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Behind the Curtain: Making Opera ‘Not a Dirty Word’

An opera coach at IU has been working to lessen the damage of dismantling arts education in public schools. Kim Carballo’s Reimagining Opera for Kids performs for school children, introducing them to opera and helping to “make opera not a dirty word.” LP columnist Jennifer Pacenza takes a look at ROK in Behind the Curtain. Click here to read the full story.

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.

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Soar Above the Canopy of Lights

On an average day, Bloomington has one of the more attractive downtown squares anywhere. Add a Canopy of Lights, though, and you’ve got a winter wonderland. Dating back to the 1930s, the modern tradition began in 1985. And now, Aerial 812 shows you the festive Square like you’ve never seen it before. Click here to watch the video.

6 Places Keeping Bloomington’s History Alive and Personal

When Indiana became a state in 1816, Bloomington was four years from its official incorporation. But the town named after fields of blooming flowers soon became a thriving and growing town. Here are some of the more interesting places that preserve the heritage of their times and help you connect to years past. Click here to read the full story.

Local Krampus Caught on Tintype!

Photojournalist Adam Reynolds has documented both war-torn and everyday life in the Middle East. But a recent project, using a photography technique from the 1800s, took him to a fantasy world in Bloomington to capture fearsome, furry demons — Krampus. Take a look at the monsters that will parade through downtown Bloomington on Saturday, December 3. Click here to see the photo gallery and read the full story.

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Stirring the Pot: At Thanksgiving, Let ‘the Absurdities’ Creep In

Ruthie Cohen shares her wisdom about what’s most important at Thanksgiving dinner. People often get distracted by the bird, the side dishes, or the presentation. In this edition of Stirring the Pot, she advises not to suppress “the absurdities and silliness that creep in” — and enjoy not knowing how it will all turn out. Click here to read the full story.

Downey Hill, a Brown County Gem in Peak Season — by Air [video]

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, a Sycamore Land Trust property, is quintessential Brown County — a mature hardwood forest on rolling hills. During peak season, hiking its trail is a prime way to view the autumn colors. But drone company Aerial 812 and Sycamore’s Abby Perfetti give us another view — from above. Click here to watch the video.

The Best Southern Indiana Waterways for Paddling Fun

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.

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Friday Night Auction at Dinky’s Is Down-Home Hoosier Fun [video]

Nearly every week, people drive from miles away to Dinky’s Auction Center in Daviess County (about 60 miles southwest of Bloomington) to hunt for treasures, mingle with others, or just take it all in. Videographer TJ Jaeger recently visited Dinky’s on a late-summer evening to capture an Amish tradition — the Friday night auction. Click here to watch the video and read the full story.

IU to Showcase Artists with Massive Monthly Festival

Recognizing the wealth of “artists and thinkers” on campus, the IU Arts and Humanities Council has created the First Thursdays Festival at Showalter Arts Plaza. The monthly event will “celebrate and showcase” a range of arts — musical, visual, performance, and other creative endeavors — free and open to the public. Click here to read the full story.