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Announcing John Hiatt Solo

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is proud to present songwriting legend John Hiatt in a solo concert on November 24.

With a career spanning more than four decades and musical genres from blues to new wave, John Hiatt is one of the most influential singer-songwriters in American music. Originally from Indianapolis, Hiatt cut his teeth early as a Nashville hitmaker, starting work as a professional songwriter at 18 and achieving his first Top 40 hit when Three Dog Night recorded his tune “Sure As I’m Sitting Here” in 1974. Hiatt’s songs are widely covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to Iggy Pop, and in 2008, he received the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting.



Announcing Aoife O'Donovan & Noam Pikelny

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The Buskirk-Chumley Theater proudly presents Aoife O'Donovan & Noam Pikelny in concert on November 9, 2014.

Aoife O'Donovan:

Arguably two of the most celebrated musicians of their generation within the roots music field, Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still) and Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) have been crossing paths at venues and festivals for the last decade. Now touring as part of a quartet, they present a show features a mixture of vocal and instrumental music, ripe with intricate three-part harmony and grounded firmly in bluegrass tradition.



Bloomington Cycles

Come to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Sunday, October 5th for a celebration of Bloomington's biking culture, including a screening of Breaking Away, Half the Road, and a bike tour provided by the Bloomington Bicycle Club.



Announcing Richard Thompson

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The Buskirk-Chumley Theater proudly welcomes Richard Thompson in a solo performance on Monday, October 20, 2014. Tickets for this reserved seating performance are $30.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic--from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards--and a prestigious Ivor Novello Award.



Announcing Todd Snider

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The Buskirk-Chumley Theater proudly presents Todd Snider on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Elizabeth Cook will open the show.

Todd Snider will perform a solo show featuring his signature alt-country, rock and folk sounds. His most recent original solo album was 2012’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, which Rolling Stone named one of that year’s top 50 albums, saying “One of the sharpest, funniest storytellers in rock, Snider keeps the indictments coming.”



Announcing Iron and Wine

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The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is pleased to present Iron and Wine in a solo performance.

Iron and Wine, the stage name of singer-songwriter Sam Beam, released his fifth full-length album, Ghost on Ghost, in 2013 with the help of a cast of talented musicians. This album received praise from critics, with NPR Music calling Beam “a songwriter versatile enough to pack huge ideas into simple arrangements and vice versa,” and publications such as Pitchfork remarking on the balance between the band’s fuller sound and the stripped-down whisper-folk of Beam’s beginnings.



BCT Call for Filmmakers

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The Mix-Off: Bloomington's Ultimate Bartender Showdown

Filmmakers are invited to register by September 1 to participate in the annual Mix-Off Bartender Showdown film competition. Registered filmmakers will be assigned the title of their film (the name of a competing cocktail) on September 1 and submit their cocktail-themed film on DVD or Blu-Ray (16:9) by October 6 at 5pm. Films should be no more than three minutes in length, including credits.

Films will be screened at The Mix-Off on Thursday, October 16 and the audience will vote for the favorite. The winning filmmaker/team will receive a rent-free use of the theater (other fees still apply) for the film-related event of their choice, to be used during June, July, or August of 2015. Winners will also receive public accolades and wild applause.

Check out the 2013 winning film, Sympathy for the Petal created by Brave New Productions...

Bloomington Cycles

Filmmakers are invited to register by September 1 to participate in the film competition as part of Bloomington Cycles at the BCT. Filmmakers will create a short film on the broadly-interpreted theme "Bloomington Cycles." Films should be no more than three minutes in length, including credits, and should be submitted on DVD or Blu-Ray (16:9) by September 29 at 5pm.

Films will be screened as part of Bloomington Cycles on October 5 and the audience will vote for the favorite. The winning filmmaker/team will receive a rent-free use of the theater (other fees still apply) for the film-related event of their choice, to be used during June, July, or August of 2015. Winners will also be recognized via social media.

Other activities on October 5 will include screenings of Breaking Away and Half the Road.

For more information about either of these opportunities or to register, contact Danielle McClelland at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 812-323-3022.


Announcing Carrie Newcomer

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Every day we are living moments of grace and wonder, shadow and light. These are the moments I write about.” – Carrie Newcomer

Newcomer released a new album in April entitled A Permeable Life. On this album, her signature deep voice takes on a quiet conversational tone, close and intimate. Her elegant arrangements showcase lyrics that balance introspection with her signature fascination of the shared human story. The result is a soundtrack for a world that is both sacred and ordinary, reflective and forward-thinking. She will be accompanied only by piano at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater at this intimate concert featuring songs from her new album and old favorites.



BCT Gift Certificates

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Looking for the perfect gift? Consider a BCT Box Office Gift Certificate? These certificates are valid for event tickets* and merchandise in the box office (t-shirts, gift items, postcards, marquee letters, etc.) and make a great gift for friends, families, co-workers, everyone on your list!

Available as e-gift cards which can be delivered to recipients via email or printed out with various styles available for every gifting occasion. There are also traditional paper gift certificates available for purchase at the BCT Box Office.

*E-Gift Certificates not valid for redemption for Cardinal Stage Company production purchases.

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Our 2013 Annual Report

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The annual report is an opportunity to celebrate our successes and to thank our patrons, donors, sponsors and community partners. We invite you to learn more about the operations of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater by reading our annual report, available online now.

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The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is owned by the City of Bloomington and operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization.  The mission of BCT Management, Inc. is to develop the Buskirk-Chumley Theater as a high quality and widely accessible community resource and performance venue, operated in a fiscally responsible manner.  Support from the City of Bloomington, Indiana University, the Indiana Arts Commission, our many corporate sponsors and community donors  helps maintain this historic community resource and bring a wide diversity of programming to the stage each year.  

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We deeply appreciate the support we receive from our Premiere Plus sponsors:

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Visiting from out of town? The Hyatt Place Bloomington, located just a few blocks from the theater, is the preferred hotel of Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

With the purchase of tickets to an event at the BCT, you can book a room at the Hyatt Place with the special BCT rate.