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February 25th, 2021 by

LOTUS WORLD MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2021 SCHEDULED SEPT. 23-26, IN-PERSON EVENTS PLANNED

Feb. 4, 2021

Alexis Lindenmayer, Indiana Daily Student

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation hopes to bring energy back to its annual festival by allowing people to come to the performances. Tickets will go on sale for the festival in August, but there is a chance it could go back to being a virtual event.



IU THEATRE’S ‘ADORED YOU’ SHOWS BLACK EXPERIENCE, EXPLORES INTERSCTIONALITY

Feb. 1, 2021

C. Ovelton, Indiana Daily Student

“Adore You,” a play written and directed by Rachel Lynett, will be played at the IU Theater as part of the Amplified Series. This play, along with others in the Amplified Series, highlights the Black experience and Black stories. It can be watched on Zoom.



6TH ANNUAL CHARM CITY DJANGO JAZZ FESTIVAL – LOTUS EDUCATION & ARTS FOUNDATION, BLOOMINGTON, IN

Jan. 28, 2021

WFHB

Lotus is partnering with Creative Alliance to show the Charm City Django Jazz Festival. Artists from around the world will be performing at this festival to celebrate the music and legacy of Django Reinhardt. This can be seen via Zoom Feb. 26-27.



PORTRAIT OF LITTLE JAZZ: A TRIBUTE TO ROY ELDRIDGE

Jan. 27, 2021

David Johnson, Indiana Public Media

Roy Eldridge was a jazz performer who helped bridge the gap between Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie while creating his own name in the jazz community. He earned the nickname of “Little Jazz” because of his 118-pound frame and always playing the trumpet.



COMEDIAN SAM MORRIL ON CHALLENGING HOLLYWOOD’S ‘WOKE’ POLICE

Jan. 26, 2021

Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast

Sam Morril is an up-and-coming comedian who had to find ways to practice his comedy and send it out to the work while in a pandemic. With the use of “dark jokes” he was able to practice his work and create a YouTube special for people to enjoy.



AT BIDEN’S INAUGRAL EVENTS, THE MUSIC WAS EARNESTLY REASSURING

Jan. 21, 2021

Jon Pareles, New York Times

Music always has meaning when it is played at certain events. The music played at President Joe Biden’s inauguration shows that Biden brings hope and change to his presidency. Irony and arrogance were not involved with the music being played during it.



THE EIGHT PIECES OF POP CULTURE THAT DEFINED THE TRUMP ERA

Jan. 2, 2021

Derek Robertson, Politico

Many presidents have aspects of media involved in their presidency in one way or another, but former President Donald Trump’s time as president was affected by many social media platforms and people, such as TikTok, Kanye West, and films and TV shows.



BLOOMINGTON’S ONLY COMEDY CLUB CONTINUES TO BRING LOCAL LAUGHS DESPITE THE PANDEMIC

Dec. 3, 2020

Brendan Breslow, Bloomington Beat

Owner Jared Thompson spent months figuring out ways to reopen the Comedy Attic and keep in line with COVID restrictions. As the pandemic continues, it has found ways to reopen and help Bloomington share a laugh from local and national comedians.



COVID-19 CREATES NEW BOOKING CHALLENGES FOR BLOOMINGTON MUSICIANS AND VENUES

Dec. 3, 2020

Sam Boland, Bloomington Beat

The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives. This is especially true for musicians who are not struggling to get gigs in Bloomington and other areas of Indiana. Theatres like the Buskirk Chumley are getting creative to help these artists get gigs and perform.



HOLLYWOOD’S LOST SUMMER

Jul. 24, 2020

Sara Fischer, Axios

The pandemic has affected many big named TV shows and movies causing one of the worst financial years in Hollywood film and TV history. Many shows and films are being delayed in production and streaming services are helping Hollywood make some money back.