Puckett
December 27, 5 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Wonder Workshop
December 28, 12 pm; Dec. 29, 1:30 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Kilborn Alley
December 28, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
December 31, 6:45 pm
Café Django, 608-322-6827

Dynamics
December 31, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Murder by Death, with The Vallures
December 31
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Limestone Comedy Fest presents NYE with Geoff Tate
December 31
The Comedy Attic, 812-336-LAFF

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