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February 17, 2015

 

comedian on stage at comedy attic

How 4 Simple Rules Helped Create Bloomington’s Comedy Scene

Jared Thompson of The Comedy Attic says there's no doubt that audiences are the main reason top comics want to perform at his club.

January 29, 2015

 

Prism Youth Community

Prism Youth Community: Using Film to Create Better Allies

Members of the Prism Youth Community created a PSA film that will be aired at the 12th-annual Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival.

January 23, 2015

 

Emergent Theater

Emergent Theatre: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Emergent Theater breaks the fourth wall surrounding social justice issues with a collage of performance art.

January 20, 2015

 

franco painting burning in the bonfire

Fresh Creativity Arises From The Ashes Of Old Failures

The invitation to the Phoenix Bonfire said to bring a failed creation, broken tool, unfinished poem, or similar disappointment to throw into the flames.

January 16, 2015

 

crowd marching around fires in apple orchard

Wassailing: A New Year’s Party In The Apple Orchard

Folklorist Maria Kennedy says noisy processions into apple orchards are meant to wake up the cider trees and scare away evil spirits.

December 29, 2014

 

colorized photo of pool from 1930s

Having Traveled The World, Artist Travels Through Time

Colorizing digital scans of historic photographs of Bloomington has provided a kind of out-of-body experience for artist Avi Katz.

December 4, 2014

 

Comedian Mat Alano-Martin

Mat Alano-Martin: Laughing All The Way From The Trailer Park

Mat Alano-Martin revisits his upbringing from a perspective that rounds out the picture of rural poverty while generating laughs.

December 2, 2014

 

Woma and his Gyil

Bernard Woma: A Musical Destiny

Bernard Woma will be performing his gyil on Thursday, December 4th at "Songs and Stories of Life," a World AIDS Day Observance in Columbus

October 31, 2014

 

Mother adjusts daughter's headdress in preparation for powwow.

Celebrating Community And Enacting Culture At IU’s Powwow

The word "powwow" has crept into the vernacular to mean “meeting”, but for Native Americans, the powwow is a "terribly important enactment of culture".

October 28, 2014

 

Nell and Krista speaking on stage

Taming The Beast: Storyzilla Refines The Art Of Storytelling

It's no monster, but Storyzilla is definitely giving the traditional definition of storytelling a good shake-up.

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