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Jason Wilber: A B-town Boy, Now 47, with His 10th Album

When he moved to Bloomington in 1985 at the age of 15, Jason Wilber says he found a vibrant music town. “Bloomington had lots of good musicians, good record stores, and good places to play,” says the guitarist, 47, who is about to release his 10th solo album, Reaction Time. 

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Meet Ellen Starr Lyon’s Family: ‘Emotional and Real and Healthy’

The room where Ellen Starr Lyon paints is just steps from the front door of her family home. Situated at the nexus between the kitchen and other living spaces, Lyon’s husband, two teenage children, and dog crisscross the room as she works, allowing her artistic ambitions to breathe and flourish within the center of her domestic universe.

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Thank You, Randy White

On a momentous day in 1975, in the pulp-and-paper town of Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, a stout 8-year-old boy was taken by his mother’s hand to see his first live play. The show was Godspell and the boy was Randy Timothy White. The performance made such an impression on young Randy that for the first time he began to question his future occupation—maybe he wouldn’t be a hockey player after all. Maybe his future was in the theater.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Jason Wilber: A B-town Boy, Now 47, with His 10th Album

When he moved to Bloomington in 1985 at the age of 15, Jason Wilber says he found a vibrant music town. “Bloomington had lots of good musicians, good record stores, and good places to play,” says the guitarist, 47, who is about to release his 10th solo album, Reaction Time. 

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Meet Ellen Starr Lyon’s Family: ‘Emotional and Real and Healthy’

The room where Ellen Starr Lyon paints is just steps from the front door of her family home. Situated at the nexus between the kitchen and other living spaces, Lyon’s husband, two teenage children, and dog crisscross the room as she works, allowing her artistic ambitions to breathe and flourish within the center of her domestic universe.

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Thank You, Randy White

On a momentous day in 1975, in the pulp-and-paper town of Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, a stout 8-year-old boy was taken by his mother’s hand to see his first live play. The show was Godspell and the boy was Randy Timothy White. The performance made such an impression on young Randy that for the first time he began to question his future occupation—maybe he wouldn’t be a hockey player after all. Maybe his future was in the theater.

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New Arts Center On Near West Side To Feature Gallery, Theater & Library

The corner of Fourth and Rogers streets is a 10-minute walk from the downtown Square, Bloomington’s traditional nucleus of arts and entertainment. But David and Martha Moore, co-owners of Pictura Gallery, a fixture on the Square for a decade, are developing a new gallery and event space they hope extends cultural entertainment to the city’s Near West Side.

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Angelo Pizzo—Movie Star! Oh, What Could Have Been

Shortly before Angelo Pizzo began making some of Hollywood’s most beloved underdog movies, the Bloomington native nearly became a leading man himself. In a plot worthy of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, Pizzo caught the eye of one of television’s most powerful agents, who offered him guaranteed stardom.

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Eskenazi Museum Closed, But Active Online And in the Community

While it’s true the Indiana University Eskenazi Museum of Art closed its doors in May for major renovations, Director David Brenneman says the museum is still a player in the art community. “The closure won’t circumscribe our activities,” he says. “We’ll still be out in the world.”

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Local Art for Local Businesses: A Win-Win for Bloomington

Traditionally, art galleries have been the major supporters of local artists, offering them places to exhibit and sell their work. Now, in many cities, Bloomington among them, nonprofit agencies, government entities, and for-profit businesses are supporting artists by purchasing art that reflects the local community.

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Local Potters’ Guild to Celebrate 20 Years with Show at Waldron

A show of pottery—both functional and sculptural—will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Local Clay Potters’ Guild of Bloomington. The show will run July 29 through August 19 in the Miller Gallery at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut. An opening reception will be held Friday, August 4, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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If You Like Reading American History, HiStory Center Book Club Wants You!

In spring 2016, Jennifer Borland, an avid reader and a volunteer researcher at the Monroe County History Center, faced a growing pile of books she was determined to read, so she suggested that the History Center start a book club. The way things turned out, Borland soon found herself the de facto leader of the HiStory Book Club (HBC), which started last June.

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Meg Lagodzki: Painter of Limestone Quarries

Six years ago, Bloomington artist Meg Lagodzki, 47, had a serious illness that resulted in the removal of her thyroid. After the surgery, she was entirely unable to speak for two months, and then only in a whisper for a year. The loss of her voice caused Lagodzki to fall into a depression. She coped by returning to oil painting, something she had given up for 10 years to focus on her family—her husband, Karol, and their daughters Maggie, 16, and Ania, 13.

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Bagpiper Admits Instrument ‘Is Just Loud All the Time’

Bagpipes aren’t the most common of instruments in the middle of Indiana, so it seems only right to ask Angus Martin how he got started. “The piping was my dad’s idea,” Martin explains. So was his first name, Angus. “When I was born, my dad was going through a Scottish kick,” inspired by his Scottish roots, though Martin adds that they also have Irish, German, French, Danish, and Welsh ancestors. However, Martin, who’d never heard a bagpipe, had other notions: “I was 8 years old and the tuba sounded like a great idea.”

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