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Ironically intangible: perception of independent bookstores doesn’t match reality

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Amani Haddox, a voracious reader and 18-year-old student at IU, loves shopping at bookstores. He has enjoyed browsing bookshelves since he was young, but he fears the market for independent vendors is failing.

“So, it’s dying, but at a slow pace,” he said. “Online is on the rise. Finding actual, like, physical books? No. That’s dying.”

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Bloomington recognizes students during Youth Art Month

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Bloomington High School South senior and artist Jack Owens has been in love with art since elementary school. She has had her art featured at the Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center all four years of high school during Youth Art Month.

“It changes my perspective on my own work and how it’s perceived,” she said. “… Having that be accepted and having that be observed and liked by people that I don’t know gives me a little bit more confidence in my abilities.”

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Bloomington struggles with lack of adequate venue space

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Twenty-year-old Sara Warner has played numerous gigs with her band Andromedaughter across several local house-show venues. Often tucked away in muggy basements, house-shows offer a do-it-yourself attitude to the local music scene. The music is loud. The audio equipment is far from professional, but the crowd is always jam-packed.

“There’s something about being in a crammed basement that’s, I don’t know, kind of epic,” she said.

Warner’s active participation in house-shows represents a bigger issue revolving around suitable performing space in town. Some Bloomington residents feel that the city is lacking in music venues, especially high-capacity, all-ages spaces.

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Bloomington-based artists prosper from public policies

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Former IU student Julian Li cannot imagine what the local art scene would be like if IU was not in Bloomington. Living in town for six years, she has witnessed the gradual changes in the art community.

“The local government does try its best to improve the art and entertainment aspect of the city,” the 25-year-old said. “I’ve seen lots of new murals, like the one in People’s Park. And there’s a new festival I saw last year around this time that had a steam train.”

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Indiana wineries desire self-distribution rights

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Angie Nozaleda is a wine fan. She enjoys Oliver Winery’s Cherry Moscato and wine deals from Costco. She is from Spain and was shocked to learn that Oliver Winery was an Indiana-grown wine. Nozaleda supported local wine but believed the system for wine distribution was archaic.

“It’s time to move on,” she said.

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Occult practitioners in Bloomington combat stereotypes and discrimination

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Taylor True, a staff member at Sunrise Hive, greets each patron with the same genuine smile and kind, welcoming words. Soft yellow lights fill the space with a serene ambiance as faint classic rock tunes fill the air. Pentacles, tarot decks, crystals, books, candles, and small caldrons are just a few items on the shelves, beckoning curious shoppers.

Some, however, doubt and question the practices the store represents.

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Lack of Diversity in Bloomington’s music scene inspires possible solutions

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Vocalist for the local band The Fat Pockets Aaliyah Hyde, along with other African American women artists, sent a video to IU Athletics. It was a cover of Destiny’s Child’s version of the National Anthem. Hyde said there aren’t different acts that are represented even in the university music space.

“All you see is like the older Jacob’s professor,” Hyde says. “And he’s a man.”

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Bloomington Creative Glass Center offers art and enrichment for the community

As construction equipment rumbles and workers toil day in and day out to make the still-under-construction Switchyard Park a beautiful community space, Abby Gitlitz works to improve the community in her own way.

Gitlitz, executive director of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center (BCGC), believes in enriching the community with art.

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Freelance writer, radio host Michael Glab uses platform to promote others, not himself

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Michael Glab sat attentively in a corner of Hopscotch Coffee on West Dodds Street. The quaint local café is perched on the edge of Bloomington’s B-Line Trail. The smell of fresh coffee and gentle whir of conversation almost overpower Glab’s deep, resonant voice. But not quite.

He has an authoritative and easygoing manner, and his thoughts are poignant and concise. His work is well known in Bloomington. Yet, none of this matters to Glab when he considered his career.

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Jim Manion, WFHB, and their impact on local music

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

As a 16-year-old, Jim Manion wanted to work at the University of Evansville’s radio station. He had an interest in music, and his father was a broadcaster, so he naturally drifted toward radio. He was turned away because he wasn’t enrolled at the university.

“I came home very disappointed because you had to be a student,” he says. “So I just went home, got out a cassette recorder, and pretended [to be a DJ] for a while.”

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