Open House
Dagom Gaden Tensung Ling
Buddhist Monastery
102 Clubhouse Drive
June 10, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

One of the great gifts of Bloomington is the opportunity to immerse oneself in Tibetan culture. Without leaving town (let alone the continent), spend your morning and/or afternoon enjoying a guided temple tour. Then view a photo exhibit of faraway lives dedicated to mission and service. Finally, get that jump on holiday shopping at a bazaar.

Stay late and witness the dismantling ceremony of a sand mandala created by South Indian monks; the sand will be carried to Gaden Khachoeshing (2150 Dolan Road) where it will be deposited in a pond to bless our environment.

The monastery was founded in 1996 to preserve for the benefit of all sentient beings the teachings of the Buddha as transmitted by the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Johnnie Kaye Orchestra
Big Band Dance Series
Indiana Roof Ballroom
Downtown Indianapolis
June 24, 5 - 9 p.m.

Step into a Spanish coastal villa, complete with the thunder and lightning of a passing spring shower.

The technical wonder known as the Indiana Roof Ballroom opened in May 1927. Admission was $1 for men, 75 cents for women, coat check included.

Today, ballroom enthusiasts can still grace what has been called "the world's most danceable floor." The next installment of the 2007 Big Band Dance Series features my personal fave, the Johnnie Kaye Orchestra.

Group discounts available, attire is business to formal.

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Monologue: Paintings that speak for me
Wandering Turtle Art Gallery & Gifts
Through June 30

There is still time to catch "Monologue" at the Turtle, 224 North College Ave.

"I like to feature IU students from time to time because it's hard for them to get their work into galleries and I think if they are skilled, they deserve a break!" says Turtle owner Jaime Sweany. Acrylic/oil artist Patrice Poor will graduate in August with a B.F.A. in painting.

"I chose the title 'Monologue' because I wished to convey that painting is a means for presenting myself to an audience," Poor says. "So, enough said, I'll let the paintings do the talking. They are my carefully prepared speech."

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Sundays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more info: 330-1990, or ....

Men of Tortuga
Bloomington Playwright's Project
Dates below

Catch the last mainstage play of the BPP season, opening June 7th.

"It's called Men of Tortuga and it's going to be fantastic," says Gabe Gloden of the BPP.

Described as "suspenseful, cynical and darkly comic, evoking the best of David Mamet and Neil LaBute," performances are June 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 at 8 p.m. and June 10 & 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors, with $5 student rush tickets available five minutes before show time. The address is 107 West 9th - give yourself time to park. For more info: , 334.1188, or ...

Solstice Reunion
Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary
June 22-24

A solstice legend: four staging areas featuring live theater, workshops, poetry, acoustic music, dance and drumming. No pets, violence, firearms or pouty lips allowed. For more info visit ... or try .

Melissa McReynolds can be reached at