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Book by Local Poet Ross Gay Selected as Finalist for the National Book Award

The National Book Foundation just announced the Finalists for the National Book Award. Among them is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, a collection of poems by Indiana University professor Ross Gay. In this profile by Brian Hartz, Gay reflects on his work, on the powerful influence Bloomington has had on his poetry, and what this national recognition means to him. Click here to read the full story.

Calliope’s Call: Art Song Season to Premiere in Bloomington

Mezzo-soprano Megan Roth describes art song as “poetry or prose set to music by a classical composer.” It’s a musical genre generally not heard outside of practice rooms. Until now. Roth talks with writer Ann Georgescu about the upcoming art song season produced by her group, Calliope’s Call, whose season premieres in Bloomington this Saturday, October 17. Click here to read the full story.

Shuffle: ‘Hang On to Yourself’ by David Bowie

In his second “Shuffle,” Limestone Post columnist Brad Wilhelm spins David Bowie’s “Hang On to Yourself” and learns that “tone” — even more than technical proficiency — can be a hard-rock guitarist’s salvation. With a little help from his bandmates, his trusted guitars, and the ghost of Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, Wilhelm emerges from a “dark” time and finds happiness in “a fearsome noise.” Click here to read the full story.

Dancin’ in the Streets (and Much More) Lotus Festival 2015: The Street Scene

It may never change its name to Lotus World Music, Arts, Food, and Street Festival, but it could. While music from around the world fills the tents downtown during the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, musicians, dancers, artists, and other performers fill the streets outside the tents, especially Kirkwood Avenue and 6th Street. Videographer Miles Reiter caught much of the action and artistry on tape. Check out his video, “Lotus Festival 2015: The Street Scene,” here.

Sitcom Theatre: Situational Comedy Local experimental theater troupe explores themes both alien and familiar in their genre-spanning productions.

McKee Woods and Natasha Komoda attend rehearsals of Trading Faces, the latest play from Sitcom Theatre, a local theater troupe that creates experimental plays “with a tight lens on the absurd and cleverly bizarre.” Co-founders Bethy Squires and William McHenry reveal how their creative inspirations (from ’50s sci-fi movies to Friends sitcom episodes to the local punk-rock scene) help to inform their themes — whether wacky, campy, straight, or queer. They will perform Trading Faces Friday, September 25, at The Back Door. Show at 8 p.m., doors open at 7. Click here to read the full story.

David Torneo: Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry

Publisher, poet, playwright, promoter — all of these describe David Torneo, but you could just as easily call him Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry. Torneo may spend more time promoting the work of other poets than he does his own, whether by organizing book launches and public poetry readings for local and national poets or interviewing poets for podcasts. He also publishes Ledge Mule Press, a quarterly publication made in limited editions with handmade techniques. Click here to read the full story.

Farm to Yarn: The Wool Part 1 of a 3-Part Series on the Life of Local Fiber

Knitting and other fiber crafts have found a new generation of enthusiasts who care about the source of their yarn as much as about its color and pattern. In this first installment of a 3-part series, Lindsay Welsch traces yarn to one of its local sources, Marble Hill Farm. Click here to read the full story.

Shuffle: ‘A Well Respected Man’ by The Kinks

A well-respected man of many interests, Brad Wilhelm gets serious in the premiere story for his Limestone Post column, “Shuffle." The Kinks' “A Well Respected Man” takes Wilhelm from the overwhelming sadness of loss to the serenity of moving on. Click here to read the full story.