It’s fun to watch the lazy summer turn into a roaring autumn calendar. There is plenty for families to do at the annual BugFest. “Lost Illusions,” an award-winning delightful French film, arrives on campus, as do a variety of delightful “nasty” silent film women during National Silent Film Day. Funny woman Sam Jay hits the Comedy Attic and there are celebrations at the local breweries.
Bug Fest at Hilltop Garden & Nature Center
From bugs of all sizes to crafts, there are plenty of bug-themed activities for kids of all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bug Fest 2022 at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St. The event is free. In addition to interacting with the insects, the exhibitors will be there to tell more about the insects. Activities include mealworm races and monarch migration. To pre-register, go to https://bit.ly/3yjV7cj for the event, which is limited to 300 attendees. All visitors must start at the Welcome Tent.
Wild animals, wine at SpooktoberfestMeet WildCare Ambassador Loki at This Year’s Spooktoberfest at Butlery Winery
Reflecting some aspects of modern media, the A-list actors shine in Xavier Giannoli’s film, adapted from Balzac’s classic novel about a young poet who acquires the skills of manipulation and a love of money. This great sample of French cinema won seven French César Awards, including Best Film. See it at 7 pm on Fridays and Sundays at the IU Radio & Television Theatre, 1229 E. Seventh St. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com/e/ryder-film-series-ticket-tickets-208841619907.
Sam Jay in Bloomington’s Comedy Penthouse
From Boston comes comedian Sam Jay, performing at 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm on Fridays and Saturdays at the comedy penthouse. She is the writer and star of “Bust Down” on Peacock, the Writers Guild of America-nominated writer and host of “Pause with Sam Jay” on HBO Max, and an Emmy-nominated writer for “Saturday Night Live.” Among other honors, in 2020, Netflix chose Jay as Best of Standup. Tickets are $16-$20, available at comediaattic.com/events/48852.
Dirty Women of Film History: Silent Film Day
The women you’ll see are “nasty”: they create weapons out of desserts, engineer labor strikes, climb out of chimneys, electrocute police, and happily exploit gender norms and sexual rules. National Silent Film Day will be celebrated with a variety of restored international silent films focusing on gender play, feminist protest, and slapstick rebellion. “Doubles and Doppelgangers” highlights humor, autonomy, and the women who worked in film during the birth of cinema. The films are part of Kino Lorber’s upcoming Cinema’s First Nasty Women boxset, featuring a new score by award-winner Daniel Whitworth. Catch “Doubles and Doppelgangers” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cinema UI1213 E. Seventh St., for $5.
Oktoberfest at the brewery
Bloomington Brewing Company. will host Oktoberfest from 5 to 9 pm Thursday at 2234 W. Industrial Park Drive. There will be live music, beer and treats. Kimberly Alana and Jon Driver will perform live acoustic versions, the Pappy Shack food truck will sell food. It is a family event and well behaved puppies are allowed outside.
Hootenanny Harvest at Switchyard Brewing
Switchyard Brewing’s 3rd Annual Harvest Hootenanny will take place from 4 pm on Saturday. Check out the bands on Ninth Street next to Switchyard Brewing, 419 N. Walnut St., for an all-ages outdoor event featuring activities including pumpkin painting and cornhole for kids and adults alike. Seasonal beers and hot cider will be available for adults to sip while listening to songs by Ultrabeat, Eddy Gonzo and the Gardeners, and Joe Baughman and the Righteous Few. Nosh includes ForkedUp Catering, Wacky Bunzz, Buttas BBQ, Olive Leaf, Bloomington Chocolate Company, Chocolate Moose, and Wick’s Pies. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the gate with children under 16, and designated drivers get in free.