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“A sobering thought: What if, at this very moment, I’m living up to my full potential?” — Jane Wagner


Oh, I’m mad.

Don’t get me started.

Alright, but if I say anything that gets me into hot water here, you’ll know why.

I just discovered Krista Detor’s blog. I have no idea why I’ve never stumbled on it before. But I did last night.

I hate her.

Loath her.

With every fiber of my being.


Simple — she’s good.


Not only is KD arguably Bloomington’s top singer-songwriter, with a brilliant career that takes her all over the nation and the world, for that matter, but she can actually write. And is funny. Incisive, too.

Here I am, just a schlub banging away at this keyboard, and KD can snap off a devastating post as simply as boiling an egg. Grrr.

The only thing that makes me feel better about the whole deal is she doesn’t post daily. In fact, Detor has posted precisely twice this year, with yesterday’s entry being the most recent. She only gave us the benefit of her talents eight times in 2011. The year before that, though, she clacked out some 169 gems.

Man. If she ever gets back to that kind of productivity, no one would ever come to this space.

Fair warning — should she actually be considering posting on a more regular basis, she just might find herself visited by one or two Chicago thumb-breakers. Just sayin’.

I Got A Message For Ya From A Friend A’Mine….


Some Penn State students are guarding the Joe Paterno statue 24 hours a day now that the former football icon has been determined by an official investigation to have little concern for 10-year old boys getting sodomized in shower room.

Still Safe And Sound

Sports Illustrated reports that a couple of PSU seniors have organized the watch. They fear some evildoers who are all bent out of shape by the triviality that is child rape might deface or even topple the statue.

A skywriter actually flew over the Penn State football stadium, outside of which the statue still stands, and smoked-out the message: “Take the statue down or we will.”

Paterno, natch, would frown on such criminal behavior. Other kinds of criminal behavior? Not so much.

Saddam Tumbles; Is JoePa Next?

Here’s a question: If you were an employer and one of these chuckleheads came in for a job interview, would you hire him?

Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.

Max’s PlaceWoofstock 2012, fundraiser for Pets Alive, music by Kid Kazooey, Colonel Angus, Hudson Hornet; 5-11pm

Bear’s PlaceMarcos Cavalcante & Family; 5:30pm

Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — 220 Breakers; 6-8:30pm

Third Street ParkOutdoor concert, Kaia, a capella world music; 6:30pm

The Player’s PubBuilt for Comfort; 6:30pm

Monroe County History CenterChristine Friesel discusses historic Smithville newspapers; 7pm

◗ IU Wells-Metz Theatre“The Taming of the Shrew”; 7:30pm

The Comedy AtticHannibal Buress; 8pm

Serendipity Martini BarTeam trivia; 8:30pm

The BluebirdBilly Van; 9pm


◗ Ivy Tech Waldron CenterExhibits:

  • John D. Shearer, “I’m Too Young For This  @#!%”; through July 30th
  • Claire Swallow, ‘Memoir”; through July 28th
  • Dale Gardner, “Time Machine”; through July 28th
  • Sarah Wain, “That Takes the Cake”; through July 28th
  • Jessica Lucas & Alex Straiker, “Life Under the Lens — The Art of Microscopy”; through July 28th

◗ IU Art MuseumExhibits:

  • Qiao Xiaoguang, “Urban Landscape: A Selection of Papercuts” ; through August 12th
  • “A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
  • Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
  • Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
  • “Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
  • David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
  • Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
  • “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st

◗ IU SoFA Grunwald GalleryExhibits:

  • Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show; through July 21st
  • Bloomington Photography Club Annual Exhibition; July 27th through August 3rd

◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery“Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection”; through September 21st

◗ IU Lilly LibraryExhibit, “Translating the Canon: Building Special Collections in the 21st Century”; through September 1st

◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Closed for semester break

Monroe County History Center Exhibits:

  • “What Is Your Quilting Story?”; through July 31st
  • Photo exhibit, “Bloomington: Then and Now” by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th