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Bridging the Divide on Social Issues — Cardinal Stage Addresses Freedom of Religion with New Play and Local Partnerships by Julie Warren

“How do you bridge the divide when you fundamentally disagree with someone on something that is a core part of your identity?” asks Kate Galvin, Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage. Cardinal’s production of The Christians addresses this question on and off the stage through partnerships with the City of Bloomington, Indiana University, and the For Freedoms Project. Click here to read more about the play and opportunities for open conversation about faith, doubt, and freedom of religion.

The Art of Empowerment: UNVEILED Photography “Renews Self-Love” Through Boudoir Photo Sessions by Julie Warren

“I realized that I could use my photography to help women feel empowered and confident, and to renew their self-love,” says Samantha McGranhan, owner and founder of UNVEILED Photography. McGranahan and her team are true to this ethos. By exuding positivity and openness, they create an intimate and authentic boudoir photography experience that encourages clients to celebrate their bodies. “It was all me and I looked like a model. It was so uplifting,” says client Amanda Allen. Click here to read more about UNVEILED's photo sessions and philosophy.

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WonderLab After Dark: Blood Moon — The Moon, the Myth, the Mystery by Sam Zlotnick, WonderLab

Blood Moon Celebration — a scientific look at a cultural phenomenon. Every year after the Harvest Moon of September comes the Blood Moon of October. Why the intrigue surrounding and inspired by the moon? What does it represent culturally, scientifically, emotionally? Come to WonderLab After Dark: Blood Moon on Saturday, October 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here to learn more about this modern twist on this ancient moonlit, late-autumn celebration.

Stronger Together: Cardinal Stage and BBP Share Resources to Enhance Theatre in Bloomington by Julie Warren

A busy night in Bloomington offers a lot of art and performances to choose from, and theatre-goers may sometimes find themselves pulled in different directions. Two of the larger companies in town, Cardinal Stage and the Bloomington Playwrights Project, are working together, not only to coordinate their calendars, but to also share a staff member. Click here to read more about this unique collaboration between these local organizations and about their new Technical Director, Tien-Yin Sun.

Bloomington Valley Nursery: ‘Returning to Our Roots’ by Julie Warren

Since 1965, Bloomington Valley Nursery has been serving local gardeners, from the seasoned green thumb to the “greener” grower. As we head into fall, retreat south of town to enjoy Bloomington Valley Nursery’s walking paths, greenhouses, and the bounty of native species and cool-season plants awaiting planting and find succulents and other houseplants awaiting a home. Click here to learn more about the nursery’s history, plant selection, and community programming.

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Turning the Everyday into Lions and Witches: The Art of Costumes and Storytelling at Cardinal Stage by Julie Warren

Costume designer Kayla Cieslinski brings the world of Narnia to life through imaginative and innovative designs that will help kids and adults alike experience “the joy of believing in magic, of embracing mystery, of loving our power to remember,” says Jenny McKnight, director of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Click here to read more about Cieslinski’s costume creations for the upcoming Cardinal for Kids production.

WonderLab After Dark: A Scientific Approach to Art and Creativity in Bloomington by Aleisha Kropf, WonderLab

On August 25, explore the science of art and creativity at WonderLab After Dark with an eclectic mix of activities involving robots, bugs, dance, and more! The 21+ crowd can experiment with the hands-on activities offered by the museum, learn how science inspires the work of local artists and writers, and enjoy live music in the WonderGarden. Click here to learn more about the fun in store during After Dark: Art in Bloom.

Cardinal Stage’s Nest Generation Program Opens Doorway to Theatre for Young Adults by Julie Warren

As theatre companies adapt subscription models to accommodate changes in how people consume entertainment, Cardinal Stage Company is offering a creative — and affordable — way to bring in more adults under age 35 to their productions: For $35, patrons may sponsor someone under 35 so they can experience an entire season of live theatre. Click here to learn more about Cardinal’s different subscription options and how to participate in the Nest Generation program.

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‘Fun Home’: A Painful and Witty, Dark and Funny Coming-of-Age Musical by Julie Warren

“I think there are a lot of forces at work in our culture that divide us, and this show is a work of art that cultivates empathy in the most beautiful and moving way,” says Kate Galvin, Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage Company, about its season finale, Fun Home. The Tony Award-winning musical adaption of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name is a dark comedy Bechdel’s childhood in a family-run funeral home, her coming of age and coming out, and her relationship with her own closeted father. Click here to learn about the production, as well as Cardinal’s community programs for the show.

New Season, New Look, New Leadership, Still the Same Quality Cardinal by Julie Warren

Cardinal Stage Company announces a 2018-2019 season that will bring a rich mix of classic and contemporary productions to town, as well as a new look! This is the first full season of shows selected by Artistic Director Kate Galvin, who joined the Cardinal staff last fall. Click here to read about Galvin’s vision for the upcoming year.

The Brews of Bloomington: Explore the Science Behind Our Favorite Drinks at WonderLab After Dark by Sam Zlotnick, WonderLab

Discover the science of fermentation at WonderLab After Dark: Beers & Brews. The museum will be open late on May 18 for the 21+ crowd to explore the exhibits and visit with local brewers and yeast experts. Click here to learn more about the event (and some fun facts!) from Museum Educator, Jared Katz.

‘Robin Hood’: A Timeless Tale at the Perfect Time by Julie Warren

Robin Hood is a story as relatable now as when it was first told. And, as writer Julie Warren puts it, “Cardinal Stage Company’s production will make that story tangible for young people in Bloomington, inspiring another generation to consider what is right and how to stand up to those who are wrong.” Click here to read more about the Cardinal for Kids production of Robin Hood.