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

  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 last year, is scheduled for the evening before Valentine’s Day, February 13, at 7 p.m., and celebrates not just romantic love, but what Dalglish calls the “multiplicity of love.” Dalglish, a veteran composer, director, and hammer dulcimer player, says the show was inspired in part by a solo hike he took on the John Muir Trail in California, and is his valentine to the Earth and a hymn for preserving it. “As men, we need to change our behavior, change […]

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Wrapped in Love

“Let Love Bloom,” a tree sweater in honor of Toby Strout, the recently retired executive director of Middle Way House, was officially dedicated on Friday, October 7. The tree was sponsored by Toby’s daughter Anna Strout and Bloom Magazine. Pictured at the dedication are actor Jesse Eisenberg, a major Middle Way supporter; Toby Strout; Anna Strout; actor and special guest Diane Neal of Law & Order fame; her boyfriend, magician JB Benn; and Bloom editor and publisher Malcolm Abrams. The “Let Love Bloom” tree is located on the south side of Kirkwood near The Uptown Café. The tree sweater is one of several in a public art installation downtown called Wrapped in Love created to raise awareness and funds for […]

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10th Dancing with the Celebrities Aims to Hit $1 Million Mark

BY JULIE GRAY On September 24, Bloomington’s Dancing with the Celebrities, a competition that raises money for local charities, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Barbara Leininger, the event’s founder and organizer, hopes to mark the occasion by reaching the $1 million mark in cumulative funds raised. Leininger, who owns the local Arthur Murray Dance Studio, modeled the contest after ABC’s legendary Dancing with the Stars reality series. As on the television show, amateur dancers are paired with professionals (in this case, instructors from Leininger’s Arthur Murray studio) to perform routines in front of an audience and a team of judges. The grand prize, the Mirror Ball, goes to the dancer representing the charity that has accumulated the most audience support. […]

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Lara Lynn Weaver: Activist and Musician

BY CAIRRIL MILLS Lara Lynn Weaver faced a life crisis as she approached her 45th birthday. She felt obsessed with the material world. “It was that shameful materialistic mindset of, ‘I’m 45, shouldn’t I be able to afford a new car?’” she says. Then she saw a documentary on food insecurity and was inspired to organize Love the Hub, a fundraiser for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Instead of agonizing about what she lacked in her own life, Weaver focused on raising $4,500 for the food distribution charity. She did better than that; drawing on her web of connections, she raised more than $6,000. Weaver developed those connections through multiple vocations, avocations, and community involvement. She has a long history of working […]

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