Arts and Entertainment

Sliding back into an old trend

Slide sandals are widely considered one of the first forms of footwear, dating back to ancient times and civilizations, where the term ‘Jesus sandals’ derived. With it’s simple silhouette consisting of a foam or rubber sole and a thicker strap at the top of the shoe, it’s as simple as simple can get.

Its form is true to its name, wearers can easily slide their feet into the comfortable and (mostly) fashionable, trendy shoe, and be on their way.  While these shoes are not new whatsoever, they have come back from the dead from the ‘90’s, when they were worn as a casual, everyday shoe by just about everybody–celebrities or not.

Recent catalogs and collections are just like an episode of deja vu. Whether browsing the streets or the sheets of a magazine, slides are everywhere, and are being worn by sandal …
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Baby Driver masterfully combines music, comedy, and action

Baby Driver is one of the best movies to combine music, comedy, and action into one. Baby Driver was recently released on June 28th. The ratings have been through the roof with 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 86 percent on Metacritic, two highly accredited movie review sites.  The movie has already made 61 million as of July 11th and is expected to make much more.

The movie is about Baby, the main character, who is a teenage getaway driver who is in debt to Doc, a crime boss. Baby Driver is characterized as an action comedy, but the movie would be nothing without music.

When Baby is the getaway driver he always must have music playing. He starts the song right when the others go in to rob the bank and the song hypes the viewers because the song isn’t …
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The Flavor of Bloomington

It’s almost impossible to enjoy Bloomington without this, and life is meaningless if it doesn’t have it. Any guesses? The answer is flavor, and Bloomington is chock-full of it.

Most people in college often get hungry, especially during free time. Searching for satisfaction, they often wander out into the food-filled environment of Kirkwood. Hungry for Thai? Have a sudden need for Greek food? Craving a sandwich? Kirkwood has it all covered. One such delicious destination is Potbelly Sandwiches.

“We fresh slice all of our produce every morning [as well as] all of our meats,” said John Krupp, an employee at Potbelly Sandwiches. “It really makes for a great quality.”

Many restaurants have fan-favorites that make them well known among customers. Noodles and Company has (you guessed it) delicious noodles, Dagwood’s Sandwiches has its “Where’s The Beef” and “The Dagwood Supreme,” and one restaurant that is …
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Persuasion: An Invasion of Imagination

Actress Tara Chiusano comically dives into the cake presented before her, refraining from breaking character as the audience laughs. “The character Mary was a hilarious comic relief that sort of broke the awkward tension between other characters which I really enjoyed,” Alex Hardgrave said. (photos courtesy of IU Theatre)

Hues of purple and yellow lighting take up the whole of the dark theatre, allowing the audience to imagine what might take place in the next two and a half hour. The set pieces depict an era that is not the current one, but instead the 19th century in posh towns of England. A single chandelier hangs from the ceiling, suddenly becoming the only source of light as the others dim, notifying the audience that the show is to start. Knees bounce. Coughs break the silence. Imaginations swirl with the …
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It's the vinyl countdown- an inside look behind the trend

Store front of Tracks. The store is located at 415 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN

Picking up Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, admiring the iconic cover art of the rainbow shooting out of the prism on the stark black background, the music lover slips the circular vinyl out of the cover. Placing the record delicately on the turntable and slowly picking up the needle to set it perfectly in a way that doesn’t skip past the beginning of the first track, “Speak to Me.” The song begins, crackling and popping as it spins, spins, spins.

Just as records move in a circle, so do trends. Slowly, but surely records have been making a resurgence in popularity. Old and young alike are finding themselves rummaging through the shelves of record shops searching for the perfect new addition to …
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Costume designers prepare for upcoming productions

Jonathan Michaelsen teaches the real world on the theatre stage

“Artists take the world and internalize it and give something back,” Artistic Director and Theater Department Head of Indiana University Jonathan R. Michaelsen said. For Michaelsen, giving back is what his career is all about.

Michaelsen began his career at IU 12 years ago but has been participating in and teaching theater all his life. Throughout his journey, he has discovered that teaching is his ultimate passion. He considers himself lucky to be able to teach yet still allow students to develop on their own. One of the best parts of his job is allowing the students to have creative freedom with how they go about learning the role of the character and how they problem solve.

IU produces an average of three shows during the regular school year but also puts on shows for the summer theatre program. For …
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The audience's role in theatre

Students and community members visit the Wells-Metz Theatre to enjoy “Sense and Sensibility.”

Jonathan Michaelson, Chair of the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Dance at Indiana University, dedicates his time to the theatre.

Robbie Stanton, a costume designer for Indiana University, explains his part in bringing the show to the audience.

Jenny McNight and Grant Goodman, hired equity actors, are performing in “Sense and Sensibility” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“If we work well together, we’re better,” Jonathan Michaelson, the chairman of Indiana University’s Theatre Department said. The truth of this statement resonates, not just with thespians, but also with audience members.

“We come to a lot of the plays,” said Connie Hegarty, an audience member. Connie Hegarty and her husband Harv Hegarty have been on multiple theater boards and Connie Hegarty spent her childhood going to the theater.

“It’s live entertainment,” said Harv Hegarty, showing …
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Pokémon Go app posing as a safety hazard and distraction for players

“Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”

This is the warning that “Pokémon Go” displays as users are opening the application to go hunt Pokémon. “Pokémon Go” is an app for iPhone and Android devices that connects the virtual world of Pokémon to the real world. Players must travel to real locations to catch Pokémon in order to join a team and battle.

Indiana University student and dorm floor counselor Sara Miller came home last week after spending two months in London to find teenagers wandering around campus absorbed in Pokémon.

“The first night I was back I just went for a walk around campus because I missed being on campus and I missed Indiana,” Miller said. “Everywhere I went there were nerdy teenage boys staring at their phones and I was like ‘what are you doing?’ They …
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