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On the Beat – Arts & Entertainment

February 15th, 2018 by

15-MINUTE STAND-UP SPECIALS? NETFLIX IS TRYING A NEW FORMAT

January 22, 2018

Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

Netflix announces new 15-minute format for stand-up specials amid accusations of “racial and gender bias” from comedian Mo’Nique. The new specials highlight up-and-coming comedians rather than those who have platforms. Filming is expected to take place in Atlanta.

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PERFORMANCES PUSH BLOOMINGTON TO BE MORE LGBT-FRIENDLY

November 30, 2017

Jie Chuhan, Bloomington Beat

Pat Yo Weave, a Bloomington drag queen, describes the Bloomington LGBT club scene as a place “for anybody to express themselves in whatever way they want.” Weave also describes the importance of The Back Door in the larger LGBT scene in the town. “[It] always seem[s] to love a great show, and I appreciate that,” he said.

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BLOOMINGTON OFFICIALS SHAKEN BY TRUMP’S PROPOSED ART BUDGET CUTS

April 20, 2017

Megan Peterson, Bloomington Beat

After President Trump’s announcement of budget cuts to art programs, Bloomington resident Sheryl Sandberg said “the arts aren’t always about fun and frolic,” but that they are “about reminding us what we all have in common.”

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MO MITCHELL: CHECKING IN WITH 21-YEAR-OLD COMEDY VET

June 1, 2016

Sarah Panfil, Indiana Public Media

Mo Mitchell, a Bloomington comedian, says she finds “the absolute absurdity in normality” through comedy. Mitchell talks about the perks of performing in “BloomingTEN” saying, “By going to this festival you get to ensure that the next one’s going to be just that much better.”

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HOW 4 SIMPLE RULES HELPED CREATE BLOOMINGTON’S COMEDY SCENE

February 17, 2015

Annie Corrigan, Indiana Public Media

The owner of The Comedy Attic knew he would “have to give [Bloomington] something that interests them” to get them to the club. He believes that the four rules of the club– “Be quiet, turn off your phones, tip your wait staff, and laugh” – helped turn Bloomington into a town that attracts big name comedy acts.

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