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Local Book Lovers Share Their Current Reads

People read books for many reasons, and a highly literate community like ours has voracious readers. Writer Allison Yates spoke to just nine local literati, and she discovered people are reading books that help them to reflect inwardly, learn about (or escape!) the outside world, stay informed, and investigate the past. Click here to read the full story.

Jamming in the Countryside at Stable Studios

Stable Studios began as one man’s dream but now helps other musicians fulfill theirs. It’s also one of the premier music venues in Owen County, a largely rural place that’s experiencing something of a cultural renaissance. Writer Grayson Pitts takes a tour of the former horse ranch that now hosts thousands of music fans a year. Click here to read the full story.

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Beyond Reading, Adult Literacy Is Survival

Literacy is survival. It’s a housing application, a citizenship test, health insurance, a job that can support a family. Writer Michelle Gottschlich says literacy operates on the question, “Does my level of reading and comprehension empower me?” She shows us several groups helping to break down the barriers to literacy — and empowering people in our community. Click here to read the full story.

Big Mike’s B-town: Abegunde, Writing to Heal

Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde has been given many names, each one representative of her own history, her family’s history, and her Yoruba cultural heritage. And, like her names, Abegunde’s work represents the personal and the historical. LP columnist Michael G. Glab talks with the poet and scholar about her work with healing and social justice. Click here to read the full story.

When Is a Theater an ‘Equity House,’ and Does It Matter?

In its rich and diverse theater community, Bloomington has only one “Equity House.” What does that mean? And is “professionalizing theater” important to a town this size? As Cardinal Stage Company’s Rachel Glago explains in this guest column, yes, because among other benefits it leads to “to overall economic growth.” Click here to read the full story.

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Busking 4 Freedom: Jesse Slokum, Unintentional Icon of Woodstock [video]

“Clap your hands, clap your hands!” And a lone figure stands, claps, and dances. Others rise to join him while Richie Havens sings “Freedom! Freedom!” onstage at Woodstock in 1969. In this Duane Busick video, meet Jesse Slokum, Bloomington’s “Busker 4 Freedom” and the man who got multitudes to dance at Woodstock. Click here to watch the video.

Ghouls, Zombies, and Butchers at the Barn of Terror [photo gallery]

Hiding in the wooded hills just north of town, off the old state highway, is a barn whose inhabitants have one goal — to scare the daylights out of you. Intrepid photographer Adam Reynolds captured some of the horrific ghouls that visitors will encounter at the Barn of Terror. Click here, if you dare.

Remembering To Be an Artist When Life Gets in the Way

Finding work-life balance isn’t what people normally associate with the Picassos and Pollocks of the art world. Yet it’s a real-life dilemma for many working artists. Writer Yaël Ksander talks with several artists about how domestic life makes it “hard to remember that you are an artist. Especially if you’re a woman.” Click here to read the full story.

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In Memoir ‘Crazy Is Relative,’ Past Informs the Present

In her memoir, Crazy Is Relative, IU Professor Melissa Keller writes about her relationship with her “fascinating and hilarious” mother-in-law, Shirley. As Keller learned about Shirley’s childhood, she began to see how the past informs the present. Writer Allison Yates talks with Keller about how histories define normal and, thus, “crazy is relative.” Click here to read the full story.

The Cycle of Life in Osamu James Nakagawa’s Photography

Throughout his career, Indiana University artist-educator Osamu James Nakagawa has captured profound life changes in his photography. As an exhibition of Nakagawa’s work opens October 13 at IU’s Grunwald Gallery, IU Professor Emeritus Claude Cookman observes how Nakagawa’s striking imagery reflects “death and life, grief and joy, past and future.” Click here to read the full story.