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Erin Foley is hilarious

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Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby at the Comedy Attic Hey Bloomington and friends, you only have two more days to see the uproarious comic Erin Foley at the Comedy Attic. If you don't know whether it's worth the $12 ticket, give me 5 minutes of your time and you'll see why my face still hurts from laughing last night. The Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls trying to behave First of all, the Comedy Attic is a great venue for comedy (one of the top ten in the country, ahem). Seating on three sides of the stage means there isn't a bad seat in the …

10 Sure Bets in B-town for May, 2015

Posted in: Live Music Comments

First Friday To some of us, the most exciting thing happening in May in Bloomington is the fabulous weather. It's a great time to go boating, fishing, running, hiking, and patio sitting. In case you ever get tired of simply soaking up the sunshine, here are 10 events that you'll probably want to add to your calendar right away. First Friday - May 1 This monthly event is getting a facelift starting in May. See downtown Bloomington transformed into a jumping party with food, music, entertainment and  …

How to celebrate and/or survive Little 500

Posted in: Indiana University Comments

Little 500 What comes to mind when you hear "world's greatest college weekend"? Parties, cycling, concerts, or all of the above? Or maybe you prefer to avoid all three at all costs. Whatever your preference, here are our ideas to help you get through Little 500 weekend like a champ. Definitions Little 5: Short for Little 500, the two-day bicycle race where IU student teams (and one community team -- see Breaking Away) race around a cinder track and thousands of fans cheer them on. The men race 200 l …

Bloomington from a high schooler's perspective

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Megan's Blog Post - Hartzell's This blog post comes from Megan, our high school marketing intern. Whether it's a sunny outing with the family during the summer time or escaping the classroom to celebrate the first snow day of the year with friends, I can always find something fun to do in Bloomington. Growing up, my family never attended or participated in common "Hoosier" activities like tailgates, sporting events, or visiting the shops and tasty restaurants of downtown Bloomington. After finally getting my driver's li …

Staff Picks - Best Local Beer, Wine & Spirits

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Beer toast Bloomington is a food focused town, with over 100 independent restaurants in the area covering cuisine types from international to down-home cooking to gourmet. But it's also a great place to drink too! After all, this is a college town, so there are plenty of local establishments that serve up adult beverages long into the night. But Bloomington is also a town focused on authentic artisan experiences too, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for craft beer, wine and spirit makers. This …

How to celebrate Craft Beer Week

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Bloomington Ale Trail It's Craft Beer Week in Bloomington, which might sound unnecessary since you can get amazing craft beer here year round. But this week is special. All week, you can hit up local breweries along the Bloomington Ale Trail to try their special new brews and get your passport stamped to win a prize! But the best part is probably Saturday, April 11, when 2,000 people descend on the old Woolery Mill on Tapp Road for the 5th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival. Try beers from 54 Indiana brewerie …

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

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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 …

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