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Art, jazz, rock and films about the lives of black women. It looks like Bloomington in September, as events are building up across the city. Movies are free but paid at IU Cinema and music is live at Blockhouse, Buskirk-Chumley and Bluebird. Plus, here’s the fourth annual Black y Brown arts festival.

The fourth annual Bloomington Black and Brown Arts Festival will take place Saturday from 1-6 p.m. at the Switchyard Park Pavilion, 601 S. Rogers St. Enjoy an art exhibit and performance showcase. Food trucks will offer food and drink for purchase; the exhibition is free for all ages. The Black y Brown Arts Festival features African, African American, Hispanic, Latino, and Native American arts and performers reciting lyrics, performance, dance, and more. Find a list of the many artists at

Oak Ridge Boys‘never, never’ tired of singing ‘Elvira’, says bass Richard Sterban

The singer’s mother Judith Hill, a pianist from Tokyo, and her father, funk musician Robert Lee “Pee Wee” Hill, raised this soul musician. His fame skyrocketed during season 4 of The Voice on NBC. See you Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. Reserved seats cost between $22.50 and $31.50. For tickets, go online at or call the box office at 812-323-3020.

“Start Choppin” is Dinosaur Jr.’s most beloved song and is more reserved than their beefier stuff. These musicians grabbed attention by mixing guitar “noise” with late 1980s alternative rock, and it worked. See Dinosaur Jr. at the Bluebird at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Dinosaur Jr. reformed in 2005, and “Sweep It into Space” is their fifth studio album since then. Catch these wild, sassy dudes for $25 at 216 N. Walnut St.

Luke Gillespie

Luke Gillespie Trio comes to Blockhouse Bar

The Luke Gillespie Trio comes to Blockhouse Bar, 205 S. College Ave., at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday. Gillespie is a pianist and professor of jazz studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is joined by his jazz piano trio, fellow IU Jazz Studies teachers Jeremy Allen (bass) and Sean Dobbins (drums). Tickets are $10, general; $5 for students. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

IU Cinema is on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.

IU Cinema presents 2 films about black women

Two films are presented from 7 p.m. Thursday at the IU Cinema, 1213 E. Seventh St. First: “A Different Image”, a poetic and funny film, directed by Alile Sharon Larkin. It’s about a black woman who wants to reclaim her heritage, as she tries to run away from the likely prospect of being turned into a sex object.

Before: Ayoka Chenzira directed ‘Alma’s Rainbow,’ a coming-of-age drama about a trio of black women who live in Brooklyn. Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) is a teenager struggling with femininity. Rainbow’s mother, Alma (Kim Weston-Moran), looks askance at Rainbow’s budding fondness for boys. The two-film event is paid but free, call 812-856-2463 or stop by 1213 E. Seventh St. for tickets.

Digital art, photography, ceramics and fashion design created by six artists are on display, beginning Friday, at the Grunwald Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building, 1201 E. Seventh St. L he exhibition runs until November 12 and was curated by Ryan Farley and curated by the Grunwald Gallery. The opening reception will take place on Friday, with a talk at 5:30 p.m. by artist Timothy White Eagle and a performance at 6:30 p.m. by artist Bun Stout. Free entry. Gallery hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Spectators watch Looney Tunes cartoon characters Tweety Bird, Sylvester and other hot air balloons begin to take flight at the Monroe County Fairgrounds during the 2019 Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon Fest.

Don’t forget the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest

For $20 per wagon, you can get a day pass to the 10th Annual Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest at the Monroe County Fairgrounds Thursday and Friday. The festival runs until Saturday and features hot air balloons, fireworks, skydiving shows and music. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and listen to music that begins with The Dynamics and ends with Craig Morgan. Commercial and craft vendors as well as beer, wine and food will be for sale. There are activity areas for children and adults. No coolers, tents, umbrellas or pets are allowed.

Indiana Hot Air Balloon Festival:Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys ready to hit the stage