Bloomington events this weekend include live music, a ‘Chopped’ contest

What to do this weekend in Bloomington? What if we invented a dish or a cocktail with the Bloomington Playwrights Project? Or you can catch a movie at Buskirk-Chumley Cinemas or IU Cinema. Or you can listen to world music.

Recipe creation contest to help local theater

Bloomington Playwrights Project invites us to compose a dish or cocktail recipe. Whoever wins has their creation served for a whole weekend at the Truffles Restaurant.

On Sunday, attendees of the Chopped: Play Gourmet event will receive a list of three surprise ingredients (two for cocktails) that must be used in the dish. You can add any other ingredient. Then you choose a day, between Monday and April 3; this is the day you will prepare your dish or drink. Send BPP a photo of your work with the recipe.

People will rate your dish on the BPP website by donating money. The judges, including HT’s Carol Kugler, will sample the three highest-rated dishes at a live gala on April 23. The three winning cocktails will be served that evening.

This fundraiser is particularly interesting this year, since it opposes BPP, Cardinal and Pigasus, in a friendly competition. (The three companies will soon unite.)

To cook or mix, there is a minimum donation of $25 per contestant, who can then encourage others to support their creation by voting and donating. Donations are accepted regardless of their amount.

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Early Music Spring Soiree will announce upcoming artists

Be among the first to find out who will be performing at the May 2022 Early Music Festival and Workshops in Bloomington, all “Celebrating Women in Early Music”, by attending the Early Music Spring Party this Saturday.

Live early music performers will entertain beginning at 7 p.m. at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 505 W. Fourth St. Also enjoy a champagne reception and dessert for $35 per person.

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IU Cinema offers melodrama and adventure

Two films at Indiana University Cinema this week focus on the consequences of reckless actions.

“Magnificent Obsession”: Rock Hudson is an irresponsible playboy with a speedboat in “Magnificent Obsession” (1954). So much so that his misdeeds cause a socialite (Jane Wyman) to lose her husband and her eyesight. Hudson, as Bob Merrick, is committed to practicing and spreading good behavior. One of Douglas Sirk’s most spectacular melodramas depicts the widow and the reforming sybarite twirling through life. They are now forever connected.

See it at 7 p.m. Thursday for $4. Seating is limited at 1213 E. Seventh St. Guests are urged to purchase tickets online in advance at to avoid sales. No waiting or late places.

“Speed ​​Runner”: The staff selected “Speed ​​Racer” (2008), which tells of family pride; it’s programmed by IU Cinema podcast producer and host/blog contributor David Carter. This action/adventure film gained popularity after being initially rejected by critics and viewers. It’s the story of a teenage race car driver and has become a cult favorite. Lilly and Lana Wachowski created this “Racer” family tale, where one brother tries to undo the damage done by the other.

See it Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4. Other details as above.

Buskirk-Chumley Independent Film Festival

If you prefer Indiana-based indies, head to the annual Hoosier Films Thursday-Saturday festival in Bloomington, with dozens of screenings, including a feature each night at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The event features award-winning films from various genres and interactive question-and-answer sessions. Learn more at

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Comic to Take Comedy Attic by (Moses) Storm

Homeschooled and banned from watching television as a child, Moses Storm convinced his church-loving mother to enroll him in a Christian VHS video program. He then figured out how to reuse tapes from the program to record Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night Show.”

Storm, a comedian and actor, can be seen in the NBC/Hulu comedy “Sunnyside” and in Showtimes’ “I’m Dying up Here” and Netflix’s “Arrested Development.” His first stand-up special, “Trash White,” hit HBOMax this winter at raves. He was invited and performed several times on “Conan”.

Laugh with him at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Comedy Attic, 123 S Walnut St., 812-336-5233,

The concert of a pianist, a fundraiser for Ukraine

A Ukrainian pianist, Yevanhelina But, will perform a program downtown at 7 p.m. Saturday to raise funds for Ukraine. She will perform compositions by Ukrainian composers Myroslav Skoryk, Oleksandr Saratskiy and Bohdana Filz. The Ukrainian anthem will open the event.

Yevanhelina But, pianist

The pianist was invited by Indiana University’s Ukrainian Studies Organization to perform at the Holodomor Memorial Lecture on campus last November.

The concert – at the First Christian Church, 205 E. Kirkwood Ave. – is free, but donations are encouraged. Members of the public will receive handmade Ukrainian flag pins.

MFA graduate students show off their unusual talents

Step out of the paint box and visit the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University’s Spring 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibits for unconventional and perhaps unexpected works by graduate fine art students from the School of Art. IU Eskenazi Art, Architecture and Design. Check the website for free hours and lectures at

A visit to this quirky gallery is always evocative. It’s free and located in front of the fountain, near the Eskenazi Art Museum.

Untitled (Mud Spill), Mixed Media, by Emily Zarse is part of the Spring 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibitions at Indiana University's Grunwald Gallery.

Free concert of Central Eurasian and Middle Eastern music

The Bloomington-based Silk Road Ensemble, founded in 2000 by Indiana University lecturer Shahyar Daneshgar, invites you to a free concert.

Organized by the Nowruz Student Association at Indiana University and supported by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and various IU programs, the music will celebrate spring. The music will come from several genres of Central Eurasian and Middle Eastern cultures. The public concert is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday at IU’s Global and International Studies Building, 355 N. Eagleson Ave. (south of Wells Library and north of IU Auditorium), 812-856-7900. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Shahyar Daneshgar, a senior lecturer at Indiana University, is the founder and director of the Bloomington-based Silk Road Ensemble.

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Note: Daneshgar’s Silk Road Ensemble should not be confused with a separate group, Silkroad by American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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