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Orphan Films, Painting In Berlin, Jimmy Pardo, Derby Playoffs

Contemporary painting from Berlin, a celebration of abandoned films, comedian Jimmy Pardo, the Roller Girls at Playoffs, and a memoir about finding your voice.

An exhibition view of Geist Und Form at the Grunwald Gallery, featuring paintings by (from left to right) Maarten Janssen, Bernard Frize and Michael Markwick.

Dozens of Bloomington roller derby fans made the trek to Fort Wayne earlier this month to watch the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls compete in roller derby’s international playoffs.  Roller derby fan Annie Corrigan files a trackside report about team work, passion, and a sport on the rise.

And what could classroom film strips and lost-lost adult movies have in common? They’re among the many bits of ephemeral celluloid being screened at the 2013 Orphans Midwest Film Symposium. We’ll preview the festival, taking place at the IU Cinema the last weekend of September.

Also on the program we explore contemporary painting in Berlin, with the curator of a current exhibition at the Grunwald Gallery, Geist und Form: Ten Painters From Berlin.  Several of the painters represented in the show will be speaking on the Bloomington campus this week.

And we chat with comedian Jimmy Pardo, whose day job is warming up the studio audience for the Conan O’Brien show.  Pardo brings his act to Shelbville’s Strand Theatre on September 21.

Finally, we glimpse into Mary Ellen Stepanich‘s memoir about how she finally found her voice through group singing.

Stories On This Episode

The Flatliners Have Heart

Bloomington's Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls competed in playoffs this year for the first time in the group's 7-year history.

Geist Und Form: Spiritual Paintings From Berlin

Ten international painters living in Berlin explore the spiritual and formal elements in their more or less abstract paintings on view at the Grunwald Gallery.

Purdue Professor Finds Her Voice In Doo Wop

A new book by a retired Purdue University professor tells how she conquered a lifetime of self-imposed silence through singing.

The Island Of Misfit Movies: Orphans Midwest Film Symposium

Orphans Midwest celebrates a motley assortment of ephemeral celluloid-- from old educational films to home movies and test reels.

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