Theater, films, a band and tree sweater art among things to do

It's looks as though it will be hot and hip this weekend, as we climb into the high 70s — and into seats at a nice variety of entertainment venues. "Jersey Boys" is on tour here, and a live band is at the Bluebird. The Ryder is offering a film fest, and it's now time to chose a tree to sponsor in this fall's Wrapped in Love tree-sweater art display. Cicada Cinema gives us a nightmarish movie. Plus, there's a brand new kids' theater group, and it's performing in Spencer.

Indiana man in 'Jersey Boys'

Antonio King moved from his home in Indianapolis to Los Angeles six years ago and has been making it big. He's one of three new cast members in "Jersey Boys," which comes to the Indiana University Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. He's excited because he is a person of color playing people of color in the show. "A white person had been playing one of the roles (previously)," he said over the phone. King's face is the first the audience sees, as Act I opens.

Antonio King
Antonio King

King describes "Jersey Boys" as a time machine out of the late 1950s and 1960s. Its documentary format gives us an energetic look at the beginning, middle and decline of Frankie Valli and the rock group The Four Seasons. The story is a sad one, detailing death and failures, in addition to mammoth success, but the music is superbly happy. King assures us that the big four are still in the show: "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Big Man in Town" and "Big Girls Don't Cry."

Music is by Bob Gaudio; lyrics are by Bob Crewe with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Tickets are $56-$190. The auditorium is at 1211 E. Seventh St.

Stand With Ukraine Film Festival

The Ryder is hosting a micro festival of films over the next two weekends, Friday-Sunday. Filmmakers from Ukraine will provide us with six rarely seen features and one program of shorts. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged, with all proceeds going to Ukrainian humanitarian relief organizations. To see where your donation will be sent, check out a list of organizations and descriptions of each film at

This films weekend's films at the IU Radio and Television Theater, 1229 E. Seventh St., and the IU Fine Arts Theater, 1201 E. Seventh St. are:

  • "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors," 7 p.m. Friday, Fine Arts Theater.

  • "The Earth Is Blue As an Orange," 8 p.m. Friday, Radio and Television Theater.

  • "The Guide," 7 p.m. Saturday, Fine Arts Theater.

  • "Atlantis," 8 p.m. Saturday, Radio and Television Theater.

  • "Cacophony of Donbas," 3 p.m. Sunday, Radio and Television Theater.

  • "Toloka," 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Fine Arts Theater.

  • "I Love You, Mariupol," 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Radio and Television Theater.

See this listing next Thursday or for the following weekend's films.

Sponsors sought for Wrapped in Love public art

You know those "sweaters" you've seen clinging to Bloomington trees since last fall? A few of them, chosen by popular vote, earned awards. The 2021-22 sweaters-for-trees season is over, but now is the time for you to pick trees you might want to sponsor for 2022-23's sweater creations.

Kathy Strickler, Tara Babcock and Tammy Guerrettaz pose with the Tree 12 sweater, named Best All-Around.
Kathy Strickler, Tara Babcock and Tammy Guerrettaz pose with the Tree 12 sweater, named Best All-Around.

"Many citizens don't understand the significance of the tree sweaters exhibit," said Erin Hollinden, Wrapped in Love's volunteer chair. "We are wrapping survivors of sexual violence in love and supportive services." The sweaters, she said, represent this nurturing. It's Middle Way House's annual public art display.

These are the 2021-22 winners:

Best All-Around — Tree 12, with a nursing theme, by Tammy Guerrettaz, Kathy Strickler and The Knit Wits. It was sponsored in honor of Ruth Dickman by Ruth's daughters.

The Tree 61 sweater won Most Creative.
The Tree 61 sweater won Most Creative.

Most Creative — Tree 61, with a four seasons theme, by the Knit Wits, sponsored by Tara and Bob Babcock.

The Tree 35 sweater won Favorite Sponsor.
The Tree 35 sweater won Favorite Sponsor.

Favorite Sponsor — Tree 35, with a gold and blue theme, by various artists and sponsored by Plant Brothers Excavating and Construction.

Best Craftsmanship — Tree 32, with a textured stripes theme, by Courtney Walcott, sponsored by Danielle Bruce.

The Tree 32 sweater won Best Craftsmanship.
The Tree 32 sweater won Best Craftsmanship.

Most Beautiful — Tree 11, with an angel theme, was created by Mary Lostutter and Ashley Sullivan, sponsored by anonymous.

The Tree 11 sweater won Most Beautiful.
The Tree 11 sweater won Most Beautiful.

See an interactive tree map at For more information, email Hollinden at

Owen County youth to perform in 'Babe, The Sheep Pig'

At 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Leading Roles, an organization of the Owen County 4-H and the Owen County Civic Theatre, will present "Babe, the Sheep Pig" by David Wood, based on the book by Dick King Smith.

A baby pig, Babe, will become a famous "sheep-pig" in this barnyard frolic. Farmer Hogget wins the pig at a fair; a bond forms, and the farm will soon change. Babe learns how to herd from his new mother, a dog, but this courteous piglet impresses even the most cynical sheep. Will Babe claim victory as a hero?

This winter, kids auditioned for the show, then rehearsed twice a week. The 4-H actors, grades K-12, learned lines and choreography for this play written for children and performed by children. This is the group's first production, and tickets are $10 at the theater, 24 N. Washington St., Spencer, 812-714-8069.

Find Owen County 4-H at Find the Tivoli at

Jukebox Luke Band at the Bluebird

Luke Walker is on guitar and vocals; Zach Luginbill is, too. Ian Ottinger plays bass guitar, and Quentin aka "Q" Moseley beats the drums and keyboard. See the Jukebox Luke Band at 9 p.m. Saturday for $10 at the Bluebird, 216 N. Walnut St., 812-336-3984,

'We're All Going to the World's Fair' a fear-for-all

"I think I'm turning into something terrible," says a character. "I hope you're ready to get scared together," says another. Rotten Tomatoes gave "We're All Going to the World's Fair" a 91% rating, while "One hell of a trip," is what the online film review magazine Film Threat called it.

Jane Schoenbrun’s entrancing movie is about a lonely teenaged girl watching videos of other people talking about the World’s Fair. As the movie opens, one late night, she's in her attic bedroom. She goes to her computer. Then, the creepiness begins. "We're All Going to the World's Fair" is showing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, for $7, at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 505 W. Fourth St.

Cicada Cinema is a pop-up theater in Bloomington. Find it at

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