Straight No Chaser
Thursday, November 1, 8 p.m.
This fall Straight No Chaser returns to its
birthplace of Indiana University for an a cappella
concert unlike any other on November 1. Neither straitlaced nor straight-faced, the ten men of Straight No Chaser are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape.
Originally formed over sixteen years ago while
students at IU, the group has reassembled and
reemerged as a phenomenon. Choosing the
members carefully for personality as well as vocal talent, Straight No Chaser sets itself apart from other a cappella groups with its contemporary repertoire and dynamic approach. With more than 20 million views on You-Tube, numerous national TV appearances, two holiday releases, and a Billboard 200 debut at #29, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
In the past year, Straight No Chaser performed
in Atlantic City, the New York Opera House,
Carnegie Hall, and many renowned venues across the U.S. They also performed a ten concert tour in the United Kingdom. John
Mellencamp has even invited the group to his
home for a private performance.
The harmonious voices of Straight No Chaser
belong to Randy Stine, Charlie Mechling, Jerome
Collins, David Roberts and Walter Chase from the
original lineup and Michael Luginbill, Don
Nottingham, Ryan Ahlwardt, Seggie Isho, and
Tyler Trepp, who joined post-graduation.
Sunday, October 28, 8 p.m.
Bill Maher, one of America’s most provocative
comedians and television hosts, is bringing his unflinching honesty, witty satire, and big laughs to IU Auditorium on October 28 in an
unforgettable stand-up comedy performance.
His act will likely mirror the outspoken, provocative comedic style of his television shows, utilizing humor to challenge organized institutions and their individuals. Maher’s comments always prove bluntly humorous. “The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them,” Maher scrutinizes.
For the last 18 years, Maher has pushed the
boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television through late-night talk shows. Maher started hosting Comedy Central’s—and later ABC’s—Politically Incorrect
in 1993, which won him numerous awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding
Technical Direction. He currently hosts the show, Real Time with Bill Maher, which has featured regular visitors such as John Edwards, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, and Alec Baldwin. Throughout his comically controversial career, he has earned an outstanding twenty-three Emmy Award nominations.
Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian
and actor, which landed him appearances on Johnny Carson and David Letterman’s shows in the early 1980s. He also acted in several films, including his debut performance in D.C. Cab and his role in the hilarious Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. The quizzical comedian has written five bestsellers as well, including When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Bin Laden and New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer.
No matter what your views on religion, politics,
bureaucracies, pop culture, or mass media are, Bill Maher is hilarious. Forget being politically correct, and reserve your spot today for the most highly anticipated comedy events of the season.
Friday & Saturday, February 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m.
With no safety nets, no strings attached, and no
inhibitions, Traces, will push the human body to
its limits in an award-winning, high energy, urban acrobatics routine at the IU Auditorium February 15 and 16.
The Montreal-based troupe, Traces, fuses
jaw-dropping circus-style acrobatics with the
current, youthful edge and energy of street
performance. Impossibly charming, funny, and
multi-talented to the extreme, the seven person
cast doesn’t just dance and perform unbelievable
tricks; they produce an explosive display of raw
emotion and physicality in a warehouse setting.
Each member showcases astounding athletic
ability but augments the pieces with personal
touches and pure vulnerability, allowing the
seemingly superhuman performers to actually
With an unknown catastrophe waiting outside
the doors of the warehouse, the audience learns
the characters have assembled here to live to
the fullest what they believe could be their last
moments, hoping to leave nothing unsaid and
undone... hoping to leave a lasting mark, their
traces, as best they can. These survivors
communicate the story of rebuilding through
expressive acrobatics, music, and dance.
With jaw-dropping leaps, tumbles, balancing
acts, and stunts with bars, the youthful acrobats
narrate a story of strength, hope, and friendship.
The ground-breaking performance prompted Time to write, “At Cirque you sit in awe. Here you’re on the edge of your seat.”