Challenging the ‘bubble’s’ world view

Clowes Memorial Hall is bringing in a new line-up of performers in different genres and backgrounds.

This season at the concert hall, students in the “Butler bubble,” will be exposed to  different culture and forms of art.

The fall 2010 schedule features concerts from “American Idol’s” Adam Lambert and Indiana’s own John Mellencamp.

Other musical performances include Cats, Blue Man Group and Butler’s own symphony orchestra.

Beyond music, other guests will include the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain along with Bravo’s Eric Ripert. High-lights for the upcoming month include:

Aug. 31:

Adam Lambert

2009 “American Idol” runner-up Lambert will bring some glam rocking entertainment to Clowes when he makes his Aug. 31 appearance. Lambert’s hits include  “Whataya Want From Me” and “If I Had You.”

Showtime is 8:00 p.m., but unless you jumped at the opportunity, you might be out of luck. According to, tickets for the performance are sold out.

Sept. 12:

Jordan College of Fine
Arts Music Showcase

Support your Butler peers as they mix classical and modern music in this concert featuring the Wind and Jazz Ensembles.

This is also an opportunity to fulfill the freshman class’s new arts requirement.

The Butler Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark.

The BSO has performed classics including Holst’s The Planets.  The show is Sept. 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Sept. 15:

An Evening with
Coach Brad Stevens

Listen to the Butler men’s basketball Coach Brad Stevens talk about life before Butler basketball, the Bulldogs unbelievable road to the Final Four, and his life-long dedication to coaching.

Stevens is  also in the running for this year’s commencement speaker.

This is a great chance to hear personal stories from the leader that has shown the NCAA that the Butler Bulldogs are never the underdog.

The talk will take place Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 23:

Yusef Komunyakaa

Hear Pulitzer Prize winning poet Komunyakaa discuss his collection of written works including Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975– 1999, Talking Dirty to the Gods and Thieves of Paradise.

Komunyakaa comes as part of the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series. The kick-off will be Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30:

An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

Hear the Travel Channel’s Bourdain and “Top Chef” guest judge Ripert share stories about their adventures in food from a global perspective.

These two chefs explain life while wearing  the apron. The conversation will take place Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 2:

Eric Johnson, Andy McKee, and Peppino D’Agostino

The guitar trio will grace the stage of Clowes October 2. Johnson, McKee and D’Agostino perform at 8:00 p.m. Johnson is known for his song on electric guitar, “Cliffs of Dover.”

For a preview of McKee and the other two artists, search their Youtube videos for performances, including McKee’s cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everbody Wants to Rule the World.”

Nov. 8:

John Mellencamp

Indiana’s own John Mellencamp will be holding two performances at Butler this November.

Kicking off his “No Better Than This” tour, Mellencamp will perform Nov. 8 at Clowes  at 8:30 p.m.

Mellencamp will hold a second performance Nov. 11 at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 6:45 p.m.

Nov. 12-14:

Blue Man Group

This November, Clowes is offering up the famous Blue Man Group, shown in cities across the country including Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and Boston.

A mixture of comedy, music and theatre, Blue Man Group is a unique experience that is influenced by modern day art and rock music.

Segments of their shows incorporate  neon paint, percussion ensembles and multimedia elements.

The show runs Nov. 12-14.

Some of these events are still a few months away but consider buying your tickets early.

Tickets for events can be bought during business hours at the box office in Clowes, or online, by phone, or mail from TicketMaster.


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