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Setting the Stage

The stage: It is a vast open space of hardwood floor until a set is erected. Then the possibilities are endless. In the past year, IU's Wells-Metz Theatre has been a Chicago back porch in "Proof," the surreal tree-lined landscape of "The Cherry Orchard" and the dark dreary cave of "Bat Boy." The set creates the world that a play's characters inhabit, and its creation is the culmination of work by a behind-the-scenes team.

Crowning moments

After four hours of competition, numerous costume changes, technical difficulties and some audience confusion, Samantha Lynn was crowned Miss Gay Bloomington 2004 Friday night at Bullwinkle's Nightclub.

IMU shows Mongolian art

The Indiana Memorial Union Gallery is a quiet place to study, meet with classmates and enjoy various works of art. This month, two Mongolian artists are displaying their work there. Utilizing bold lines and vibrant colors, this husband-and-wife team portrays different aspects of Mongolian culture in their works. Munkhtsetseg-Anar "Mugi" Jakhaajav was born and lives in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Her works are portraits of Mongolian women in traditional dress with elaborate hair-dos. The colors are bold and her works have strong focal point lines.

'Odd Couple' always a good laugh

Written by Neil Simon, "The Odd Couple" was first performed in 1966. In nearly 40 years, the play has been performed many times and has been adapted into a screenplay. The inspiration for the play came from Simon's life. In 1962, his recently divorced brother moved into an apartment with another divorced man.

Celebrating culture

Dressed in a flowing blue dress, classically trained Mongolian electric violinist Degi took the stage Saturday at the International Mongolian Festival.

Weekend festival offers taste of Mongolia

Traditional and contemporary Mongolian music, traditional wrestling, contortionists, religious talks, food and various arts and crafts will be part of the Mongolian Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hosted by the Tibetan Culture Center, the festival will take place during the same weekend as the Lotus Festival, which TCC Director Jigme Norbu hopes will increase Mongolian Festival attendance.

'BloomingOUT' celebrates one year of promoting diversity

WFHB, Bloomington's community radio station, is celebrating the one year anniversary of "BloomingOUT," Indiana's first and only locally produced Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender-themed radio program Oct. 7. The hour-long program airs 6 p.m. Thursdays on 91.3 and 98.1 FM.

Rhino's offers creative outlet

Bloomington's nonprofit, all-age music venue, Rhino's, offers more than music to local teenagers and IU students. With afternoon programming, Rhino's, located at 325 ½ S. Walnut St., is a place where teens can hang out with their friends and role models. The club puts out a weekly radio show and organizes weekly live music events.

Polar opposite emotions

As I arrived at the John Waldron Arts Center Saturday, I was unsure what to expect because I was unfamiliar with local playwright Thomas Kristopher. But Kristopher's two one-act plays turned out to be polar opposites in the emotions they expressed.

Activities at Latino Fest interrupted by rainstorm

Despite the ominous dark clouds over Bloomington, Karst Farm Park was crowded during Latino Fest Saturday. More than 30 tables were staffed by various local organizations such as Ivy Tech State College, Mujeres en Conexion, Culture Week and League of Women Voters, among others.

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