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New Books from IU Press: Girl With Death Mask

Girl With Death Mask, a collection of sometimes searing, sometimes fantastical, always transcendent poems by Jennifer Givhan, is the winner of the 2017 Blue Light Books Prize.

The Briar & The Burley Celebrates 45 Years in Business

When owner Mike Fisher opened The Briar & The Burley, he thought Bloomington’s population of students and professors would be a good market for quality pipes, tobacco, and cigars. He wasn’t wrong, though times have changed.

City and IU to Launch Bike-Share Program

In 2014, the League of American Bicyclists named the City of Bloomington a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community. Now, a joint bike-share project between the City of Bloomington and Indiana University, scheduled to launch in March or April, will make Bloomington even more bicycle-friendly.

Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer & Artists’ Model

Personal trainer Brian Bourkland is a serious bodybuilder. His clients generally aren’t, but that’s fine with him. “I’m mostly interested in working with people in my generation—40s, 50s, 60s,” Bourkland says. “Everyone should be building strength and bone density to feel better long into their retirement years.”

Lotus Blossoms Brings World Music to Area School Children

While international musicians congregate in Bloomington each autumn for the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, a special program for children brings that same diverse cultural experience into area schools. In September, one musical guest, Betsayda Machado y La Parranda el Clavo, visited Fairview Elementary School for a performance through the Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach program.

IU Law Prof Who Wrote the Book 
On Sexual Harassment Is in Demand

Sexual harassment has surged into the public consciousness this past year as numerous prominent journalists, politicians, Hollywood actors and producers, and corporate magnates have faced assault allegations. While the public asks how it could have been so wrong about the character of so many public figures, perplexed columnists and commentators have repeatedly turned to Jennifer Drobac, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, to explain the complexities of the situation.

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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Buskirk-Chumley to Host Poetry & Spoken Word Event

Sometimes one thing leads to another—and in the case of Words! A Bloomington Celebration of Poetry and Spoken Word, that’s a beautiful thing, says Danielle McClelland, executive director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT). From March 2–7, organizations from the community are coming together to celebrate the spoken word at venues across the city and on the Indiana University campus.

Hoosier Barber Shop: Where Everyone is Welcome

Jay Thompson, owner of Hoosier Barber Shop, had barbered in Indianapolis and Kokomo before moving to Bloomington in 2000. He says in those cities, customers were divided along racial lines. Thompson says that’s what he loves about Bloomington—the diversity of his customers. 

Oddball Book Features Objects of Love & Loss–5 from B-town!

Bloomington has a new, quirky distinction. It’s featured prominently in a recently published book, The Museum of Broken Relationships (Grand Central Publishing, 2017), which contains photos of objects from a museum of the same name. 

25 Couples Who Contribute to Our Community (COVER STORY / PHOTO GALLERY)

The virtues of volunteering can't be overstated—the hours volunteers spend in service support worthwhile causes, nonprofit organizations, and the larger community. But as the couples in the following stories attest, those hours offer the volunteers something, too—a sense of fulfillment, purpose, connection, even joy. 

Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer & Artists’ Model

Personal trainer Brian Bourkland is a serious bodybuilder. His clients generally aren’t, but that’s fine with him. “I’m mostly interested in working with people in my generation—40s, 50s, 60s,” Bourkland says. “Everyone should be building strength and bone density to feel better long into their retirement years.”

Sunday Hoops at the Y: A 20-Year-Old Tradition

Many of the faces have changed over the past two decades, but not the bond that brings them together—basketball. Every Sunday at 8 a.m., approximately 20 men, young and old, gather at the Southeast YMCA to shoot hoops for a couple of hours. Their reasons for playing are as diverse as their backgrounds.

Lotus Blossoms Brings World Music to Area School Children

While international musicians congregate in Bloomington each autumn for the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, a special program for children brings that same diverse cultural experience into area schools. In September, one musical guest, Betsayda Machado y La Parranda el Clavo, visited Fairview Elementary School for a performance through the Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach program.

Jason Jackson: Director, Mathers Museum

Jason Jackson likes to think of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures as a gateway between Indiana University and the community. “We’re deliberately located on the edge of campus,” he says of the museum at 416 N. Indiana Ave. “If you stand in the lobby and look left, you’ll see the west door that looks out onto the city of Bloomington. The east door, to the right, looks toward campus. We invite folks to come through whichever door is closer to them.”

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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