(l-r) Theresa Ochoa and Sarah Swank present Lizzy Chandler her completion certificate officially inducting her as a HOPE mentor. | Photo by Ann Georgescu

HOPE, a program started by IU professor Theresa Ochoa, is designed to help youths in juvenile-detention facilities across Indiana. Anne Georgescu follows up her first article on HOPE, showing how the only mentorship program of its kind in the country continues to help break the school-to-prison pipeline for juvenile offenders. Click here to read the full story.

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    Welcome to Limestone Post, a culture and lifestyle magazine for Bloomington, Indiana, and beyond! Our contributors have the voice, vision, and passion to engage you in the wide range of topics that make this such a fascinating place to live. We publish new content every couple of days, so check back often. We’d love to hear your feedback.

    February 19, 2017

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Cork Liquors at sunset in Columbus, Indiana. | Photo by Adam Reynolds

In this three-part photography series titled “Places, Things, People,” Adam Reynolds roams the southern Indiana countryside with his new 4×5 “large format” camera — a style that was popular until 35mm film began to hold sway in the mid-1900s. Making pictures with this camera, Reynolds says in his artist’s statement, “is a slow, almost meditative, affair.” The results can be striking. Click here to read Reynolds’ artist’s statement and to see a gallery of his 4×5 photography.

Image by Chris Green

Filmmaker Chris Green takes a glimpse at the DIY art community. In Bloomington, DIY art overlaps with more established artist groups in town, including those creating music and film. But, at heart, it maintains its alternative (or punk) approach to creating and enjoying art. Click here to watch the video.

Hoagy Carmichael sits at the piano surrounded by friends in the Book Nook on Indiana Avenue, sometime in the 1920s. | Photo courtesy of Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music

When the absurdist art movement known as Dada began spreading to major cities around the world in the 1920s, it rarely found its way to sleepy Midwestern towns. But writer Michael G. Glab looks into how a soda shop in Bloomington became a hotbed of Dada, courtesy of favorite son Hoagy Carmichael and his friends. Click here to read the full story.

Armand Fields, who plays drag queen Rexy in Cardinal Stage Company's production of "The Legend of Georgia McBride," wearing what writer Jennifer Pacenza describes as "the sexiest thigh-high boots I’ve ever seen." | Courtesy photo

Behind the Curtain: A Drag Legend Is Born in ‘Georgia McBride’

Jennifer Pacenza opens her theater column in Limestone Post with a preview of “fierce, funny” The Legend of Georgia McBride. Pacenza, author of Bravo, Bloomington!, a blog dedicated to local performance, says this Cardinal Stage Company production about the drag community challenges its audience “to consider the permeability of gender and sexuality.” Click here to read the full story.

Image by TJ Jaeger

Theater, Art — ‘Our Mirror to Who We Are’ [video]

David Anspaugh and the cast and crew of Row After Row, a production by Bloomington Playwrights Project, give filmmaker TJ Jaeger a behind-the-scenes look at what their craft means to them, what theater means to the broader world, and why art is important to everybody. Click here to watch the video.

A look toward the crowds of people in the streets and on the National Mall at about 4 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, during the Women's March on Washington. | Photo by Lynae Sowinski

‘Dear S—’: A Letter from Women’s Marcher to 11-Year-Old Girl

On Saturday, January 21, Ruthie Cohen and two busloads of people arrived in Washington, D.C., after an all-night trip from Bloomington, to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. Afterward, in Bloomington, Ruthie penned a response to a friend’s 11-year old daughter, “S—,” who is skeptical about the march making any difference in the world. Here is her letter.

Bloomington’s thriving punk scene of the ’70s and ’80s paved the way for today’s punk bands. Pictured here, Seven Seconds performing at Ricky's Canteena, a Bloomington all-ages club, in 1984. | Photo courtesy of Mike Whybark

Since the ’70s, Bloomington Has Been a Midwestern Haven for Punk

Punk rock was a lively part of the Bloomington music scene even before the godfathers of American punk, the Ramones, recorded their first album in 1976. And it is still alive and kicking. Sierra Vandervort looks into the hardcore beginnings of punk and how it has influenced today’s stock of DIY musicians. Click here to read the full story.

With the right equipment and preparation, winter camping can offer the best of the outdoors. | Photo courtesy of Pexels

For Some, Winter Means Outdoor Adventures

Wintertime gives outdoor enthusiasts an experience that fair-weather campers often only pretend to enjoy — seclusion in the great outdoors. In frigid and even subfreezing temperatures, when most people are staying warm inside, campers usually have the forests to themselves. And with the right equipment and preparation, winter camping can offer the best of the outdoors. Click here to read the full story.

A selection of covers of Aaron Tilford's "Spunk" art magazine. Tilford wrote in the 10th issue that the intention has always been “to inspire, to explore, to create, and to see things in a new way.” | Mauricio A Rodriguez at ramimagery.net

Art Mag Publisher Finds His Creative Identity in ‘Spunk’

Aaron Tilford, publisher of the art journal Spunk, wrote in the 10th issue that the intention has always been “to inspire, to explore, to create, and to see things in a new way.” Writer Dason Anderson talks to Tilford about living in New York City, publishing an art magazine, and returning home to Bloomington. Click here to read the full story.


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    “They write very personal poems about what has gotten them in [juvenile detention] — it was very, very raw. I had to stare at the floor and not look at anyone so I wouldn’t start crying.” — Haley Clements in "Mentorship Program Tries to Break School-to-Prison Pipeline for Juvenile Girls" by Ann Georgescu
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