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Category - Arts & Culture

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It doesn't matter if your idea of an expensive meal is filet mignon or PB&J. Everyone likes free stuff. Luckily for those of us who live in or travel to Bloomington, it's ridiculously easy to find free things to do, especially in the summer. I'll share with you some of the best free things to do... Read More

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Comedy Attic and Limestone Comedy Festival have put Bloomington on the map in the world of comics and comedy fans. We heard from club owner Jared Thompson about how the Comedy Attic got started and how it's developed into one of the country's top clubs. Now it's time to hear from someone who... Read More

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Many people know Bloomington as being home to IU, lots of great sports (especially basketball), good food and drink, and a thriving arts scene. But for those who love standup comedy Bloomington has quickly become a hotspot in the Midwest. This is due almost solely to The Comedy Attic and its... Read More

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Indiana University Art Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a huge free party on April 12 from 5-9pm involving live music, gallery tours, cupcakes, ice cream, swing dancing, poetry, storytelling, a photo booth, 1940s cocktails (for purchase), and more. Click for details... Read More

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I had the pleasure of seeing the opening performance of Cardinal Stage Company's production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore last Thursday. Normally a play like this might not have made my personal list of shows I want to see, but my best friend was in it the opening weekend, so of course I had to... Read More

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

It's too difficult to describe what's on exhibit at the galleries in a blog; the words just don't adequately express how beautiful and interesting the artwork is or how cool the gallery spaces are. So instead, I took a little stroll through the galleries and snapped a few photos, to give you a... Read More

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

April is arguably one of the busiest months in Bloomington. For that reason, it was really hard to narrow this list to just ten events. You'll want to check our calendar for everything else happening, and maybe clear your schedule to make room for what you're about to read. Everything In Its... Read More

Monday, March 21, 2016

Yes, you heard right. Marc Summers -- whom you may remember from Nickelodeon's classic game show Double Dare or Food Network's longest-running show to date, Unwrapped -- is in Bloomington rehearsing for the world premier of his autobiographical play at the Bloomington Playwrights Project . In... Read More

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Spring in Bloomington comes in like a lion that's ready to party. After the unpredictable weather of winter, Hoosiers are itching for more events that get us out of the house and into the streets of downtown. You might not need mittens, but I do recommend an umbrella. If you're up for an... Read More

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I don't want to be too corny, but I'm pretty nuts about Cardinal's new production of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest . I had the pleasure of seeing the preview performance last Friday night at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, and it was fantastic. That is my non-professional theater critic... Read More