Category: Arts & Entertainment

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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After 40 Years, Musicians Reconnect for New Album

An acoustic guitar player, Caesar Pacifici founded The Flying Cloud with British-born bouzouki player Brian Brooks. The group recorded an album for Adelphi Records and toured the British Isles and the United States. Then, the band split up and the two men fell out of contact for more than 30 years.

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Fourth Street Festival: Expect 120 booths, 40,000+ Patrons

In 1977, a group of Bloomington artists had a vision: to create an annual festival where local residents could enjoy and buy high-quality arts and crafts. Now, 41 years later, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts draws more than 42,000 patrons from the Midwest to its two-day juried show, held each year over Labor Day weekend.

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Quarry Book Fest, October 13 On IU Homecoming Weekend

When Indiana University alumni make the trek back to Bloomington this year, they and their families will have even more to explore. That’s because the Quarry Festival of Books, sponsored by IU Press and Bloom Magazine, has moved from an end-of-summer event to one that coincides with homecoming weekend.

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Bloomington Connection Still Strong For World-Class Singer Moira Smiley

Moira Smiley discovered the power of her voice in Bloomington. When she came to the Indiana University School of Music in 1994, she intended to major in piano performance. But as she connected with local musicians such as Malcolm Dalglish, she gravitated toward the study of folk music, folklore, and ethnomusicology, ultimately receiving her degree in early music vocal performance.

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Lotus Festival Celebrates 25 Years of World Music

In October 1994, about 800 people gathered in downtown Bloomington for the city’s first-ever world music festival. Organized by Lee Williams, James Combs, and Shahyar Daneshgar, the festival was a one-night event featuring a dozen international performers on three stages.

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Elvis Did It, You Can Too! Cut Your Own Vinyl Record

In the early 1950s, about the time Elvis Presley cut a record and changed the sound of popular music, anyone could walk into a recording booth at a drugstore, pay a couple of bucks, perform a song, and have it etched directly into vinyl. Now, Phonocraft Record Manufacturing has resurrected that technology, offering one-off and small-batch records.

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