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Orson Welles Centennial Celebration & Symposium

Posted in: Indiana University Comments

Orson Welles May 6, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor, writer, producer and director Orson Welles, and IU is hosting a five-day celebration and symposium with movies, academic sessions, an exhibit, discussions, tours and social events. Visit Bloomington is proud to support this event presented by The Media School at Indiana University, IU Libraries and Indiana University Cinema. Details April 29 through May 3, 2015 Schedule Registration Highlights If you don't have time to re …

10 Sure Bets in B-town for April, 2015

Posted in: Arts & Culture Comments

Ugly Lies the Bone April is a crazy month in Bloomington, as far as events go. Between the reliably good weather (if you can ever truly say that about Indiana) and the end of the school year at IU and Ivy Tech, there are simply tons of events going on from arts to sports to parties. I have done my best to choose the top 10 out of approximately 1 million. For more events, view our Events Calendar. Ugly Lies the Bone - April 3-18 In this play produced by the Bloomington Playwrights Project, American sol …

Best ways to celebrate spring in Bloomington

Posted in: Outdoors Comments

Bambi Ever since winter started to fade a few days ago, everyone in town looks like thousands of woodland critters waking from hibernation. We step out onto the newly uncovered grass, blink in the sunlight, and marvel that we made it through another winter. Take advantage of this miraculous weather with some of Bloomington's best ways to welcome spring! Stroll a vineyard Oliver Winery and Butler Winery have beautiful vineyards that you can explore, and they're just waking up for spring! Don't …

The beer that built the Bloomington Brewing Company

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

BBC Guest post by Jeff Mease, co-founder and CEO of the Bloomington Brewing Co It was 1993 and most folks in Indiana had never heard of "craft beer". We had opened our restaurant, Lennie's, about four years earlier and we really enjoyed promoting interesting and unusual beers. At that time, "good beer" was largely import brands like Heineken, Red Stripe, Grolsch and Guinness, and Sammy Smith's, but we were starting to see beers produced by the early pioneers of the craft beer movement become ava …

Staff Picks: Best Spring Break Ever!

Posted in: General Comments

B-line in Spring Every year about this time, we start getting antsy. Winter has lost its snowy luster and is more like a heavy ice block weighing us down. So when March hits, we start thinking about spring, and spring break; a chance to take a little breather from the hum-drum that's been playing monotonously since we blew the kazoo at New Year's Eve. It's time for a vacation! Vacations are good for the soul, they let us relax, experience new things, un-experience the daily battles of everyday life and basicall …

Jersey Boys at the IU Auditorium

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Jersey Boys cast I got to see Jersey Boys last night at the IU Auditorium, and the main thing that stuck out to me is how many well-known hits those guys had over the years. IIt follows the rise (and fall?) of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the 1960s and beyond. If you don't think you know Frankie Valli's voice, just listen to this recording of Big Girls Don't Cry, and you'll know who I'm talking about. Jersey Boys is in Bloomington at the IU Auditorium through Sunday, March 8, and in case you don't k …

11 Sure Bets in B-town for March, 2015

Posted in: Family Fun Comments

Devour Btown Top Ten lists are just too short, and there's too much going on to narrow down my list any further. So here are 11 of the events you simply must go to this March in Bloomington. When you're there, don't forget to share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #visitbtown! Devour Btown - February 25 through March 8 This is one of those events where you'll want to wear elastic-waist pants. It's 12 days of delicious, three-course meals at crazy prices at 40+ independent restaurants across t …

In Search of a Song with Jason Wilber

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Jason Wilber Visit Bloomington is a proud sponsor of the nationally syndicated radio program, In Search of a Song. The weekly 30-minute program is hosted by Bloomington native Jason Wilber, the longtime lead guitarist for John Prine and an accomplished solo musician. The show's flagship station is WFHB here in Bloomington. Each week Jason spins songs while he and his musical guests discuss songwriting and share musical experiences. You can listen on the web and find program archives on the In Search of a So …

I was floored by "Grounded"

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Grounded starring Greta Wohlrabe at Cardinal Stage Company My wife and I love the arts with all our hearts, but you could never call us theater buffs. But we'll never pass up free tickets, and since Visit Bloomington is a proud sponsor of Cardinal Stage Company, we were lucky enough to attend the preview night of their new play, Grounded, last Friday. And we were totally blown away. This one-woman show about a fighter pilot in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars genuinely moved us peaceniks who honestly don't think too often about our armed forces and w …

Staff Picks: Romantic Restaurants (and Other Date Night Spots)

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Date Night Ah, mon amore, ce restaurant est romantique! For those who don't speak French (and I don't either - thank you Google translator) this month's blog is all about romantic date restaurants. We can't get around it: February 14th is just around the corner and that just brings all the hearts and flowers and chocolates to mind. Of course we've already got a blog post about great things to do for Valentine's (or Galentine's) Day, but this post is going to tell you about the restaurants we love to take  …

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