Charlie Bird of Bloomington (Video)

Charlie Bird’s hobbies include cycling, paddle boarding, dancing at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, and taking photos with his fans. He frequently makes appearances at school carnivals and local festivals, and he keeps the community updated through photos on his Facebook page. Charlie’s social media chronicles his expeditions to Indiana University sporting events and his treks down the B-Line Trail, among many other adventures. He’s quite an impressive local figure, but there’s something a little different about him as well. He happens to be a 31-year-old Green-Winged Macaw. For the last decade, Charlie has explored Bloomington with his human, Joe “Jojo” Porowski. Check out this video from local filmmaker Nick Bauer to learn more about Bloomington’s avian celebrity. —Sophie Bird Video […]

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Eun-Sun Jung Teaches ‘Gayageum’ in Bloomington

BY PETER DORFMAN On a small basement stage in her southeast Bloomington home, Eun-Sun Jung draws a haunting melody from an exotic, zither-like instrument. Called a gayageum, it was invented at least 1,000 years ago to entertain Korean nobles. Jung plucks its 12 strings gently while bending notes with her left hand. Jung, 31, grew up in Seoul, South Korea, started playing the gayageum at age 10, and attended South Korea’s premier school for learning gugak (traditional Korean music). She has performed in Europe and Japan, as well as the United States, where she has played at prestigious venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Symphony […]

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