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Deckard’s Outdoors: Leonard Springs Nature Park

If you’re looking for a quick hike to see fall color up close, check out what Trent Deckard calls Bloomington’s best-kept secret. The main trail at Leonard Springs Nature Park is just over a mile long and takes you by two caves, a wetland, an erstwhile dam, and the springs. And the entire trail is lined with hardwoods that should be showing color for a few more weeks. Click here to watch the video.

IU’s Crabb Band More Than a Sidekick at Soccer Games

The Crabb Band has been boosting IU soccer teams with lively performances for the past 42 years. Angela Hawkins and Miles Reiter tell and show why the band is one of the more exciting acts in town. Sitting next to the band, you might be so entertained that you’ll forget about the game. Click here to read the full story and watch the video.

Book by Local Poet Ross Gay Selected as Finalist for the National Book Award

The National Book Foundation just announced the Finalists for the National Book Award. Among them is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, a collection of poems by Indiana University professor Ross Gay. In this profile by Brian Hartz, Gay reflects on his work, on the powerful influence Bloomington has had on his poetry, and what this national recognition means to him. Click here to read the full story.

Calliope’s Call: Art Song Season to Premiere in Bloomington

Mezzo-soprano Megan Roth describes art song as “poetry or prose set to music by a classical composer.” It’s a musical genre generally not heard outside of practice rooms. Until now. Roth talks with writer Ann Georgescu about the upcoming art song season produced by her group, Calliope’s Call, whose season premieres in Bloomington this Saturday, October 17. Click here to read the full story.

Community Orchard Embodies the ‘Core Values’ of Bloomington

Cider Fest, on Saturday October 10, celebrates more than just the apples picked at the Bloomington Community Orchard. Jen Hockney Bratton’s article shows how the five-year-old project has influenced many lives in many ways, and what remarkable things are accomplished when a group of people align themselves with the “core values” of a community. Click here to read the full story.

Deckard’s Outdoors: Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

In the premiere video of his series, “Deckard’s Outdoors,” in which he explores local nature preserves, parks, and other outdoor spaces, Trent Deckard films Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. Managed by Sycamore Land Trust, this unique wetlands has a 2 1/2 mile raised boardwalk trail that offers chances to see flora and fauna such as rare orchids, the endangered Indiana bat, Kirtland’s snake, and even bald eagles. Click here to watch the video.

Shuffle: ‘Hang On to Yourself’ by David Bowie

In his second “Shuffle,” Limestone Post columnist Brad Wilhelm spins David Bowie’s “Hang On to Yourself” and learns that “tone” — even more than technical proficiency — can be a hard-rock guitarist’s salvation. With a little help from his bandmates, his trusted guitars, and the ghost of Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, Wilhelm emerges from a “dark” time and finds happiness in “a fearsome noise.” Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Craft a Recipe, Craft a Life

Hang out by the stove with Ruthie Cohen as she creates ratatouille from a pattypan squash that has been intimidating her for a week. In her food column, "Stirring the Pot," a Limestone Post exclusive, the mischievous sage contemplates the simple and often mysterious sauce of life, while always “respecting the alchemy.” Click here to read the full story.

Dancin’ in the Streets (and Much More) Lotus Festival 2015: The Street Scene

It may never change its name to Lotus World Music, Arts, Food, and Street Festival, but it could. While music from around the world fills the tents downtown during the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, musicians, dancers, artists, and other performers fill the streets outside the tents, especially Kirkwood Avenue and 6th Street. Videographer Miles Reiter caught much of the action and artistry on tape. Check out his video, “Lotus Festival 2015: The Street Scene,” here.

Sitcom Theatre: Situational Comedy Local experimental theater troupe explores themes both alien and familiar in their genre-spanning productions.

McKee Woods and Natasha Komoda attend rehearsals of Trading Faces, the latest play from Sitcom Theatre, a local theater troupe that creates experimental plays “with a tight lens on the absurd and cleverly bizarre.” Co-founders Bethy Squires and William McHenry reveal how their creative inspirations (from ’50s sci-fi movies to Friends sitcom episodes to the local punk-rock scene) help to inform their themes — whether wacky, campy, straight, or queer. They will perform Trading Faces Friday, September 25, at The Back Door. Show at 8 p.m., doors open at 7. Click here to read the full story.

Three Minutes in Maple Heights

In this Limestone Post series, local videographer Trent Deckard takes us on three-minute tours of neighborhoods in Bloomington and surrounding communities. Deckard’s first visit is to Maple Heights, a discrete neighborhood on the north side of downtown Bloomington. After talking to some of the “genuinely sweet people who live there,” Deckard says he’d like to live there, too. “No — seriously,” he says, “I want to live there.” Click here to watch the video.

David Torneo: Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry

Publisher, poet, playwright, promoter — all of these describe David Torneo, but you could just as easily call him Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry. Torneo may spend more time promoting the work of other poets than he does his own, whether by organizing book launches and public poetry readings for local and national poets or interviewing poets for podcasts. He also publishes Ledge Mule Press, a quarterly publication made in limited editions with handmade techniques. Click here to read the full story.