Granfalloon


Presented By:

IU Arts and Humanities Council

Venue:

Multiple Venues

Genre:

MUSIC

LECTURE/LITERARY

COMMUNITY

Description:

Presented by the IU Arts and Humanities Council and inspired by legendary Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the Granfalloon brings together musicians, artists, thinkers, and good people from all walks of life for a celebration of art, ideas, and community.

The festival kicks off the Bloomington summer arts season and highlights the creative spirit of our region by tapping into the enduring ethos of Vonnegut’s life and work: promoting civic engagement, encouraging independent thought, and championing art and creativity as essential to the spiritual life of individuals and the health of our democracy.

Granfalloon 2023 will be presented concurrently and in partnership with the Indiana University Writers’ Conference and the Bloomington Handmade Market. Festival events take place in venues all around Bloomington and encompass a wide range of creative forms including live music concerts, literary readings, art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performancespanel discussions, craft workshopsinteractive technology demos, circus acts, and more! 

Full list of ticketed events below!

Events

Ted Chiang

6/8/23
7:00 pm Tickets

Presented By:

IU Arts & Humanities Council

Venue:

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Dates(s):

June 8

Pricing:

$10.00-20.00

Door Time:

6:30 pm

Duration:

2 hour 0 minutes

Seating:

General Admission

Genre:

LECTURE/LITERARY

Description:

The IU Arts and Humanities Council is thrilled to be hosting Ted Chiang as part of the 2023 Granfalloon Festival. Chiang’s fiction has won more than two dozen prizes — including four Hugo, four Nebula, and four Locus awards – and has been featured in The Best American Short Stories. The Oscar-nominated film, Arrival, was based on his novella, “Story of Your Life.” Given this year’s festival themes of technology and creativity, automation, and the rise of the computer age (taken from Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano), Chiang’s prescient and immensely thoughtful science-fiction is a perfect fit. For more information on Ted Chiang, please visit www.prhspeakers.com. The reading will be followed by a book signing with books available for purchase.

This event is supported in part by the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and IU Research. Granfalloon is supported in part by a number of corporate and foundation supporters, including Graduate BloomingtonVisit Bloomington and City of Bloomington. Granfalloon is also supported in part by a number of IU offices, including IU Libraries, IU Bookstore, Jacobs School of Music, Department of English, IU Cinema, and Platform: An Arts and Humanities Laboratory.


Son Lux w/KAINA

6/9/23
8:00 pm Tickets

Presented By:

IU Arts & Humanities Council

Venue:

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Dates(s):

June 9

Pricing:

$15.00-30.00

Door Time:

7:00 pm

Duration:

3 hour 0 minutes

Seating:

Reserved Seating

Genre:

MUSIC

Description:

Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, unusual soul, and outright experimentalism feels more inviting than ever on their fifth album, Brighter Wounds. The songs therein leave behind Son Lux’s typical universal themes for deeply personal fare. While making Brighter Wounds, Lott became a father and lost a family member to cancer. Days of “firsts” were also days of “lasts,” and the normal fears that accompany parenthood were compounded by a frightening new reality—Lott’s son arrived shortly after Election Day. These songs draw on all of that: warm reflections of a fading past, pain wrenched from a still-present loss, and a mix of anxiety and hope for a future that is promised to no one.

Lott’s voice, which ranges from ghostly whisper to choir-backed shout, is propelled by the trio’s most dynamic score yet. Listen to the anthemic roar of “Dream State.” A yell blasts through a cloud of woodwinds and synths, and the song is off on a ceaseless tear. “Though we are wide awake, this is a dream state,” Lott sings through the technicolor haze, clinging to opposites. A momentary breath breaks the stride, before the journey resumes with even greater abandon. A choir enters the fray at the song’s apex with a refrain heard elsewhere on the album: “out of the dark day, into the brighter night!”

Launched in 2008 with At War with Walls & Mazes, Son Lux was initially a solo affair, the result of a classically trained mind straining against the constraints of the medium, turning piles of self-sourced note snippets into pulsing digital orchestras. Across 2011’s We Are Rising and 2013’s Lanterns, Lott maintained his auteur approach while broadening the Son Lux sound and guest list to unexpected results. The latter album drew the attention of several major pop acts, many of whom incorporated moments from the album into their own works (Halsey, Fashawn, Fall Out Boy). Lorde even teamed up on a redux of “Easy,” and covered the song on tour. Bhatia and Chang, first brought on to help tour Lanterns, soon found a home in Son Lux, cowriting 2015’s Bones with Lott while on the road. Brighter Wounds initially took shape remotely—the distance allowing Lott to sift through life-altering events—and was finalized together. The result is Son Lux’s most dynamic, most frayed and yet prettiest and most inviting work to date.

In recent years, Son Lux has collaborated with a broad and eclectic collection of artists, including Moses Sumney, Nico Muhly, Chris Thile, Beyoncé producer Boots, and Woodkid. Lott’s extracurriculars have included Sisyphus (with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), scoring three feature films and composing music for the Grammy-winning record Filament by Eighth Blackbird. Meanwhile, Bhatia and Chang have each continued to develop their solo projects while working with the likes of Matthew Dear, Vijay Iyer, Sam Dew, and Landlady.

KAINA creates generational music that surpasses borders, a unified expression of her native Chicago, and her Venezuelan and Guatemalan heritage. Her newest album ‘It Was A Home’, released through the independent label City Slang, explores themes of community and self-reflection while pushing the production and songwriting to a new level. You can see this on a full, colorful display in her NPR Tiny Desk, in which KAINA is surrounded by the musicians, illustrators, friends, and family who had a hand in the production of the album. ‘It Was A Home’ is a celebration of togetherness, and collaboration while also being a project that is intended to feel like you’re talking with your best friend.

This event is supported in part by the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the IU Jacobs School of Music, and Platform: An Arts and Humanities Laboratory. Granfalloon is supported in part by a number of corporate and foundation supporters, including Graduate Bloomington, Visit Bloomington and City of Bloomington. Granfalloon is also supported in part by a number of IU offices, including IU Libraries, IU Bookstore, Department of English, and IU Cinema.


Meg Cabot

6/10/23
12:00 pm Tickets

Presented By:

IU Arts & Humanities Council

Venue:

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Dates(s):

June 10

Pricing:

$10.00-20.00

Door Time:

11:30 am

Duration:

2 hour 0 minutes

Seating:

General Admission

Genre:

LECTURE/LITERARY

Description:

The IU Arts and Humanities Council is thrilled to be hosting Meg Cabot as part of the 2023 Granfalloon Festival. Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign, but learned at an early age that a good storyteller can always give herself a happy ending. Her 80+ books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling over twenty-five million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg’s numerous other award-winning books include the Mediator series, the Heather Wells mystery series, and Avalon High, the later of which was made into a film for Disney Channel. Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming”) currently lives in Key West with her husband and various cats.

The reading will be followed by a book signing with books available for purchase.
 
This event is supported in part by the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, IU Libraries, IU Department of English, and Platform: An Arts and Humanities Laboratory. Granfalloon is supported in part by a number of corporate and foundation supporters, including Graduate BloomingtonVisit Bloomington and City of Bloomington. Granfalloon is also supported in part by a number of IU offices, including IU Bookstore, Jacobs School of Music, IU Cinema, and IU Research.


Main Stage Concert w/The Flaming Lips

6/10/23
5:00 pm Tickets

Presented By:

IU Arts & Humanities Council

Venue:

East Kirkwood Ave.

Dates(s):

June 10

Pricing:

$45.00-100.00

Duration:

6 hour 0 minutes

Seating:

General Admission

Genre:

MUSIC

Description:

The Granfalloon Main Stage Concert will take place outdoors on East Kirkwood Avenue and feature musical performances from The Flaming Lips, Arrested Development, and Indigo De Souza. There are three ways to enjoy the Granfalloon’s highlight musical event:

Free and Easy – The Main Stage Concert is free and open to the public. Please join us out on the street to soak in the vibes and visit our festival booths. No ticket needed.*
Pit Tickets – For the super-fan. Pit tickets provide front and center stage area access and an exclusive festival poster. Adult Pit Tickets are $60 and Student/Youth Pit Tickets are $45 (w/ID).
Premium Side Stage Tickets – The comfort option. Premium Side Stage tickets provide access to the side stage area with exclusive facilities, unique beverage options w/2 complimentary drinks, and an exclusive festival poster. Premium Side Stage Tickets are $100.

Posters and access passes can be claimed on the day of the festival at the Home Base booth.

Will-call will be available for pick up at the box office at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater during regular business hours. On the day of the event will-call will be available at the Buskirk-Chumley theater until 6pm when it will be moved to the Granfalloon Home Base Booth near the mainstage on East Kirkwood Ave.

*In the event of inclement weather, the Main Stage Concert will be moved to IU Auditorium and free GA tickets will be given on first come, first served basis. Please check the festival website and social media pages for timely updates.

Granfalloon is supported in part by a number of corporate and foundation supporters, including Graduate Bloomington, Visit Bloomington and City of Bloomington. Granfalloon is also supported in part by a number of IU offices, including the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Office of the Vice President for Research, IU Libraries, IU Bookstore, Jacobs School of Music, Department of English, IU Cinema, and Platform: An Arts and Humanities Laboratory.


Limestone Comedy Festival


6/1/23 – 6/3/23 Packages

Venue:

Multiple Venues

Genre:

COMEDY

Description:

The Greatest Weekend of Your Life, Vol. X
Limestone Comedy Festival returns for it’s 10th year with over 30 shows happening throughout downtown Bloomington the weekend of June 1-3, 2023. Headliners this year include Kyle Kinane, Melissa Villaseñor, Shane Torres, Sara Schaefer, DeAnne Smith, Mohanad Elshieky, Kelly Collette and Calvin Evans. There will also be over 40 of the nation’s best up and coming comedians opening the shows as well as a taping of the No Accounting For Taste Podcast with Kyle Kinane and Shane Torres and a presentation of Sara Schaefer’s one woman show Going Up.

All shows are recommended for ages 18 and up. Some venues are 21+ only. Please check the venue listings for details.

Badge Descriptions:
Verified Very Incredibly Important Party Person (VVIIPP) Limestone Badge – $175  On sale March 28th!

– All the same benefits of a three-day badge (see below), PLUS:
– Up front, right by the stage, reserved seats for the Buskirk-Chumley Theater shows of your choice.
– Up front, right by the stage, reserved seats for every small venue show you choose.*
– Autographed limited edition LCF23 poster.
– Exclusive VVIIPP/VIP BrewTube Kick-Off Happy Hour (Thursday).
— Exclusive VVIIPP/VIP Karaoke With The Comics After Party (Friday Night)
– Exclusive VVIIPP Artist Brunch (Saturday).
– Looks coolest.

VIP Limestone Badge – $125 On sale April 4th!
– All the same benefits of a three-day badge (see below), PLUS:
– Reserved seating for the Buskirk-Chumley Theater shows of your choice.
– Guaranteed seat at the other shows of your choice.*
– Exclusive VVIIPP/VIP BrewTube Kick-Off Happy Hour  (Thursday).
— Exclusive VVIIPP/VIP Karaoke With The Comics After Party (Friday Night)
– Looks cooler.

Three-Day GA Badge – $85 On sale April 11th!
– Guaranteed seat to see every Buskirk-Chumley Theater headliner.
– Guaranteed seat at the other shows of your choice.*
– Saves you over $70 off individual ticket prices.
– Allows you to attend the Closing Night After Party.
– Looks cool.

Two-Day GA Badge – $60 On sale April 11th!
– Guaranteed seat to the Friday & Saturday Buskirk-Chumley Theater shows of your choice.
– Allows you to attend the Friday/Saturday small venue shows of your choice.*
– Saves you over $50 off individual ticket prices.
– Allows you to attend the Closing Night After Party.
– Looks cool-ish, I guess. Kind of.

*Pending availability. Seating is limited at our small venues, and so the earlier you purchase your badge and make your show selections, the better.

Some venues are restricted to ages 18+ or 21+.  All venues are wheelchair accessible except The Blockhouse Bar. If attending a show at The Comedy Attic and you have mobility issues, please call ahead at 812-336-5233 so the staff is prepared to assist you.

***PLEASE NOTE***
When buying a badge online  you won’t be able to select which shows you want to see at the time of purchase. A BCT Box Office team member will reach out within a few days of purchase to find out what shows you want to see and will lock in your personal schedule. Alternately, you can stop by or call the box office to purchase your badges and they can build your personal schedule at the time of sale. The BCT Box Office is located at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. and you can reach them at 812-323-3020. Their hours are 11am – 5pm EST Tuesday thru Friday and 12pm – 5pm EST on Saturdays.

Badges will be available for pick up at 12pm on June 1st at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Badge holders will not have individual tickets in will-call.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1
7 PM @ BCT – KYLE KINANE
9:30 PM @ ATTIC – SHANE TORRES
9:30 PM @ BISHOP – MOHANAD ELSHIEKY
9:30 PM @ BACK DOOR – DEANNE SMITH
9:30 PM @ BLOCKHOUSE – KELLY COLLETTE

FRIDAY, JUNE 2
4 PM @ ATTIC – NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE PODCAST
7 PM @ ATTIC – GOING UP (Sara Schaefer One Woman Show)
7 PM @ BISHOP – SHANE TORRES
7 PM @ BACK DOOR – MOHANAD ELSHIEKY
7 PM @ BLOCKHOUSE – CALVIN EVANS
7 PM @ BACKSPACE – DEANNE SMITH
7 PM @ ORBIT ROOM – KELLY COLLETTE
9:30 PM @ ATTIC – GOING UP (Sara Schaefer One Woman Show)
9:30 PM @ BISHOP – DEANNE SMITH
9:30 PM @ BACK DOOR – KELLY COLLETTE
9:30 PM @ BLOCKHOUSE – MOHANAD ELSHIEKY
9:30 PM @ BACKSPACE – SHANE TORRES
9:30 PM @ ORBIT ROOM – CALVIN EVANS

SATURDAY, JUNE 3
4 PM @ BCT – BLOOMING10
7 PM @ BCT – MELISSA VILLASENOR
7 PM @ ATTIC – DEANNE SMITH
7 PM @ BISHOP – CALVIN EVANS
7 PM @ BACK DOOR – SARA SCHAEFER
9:30 PM @ BCT – MELISSA VILLASENOR
9:30 PM @ ATTIC – MOHANAD ELSHIEKY
9:30 PM @ BISHOP – SARA SCHAEFER
9:30 PM @ BLOCKHOUSE – SHANE TORRES

VENUE NAMES & ADDRESSES
BUSKIRK-CHUMLEY THEATER – 114 E. KIRKWOOD
THE COMEDY ATTIC -123 S. WALNUT ST.
THE BISHOP – 123 S. WALNUT ST.
THE BACK DOOR – 207 S. COLLEGE AVE.
BLOCKHOUSE – 205 S. COLLEGE AVE.
BACKSPACE GALLERY – 112 W. 6TH ST.
ORBIT ROOM – 107 N. COLLEGE AVE.

Just want to see one show or two? Single Show Tickets listed below under Events tab.