“If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” — Lenny Bruce
DO IT NOW
Vote or shut up.
Cast your ballot today at these locations:
❐ The Curry Building, 214 W. Seventh St. — 8am-6pm
❐ Evangelical Community Church, 503 S. High St. — 10am-6pm
JESUS IS ON
When I was a kid, this switchplate was on my bedroom wall:
I always thought the boy kid was the world’s biggest square because he had cuffed pants, a fashion faux pas in the 1960s tantamount to wearing parachute pants to school today. Plus, he was a trousers-monster: See how high he’s got his drawers hitched up?
At the time, I was in primary school. I was trying to figure out what the nuns meant when they commanded me to love god. Just looking at that boy kid, though, convinced me that I wanted nothing to do with their god.
I’d gladly suffer the horrors of hell in exchange for not looking like such a dope.
When I hit the age of 13, I unscrewed that switchplate and replaced it with a peace sign one. Ma said, “Oh, Mike, why?” when she discovered it was gone. I think she may have been more traumatized by the realization that her little terrorist was growing up than she was that he was losing a religion he never really had.
This pic has been making the rounds on Facebook these days. The first time I saw it, it jarred me, the way seeing your class picture from the sixth or seventh grade makes a guy feel a little uncomfortable. All those cute girls who inspired stirrings and arousals and furtive sessions dedicated to the intense contemplation of their budding breasts suddenly seem a bit embarrassing, considering those little girls were, well, little girls.
Anyway, thank heavens neither I nor my peers who had that same switchplate (trust me, every Catholic school kid had one) were as perceptive as we are now. Note the position of the on-off switch.
I mean, honestly!
Is it possible that whoever designed this thing simply could not see what was going on here?
Man. Lucky I’m not a conspiracy theorist or I’d think the Catholic Church had some kind of weird sex thing going on.
The only events listings you need in Bloomington.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
VOTE TODAY ◗ Two Locations, Bloomington:
- The Curry Building, 214 W. Seventh St.; 8am-6pm
- Evangelical Community Church, 503 S. High St.; 10am-6pm
STUDIO TOUR ◗ Brown County, various locations — The Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour, free, self-guided tour of 16 local artists’ & craftspersons’ studios; 10am-5pm, through October
MUSIC & LECTURE ◗ IU Auer Hall — Ludger Lohman on organ & talks about Franz Listz’s “Fantasia” and Fugue on B-A-C-H; 3pm
FILM ◗ IU Hillel Center — “Paperclips,” Part of Hillel’s Holocaust Awarenes Program; 6pm
MUSIC & LECTURE ◗ IU Auer Hall — Ludger Lohman on organ & talks about Franz Listz’s “Fantasia” and Fugue on B-A-C-H; 6pm
LECTURE ◗ IU Ernie Pyle Hall — School of Journalism Speakers Series: Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post; 6:30pm
CLASS ◗ The Lodge — Tango lessons, Presented by Bloomington Argentine Tango Organization: 6:30pm
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Project Nim“; 7pm
LECTURE ◗ IU Memorial Union, Whittenberger Auditorium — “What Is the Higgs Boson?” Presented by Harold Ogren; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford Hall — Studio Recital: Octubafest 2012, Daniel Pernatoni, director; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Richard Groner; 7-9pm
LECTURE ◗ IU Sweeney Hall — Guest lecturer, Composer Joseph Schwantner; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Musical Arts Center — Lobby Concert Series: Jazz Combo; 7:15pm
STAGE ◗ IU Wells-Metz Theatre — “Richard III“; 7:30pm
MUSIC ◗ Rachael’s Cafe — Mathis Grey; 7:30pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bluebird — Dinosaur Jr; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Musical Arts Center — Jazz Ensemble, Director: Brent Wallarab, Guest Artist: Curtis Fuller on trombone; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ The Player’s Pub — Songwriter Showcase; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bishop — DJ Jeremy Brightbill; 8pm
ART ◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- “New Acquisitions,” David Hockney; through October 21st
- “Paragons of Filial Piety,” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; through December 31st
- “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers,” by Julia Margaret, Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century;” through December 31st
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Pop-art by Joe Tilson; through December 31st
- “Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities“; through December 23rd
- “Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
- “Embracing Nature,” by Barry Gealt; through December 23rd
- “Pioneers & Exiles: German Expressionism,” through December 23rd
ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- “Ab-Fab — Extreme Quilting,” by Sandy Hill; October 5th through October 27th
- “Street View — Bloomington Scenes,” by Tom Rhea; October 5th through October 27th
- “From the Heartwoods,” by James Alexander Thom; October 5th through October 27th
- “The Spaces in Between,” by Ellen Starr Lyon; October 5th through October 27th
ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibit:
- Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf; through November 16th
- Small Is Big; Through November 16th
ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — Exhibits:
- “A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners;” through December 20th
- “Gender Expressions;” through December 20th
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibit:
- “CUBAmistad” photos
ART ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibits:
- “¡Cuba Si! Posters from the Revolution: 1960s and 1970s”
- “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything”
- “Thoughts, Things, and Theories… What Is Culture?”
- “Picturing Archaeology”
- “Personal Accents: Accessories from Around the World”
- “Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal”
- “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey through Mid-century America”
- “TOYing with Ideas”
- “Living Heritage: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia”
- “On a Wing and a Prayer”
BOOKS ◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibit:
- “Outsiders and Others: Arkham House, Weird Fiction, and the Legacy of HP Lovecraft;” through November 1st
- “A World of Puzzles,” selections from the Slocum Puzzle Collection
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Soup’s On — Exhibit:
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture: “CUBAmistad photos; through October
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit:
- “Bloomington: Then and Now,” presented by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th
ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibits:
- Doctors & Dentists: A Look into the Monroe County Medical Professions
- What Is Your Quilting Story?
- Garden Glamour: Floral Fashion Frenzy
- Bloomington Then & Now
- World War II Uniforms
- Limestone Industry in Monroe County