ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

Power Plant Collective Shows Art by Marginalized Artists

In a small basement on Bloomington’s Near West Side, a group of 20-somethings has created a gallery where aspiring artists can gather. It’s a space where they can display their work and showcase talents that might otherwise remain unknown.

Brown County Music Center Brings Big Names to Nashville

After a 2009 arson fire destroyed the Little Nashville Opry, an entertainment venue that had served Brown County for more than 30 years, the community felt the loss. Things took a bright turn when the Brown County Music Center opened in August 2019 to a sold-out Vince Gill concert.

Wylie House Exhibit Portrays Marginalized, Silenced Hoosiers

The written records and visual art we share as historical representations of our collective past depict, more often than not, only one point of view. Those who weren’t in positions of power—who didn’t have a voice—are frequently forgotten or simply overlooked.

‘‘Lock Ness!’ and Other Tales of Nessie the Scottie’

For all the joy they bring, it’s a sad truth that pets’ lives are much shorter than our own. In “Lock Ness!” and Other Tales of Nessie the Scottie (BookLocker, 2019), Bloomington resident and Bloom contributor Lee Ann Sandweiss explores the loss of her own pet and offers a guiding hand for those experiencing similar grief.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

Power Plant Collective Shows Art by Marginalized Artists

In a small basement on Bloomington’s Near West Side, a group of 20-somethings has created a gallery where aspiring artists can gather. It’s a space where they can display their work and showcase talents that might otherwise remain unknown.

Brown County Music Center Brings Big Names to Nashville

After a 2009 arson fire destroyed the Little Nashville Opry, an entertainment venue that had served Brown County for more than 30 years, the community felt the loss. Things took a bright turn when the Brown County Music Center opened in August 2019 to a sold-out Vince Gill concert.

Wylie House Exhibit Portrays Marginalized, Silenced Hoosiers

The written records and visual art we share as historical representations of our collective past depict, more often than not, only one point of view. Those who weren’t in positions of power—who didn’t have a voice—are frequently forgotten or simply overlooked.

‘‘Lock Ness!’ and Other Tales of Nessie the Scottie’

For all the joy they bring, it’s a sad truth that pets’ lives are much shorter than our own. In “Lock Ness!” and Other Tales of Nessie the Scottie (BookLocker, 2019), Bloomington resident and Bloom contributor Lee Ann Sandweiss explores the loss of her own pet and offers a guiding hand for those experiencing similar grief.

Review: ‘Author in Chief’

Just before President’s Day, Bloom caught up with Bloomington resident Craig Fehrman as he set out on a national book tour for ‘Author in Chief’.

King Bee & The Stingers: Blues Band on the Rise

By day, Mark Menefee, 60, is the Indiana University director of utilities. By night, he’s the black- and-yellow-clad harmonica player “King Bee” of the blues band King Bee and The Stingers.

New Cardinal Initiative Works to Increase Diversity of Plays

In an ongoing effort to be more inclusive, welcoming, and representative of the Bloomington community, Cardinal Stage has introduced the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The program is part of Cardinal’s five-year plan that was established in 2018.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years Making Music

In 1969, when Geoffrey Simon and Tamás Ungár were students at the Indiana University School of Music, they noticed a lack of performance opportunities for musicians in Bloomington and set out to establish a community orchestra. While Simon actively recruited musicians, Ungár managed behind-the-scenes operations. The result was the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

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