Kaia Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Concert, CD & Road Trips


BY ELISABETH ANDREWS For 10 years, the all-women a cappella group Kaia has performed what founder Cairril Adaire describes as “a dizzying range of material, from the raucous to the sublime.” Singing in 26 different languages including English; Yiddish; Zulu; and the disappearing French language, Occitan, Kaia’s music addresses themes of religion, sex, politics, and seasonal celebrations through complex vocal arrangements and energetic live performances. Their 10th anniversary concert, 7:30 p.m., April 11, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Ln., will celebrate this world music group’s local success while looking ahead to a new CD and plans to embark on their first-ever tour, says Adaire. The eight-woman group, which includes teachers, artists, and business owners, has recorded three [...]

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Steve Philbeck: Teacher


BY BARB BERGGOETZ Teacher Steve Philbeck considers himself an entertainer, of sorts. Some colleagues may cringe at that idea. But this Bloomington High School North social studies teacher says it goes with the job. And he relishes the chance to engage his students while he imparts knowledge and activates their minds. After serving as director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County and policy director of the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club, he decided to become a high school teacher and, at age 40, began his new career. “I like all ages of kids, but I wanted to be with kids who have a greater capacity to understand the world and the interrelatedness of it. I wanted to be [...]

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