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Bloomington’s theaters strive to improve diversity

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Ivy Tech student and actress Kaila Day became excited when she read nearly two years ago that an Asian-American woman had been cast to play Ariel on a national tour of “The Little Mermaid.” As a Japanese-American, she found it inspiring.

“Even though I’m 18 now – I’m not a little kid – I still appreciate that so much,” she said. “It really is inspiring sometimes to have stuff like that happen.”

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Bloomington Zone Arts Grant brings diversity to arts & cultural scene

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Most movie theaters are the same, you come inside, grab some popcorn and a drink and watch the new popular film. But, Cicada Cinema isn’t an average movie theater, it’s in a new location every time you go screening films that usually wouldn’t be shown.

Founded on Halloween 2016 in its original location at “The Void” on South Rogers Street. After a year of running the cinema out of the “The Void” in downtown Bloomington, Nile Arena, co-founder of the cinema, and his team were notified that the building would be close at the end of 2017. With very limited choices to keep the cinema alive, they looked to the city for help and obtained the Bloomington Zone Arts Grant.

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Bloomington comedy scene reflects MeToo movement, moves toward greater diversity

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Grace Brase, 19, started performing stand-up comedy in February of 2018. She performed at Bear’s Place for the first time in late March. She experienced her first memorable heckle there as well.

“After I had gone, this guy who was like 40-years-old or something … goes on, and he points to me and goes, ‘Oh, I loved Amy Schumer tonight,’” she said. “If he had meant it as a compliment he would have come up to me and went, ‘Oh, you remind me of Amy Schumer,’ but he had to go and try to make a joke out of it.”

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Event technology advancements cost a pretty penny

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Andrew Goedde, CEO of production company Goedde Sound and Light, looks back at the stage with a satisfied grin as his production team begins their hour-long teardown at the Bluebird. He said he never understood the importance of good production until seeing jam band Dopapod, one of his biggest inspirations.

“When I got into Dopapod, I really realized how awesome the lights were and how much went into the lights and with the show,” Goedde said.

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Global music festival trend influences local culture

April 19th, 2018 No comments

A large banner drapes behind WIUX Radio Sales Director Amanda Martinez. Splatters of paint cover the banner and two prominent words are emblazoned across it: Culture Shock. She says that the growing popularity of music festivals has affected the way the student-run organization has curated its own festival.

“I think that the emerging trend of music festivals has definitely impacted Culture Shock,” she says. “For example, we’ve changed the way we plan it a lot.”

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Bloomington locals critique the emerging hip-hop scene

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Sydney Miller, IU Junior and live music fan, has always appreciated hip-hop and has a deep respect for many of the legendary MC’s from Big Boi to Kanye West.
Therefore, it was hard for her to grasp what she heard after suggesting someone hire a local rapper or DJ for a show.

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Bloomington residents express concern over performance spaces

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Anna Tiplick, an 18-year-old from Bloomington, attended Hip Hop Connxion’s showcase at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on March 25, 2018. She said except for the theater, there are few places to showcase performances in town.

“There’s really only one place off campus to showcase small name performers, and it’s pretty small,” she said. “If there was at least one more, that could be helpful.”

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Kaila Chare is paving the way for black femme artists in Bloomington

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Kaila Chare gracefully sips her lemonade and talks over the chatter in the Pourhouse Cafe. Her style says this musician is creative in many aspects of her life. She wears pink pants with a striped polo underneath a pink crop top, and pink Nike Airs. Her hair’s blond, reaching the middle of her back, and her eyelids are glossy pink.

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Bloomington’s independent music community is as vibrant as ever

April 19th, 2018 No comments

When Eric Deines chose to attend Purdue University to study psychology, he assumed his college experience would be the same no matter where he went to school. He’d always loved music and assumed Lafayette and Bloomington had similar scenes. It wasn’t until his freshman year that he realized his mistake.

“What I did figure out pretty soon is that like, ‘Holy shit, Bloomington is where all the good music goes,’” he said. “That’s when I was just so mad at what school (I chose).”

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Bloomington celebrates 200 years

April 19th, 2018 No comments

2018 is the year of the Bloomington Bicentennial. Town Hall posted big signs reading “1818 – 2018” on the square and City Hall adorned all the office department doors with small decals to commemorate the occasion.

IU Junior Aspen Schopp is excited to see what the Bicentennial year brings to the town in terms of celebration and learning how the town came to be.

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