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November 2018

Lotus Benefit Featuring Moira Smiley

November 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$20

Are you part of a neighborhood in Bloomington? a group like Girl Scouts? a school? a community organization?  Then come create a banner to celebrate neighborhood pride, group identity, and all that makes up our beloved Bloomington community!  A Lotus-sponsored workshop inspired by the banners used in Brazil's Maracatu Carnival tradition.

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Lotus Dance Party Featuring DJ Kyle Long

November 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers
Bloomington, IN 47404
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$5

Are you part of a neighborhood in Bloomington? a group like Girl Scouts? a school? a community organization?  Then come create a banner to celebrate neighborhood pride, group identity, and all that makes up our beloved Bloomington community!  A Lotus-sponsored workshop inspired by the banners used in Brazil's Maracatu Carnival tradition.

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February 2019

Lotus Firebay Open House

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Saturday, February 23 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Lotus  |  105 S. Rogers Free   |   All Ages   |   Open to the Public Lotus Firebay Open House We hope you’ll join us as we open our newly renovated Firebay venue to our friends and neighbors. Stop by the Lotus Firebay on Saturday, February…

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March 2019

Black Vulture Project: Alash Performance

March 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Paoli, 110 Northeast First St.
Paoli, IN
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The Black Vulture Project, a nonprofit community arts organization in Paoli, will host an evening with Tuvan throat singers Alash on Tuesday, March 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in Paoli at 7:00pm (doors at 6:30pm). The performance is FREE and is open to the public. Lost River Market & Deli (located across the street) will serve a…

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Big Tent Multimedia: REPLAY/03-05-19

March 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E 7th St
Bloomington, 47405 United States
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Free

Big Tent Multimedia: REPLAY   |||  03/05/2019 Tuesday, March 5   •   6:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Alumni Hall / Indiana Memorial Union (900 E. 7th St.) FREE   |||   Open to the Public We bring back a highlight from the 2018 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival with Big Tent Multimedia: REPLAY.  This…

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DREAM Bachata Academy: Exclusive Viewing + Performance

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, March 5   |   7:30-8:30 p.m. Alumni Hall / Indiana Memorial Union 900 E. 7th Street FREE  •  Open to the Public Stop by Big Tent: Replay to catch an exclusive viewing of the 20-minute teaser to the documentary "Bachata," which features the students and faculty from the DREAM Bachata Academy.  A performance…

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DREAM Bachata Academy Performance at Eskenazi Hospital

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave.
Indianapolis, IN United States

Wednesday, March 6   |   12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Eskenazi Hospital Lobby 720 Eskenazi Ave.  |  Indianapolis, IN FREE  •  Open to the Public The DREAM Project’s Bachata Academy is the first and only music program dedicated to bachata. A music of the barrios, bachata has become an important Dominican cultural export. While it was once censored,…

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Big Tent Multimedia: REPLAY/03-06-19

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E 7th St
Bloomington, 47405 United States
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Free

Big Tent Multimedia: REPLAY   |||  03/05/2019 Wednesay, March 6   •   6:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Alumni Hall / Indiana Memorial Union (900 E. 7th St.) FREE   |||   Open to the Public We bring back a highlight from the 2018 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival with Big Tent Multimedia: REPLAY.  This…

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DREAM Bachata Academy Workshop + Performance

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers
Bloomington, IN 47404

Wednesday, March 6   |   7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Lotus Firebay 105 S. Rogers  |  Bloomington, IN FREE  •  Voluntary donations welcome Open to the Public Join us at the Lotus Firebay for a 30-minute introductory dance workshop/demonstration with Ritmos Latinos immediately followed by a performance with the DREAM Bachata Academy. The DREAM Project’s…

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Alash: Dinner at Lost River Market Deli

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lost River Market & Deli, 26 Library St.
Paolii, IN 47454
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$6 - $8

Join members of Alash at Lost River Market & Deli in Paoli for a special community dinner honoring the Tuvan throat singers. The menu includes Mongolian chicken and broccoli, beef fried rice, vegetable fried rice, honey wheat rolls and apple crumble. The cost is $8/adult and $6/children. Alash is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) from…

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Alash Paoli Performance

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Paoli, 110 Northeast First St.
Paoli, IN
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Black Vulture Project, nonprofit Community Arts Organization in Paoli, and the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation of Bloomington will be hosting a performance by Alash, Tuvan Throat Singers at First Presbyterian Church in Paoli just following the dinner @ 7:00pm (doors at 6:30pm). The performance is FREE and is open to the public. Alash is a…

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Alash Performance at MCPL

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, 47408 United States
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Alash is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. Originally created by nomadic people of Central Asia, Alash’s members started training in traditional Tuvan music as children. The group first formed while students at Kyzyl Arts College. Grounded in the art of throat singing…

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24th Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar – Family Day

March 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fairview Elementary School, 500 W. 7th St.
Bloomington, 47404 United States
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Free

Saturday, March 30 11:00am - 3:00pm (drop-in) Fairview Elementary School (500 W. 7th St., Bloomington) Free and open to the public The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts-and-education event for kids and families.  Created in 1996 with the help of area teachers, the World Bazaar has become a tradition in Monroe County schools…

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April 2019

Orchid Ensemble at St. Mark’s

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 St. Rd. 46
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Enjoy a midday break with a free Orchid Ensemble performance at St. Mark's Methodist Church.  The Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. Since 1997, Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Xiaomei Zhu (Canada/China) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on…

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Orchid Ensemble Performance

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meadowwood Retirement Community, 2455 N Tamarack Trail
Bloomington, IN 47408 United States
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The Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. Since 1997, Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Xiaomei Zhu (Canada/China) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion have developed a bold, wide-ranging repertoire that includes traditional and contemporary music of China,…

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Firebay Event: Adilei Yodeling Workshop & Performance

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers
Bloomington, IN 47404
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FREE / Donations Welcome

Stop by the Lotus Firebay to learn how to yodel with the men of Adilei (Republic of Georgia) and stay for a performance by Adelei.  Both the workshop and the performance are free events, though donations are welcome. About the Artist Though the six vocalists of Adilei hail from diverse backgrounds, the art of choral polyphonic traditions…

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Adilei at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies, 355 N. Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
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Adilei offers the students of Indiana University a chance to learn more about the Republic of Georgia with Georgian choral polyphony. Presented by the Russian and East European Institute, the event takes place in the Shreve Auditorium at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Affairs. About the Artist Though the six vocalists of Adilei hail from…

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Adilei at Eskenazi Hospital

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave.
Indianapolis, IN United States
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Though the six vocalists of Adilei hail from diverse backgrounds, the art of polyphonic traditions binds them together. Adilei’s music is rooted in the western Georgian province of Guria, the home to the most intricate and colorful form of Georgian polyphonic folk singing. Gurian song devotes equal attention to all vocal elements to create unique melodies that come together…

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Sin-Isan Performance

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 505 W. 4th St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
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Lotus joins FAR Center for Contemporary Arts and IU Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies to present an evening with Thailand's Sin-Isan.  Sin-Isan performs Northeastern Thai music and dance. The Isan region in northern Thailand has its own distinct culture and language.  Considered the “rice bowl” of Thailand, Isan shares important heritage with neighbors Cambodia and Laos.…

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Bloomington Craft Beer Festival

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Woolery Mill, 2200 West Tapp Road
Bloomington, IN 47403 United States
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$10 - $60

Drink beer, support Lotus!  Lotus will once again be the charity partner for the Bloomington Craft Beer Festival.  A portion of all proceeds from the event will help Lotus continue to celebrate music, song, dance, and storytelling from around the globe, for audiences of all ages -- building appreciation and respect for different cultural traditions and the people…

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