- Main Stage Performers
Singing Hoosiers - 4:00 pm
The Singing Hoosiers are Indiana University's premiere collegiate showchoir. The 74 member ensemble and 10-piece band are under the new direction of Dr. Chris Albanese. Celebrating their 68th year, the Singing Hoosiers have a long and storied tradition of excellence in the contemporary vocal arts, performing popular contemporary vocal music ranging from The Great American Songbook, jazz, Broadway, to the hits of today. The Singing Hoosiers next performance is Chimes of Christmas at the IU Auditorium December 2nd at 2pm and 7:30pm.
Violin Virtuosi - 4:30
The Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi is a unique collection of violinists between the ages of 12 and 18 who perform as soloists and as an ensemble. Their repertoire includes the music of Bach, Brahms, Bartok, Kreisler, Prokofiev, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Telemann, and many innovative contemporary compositions which have been written for the ensemble. The performers are all gifted students who study at the String Academy at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. They live in Bloomington and commute from as far away as 250 miles.
Quartet #3 in D Major (Molto allegro vivace) - Mendelssohn
Suite #1 in G Major - Bach
Romanian Folk Dances - Bartok
Mazurka - Popper
Scherzo Tarantella - Wieniawski
Virtuosi: Phillip Hammond, Maude Cloutier, Alice Ford, Ethan Murphy
Pianists: Gulrukh Shakirova, Justin Bartlett
Ho-Chunk Station 5:00
Ho-Chunk Station is a group of singers and dancers led by Rick Cleveland that includes his family and children. Collectively, Ho-Chunk Station has won innumerable awards and championships at powwows throughout the United States. Each family member has been taught the ways and the meanings of their Woodlands dances with teachings that have been handed down for generations.
African American Dance Company 5:35
Directed by renowned choreographer and dance scholar Baba Stafford Berry, the IU African American Dance Company presents an exhilarating range of dance styles and movement traditions of the African American and African Diaspora. From African styles to contemporary and jazz, the African American Dance Company’s unique performances have captivated audiences around the world—from Bloomington to China! Don’t miss the IU African American Dance Company in the Potpourri of the Arts in the African American Tradition on Nov. 11 in the IU Auditorium.
IU Guitar Orchestra 6:05
The IU Guitar Orchestra is formed by 36 guitarists (216 strings) that come together to perform a variety of music styles. The orchestra features students from around campus, including music majors and non-music majors. All performances include different types of guitars, from Electric to Acoustic instruments, enabling guitarists to cover current hits as well as old classics.
The ensemble will be performing:
1 - The Star Spangled Banner
2 - Queen Medley
3 - Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
4 - Beatles Medley
- Acoustic Tent Square Dance!
Come hoedown with First Thursdays! Fiddler Brad Leftwich and the Hogwire Stringband, joined by student musicians from IU's Making American Roots Music class, will lead our festival with stringband & roots music great for dancing. No experience or partner necessary--all dances taught by caller Tamara Loewenthal. Give it a try--it's hip to be square!
- Center of Excellence for Women in Technology
CEWiT presents Binary Bracelet making: spell IU, your initials, or your name in Binary Code. Or try painting with a Sphero robot, Snap Chat glasses, VR headset, and other hands-on tech toys. The Women in Game Design will join us to demonstrate gaming devices and showcase some of the work they’ve been creating.
- First Nations Educational and Cultural Center
Our traditional dress says something historically significant about how we identify as Anishinabe or Woodland people, but assimilation and repression has kept us from knowing who we are and cultural borrowing has distorted how we see ourselves. Through those devices, our tribal languages, traditions, cultures and ceremonies were almost completely wiped out. While there has been tremendous effort and success at reclaiming some of what has been lost to our people, the original dress of our Anishinabe grandmothers — the Woodland Strap Dress — remains widely unknown among our tribal communities.... until today! Come learn about the history of this special dress, it’s cultural significance and its resurgence among the original people of this land.
- Wells Library Board Game Collection
In celebration of International Games week, The Wells Library’s Board game collection is taking a field trip to November’s First Thursday event. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy this excellent collection of games outside, as well as a rare chance to use this non-circulating collection outside of the library.
Some Titles in the Collection:
Alhambra (2-6 players). Granada, 1278. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, one of the most exciting and interesting project of the Spanish Middle Ages begins: the construction of the ALHAMBRA.
Animal Upon Animal (2-4 players). The animals want to show how good they are at making tall pyramids! They must be skillfully careful: Who will position the penguin on top of the crocodile, the sheep on top of the penguin, the serpent on the sheep? The hedgehog wants to stand on top of the pyramid but the height is making him dizzy.
Baseball (2-4 players).
Betrayal at House on the Hill (3-6 players). Betrayal at House on the Hill quickly builds suspense and excitement as players explore a haunted mansion of their own design, encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate. With an estimated one hour playing time, Betrayal at House on the Hill is ideal for parties, family gatherings or casual fun with friends.
Camel Up (2-8 players). In Camel Up, up to eight players bet on five racing camels, trying to suss out which will place first and second in a quick race around a pyramid.
Carcassonne (2-5 players). The southern French city of Carcassonne is the setting for this tile-laying game. Build and claim cities, roads, farms. Area management, synergies. (replacement game on order)
Cards Against Colonialism (Unlimited players).
Cards Against Humanity (Unlimited players). Similar to Apples to Apples, this card game is fully of zany and crazy fun! Select an answer that you think will earn you points with your opponent.
Chess/Backgammon (2 players). In the game of Chess, up your game from traditional checkers. Use wit and strategy to capture the opponent’s King. In Backgammon, roll the dice and move your pieces around the board. Be the first to place your pieces in the opponent’s territory. Similar to Mancala.
Chinese Checkers (2-6 players). Players jump over their own and/or their opponents' pieces with the objective of being the first to move all their pieces from one side to the opposing side.
Clue (3 -6 players). Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlett and Colonel Mustard all gather at Mr. Boddy’s mansion. One of them has killed Boddy, but in which room, and with what weapon?
Commands and Colors: Ancient (2 players). Battle game, Rome v. Carthage. Ancient history, strategy, combined arms tactics, area control, history of games (this is basically a modern version of the Prussian Army’s Kriegspiel from 1816.)
Coup Rebellion G54 (3-6 players). Sequel to Rikki Tahta’s award winning game, Coup. Uses the same rules, claim, counter, challenge and bluff to become President.
Cranium (4 or more players). An outrageously fun board games that brings friends together through a variety of activities celebrating your whole brain. Be the first to reach Cranium Central and you win!
- Real Food Challenge
The Real Food Challenge is a national food justice movement leveraging the power of youth and universities to create fair, healthful and sustainable food systems. During the Spring 2017 semester, IU students found less than 4% of food on the Bloomington campus to qualify as "real" - that is, local and community-based, fair, ecologically sound, or humane. At the November First Thursdays Festival, Real Food Challengers will have a real food trivia game with real food prizes and will be sharing their research on the campus food system. They will also be asking for support of their petition, which asks IU administration to commit to purchasing more real food and thereby supporting fair and ecological food systems."
- Summer Language Workshop
What does your name look like in Arabic, or Russian, or Japanese? Find out at the Summer Language Workshop tent, and learn how you can explore IU’s world of languages, whether or not you are an IU student.
While you are there, take the Workshop challenge: How many of the languages that IU teaches can you identify just by hearing them? (There will be prizes for the top 5 contestants.)
TEDxIndianaUniversity will engage students in stimulating conversation and offer a platform to share their ideas through a variety of acts. We will provide a wall for students to pose questions they'd like answered by an expert, offer suggestions for TEDx Talks, or even share their knowledge on questions posed. Further, we will give students an opportunity to speak on areas of their expertise; after submitting their topic of expertise, the TEDx team will select appropriate talks for those experts to speak on for five minutes.
- Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
The IU Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance will spread the last bit of Peter and the Starcatcher “star stuff” around November’s First Thursdays’ event, as well as introduce the crowd to the one and only Arturo Ui. Join the Department’s students at theTheatre & Dance booth to play a new production-inspired game of chance. You might even win a prize! Students and faculty from the department will also be on hand to demonstrate and teach fight choreography. As usual, there will be plenty of promotional materials so you can be ready for what’s up next in the IU Theatre & Dance season.
- Themester Quiz Bowl
“Diversity • Difference • Otherness” Quiz Bowl
Back by popular demand! Themester 2017 will test you on your knowledge of diversity, difference, and otherness in history, geography, philosophy, political science, sociology, linguistics, literature, biology, current events, and pop culture. Watch the competition to learn about some of the issues explored through this year’s theme. Team up with your friends and sign on to compete for prizes during one of the multiple matches. All competitors take home a T-shirt.
5:00-6:30 pm, matches every 15 minutes. Sign up starts at 4:30 pm.
- Makers' Tables: School of Art, Architecture + Design
Interactive maker activities courtesy of the School of Art, Architecture, + Design; the Grunwald Gallery; and the Friends of Art Bookshop, including:
Demonstrations featuring visiting artist and University of Missouri Professor Bede Clarke throwing pots on a portable wheel. Plus, Ceramics students will help you to make your own ceramic object.
Art Student Guilds
Various student guilds will have artwork for sale and share information about upcoming activities.
Friends of Art Bookstore
Staff will be at the Maker’s Stations to answer all your questions, and the shop will be open in Fine Arts 120 for your browsing and shopping pleasure, including student made work from IU’s Ceramics, Metals, Painting, Printmaking, and Textiles Guilds.
- Grunwald Gallery
The gallery will be open throughout the festival with the exhibitions A Shared Elegy and Kinship:
- A Shared Elegy presents the work of four photographers connected by family ties. Osamu James Nakagawa and his uncle, Takayuki Ogawa, and Elijah Gowin and his father, Emmet Gowin, present unique but overlapping visions recording family histories.
- Kinship examines the influence of family life on personal and cultural identity through the work of artist photographers Tara Bogart, Elizabeth M. Claffey, Joy Christiansen Erb, Letitia Huckaby, Priya Kambli and Rachelle Mozman.
- Wounded Galaxies: Society of the Spectacle
Since the French Revolution and before, political activists and politically active artists have used slogans — spray painted on walls, tagged on subway cars, incorporated into LED displays as part of museum installations — and NOBODY used slogans as effectively as the French Situationists and their 1968 counterparts. This month the Wounded Galaxies tent features a live music/mix group that incorporates sound files into their work; a slogans-on-demand table; and live projections of slogans and films that are cut up to make their own kind of short pithy statement.
- Bloomington Cricket Club
Bloomington Cricket Club at Indiana (BCCI) is the only Cricket Club at IU and the purpose of BCCI is to promote Cricket among people at IU and thereby encouraging active and healthy lifestyle. The club arranges regular practice sessions and holds and participates in competitive matches across various states and cities.
At the First Thursday festival, we will be conducting live Cricket practice free for everyone so that everyone can participate and get to know more about the game.
- Glenn A. Black Laboratory
People have been making art and handcrafting tools for thousands of years. Join the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology for artistic activities and a flintknapping demonstration. Geoarchaeologist Ed Herrmann will be on hand to show how stone tools are crafted out of raw materials. Craft activities include adding to our cave painting “wall” and using the negative painted stamp designs from Mississippian era ceramic plates to create your own artwork.
- Ghost Story Swap
The student organizations of Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology will host ghost story swap table. Those who come to the table will be able to hear ghost stories based on places around the IU Bloomington campus. After you hear our stories, we will give you a post-it note for you to write down a ghost story you personally heard. Our table will have a over-sized map of the IU campus for you to stick your ghost stories on.
- Eskenazi Museum of Art
Photo Challenge: A Shared Elegy
What’s your definition of family? Your challenge is to record the present moment with your family, whatever that means to you. This could be family members, friends, pets, or any other definition you provide. Borrow an instant camera from us or use your phone and our instant photo printer. Record and share your family’s experience. Together your photos, will create a story about family and the shared experience of this campus arts festival. Grab a photo prompt or photograph what inspires you, then add your photo to the display. We'll have 2 instant cameras circulating so photographs can be taken from start to finish. Use the hashtag #SharedElegy.
- Create a portrait that captures someone experiencing life as it happens.
- Create a portrait of someone in your family, whatever family means to you.
- Create a landscape image that communicates atmosphere.
- Create a photo that tells a story with creative use of shadow.
Family Focus: Create a Coat of Arms and Explore Genealogy
Create a coat of arms for your family with Society of Art Librarianship Students. Explore genealogy resources to find out how to learn more about your family history.
Gallery Walk-Thru: A Shared Elegy
Walk through the special exhibition with curator Nan Brewer to discover insights about these four photographers. 20 minutes | 6:30 p.m.
Walking Mini-Tours: Talk with the Sculptures
Explore three outdoor sculptures on this quick guided tour in the arts circle area. Meet at the art museum activity booth. Tours limited to 15 minutes. | 5:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Reality Tour
Take a 360 degree Virtual Reality tour of the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
Reimagine Your Museum
See images of the renovation plans. Build your dream museum with architecture series Legos. Tell us what you’d like to see, hear, do in your future museum.
- Lilly Library
- Information coming soon.
- IU Cinema
On a day of examining slogans, IU Cinema offers a few:
- “Don’t be a stool-pigeon” – Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le doulos (1963), a slippery, gripping, French cops-and-robbers thriller, full of twists, turns, and dangerously cool characters. Screens at 6:30 pm.
- “Existential vampires make the best philosophers” – Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction (1995), a philosophical horror film featuring a graduate student trying to come to terms with her new lifestyle and insatiable cravings. Screens at 9:30 pm.
- “B&W cinema never dies, it just gets better with age.” Both films are presented on 35mm.
- Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Winter is on its way and it is time for some hockey—box hockey that is! With no skating required box hockey is perfect for people of all ability levels. Join the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in learning about and playing Box Hockey, a 20th century invention that has become traditional.
- IU Auditorium
8:00 PM - Motown The Musical
After First Thursday, stick around the plaza for the final night of Motown The Musical at IU Auditorium!
- Roundtable: Arts as Potent Literacies of Resistance
Arts as Potent Literacies of Resistance
November 2, 5-7 pm
Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Bridgewaters Lounge
5:20 pm - Roundtable Discussion
6:20 pm - Q&A
6:30 pm - Debriefing in small group talks with attendees & panelists
- Gabriel Peoples, Visiting Professor in Gender Studies
- Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Associate Professor, IU School of Art, Architecture + Design
- Michael Wilkerson, Director, IU Masters of Arts in Arts Administration Program
- Nzingha Kendall, Filmmaker & PhD in American Studies
- Lauren Hall, MA-MPA & Artist, co-founder of the youth organization IndyPulse
- Kaila Austin, BA in Art History & Painting
This student research initiative about the role of arts as social and restorative justice in African American communities undertaken by Kaila Austin (Art History) and Anna Evtiugina (Arts Administration) with support from IU faculty received a grant from Indiana Humanities in collaboration with National Endowment of Humanities. This grant allowed the organizers to create a platform for interdisciplinary public discussion with artist and scholars, resulting in this two-day symposium: The Art of Becoming Black in America.
The symposium includes two panel discussions, in which researchers, practitioners, and artists provide the contextual framework for attendees to consider the role that creative arts practices have functioned as both potent literacies of resistance for marginalized communities--particularly for the African American community--and as a restorative practice which legitimizes and elevates individual voices and asserts their collective power.
- Food from Traditions Catering
Delicious food abounds at First Thursdays, courtesy of Traditions Catering (brought to you by RPS Dining.)
Fischer Farms Beef Chili (GF)
with Hot Water Corn Cakes
Fall Squash Soup (Vegetarian)
with Garam Masala Savory Yogurt
Apple Cider Donuts
Apple Betty Bars
with Salted Caramel
Assorted Bottled Sodas