5 Wednesday / February 5, 2020

Writer Guild Spoken Word Series

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Bear's Place

Writers Guild Spoken Word Series
featuring Jennifer Sue Payne (poetry), Antonia Matthew (prose), Bonnie Maurer (poetry)
music by Sitar Outreach Ministry (psychedelic sitar)
+ an open mic
$5 suggested donation

JENNIFER PAYNE is a multi-disciplinary artist from Bloomington Indiana. She studied Creative Writing at Indiana University and represented IU in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2017. She has participated in her local slam community for 4 years. Jennifer also makes wire wrapped jewelry and operates a small, local, handmade style shop.

ANTONIA MATTHEW, originally from England, has lived in Bloomington since 1968. She is a member of Five Women Poets and with them has published three chapbooks and put out a CD. She grew up during WWII and this informs much of her work. Her play “Home Front,” which is built around the letters that she received from her father, who was fighting in Burma in WWII, has been performed live in Bloomington and is currently being produced in London as a full-cast audio dramatization.

BONNIE MAURER, MFA in poetry, IU, is the author of Reconfigured (Finishing Line Press, 2009) and The Reconfigured Goddess: Poems of a Breast Cancer Survivor (Blurb, 2013). Her poems have appeared in the New York Times; So It Goes, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library Journal; Nimrod International Journal, and others, as well as on IndyGo buses and on the 6th floor ceiling of St. Vincent Hospital cancer wing in Indianapolis. She works in Indy for Arts for Learning as a poet-in-the-schools and community, as a copy editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal, and as an Ai Chi (aquatic flowing energy) instructor. Maurer was a finalist for the 2020 Indiana Poet Laureate and currently nominated for a Pushcart prize. She is an avid welder using recycled objects from local junkyards and bike shops. Contact [email protected]

In the hazy basements of local analog havens, an audio experience has been blooming at a remarkably organic rate. SITAR OUTREACH MINISTRY, comprised of a sitar, electric guitar, and numerous unique instruments, has been planting the seeds of meditative grooves for many years in the Bloomington scene and impact listeners new and old.

Comedy / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / LGBT / Live Music / Speakers / Spoken Word

5 Wednesday / February 5, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: Soap Making with Goat Conspiracy

06:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Bloomingfoods East

Wellness Wednesday Workshops will take place in the Bloomingfoods East Patio Room from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. These FREE events offer a conversation around all things wellness, through lectures, open dialogues, screenings, and workshops

Join us at the East Side location on February 5th for an evening with one of our local vendors, The Goat Conspiracy, to learn about soap making! What actually makes soap? What decisions go into the scents and colorants you might use? How do the base oils you choose affect the soap you make? And, how do you determine quantity of ingredients to meet that delicate balance of a perfect bar of soap?

The Goat Conspiracy is a small local sustainably oriented farm and creamery that produces all things goat related. Grab a sample or two of their goat milk soap and have some of your questions answered about the basics of soap making.

Education / Health

5 Wednesday / February 5, 2020

Seeding intention: A practice for the full moon

06:45 pm to 08:00 pm
Vibe Yoga Studio

Seeding intention: A practice for the full moon

The moon cycle can set the stage for living more intentionally. Seeding Intention is a yoga workshop held each month near the full moon providing time to tap into the patterns or habits you’d like to release and those things you’d like to cultivate and grow in your life.

This moon salutation yoga practice will prime you for a more intentional approach to your month.


Fitness / Health

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