Issue: February/March 2012

Happy Paper Pusher for the Scrapbook Enthusiast

BY MAKENSIE COSLETT After graduating from Purdue University in the mid-90s, Lesley Seyer moved to Bloomington and worked as an engineer for 15 years. A scrapbooker since her teens, she began taking the hobby seriously six years ago when a friend convinced her to attend a “crop,” which is what enthusiasts call a gathering of people working on scrapbooking projects. “It is a way to make new friends, share ideas, and make pictures look even better than they did before,” says Seyer. Before long, Seyer saw the need for a specialty scrapbooking shop in Bloomington, and in July 2011...

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IU Students Say ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ To Course on The Beatles

BY JEREMY SHERE The Beatles were many things: pop icons, movie stars, and, of course, arguably the greatest rock band of all time. But even at the height of their fame in the mid-60s, John, Paul, George, and Ringo probably never imagined that their music would one day be studied at institutions of higher learning. At the IU Jacobs School of Music, Beatles songs are the focus of one of the school’s most popular classes. “I try to help students hear the subtlety and beauty of the songs, like when John and Paul alternate between tight unison and harmony...

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Marybeth Kelsey: Children’s Author

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS When Marybeth Kelsey opened Moon Stones in March 2001, she posted the first dollar she made, for luck. It worked. More than a decade later, the small boutique and its huge selection of stones and jewelry is still nestled in the same building as Laughing Planet Café at East Kirkwood and Grant Street. Yet few people know about the other hat that Kelsey wears—that of children’s book author. The native of Arcadia, Indiana, had been living in the Washington, D.C. area for eight years, working as a writer for the banking industry, when she decided...

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Osamu James 
Nakagawa: Photographer

BY HANS IBOLD Bloomington photographer Osamu James Nakagawa, a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and associate professor of photography at the IU Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, makes pictures that disrupt reality. “I change reality,” he says of his work. “I paint.” Nakagawa, 49, has lived in Bloomington with his wife, Tomoko, and daughter, Hikari, 13, since 1998 when he came to IU from New York City with an already-established international reputation. His work has been shown around the world and featured in such publications as The New York Times and Time and Aperture magazines. Born in...

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The Rail: Serving Classic Cocktails and Creative Small Plates (Photo Gallery)

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR The old train depot that houses The Rail was built in 1902, which helped the three owners of Bloomington’s classy new craft-cocktail and small-plate establishment settle on “pre-Prohibition cocktails” as a theme. Says co-owner Colin Boilini, “Way back then they pretty well had it figured out. It’s an American thing, the cocktail. America did it best and first. It’s an American art form.” In the hands of what Boilini calls his “passionate crew of bartenders,” the cocktail is certainly a Bloomington art form. When he and partners Andy Aronis and Andy Butler (fellow Bloomington High School...

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