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IU to Showcase Artists with Massive Monthly Festival

Recognizing the wealth of “artists and thinkers” on campus, the IU Arts and Humanities Council has created the First Thursdays Festival at Showalter Arts Plaza. The monthly event will “celebrate and showcase” a range of arts — musical, visual, performance, and other creative endeavors — free and open to the public. Click here to read the full story.

Queer Space, Post-Orlando: Can Karaoke Save the Misfit?

Many people think what’s happening at The Back Door is culturally transformative,” Zak Szymanski writes about Bloomington’s only queer bar. In a post-Orlando world, places like The Back Door, with “its diversity and ideology,” are becoming sanctuaries for the disenfranchised — and “the future of LGBT space." Click here to read the full story.

11 Tips to Be the Best Pokémon Go Player … Like No One Ever Was [video]

Have you been wandering the streets of Bloomington looking for Pokémon, walking one more block to see if Pikachu is right around the next corner? Videographer and Pokémon Go fan, TJ Jaeger, put together a handy video showing the safest, most efficient way to be the very best — like no one ever was. Click here to watch the video.

Farm to Yarn: The Craft Part 3 of a 3-Part Series on the Life of Local Fiber

In parts one and two of her “Farm to Yarn” series, Lindsay Welsch Sveen procured yarn from its source and learned how to dye it. In this finale, she finds help with knitting “magical creations” — socks! Click here to read the full story.

Plan-It-Right: A Folk-Punk’s Survival Guide to Plan-It-X Fest

Writer TJ Jaeger says surviving Plan-It-X Fest — a folk-punk music festival running July 22 to 24 at Stable Studios in Spencer — “is no walk in the woods.” So he asked the festival organizers for tips and tricks to make sure you “and your inner anarchist” get the most out of it. Click here to read the full story.

Tabletop Gamers Discover Abundance of Adventures in B-town

Writer Dason Anderson says tabletop gaming is more than healthy escapism. It’s an avenue “for the creative spirit, the puzzle-solving mind, and the adventuresome soul.” And the games are not just fantasy. Fans of classic literature, architecture, and sci-fi can find games — and venues around B-town — that suit their interest. Click here to read the full story.

Local Film at the Heart of Middle Coast Film Festival

A leading force for filmmaking in the Midwest, Middle Coast Film Festival will screen 82 films at five venues July 28–30 in Bloomington. Among them is locally made Above the Fruited Plain, which festival co-founder Jessica Levandoski says exemplifies “independent, do-it-yourself filmmaking that the coasts aren’t creating.” Click here to read the full story.

Studios an Integral Part of B-town Music Scene [video]

Bloomington’s vibrant, homegrown music scene thrives in genres that span the spectrum. With such talent and energy, it’s only natural that a recording industry would be a part of the scene. In this short documentary made for Limestone Post, filmmaker TJ Jaeger tours a few of the area’s many studios. Click here to watch the video.

From Lake Monroe to the Milky Way, a Photographer’s Long Exposures

Nathan Clark doesn’t so much shoot for the stars as shoot at them. His time-exposure photography is stunning, but his work also focuses on his more down-to-earth interests — the outdoors, geology, and conservation. Here is a gallery of some of his favorite shots. Click here to read the full story.

Movie Challenge at Buskirk-Chumley Promises ‘Instant Gratification’

Instant Gratification Movie Challenge celebrates seven years on June 5 at Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Producers Eric Ayotte and Charlie Jones sat with writer TJ Jaeger to discuss their monthly short-film festival, its roots in the “DIY punk scene,” and their effort in “keeping live cinema alive.” Click here to read the full story.

From Blue Grass to ‘Purple Rain,’ Bean Blossom Fest Celebrates 50 Years of Influence

Even before Bill Monroe's first “Blue Grass Celebration” in 1967, Bean Blossom, Indiana, was a home to the style of music Monroe created. Fifty years later, it’s still considered the cradle of bluegrass music. As writer Samantha Eibling tells it, Monroe’s — and Bean Blossom’s — influence reaches far and wide. Click here to read the full story.

The Mavens in the Food Trucks

With Food Truck Friday in full swing at two locations in Bloomington, an anonymous photographer set out to photograph the people who make it happen. Whether at The Chocolate Moose or in the parking lot at Smith’s Shoe Center on South Walnut, these chefs, cooks, and servers dish out the goods. Click here to view the photos.