Category: Arts & Entertainment

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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Timothy Noble: Famed Baritone Loves Singing at Hoosiers Games

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.

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