Laugh with Matt Braunger, watch movies, visit exhibits or ride a bike for a cause
The first week of the month means it’s time for Bloomington Gallery Walk, with this month will include an art exhibit at Indiana University’s Maxwell Gallery and a screening of “Tongues Untied.” An outdoor screening of “Josie and the Pussycats” at Upland Brewing and a comeback by comedian Matt Braunger both take place over the weekend. Cyclists may want to take part in a Saturday fundraiser at Switchyard Park and the Bloomington Jazz Orchestra will add big band music midweek.
“Tongues Untied” Screening on Gay Black Men and Art Exhibit at Maxwell Hall
Black gay men give us their perspective on their thoughts on homophobia, marginalization and racism during a screening at 7 p.m. Friday, as part of August’s Gallery Walk. Filmmaker Marlon Riggs’ 1989 “Tongues Untied” is hosted by Indiana University’s Council for the Arts and Humanities along with the Black Film Center and Archive and the Kinsey Institute.
Beforehand, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the exhibition of photographs by Tom Fox will open and can be visited. Maxwell Hall is on the IU campus at 750 E. Kirkwood Ave. Visit https://artsandhumanities.indiana.edu/for-students/maxwell-hall.html.
Gallery Walk for August includes “Evocative Explorations: Into the Realm of Glass”
The August Gallery Walk will take place Friday from 5-8 p.m. at various galleries in Bloomington. For more information on participating galleries, visit gallerywalkbloomington.com.
This month’s By Hand Gallery exhibition runs from Friday to August 28, with an opening reception for “Evocative Explorations: Into the Realm of Glass” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Narrative glass work by Anne Simon, Christy Weezer, Frank Lewis and Michal Ann Carley will be exhibited at By Hand Gallery, Fountain Square Mall, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Suite 109. By Hand Gallery is a gallery local cooperative with 12 artisan members. In addition to members, over 70 other artists sell their work through the gallery.
Matt Braunger performs at Comedy Attic – again
Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Matt Braunger, known for his recurring roles on ABC’s “Agent Carter,” NBC’s “Up All Night” and Netflix’s “Disjointed,” will perform at Comedy Attic on Friday and Saturday. . Tickets are $15 to $20. Visit comedyattic.com/shows/181581. Catch her show at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Comedy Attic, 123 S. Walnut St., for $15 to $20.
Outdoor rock movie for all at Upland
No one believed in three small-town girls aspiring to be rock stars. Then the 4/4 beat, the reporters and the lipstick went crazy. See the outdoor, all-ages screening of “Josie and the Pussycats” at 9 p.m. Friday at the Upland Brewery, 350 W. 11th St. Cost is $7. Feel even better because all proceeds go to Girls Rock Camp, Rock n’ Roll Summer Camp, and after-school programs for girls, trans and non-binary youth ages 8-14 based in Bloomington.
The rain date is Friday, August 12, inside the Upland Wood Shop by the door, which is 21+.
Bike 4 Fitness is Saturday at Switchyard Park
The second annual Dr. Wrasse Memorial Bike 4 Fitness event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday outside the stage at Switchyard Park, 1601 S. Rogers St. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. The event remembers one of the pediatricians from Bloomington and is the bike version of Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, with proceeds going to the Riley Children’s Fund-Bloomington. To find out more, visit 4drwrasse.com or bike4fitness.com.
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Grilled Coclunt Rum Luau at Hard Truth
A short drive from Bloomington is Hard Truth Distilling Co. in Nashville, where the second Toasted Coconut Rum Luau will celebrate the end of summer with Hawaiian-themed food, drink and music. The ticketed event begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday and includes live music, a buffet, a fire show, tropical cocktails, and a photo booth. Live music and performances will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include The Electric Martinis and a fire show. Admission tickets to the luau are $10 per person. Buffet tickets are extra and cost $29.95 for ages 13 and up and $16.95 for ages 12 and under. To learn more, go to visithardtruth.com/event/hard-truth-luau/.
See 1940s Morocco and old-school “Casablanca”
Some say radio plays are the best way to absorb a good story. As your brain sketches out the scenes and fills in the characters, the fog, the kisses and the boat rides live, for a time, within you. Check out “Casablanca: Live Retro Radio Show” (based on the 1942 film) from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, for $10. You’ll soon believe 1940s Morocco has arrived in Brown County, as you bask in romantic heroism, entertained by lively acting and dialogue.
Jazz Band at Blockhouse Bar
The Bloomington Jazz Orchestra will play two sets on Wednesday, August 10 at Blockhouse Bar, 205 S. College Ave. The 18-piece band will play classic big band music by Count Basie, Woody Herman, Al Cobine and others in two sets, at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students for 21+ shows. Proof of vaccination is required.