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Lotus Festival Celebrates 25 Years of World Music

In October 1994, about 800 people gathered in downtown Bloomington for the city’s first-ever world music festival. Organized by Lee Williams, James Combs, and Shahyar Daneshgar, the festival was a one-night event featuring a dozen international performers on three stages.

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Elvis Did It, You Can Too! Cut Your Own Vinyl Record

In the early 1950s, about the time Elvis Presley cut a record and changed the sound of popular music, anyone could walk into a recording booth at a drugstore, pay a couple of bucks, perform a song, and have it etched directly into vinyl. Now, Phonocraft Record Manufacturing has resurrected that technology, offering one-off and small-batch records.

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Fast-Growing Trend Hits Town 3 Escape Rooms Are Now Open

Three escape room businesses—simulated entertainment experiences likened to live versions of the board game Clue—have opened in Bloomington within the last year. They’re among about 50 such businesses in Indiana, and more than 2,100 nationwide.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Lotus Festival Celebrates 25 Years of World Music

In October 1994, about 800 people gathered in downtown Bloomington for the city’s first-ever world music festival. Organized by Lee Williams, James Combs, and Shahyar Daneshgar, the festival was a one-night event featuring a dozen international performers on three stages.

Read More

Elvis Did It, You Can Too! Cut Your Own Vinyl Record

In the early 1950s, about the time Elvis Presley cut a record and changed the sound of popular music, anyone could walk into a recording booth at a drugstore, pay a couple of bucks, perform a song, and have it etched directly into vinyl. Now, Phonocraft Record Manufacturing has resurrected that technology, offering one-off and small-batch records.

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Fast-Growing Trend Hits Town 3 Escape Rooms Are Now Open

Three escape room businesses—simulated entertainment experiences likened to live versions of the board game Clue—have opened in Bloomington within the last year. They’re among about 50 such businesses in Indiana, and more than 2,100 nationwide.

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Sounds of Indiana Barbershop Singing Lives On!

Originating in the late 1800s, the distinct vocal stylings of barbershop singing—generally a quartet singing a capella-style in four-part harmony—is still performed by groups dedicated to its preservation. One such group is Sounds of Indiana, a Bloomington-based chorus chartered by the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1976.

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Women’s Voices Lead the Way at 6th Limestone Comedy Festival

From the already notorious to the up-and-coming, bold and innovative women’s voices will lead the 2018 Limestone Comedy Festival. According to festival co-founders Jared Thompson, owner of the Comedy Attic, and comedian Matt Alano-Martin, booking a diverse roster of female voices was calculated to reverberate with the #MeToo movement times.

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Jewish Theatre Comedy Addresses Guns, Social Media, and Religion

Although Jason Odell Williams’ 2017 play Church & State is a comedy, its message addresses the timely issues of gun control, religion, and the influence of social media on politics. Church & State will be presented by the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in May. 

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Joe and Bess Lee: Artists for a Cause (PHOTO GALLERY)

In conjunction with April’s celebration of the environment, and Earth Day on April 22, Bloomington residents Bess and Joe Lee will present Professor Animalia’s Menagerie of Struggling Species—Save the Animals; Save Yourself! at the Blueline Gallery, 212 W. 4th St., April 6–30.

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Hear Great Music the Way it Was at Bloomington Early Music Festival

Bach and his contemporaries would be surprised if they were to attend modern concerts of their works. The baroque style of performance was different, as were the instruments themselves—string instruments, for example, were constructed with animal intestines, not steel, and bows were of a different design. But Bloomington audiences will be able to hear something closer to what the composers intended during the Bloomington Early Music Festival May 18–27.  

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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.

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Kevin Pope: Cartoonist, Designer & Fine Artist

Before graduating with a B.F.A. from Indiana University in 1981, Kevin Pope, a native of Carmel, Indiana, took a practical approach to getting his start as an illustrator and cartoonist, mailing his portfolio hither and yon. It paid off when the Ottawa Business Magazine in Canada’s capital hired him to illustrate a cover.

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