Space in Waldron Arts Center now available for rent and other arts news

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Singer, songwriter and piano player Adam Weiner leads Low Cut Connie.
Singer, songwriter and piano player Adam Weiner leads Low Cut Connie.

I'm having fun comparing this calendar year with our pandemic-limited past two. Bloomington has a refurbished arts center, live entertainment and in nearby Spencer, movies showing in a historic theater. And that's just this one column.

John Waldron Arts Center

Performers and others can now schedule an event at the John Waldron Arts Center in either the auditorium or the blackbox theater.

Although the building hasn't yet opened for walk-in visits, and there's no art on the walls, "people are definitely welcome to book with us, and we already have a slew of people for February," said Holly Warren, Bloomington's assistant director for the arts in the economic and sustainable development department. Warren started the job last September and follows Sean Starowitz, who had held that position.

Previously: Mayor calls for $515K investment in Waldron

If current negotiations succeed, a third-party management team will take over this summer, meaning scheduling will go through them. For the meantime, anyone interested in renting space for an event may contact Warren at holly.warren@bloomington.in.gov.

Low Cut Connie at BCT

Low Cut Connie will perform at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater 8 p.m. Jan. 25, and a few of the rock band's fans are Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, according to Nick Paumgarten of "The New Yorker." Adam Weiner writes songs, sings, plays piano and, among other things, pounces on his piano bench, feet first, to pound the keys from a better stance.

His sixth album, “Private Lives,” is newly out and has arrived on (and topped) some year-end "best" rosters.

Last March, the band celebrated the first anniversary of its livestream show "Tough Cookies."

Singer, songwriter and piano player Adam Weiner leads Low Cut Connie.
Singer, songwriter and piano player Adam Weiner leads Low Cut Connie.

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"If you've ever gotten to see him at a club, it's just a sweaty crazy scene, "said Ann Powers of NPR, "where he's stripping his clothes off and jumping on the piano and singing in his wonderful voice."

Powers mentioned frontman Weiner's respect for Little Richard, which interests me, because my conservative dad, the one who forbade me to see "Hair," loved Little Richard. Joseph Hudak of The Rolling Stone said, "It’s easy to discern the Little Richard influence in Weiner’s performance style. He’s a showman with zero self-doubt, throwing himself into his piano playing and singing with flamboyance and grace — and often minimal clothes."

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"Private Lives" is Low Cut Connie's latest album and won a slew of compliments from Rolling Stone, NPR Music, WNYC's "All of It" and more. And the band performed last year on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" #PlayAtHome series.

The show's opening act is blues legend Robert Finley, a former "America's Got Talent" star who was featured Tuesday on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Low Cut Connie rock band.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 25.

WHERE: Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

TICKETS: General admission $35; bctboxoffice.org.

MORE: Doors open at 7 p.m. Wearing a mask is required indoors in Monroe County. Vaccine verification or negative COVID-19 test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue.

Spencer’s historic Tivoli Theatre
Spencer’s historic Tivoli Theatre

Auction to benefit Spencer's Tivoli Theatre

Tickets to the Indy 500, Holiday World, symphonies and Cardinal Stage shows are among the items being offered through the Tivoli Theatre's virtual auction. Bidding begins Jan. 17, but you can register now to see the items available so far; new donations arrive weekly. Bidding ends at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 with a livestream.

I know I keep harping on this, but Spencer is a pretty town (with the best cup of coffee I may have ever had), and just to enter its Tivoli Theatre is a history lesson.

Find the auction online at https://bit.ly/3ncLlms.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: John Waldron Arts Center reopening; BCT and Tivoli events

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