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.
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.”
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.
In December 2016, the Lilly Library at Indiana University made news when it received two more Oscars won by legendary film director John Ford. The library now has four of the six Academy Awards earned by Ford, who died in 1973.
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.
With multiple forms of entertainment available to them, millennials generally don’t attend theater, says Cardinal Stage Company Managing Director Gabe Gloden. “Many theaters are facing this issue,” he says. “We’re doing something about it.”
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.
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.
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.”
When the actors playing Maria and Tony, the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story, arrive in Bloomington for the Cardinal Stage Company production of the musical, they will meet each other and director Randy White for the first time.
Over the past 50 years, Timothy Noble, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music distinguished professor of voice, has sung at The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as opera houses across Europe, and he’s shared his big baritone with audiences on Broadway and the old Ed Sullivan Show. But since 2004, one of the 72-year-old’s favorite venues has been Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, singing the National Anthem during the Big 10 men’s basketball season.
Musician Krista Detor has toured, juggled schedules, and handled family obligations, but it wasn’t until she attended the Hedgebrook writers’ retreat on Whidbey Island in Washington State that she started to breathe, she says.
Jewish Theatre of Bloomington will present ‘Visions of Right,’ by Marcia Cebulska; the story of a photographer who moves to Topeka, Kansas, and encounters a fictional church modeled after the real Westboro Baptist Church and its anti-gay, anti-Jewish, anti-art ministry.