Rachel Bahr assigned her high school English class at the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship to take photos of places in Bloomington and write descriptions about their “sense of place.” The project, called “This Is Where,” shows how personal, poignant, and different each person’s sense of place can be. Click here to read the full story and see the students’ photos.
The film Men in the Arena, showing in Bloomington at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on October 26, documents two young Somalis who play on the national soccer team of their war-torn country. To escape terrorism, they emigrate to the United States. For several reasons, Bloomington’s Tyler Ferguson has championed the film. Click here to read the full story.
As a preview for this weekend’s 49th Hilly Hundred, the annual bicycle event that covers nearly 100 miles of southern Indiana countryside, Limestone Post presents a video by local drone company Aerial 812. Competitive bicyclist Missy Ragatz talks about the event, her struggle with breast cancer, and how it affects her ability to train. Click here to watch the video.
B-town is home to a variety of musicians and bands that bend and blend genres from punk to folk, country to classical, jazz to metal. Writer Sierra Vandervort says these different “factions” work together to create a vibrant and independent, yet supportive, music scene that is true to Bloomington’s central character. Click here to read the full story.
Almost year-round, people canoe and kayak on southern Indiana’s rivers. From family trips to technical paddles, day trips to weekend excursions, lazy rivers to party trips, there’s an option for nearly everyone. Adventure-travel writer Michael Waterford reveals his favorite paddling trips for a variety of styles and skill levels. Click here to read the full story.
In this edition of Stirring the Pot, Ruthie Cohen recalls her childhood when great-aunt Lilly, “a contemporary of George Washington,” would visit from Florida. Although Aunt Lilly spoke in fractured English with a Yiddish accent, when she stepped in the kitchen she spoke through her cooking — eloquently and with love. Click here to read the full story.
Cardinal Stage is adapting Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice for the 400th anniversary of the genius playwright’s death. This captivating story is not only beautifully written but also infused with themes that have resonated with audiences for centuries. Produced in association with Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ 2016 Themester on “Beauty,” the bard’s courtroom tour de force has been taken on by Cardinal Stage’s Artistic Director Randy White with an all-female cast. Read more about the show here!
Much of the difficulty in our lives stems from a conflict between who we are and the choices we make, says writer Samantha Eibling. In this series on learning about our true selves, she explores scientific and spiritual traditions that can lead to deeper personal fulfillment. To begin, she offers two simple words. Click here to read the full story.
The drug-addiction epidemic in southern Indiana has defeated almost every effort people have tried to address the problem. But writer Paulina Guerrero looks into how some groups, such as the Indiana Recovery Alliance, are finding that a new method, called harm reduction, often has better results than the decades-old war on drugs. Click here to read the full story.
The architecture of Columbus, Indiana, is widely hailed for its quality and innovation. Lesser known, though, are the peculiar artworks throughout the city. Writer Chris Sims and photographer Adam Reynolds explored the town to see what draws not just architectural scholars but also art lovers from across the nation. Click here to read the full story.
Since high school, Miller Susens has known what her career would be: teaching music. But now, as a cellist and junior at IU’s Jacobs School of Music, the music-education major has to answer questions like “Is music even a job?” The “major shaming,” she says, has never silenced her desire to teach. Click here to read the full story.