See the best bad movie ever made, laugh with Sydnee Washington, more to do in Bloomington

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Films, concerts, comedy and more await those looking for things to do this weekend in Bloomington.

'The Room' showing at BCT Saturday

The best terrible movie ever will return to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Saturday, presented by Cardinal Stage. "The Room" has attracted masses of fans since its 2004 release and has been called the "Citizen Kane" of bad movies.

With roomfuls of nonsense associated with this cult hit (its budget, however, was $6 million) and its lengthy sex scenes and go-nowhere subtexts, it may just prove how successful marketing can be. See it at 9 p.m. Saturday at Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Proof of vaccination or recent negative test required for entry. Pre-sale tickets: $12; at the door: $15. Prop bags are available for a $3 add-on in advance or in the lobby before the show. They include spoons to be used for audience interaction. Find tickets at or 812-323-3020.

Sydnee Washington
Sydnee Washington

Comedy Attic brings in Instagram Live comic Syndee Washington

Sydnee Washington is the featured performer at Comedy Attic this weekend. Washington hosts her own Instagram Live show, "Syd Can Cook." She also co-hosts the well liked podcast “The Unofficial Expert,” where she presents her prowess in things such as flirting, daddy issues, online dating, cookouts, stalking and runaway brides. Sydnee was recently named an “UpNext” comedian at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest. See her on this season's TruTV’s “Laff Mobb Laugh Tracks.” Catch her act at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 123 S. Walnut St. Tickets are $15-$18. Call 812-336-5233 or see for more details.

IU Cinema showing two very different films

On tap this weekend at the Indiana University Cinema are a contrasting pair of films.

  • "The Tragedy of Macbeth" (2021), part of IU's International Art House Series, stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in director Joel Coen’s untamed adaptation of "Macbeth." Witness ambition, murder, insanity and trickery. Tickets are $4 for IU Bloomington students, $7 non-students, for showings at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the campus cinema, 1213 E. Seventh St..

  • A newly restored (2021) "New York Ninja" action/adventure film that is all about heroism will be shown as part of the Not-Quite Midnights series. John Liu (original director) and Kurtis Spieler (re-director) led this average-guy-turned-ninja tale of a vigilante who has experienced personal tragedy and uses it to hunt down villains. John's goal is to brighten the shadiness of the mean streets of 1984 New York City. Focused on justice, however, our star becomes the target of every creep in the city, including the Plutonium Killer. Originally directed by Liu in his only American production, "New York Ninja" (1984) was filmed entirely on 35mm film. Because production stopped, all original sound materials and scripts went missing. IU Cinema will screen it at 10 p.m. Friday. Admission is $4.

Masks required for all attendees and staff. Due to limited scheduling and reduced seating capacity, patrons are encouraged to buy tickets online in advance at No standby or late seating.

Kolby Cooper
Kolby Cooper

Bluebird hosts three bands

The Bluebird Nightclub in downtown Bloomington will host three bands in three nights this week.

  • Kolby Cooper is country — big country. With more than 120 million on-demand streams, this singer, guitarist and dad is racing to fame, backed by electric guitars. See him at 8 p.m. Thursday for $15.

  • Jukebox Luke, with the feisty Luke Walker on guitar and vocals, will entertain at 9 p.m. Friday for $10. Zach Luginbill, also playing guitar and singing, joins the rest of the band, Ian Ottinger on bass and Quentin ("Q") Moseley rocking drums and keys.

  • Hairbangers Ball was named “Best Rock Band” by the public in Chicago, where it was founded 21 years ago. This in-demand 1980s hair rock (glam rock plus heavy metal) tribute band has (according to their website) done more than 150 shows each year for 15 years. See them 9 p.m. Saturday, $12-15.

The Bluebird is at 216 N. Walnut St., 812-336-3984;

Friday Musicale celebrates Black history

Bloomington's Friday Musicale's February program, Celebrating Black History Month, offers "Music of Florence B. Price," featuring Vicki King on piano, with special guests Thomas King, tenor, and John Winninger and Diane Rivera, a cello-piano duo.

Attendees should be fully vaccinated and properly masked. Extra masks will be available. Distancing of at least 3 feet, preferably 6, is encouraged.

Email to reserve a seat for the 1:15 p.m. Friday event at the Monroe County History Center, 202 E. Sixth St.

For those who can't attend, the program will be recorded and uploaded Feb. 12 for online viewing on the Friday Musicale YouTube channel.

Theater offers $3 Valentine's weekend specials

Celebrate Valentine's Day early in Spencer's charming Tivoli Theatre with the sad but insightful "Steel Magnolias" at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, see the iconic "Casablanca" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sunday it's laughing along with Charlie Chaplin in "City Lights." While you're there, the popcorn is worth buying, 24 N. Washington St., Spencer, 812-714-8069. Tickets are $3 each.

IU The Black Church Mixtape: A Virtual Listening Party

This interactive, virtual listening party honors the musical history of the Black church. "The Black Church Mixtape: A Virtual Listening Party" is under the auspices of the Archives of African American Music and Culture and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. It's free to attend virtually at 7 p.m. Friday. Just fill out a short registration form at Email if you have questions.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Bluebird, Comedy Attic, theaters offer things to do in Bloomington, Indiana