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Bloomington theaters discover ways to keep virtual viewers engaged, receive positive community response

April 21st, 2021 No comments

Bloomington Playwrights Project patron Susan Jones received multiple “In the Box Entertainment” boxes at her door throughout the pandemic with items to help her remain engaged during virtual plays on Zoom. In January, the box had clues to solve a strange mystery. In February, there was a small easel and a canvas, which she used to paint a scene of a home and yard on a sunny day.

“I think it’s just been very clever,” she said. “These boxes are very professional.” 

 

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Save Our Stages can help local venues gain lost revenue and remain open during the pandemic

April 21st, 2021 No comments

Longtime donor and patron of the Bloomington Playwrights Project Susan Jones has not gone to BPP much during the last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of going into the building she enjoyed seeing shows in, she would have to rely on Zoom to see BPP performances.

“Now we do all the plays and performances online,” she said. “This past year I’ve hardly been to the theater.”

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Local DJs prepare for a return to Bloomington nightlife

April 21st, 2021 No comments

Indiana University senior Alex De St Jeor misses the time when bars and restaurants on Kirkwood Avenue were filled with music. Due to COVID-19 safety regulations, he’s missed the disc jockeys and live musicians who enliven Bloomington’s nightlife. 

“One of my favorite things about going out was the DJ playing everyone’s favorite songs,” said the 22 year old. “It just added to the experience.” 

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IU alumnus Brad Schiesser brings new theater to community through Bloomington Playwrights Project

April 1st, 2021 No comments

The first theater experience Brad Schiesser remembers involved an enormous, fanged, human-consuming Venus flytrap named Audrey II. The plant was a prop in a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” his grandfather directed at a high school in Crown Point. The experience left him with an immense love for drama and theater.

Schiesser grew up in South Bend, often attending local theater. His family also went to productions his grandfather directed and to shows at big-name theaters, attending some shows in Chicago. His grandparents had season tickets to some theaters, and they would buy extra for him and his family if they wanted to see a certain play together.

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Jared Thompson, from high school sports editor to Comedy Attic owner

April 1st, 2021 No comments

People have passions and sometimes figure out what they want to do at a young age. Jared Thompson is one of those types of people. At a young age he wanted to be a sportswriter and enjoyed writing.

“My biggest passion was probably writing growing up,” he said. “I was the sports editor of my high school paper for all four years.”

Sometimes those passions may not always happen, and life can take you a different direction. Thompson does not write about Indiana University basketball or football but instead is the owner of The Comedy Attic in Bloomington.

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Music lover Malissia Buchanan creates local DJ and karaoke service

April 1st, 2021 No comments

At just 8 years old, Malissia Buchanan moved from her hometown of Batesville, Mississippi to Bloomington with her mother and father. Her parent’s love for southern classics, as well as the emergence of 70s rock in her childhood, birthed a thirst for music that would follow her for years to come.

Today, Buchanan sits at Starbucks patio on West Third Street modestly sipping an iced coffee as her red hair blows in the gentle wind. The outdoor speakers blare a scratchy radio hit as she bounces back in forth in rhythm.

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Covid-19 makes reporting a challenge

March 25th, 2021 No comments

The Covid-19 pandemic makes reporting more of a challenge during the pandemic. There is always the risk of not finding the right person to interview for a story or catching COVID while reporting.  

Interviewing strangers always brings the risk of meeting someone who has the disease. I run the risk of catching the disease while having an underlying health condition.  

Being a Type 1 diabetic, the risk for greater complications from the disease is very possible for me and that risk is always in my mind while I am interviewing people. One good thing about my location for interviews is that I am in a college town and my subjects are mostly college students.   

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IU students cautious of returning to previous music habits

March 25th, 2021 No comments

IU students are still wary of going out and resuming their normal entertainment practices, even as cases continue to decrease across the state and country. Students Braydon Rantz, Andromeda Mendez, and Zade Dohan provided their insight around IU’s campus on Feb. 22. 

The big picture: Since COVID-19 arrived in the U.S. over a year ago, certain individuals have returned to their previous entertainment practices, but others still have concerns about participating in large gatherings. 

What students are saying:  

Senior Braydon Rantz, 22, from South Bend, who had the virus, said “I need the reassurance that I won’t contract it […]

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Student sources were in abundance during reporter’s outing in the pandemic

March 25th, 2021 No comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hesitation about face-to-face interviews with journalists for health and safety reasons, but to my surprise, most students I approached were willing to speak with me for my reaction story.

I faced only one challenge—determining who was studying and who was not. Some students were in class or meetings while others were with friends or on study breaks.

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Reporting in a pandemic is more challenging – and rewarding – than ever

March 25th, 2021 No comments

I was taught a long time ago that approaching strangers on the street was a bad idea. Almost everyone is taught that as a young child and in the midst of an airborne pandemic, it is almost impossible to talk to someone you don’t know, especially about a topic as depressing as COVID-19. 

However, the conversations I did have, after more time asking people than I’m willing to admit, were rewarding. Having the social interaction that a reporter would have in normal times with students to get their opinions was important.

With all of the restrictions that Monroe County has […]

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