Category: Arts & Entertainment

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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Sounds of Indiana Barbershop Singing Lives On!

Originating in the late 1800s, the distinct vocal stylings of barbershop singing—generally a quartet singing a capella-style in four-part harmony—is still performed by groups dedicated to its preservation. One such group is Sounds of Indiana, a Bloomington-based chorus chartered by the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1976.

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Women’s Voices Lead the Way at 6th Limestone Comedy Festival

From the already notorious to the up-and-coming, bold and innovative women’s voices will lead the 2018 Limestone Comedy Festival. According to festival co-founders Jared Thompson, owner of the Comedy Attic, and comedian Matt Alano-Martin, booking a diverse roster of female voices was calculated to reverberate with the #MeToo movement times.

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Jewish Theatre Comedy Addresses Guns, Social Media, and Religion

Although Jason Odell Williams’ 2017 play Church & State is a comedy, its message addresses the timely issues of gun control, religion, and the influence of social media on politics. Church & State will be presented by the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in May. 

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Joe and Bess Lee: Artists for a Cause (PHOTO GALLERY)

In conjunction with April’s celebration of the environment, and Earth Day on April 22, Bloomington residents Bess and Joe Lee will present Professor Animalia’s Menagerie of Struggling Species—Save the Animals; Save Yourself! at the Blueline Gallery, 212 W. 4th St., April 6–30.

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Hear Great Music the Way it Was at Bloomington Early Music Festival

Bach and his contemporaries would be surprised if they were to attend modern concerts of their works. The baroque style of performance was different, as were the instruments themselves—string instruments, for example, were constructed with animal intestines, not steel, and bows were of a different design. But Bloomington audiences will be able to hear something closer to what the composers intended during the Bloomington Early Music Festival May 18–27.  

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Buskirk-Chumley to Host Poetry & Spoken Word Event

Sometimes one thing leads to another—and in the case of Words! A Bloomington Celebration of Poetry and Spoken Word, that’s a beautiful thing, says Danielle McClelland, executive director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT). From March 2–7, organizations from the community are coming together to celebrate the spoken word at venues across the city and on the Indiana University campus.

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Kevin Pope: Cartoonist, Designer & Fine Artist

Before graduating with a B.F.A. from Indiana University in 1981, Kevin Pope, a native of Carmel, Indiana, took a practical approach to getting his start as an illustrator and cartoonist, mailing his portfolio hither and yon. It paid off when the Ottawa Business Magazine in Canada’s capital hired him to illustrate a cover.

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New Books from IU Press: “Chuck Taylor: All Star”

Many people own, and many more know of, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star athletic shoes. Though the basketball players they were originally designed for stopped wearing them in games in 1969, these kicks are still kicking. Today, they can be seen on everyone from Michelle Obama and Miley Cyrus to Will Smith and Kristen Stewart.

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Bloom’s Greatest Hits: Bernstein in Bloomington

The driver pulled up to the house on Lake Monroe where Henry Upper waited eagerly to welcome the legend. Upper, then associate dean of the music school, will never forget the moment when the trunk popped open and he caught a glimpse of its contents. “I almost jumped back and gasped,” he recalls. The rear of the car was packed with a startling number of framed family photographs. “You see, this is what Bernstein did when he traveled. He wanted to surround himself with family. He set the pictures all over the condo so that every place he turned he would see a family member. That tells you quite a bit about the warmth and complexity of this man.”

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