Film festival, IU ballet, live music and more things to do in Bloomington this weekend

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Performers, artists and filmmakers are springing into action, and here are some of the ways we can celebrate this new and hopeful season, from earthy comedy to pirouettes.

'Ada and the Engine' combines science, scintillation

Cardinal Stage's production of "Ada and the Engine" tells the story of 19th century England's Ada Byron Lovelace, the one legitimate child of poet Lord Byron.

Her mother has Ada learn mathematics and music. Ada's obsession with her father, however, leads her to identify the connections between music's logarithms and poetry. After meeting inventor and genius Charles Babbage, she discovers intellectual companionship — and more? Ada, although married to someone else, runs her household while working with Babbage on science. This includes their founding the basics of the world's first computer.

"Ada and the Engine" opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and tickers are "pay what you will," where the audience chooses the ticket price. Find other dates and times at cardinalstage.org. See the play at the John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St.

Patrons must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Masks required when inside the theater. All performances, except the 7 p.m. show on April 10, will have reduced capacity.

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Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin at Buskirk-Chumley Sunday

Vocalist, songwriter and musician Shawn Colvin has thrice grabbed a Grammy award, the first time for "Steady On" (1989), which won Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1991. The album's 32nd-anniversary tour will make an 8 p.m. Sunday stop at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Colvin uses her "break," where the voice switches its register, for an interesting yodel-like effect. In "Get Out of This House," she plays harmonica and guitar and sings using a tiny part of her voice, as she explains that the only way she'll "see you again will be in my head."

Colvin is best known for "Sunny Came Home," a recording that earned her Grammys for both record and song of the year in 1998. Ohio born singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro will open the show.

Reserved seating can be purchased at the BCT box office, or by calling 812-323-3020 or visiting bctboxoffice.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. Vaccine verification or negative COVID-19 test results within 48 hours is required to enter, and mask-wearing is strongly encouraged.

From left, Indiana University dance students Christina Henares, Eli Diersing and Daisy Ye.
From left, Indiana University dance students Christina Henares, Eli Diersing and Daisy Ye.

IU spring ballet 'A Look Back'

"Swan Lake" Act II, "Agon Pas De Trois" and "Bournonville Suite" will come to life Friday and Saturday, as Indiana University dancers interpret spring.

One section,"Bournonville Suite," highlights men's ballet roles in particular. August Bournonville was born in Copenhagen in 1805 and learned to act, sing and dance. By age 15 he had traveled from Denmark to France, where he reveled in the ballet world. He danced solo with the Paris Opera but decided to return to Copenhagen, where he used much of what he had learned in Paris to improve his dance company. His schedule of daily classes for dancers is still used today.

Bournonville focused on the choreography of the male dancer, designing significant roles for men. Watch this display of power and nimbleness at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, also at 2 p.m. Saturday. IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater performances are at the Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Eagleson Ave. To place a phone order call the box office at 812-855-7433. Order online at https://bit.ly/3qKTiRw.

Kate Willett
Kate Willett

Feminist funny woman at Comedy Attic

"Resting patriarchy face," she says on YouTube, is what men normally have, as a result of not having been told to " 'Smile!' all their life." Kate Willett's matter-of-fact style and conversational tone has been popular with fans, particularly women.

The writer, actress and comedy woman tells relatable stories, many about dating. She recently debuted on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," and in 2018 her special premiered on Netflix’s “Comedy Lineup."

Her performance on Comedy Central’s "This Is Not Happening" made it to Splitsider’s list of “Best Late Night Standup Sets.” She has appeared in the Limestone Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, Big Sky Festival and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She released her comedy album “Glass Gutter” in 2017.

Willett entertains at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Comedy Attic, 123 S. Walnut St., 812-336-5233, comedyattic.com/events.

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Double Exposure 2022 is long on short films

Short films with original scores make their world premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana University Cinema, 1213 E. Seventh St. Film production students working with student composers and sound designers have created these new movies.

One of them, 'Toxoplasma Gondii" by Jack Fahey and Han-Wei Hsing (film) and Alec Lubin (music) looks at the destructive aspects of people's mental states. Having watched other films "that made our stomachs turn and want to look away," the team wanted to make a story that relied on relationships among picture, sound and music.

The film series is free but ticketed, and seating is limited, so purchase soon at https://bit.ly/3IX2Uze.

Michael Sherwin's "Vanishing Points" exhibit opens Friday at Pictura Gallery.
Michael Sherwin's "Vanishing Points" exhibit opens Friday at Pictura Gallery.

April’s Gallery Walk this Friday

Bloomington's popular monthly artist night is Friday, with a list of Gallery Walk venues offering exhibitions. One, at Pictura Gallery, features artist Michael Sherwin's work as well as an opening party and an artist talk at 7:15 p.m.

Sherwin's "Vanishing Points" shows a place where two cultures converge. He locates and photographs significant sites of indigenous American presence, including earthworks, sacred landforms, documented archaeological sites and contested battlegrounds. Pictura Gallery is at 202 S. Rogers St., 812-336-0000.

Gallery Walk runs 5-8 p.m., generally on the first Friday of each month. It's free, and masks are encouraged.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Things to do in Bloomington: Theater, IU ballet, film fest and more