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Life Experiences Prepared Francesca Sobrer for Role in Cardinal’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ by Julie Warren

Francesca Sobrer is back in Bloomington, performing in Cardinal Stage’s The Glass Menagerie. Her life experiences have helped her prepare for the role of Amanda in a new way: “Amanda is usually seen as a monster of a mother, but she truly loves her children,” Sobrer says. "And I will defend her because of that.” Click here to read more.

UNVEILED Turns Intimate Photo Sessions Into Support and Empowerment by Julie Warren

Transformative, empowering, supportive. This is how clients of UNVEILED describe their boudoir photo session. But being physically and emotionally exposed while having their photo taken is what bonds them to each other, writes Julie Warren. As one client puts it, “The support from other women to love yourself and one another is ongoing and crucial in a world that tends to tell us to do otherwise.” Click here to learn more about the UNVEILED community.

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The Granfalloon: A Festival of Music, Literature, and Art, Inspired By Kurt Vonnegut by Julie Warren

Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was an astute observer of people, culture, and communities. He has also inspired the Granfalloon festival, a multi-day celebration of art, ideas, and building connections between people. Organized by the IU Arts and Humanities Council, the second annual Granfalloon features music, academic panels, and creative activities to connect the campus and the community. Click here to read more about our own granfalloon.

Keeping Theatre Ticket Prices Low Despite High Production Costs by Julie Warren

A Cardinal Stage survey shows that producing live theatre can cost ten times more than most people think. Art provides an incalculable benefit to those who experience it, so Cardinal Stage is committed to producing quality professional theatre while keeping ticket prices low. Click here to read how they do it.

Goods For Cooks: More Than Goods, For More Than Just Cooks by Julie Warren

Goods For Cooks has been in business for 45 years, not just because of the products it offers (cookware, food, and decorations) but also because of the relationships it builds, with both experienced and first-time cooks. “We take the time to listen to their stories,” says co-owner Sam Eibling, “about food, travels, and family traditions.” Click here to read more about Goods For Cooks.

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WonderLab’s Science Shows Hit the Road, Wowing Audiences Young and Old

In a classroom or at camp, at the library or in the office — or even at a favorite brewery — WonderLab’s Outreach program provides fun, informal science education for everyone. “We do this to help people fall in love with science and make it relevant to their lives,” says WonderLab’s Nick Whites. Each experiment and interactive presentation is tailored to a specific audience and topic, and designed to wow audiences. Click here to learn more about WonderLab's Outreach programs.

Limestone Post’s ‘A Sense of Place’: An Art Magazine More Than 200 Years in the Making

How can the culture, heritage, and history of Bloomington and Monroe County possibly be portrayed in all its diversity and richness? Through paintings, illustrations, photography, poetry, and in-depth stories. Limestone Post’s A Sense of Place includes the work of dozens of local writers, photographers, painters, poets, and other artists. Click here to get a glimpse inside.

Cardinal Stage’s ‘Rounding Third’ Proves Baseball Can Make You Cry (from Laughing) by Julie Warren

Rounding Third is a sharp comedy by Cardinal Stage about the contrasting styles of two Little League coaches who “act more childish than the kids they coach!” says Director Matt Decker. Writer Julie Warren calls it “a complex show, with developed characters and realistic conflict that make the jokes hit even harder.” Click here to read about Cardinal Stage's next show Rounding Third.

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Designing a Fairy Tale: Making Make-Believe Come to Life in Cardinal Stage’s Holiday Musical by Julie Warren

Set design is a critical part of any theatre production, but designing for a fairy tale means there are “a lot of puzzles to solve to make the set work,” says Kate Galvin, Artistic Director at Cardinal Stage. But for the upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, she says C. David Higgins and his team delivered. Click here to read about Higgins and his set design for Cardinal’s holiday musical.

New Hoosier Heights Location Creates a ‘Culture of Community’ for Climbers of All Levels by Julie Warren

For 20 years, Hoosier Heights has seen new climbers become enthusiasts, and that is why they make a focused effort to ensure everyone feels welcome when they walk into the gym. The new location in a repurposed church in McDoel Gardens is a gathering place for friends and fellow climbers and offers an inviting space for those trying climbing for the first time. Click here to learn more about Hoosier Heights’ offerings and what to expect on your first visit to the gym.

Gather : handmade shoppe & Co.: Pop-up Events Build a Supportive Community for Makers by Julie Warren

Gather : handmade shoppe & Co.: is hosting special pop-up events during the holidays to showcase the work of a variety of makers and give customers the opportunity to engage with artists firsthand. “There are so many talented people in Bloomington and the state, but it can be hard for them to get their products to market,” says owner Talia Halliday. “I want to help them be successful and help build a supportive community.” Makers from Tactile Melodies, Virtuous Bee, and 407 Botanicals all speak to how Halliday has done just that. Click here to read more about how Gather brings makers, artists, and shoppers together.

Grant from American Theatre Wing Starts ‘a New Chapter of Excellence’ for Cardinal Stage by Julie Warren

Cardinal Stage is the first theatre company in Indiana to receive the prestigious National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing (the organization that administers the Obie and Tony Awards). “This grant recognizes Cardinal in the national theatre arena and shows our viability and sustainability as a significant company,” says Cardinal’s board president, Caroline Dowd-Higgins. Click here to read about what the award means for Cardinal and local theatre.