Category: Arts & Entertainment

The Life of Bob Hammel In a Movie and a Memoir

The subject of the upcoming WTIU and Naptown Media documentary Bob Hammel & Bloomington: A 50-Year Love Affair prefers asking questions to answering them. “I was the guy watching things happen, not the guy doing them,” says Bob Hammel, former sports editor of Bloomington’s daily newspaper, The Herald-Times.

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New B-town Resident Is Noted Film Producer

In Tricky Dick and the Man in Black, Richard Nixon invites Johnny Cash to perform at the White House in 1970 and issues a press release stating that Cash will perform Guy Drake’s “Welfare Cadillac” and Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee,” songs about small-town Americans who don’t wear long hair, use drugs, or burn draft cards. Cash performed neither.

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‘The Wellness Lifestyle: A Chef’s Recipe for Real Life’

In The Wellness Lifestyle: A Chef’s Recipe for Real Life, Chef Daniel Orr talks about his struggle to keep weight off. His co-author, Kelly Jo Baute, a wellness coach who suffered many complications after breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and reconstruction, struggles to keep weight—or more precisely, muscle—on.

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Delinquent Gallery—A Place for Lowbrow Art

Movie monsters and robots replace portraits and landscapes at Bloomington’s latest addition to the art scene. That’s because Delinquent Gallery co-owners Chris McVillain and Brian Aldridge wanted a space where they could showcase what they call “lowbrow art.” 

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Female-Made Film Flips Script—It’s the Guy Who Poses Nude

Historically, more often than not, artists have been men, while their subjects have been women. That’s why the reversal of those roles, in a short film shot in Bloomington and currently making the rounds on the international film festival circuit, still surprises contemporary audiences.

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Jerry Smith: An Artist of Many Mediums

Until he was nearly 30, Jerry Smith had never painted, but he wondered what it would be like to be an artist. “I just felt this need, this desire, to paint without even knowing much,” he says. Still, it wasn’t until his wife, Cindy, bought him a set of oil paints as a Christmas gift in 1971 that he finally picked up a brush.

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