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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Getting to Know Your Local Cop Over a Cup of Coffee (or Juice)

Bloomington Police Department Deputy Chief Joe Qualters gets to know 2-year-old Thisbe Ellenwood at Coffee with a Cop. Photo by Jenn Hamm   BY PAUL BICKLEY It wasn’t a typical day at the library, and 2-year-old Thisbe Ellenwood stood shyly behind her mother until one police officer handed her a bottle of juice. Then she sat next to Bloomington Police Department (BPD) Deputy Chief Joe Qualters, attentive to his conversation with Mom. Thisbe and her mother were among several community members who attended the BPD’s latest Coffee with a Cop event, held October 7 at the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL). Chief Mike Diekhoff says holding Coffee with a Cop events in places like the library lets kids, and adults, [...]

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Sponsors Wanted: Campaign On To Replace Sick Trees

BY PAUL BICKLEY When Jim Murphy, president of CFC Properties, Inc., and an officer on the Bloomington Parks Foundation board, noticed the trees around the Monroe County Courthouse weren’t looking as healthy as they had in the past, he didn’t just wonder what could be done, he decided to do something. “The trees were getting old and weren’t ones normally planted in urban areas,” he says. Murphy pitched a tree-replacement plan to city officials, then toured the downtown Square with them to identify trees that needed to be replaced. Replacement began in 2014 with two trees on Kirkwood. “Most of the trees weren’t ready yet,” Murphy says. “Now they are.” At the city’s Arbor Day ceremony in April, the Parks […]

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Artisan Guilds Holiday Show: Three Shows at One Venue

BY PAUL BICKLEY For the third consecutive year, the Local Clay Potters’ Guild, Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild, and Indiana Glass Guild will collaborate to present the Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College. The show will be held over two days, starting Friday, November 4. Prior to 2014, the guilds each held separate holiday shows, then venue problems led to a collaboration for one big show. Combining the shows has been a real boon for each group, says Abby Gitlitz, former president of the Indiana Glass Guild. Karin Lauderback, Bloomington Spinners and Weavers show coordinator, adds, “People get to see the three arts at one show and incredible work from the […]

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From the Creative Mind of Leo Cook, A Kids’ TV Spot: ‘Footsteps to Flight’

BY PAUL BICKLEY “I’m phasing out of the food industry,” says Leo Cook, former head caterer at the Showers Inn Bed & Breakfast. “But I’m always cooking up new ideas.” One recent concoction is Footsteps to Flight, a series of 15 Indiana bicentennial segments that Cook, 51, wrote, produced, and hosts for the WTIU children’s show The Friday Zone. One 3- to 5-minute segment will air each week for two seasons beginning September 26. Footsteps to Flight introduces audiences to famous past Indiana residents and a mode of transportation used during that person’s lifetime. The segments’ host, usually a tin-capped and barefoot Johnny Appleseed played by Cook, interviews historical figures, blending transportation into the conversation. Johnny’s a punster, and his […]

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