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Hair Apparent: Stylists Give More Than Good Looks

There’s more to hairstyling than remembering color formulas, proper angles for a cut, or how each client’s locks react to styling tools and chemicals. There’s the banter. And the bond. Jenny Elig looks into the strong relationships between hairstylists and their clients, which can include major life events — from house calls to the funeral home. Click here to read the full story.

‘Places, Things, People’ 4×5 Photo Gallery: Part 2, Things

The location of something can give greater meaning to the thing itself, says photographer Adam Reynolds. In the second installment of his three-part photography series, Reynolds used the large-format camera to situate objects within their surroundings. The richness of the compositions shows the Americana of Hoosierland in a deeper light. Click here to see his gallery of photos.

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Alma Eikerman’s Legacy Still Inspires Metalsmiths, Jewelry Designers

Emerging from the 1940s New York art scene, Alma Eikerman served as a professor at the IU School of Fine Arts for over 30 years, sharing global influences with her students. This month, IU’s current metalsmithing and jewelry design students will display their Eikerman-inspired work at the Indiana University Metals Seminar show. Writer Ann Georgescu tells the story here.

Rahim AlHaj: Lotus Blossoms Visiting Artist [video]

Grammy-nominated oud player Rahim AlHaj, an Iraqi political refugee since 1991, was invited by the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation to participate in the Lotus Blossoms outreach program in March. He performed at various Bloomington locations and also at Owen Valley High School in Spencer. Filmmaker TJ Jaeger recorded the trip.

65 Years of Desegregating Little 5 — at Every Turn

Ever since a team from a Black fraternity raced in the inaugural Little 500 in 1951, the race has had few minority participants. A concerted effort in the 2000s seemed to have broken the color barrier, but today the men’s and women’s races are nearly as white as ever. Sarah Gordon takes an in-depth look at race in the most important race on campus. Click here to read the full story.

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Paths of Homelessness, Part 2: Demonizing the Less Fortunate

In part 2 of "Paths of Homelessness," TJ Jaeger looks at the stigma dumped on the less fortunate people who experience homelessness. While they sometimes commit “nuisance crimes,” they don’t deserve being verbally and physically harassed, demonized, and treated as second-class humans, say the people who devote their time to helping. Click here to read the full story.

How Will Indiana Republican Politicians React to a Trump Administration?

Much has been written on the impact of a Donald Trump presidency on national politics. But what about in Indiana? Is the balance of power tilting within conservative circles? IU political scientist Luke Wood looks at a potential clash between a moderate Indiana Republican party and the Trump administration, on both economic and social concerns. Click here to read the full story.

From Source to Sea on the Mississippi — in a Canoe

In 2013, adventurer Michael Waterford tried canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi River. “It didn’t go well,” he says. But he got hooked on paddling, and in June he’s attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi in record-setting time. Follow his progress on Limestone Post, and read about his earlier, ill-fated trip here.

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Tracks Through Time: The Trains of 1970s Bloomington

In the 1970s, a budding photographer in Bloomington captured images of trains as they passed through the area. Today, Richard Koenig, a professor of art at Kalamazoo College, shares his photographs with Limestone Post, showing how a once essential industry was threaded into the very fabric of town life. Click here to read the full story and to see Koenig's photos.

Food Icon Alice Waters to Help Launch IU Food Project

Some of our favorite restaurants might never have happened without world-renowned chef, author, and food activist Alice Waters. Writer Benjamin Beane spoke to Waters about her visit to Bloomington on April 6-8 to officially launch the IU Food Project, which was created to address the challenges of providing sustainable food for a changing planet. Click here to read the full story.