Category: Arts/Entertainment

Introducing Tomás Lozano: A Rare Hurdy-Gurdy Player

BY RODNEY MARGISON Hurdy-gurdy players are rare in the United States, but considering Bloomington’s musical milieu, it’s not too surprising that one of them, Tomás Lozano, resides here. A native of Spain, Lozano’s love for the hurdy-gurdy began in his youth. “When I was a teenager, I went to a festival in Barcelona and there [...]

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IU Auditorium Site of Free Indian Folk Dance Competition, March 4

One of the intercollegiate groups that performed at the Raas Royalty Dance Competition in 2015. Courtesy photo BY TRACY ZOLLINGER TURNER The traditional folk dances of Garba and Raas have been practiced in the western Gujarat region of India for centuries. Known for their colorful costumes and high-energy movement, they celebrate the Hindu deity Durga [...]

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Malcolm Dalglish Presents Evening Of Music, Dance, Love — and Pie

Malcolm Dalglish at the 2016 performance of "Love Songs for a Lasting World." Courtesy photo   BY PAUL BICKLEY An evening filled with music, dance, humor — and pie — is in store for those attending the reprise of Malcolm Dalglish’s Love Songs for a Lasting World at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The show, first performed [...]

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Anna Wrasse: Age 13—Songstress With A Future

Anna Wrasse. Photo by Stephen Sproull BY TRACY ZOLLINGER TURNER Anna Wrasse is pretty sure she penned her first song on the notes app of her smartphone when she was 10. “Then I probably deleted it,” she says, laughing. “I probably thought it was horrible.” A little uncertainty and self-consciousness didn’t keep her from pushing [...]

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Jerry Horner: Helping Chamber Musicians Around the World

Jerry Horner. Courtesy photo BY JANET MANDELSTAM Jerry Horner heard a viola when he was 14 and fell in love with the sound. Until then, he had studied the violin for several years, but it would be as a violist that Horner would make his mark as a performer, teacher, and mentor to young musicians, [...]

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Cardinal Stage Company Revives ‘Oliver!’ for the Holiday Season

Ian Shaw (left) and Coen Michael Berin (right) in Oliver! Courtesy photo BY SOPHIE BIRD Cardinal Stage Company is celebrating its 10th anniversary season, and Artistic Director Randy White sees it as the right time to come full circle. “I’ve had a number of requests over the years to redo Oliver! and it happens to [...]

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Jason & Ginger: Singing the Bloomington Blues

Jason Fickel and Ginger Curry. Photo by Matt Brookshire BY PETER DORFMAN The performing duo of Jason Fickel and Ginger Curry came together in classic blues fashion. “We met at a bar,” Curry recalls. It was at an open mic event at the now-defunct Cellar Lounge. Fickel and Curry played together that night, liked the [...]

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Susan Snyder: Master of Maiolica Pottery

A colorful sample of Snyder's work. Photo by Susan Snyder BY TRACY ZOLLINGER TURNER The Vaselli Chapel inside the San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy, is small and “quite easy not to notice,” says ceramic artist Susan Snyder. Yet its 16th-century hand-painted tiles featuring fantastical creatures, bold mandala patterns, and inexplicable, offbeat symbols (like a [...]

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be.CAUSE Bloomington Gallery & Studio: Where Art, Help, & Charity Are At Home

be.CAUSE Bloomington owner Brianne Harness with her daughter Paisley. Photo by John Bailey BY ERIN HOLLINDEN When Brianne Harness left Louisville, Kentucky, after a divorce and three bouts with cancer, she says she quickly found “Bloomington to be such a close knit community, people want to help you and champion you.” Because of that, she [...]

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