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Guest Column: MidWay Music Fest Fights for Gender Equity On Stage

The MidWay Music Festival is back in B-town with more than 30 women-featured acts. But this year it’s more than just a series of concerts. It’s a nonprofit organization, MidWay Music Speaks, that celebrates and connects women in music and fights for gender equity on stage. Writer Rachel Glago has the score. Click here to read the full story.

B-town Summer Kicks Off with Busy Weekend June 1-3

Block parties, summer fairs, art shows, theater, music, comedy, and festivals galore — these define a Bloomington summer. And that’s just the first weekend! Writer Benjamin Beane gets us going with a sampling of the events and activities on the first weekend in June. Click here to read the full story.

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Big Mike’s B-town: Wounded Galaxies, Where 1968 Intersects with 2018

Wounded Galaxies 1968 — a conference, festival, and symposium including art exhibits, film screenings, and music performances — intersects with Bloomington’s orbit next month. LP columnist Michael G. Glab spoke to Joan Hawkins, a founder of the group that’s organizing the event. While Wounded Galaxies looks at the tumultuous year 1968, Hawkins says the event will be more than a museum piece: “We want to confront the whole concept of revolutionary aesthetics, and ask, ‘Where do we go from here?’” Click here to read the full story.

Page vs. Stage: The ‘Deep Rift’ in Poetry Today

Poet Michelle Gottschlich considers the differences between page and spoken word poetry — between personal histories and “posthuman identity,” between poems expressing unique voice and those searching for universal truths. Acknowledging the impossibility of getting at the heart of it all, she explores the “deep rift” in poetry, known as “Page vs. Stage.” Click here to read the full story.

Queer Space, Post-Orlando: Can Karaoke Save the Misfit?

Many people think what’s happening at The Back Door is culturally transformative,” Zak Szymanski writes about Bloomington’s only queer bar. In a post-Orlando world, places like The Back Door, with “its diversity and ideology,” are becoming sanctuaries for the disenfranchised — and “the future of LGBT space." Click here to read the full story.

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Local Film at the Heart of Middle Coast Film Festival

A leading force for filmmaking in the Midwest, Middle Coast Film Festival will screen 82 films at five venues July 28–30 in Bloomington. Among them is locally made Above the Fruited Plain, which festival co-founder Jessica Levandoski says exemplifies “independent, do-it-yourself filmmaking that the coasts aren’t creating.” Click here to read the full story.

The Top 10 Limestone Post Stories of All Time (Since Our Launch, Anyway)

Since we launched in September, the praise from Limestone Post’s readers has been epic. So thank you, readers! And thanks to our writers, photographers, and videographers for their excellent work! While we’re just as fond of numbers 11 on down, here are our top 10 most-read stories. Click here to read the full story.

Managers of Local Bars Say Preventing Sexual Assault Is More Art Than Science

While alcohol is called the single most common date-rape drug, at least one study shows that the culprits of unwanted sexual contact in bars are usually sober. In this report by Sarah Gordon, the people who run three bars in Bloomington and the prevention programs coordinator at Middle Way House talk about preventing sexual assault. Click here to read the full story.

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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.