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Category - Arts & Culture

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It dawned on me that some of my favorite places in Bloomington are also some of the most architecturally eclectic buildings around. So I asked my friends for some of their favorite places, and we came up with this little architectural tour to wow your senses and show you the quirkier side of... Read More

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

You have to expect that a college town like Bloomington is going to have museums - so much creativity and research happening in the community needs an outlet. And we're lucky, because we have several museums and they cover a wide range of topics (from local history to sex, and sometimes both!).... Read More

Friday, January 22, 2016

After a couple good snowfalls, folks start itching for spring. Cabin fever sets in and after a while, the endless board game nights start to feel less cozy and more crazy. So it's time to get out of the house and head on over to Bloomington for these top 10 events in February. For more great... Read More

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Valentine's Day might have become a bit commercialized, but it isn't all about teddy bears and delicious chocolate. It's a chance to shower your loved one with the attention they deserve. Or if you're single, it's a chance to shower yourself with delicious chocolate. But if your honey deserves a... Read More

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

June is LGBTQ pride month around the world, but in Bloomington, the original pride month was January with the inaugural PRIDE Film Festival in 2004. Now in its 13th year, the festival is stronger than ever. Attendees new and old come for the hand-picked new LGBTQ films from around the world, as well... Read More

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Some people think they don't like theater. I used to be one of those people, despite growing up in a family where literally everyone but me could act (maybe that's why I "didn't like it"). But Bloomington theater is different, and has changed the way I look at the stage. The actors here are... Read More

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This is a guest blog post written by high schooler Zoe McAfee. Last night I went to see Cardinal Stage Company's Mary Poppins . The show was amazing, full of energy and warmth. The audience was engrossed from the start, especially the children watching. As a child, I loved Mary Poppins. The songs... Read More

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2016 is upon is, and with it, a plethora of events that you'll only find in Bloomington. This list includes comedy, sports, theater, modern dance, science, quirky pop music, and more. Bonus points to anyone who completes all 10! Click the images to learn more. IU Men's Basketball vs. Ohio State... Read More

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pretty soon, every sentence that comes out of my mouth will include the words "hark," "tidings," and "tinsel," all sung to the tune of Go Tell it on the Mountain . But for now, I managed to make a December events list that includes some really amazing events that have nothing to do with Christmas,... Read More

Friday, October 23, 2015

These top November events are anything but ordinary. They run the gamut from wild Swedish hip-hop to local craft shows to virtuosic opera. And unfortunately, I didn't have room on this list for all the other awesome events going on in November, so take a look at our Events Calendar for even more... Read More