A lifetime combining a love of music and public service has won an IU professor the 2015 Black History Month Living Legend award. David Baker has spent decades exploring and excelling in many facets of music. A gifted composer and musician, Baker has penned over 2,000 pieces and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy, and has performed all over the world. As a conductor, Baker has been at the helm of several musical enterprises, and currently serves as the conductor and artistic director for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks orchestra. As an educator, Baker is the president of the International Association of Jazz Educators, a distinguished professor of Jazz and Chairman of the Jazz Department at IU’s Jacobs School of Music. Baker’s long resume of public service also includes his roles as senior consultant for music programs at the Smithsonian, being a member of the National Council on the Arts and the American Symphony League Board of Directors. Some of Baker’s notable awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award, Jazz Educational Hall of Fame Award, and Downbeat Magazine’s New Star Award. Baker will be honored at the City of Bloomington’s Black History Month gala on February 28th at the Hilton Garden Inn at 245 N. College Ave.
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Six short films from local artists will be part of a competition at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre this Sunday. The competition will be part of the second edition of a theatre event known as the Red Carpet Affair. Rebecca Stanze (STAN-zuh), the associate director of the theatre, says the aim is to keep the event open to artists from as many different backgrounds as possible.
The films are all less than 3 minutes long. They cover a variety of topics, from bullying to roller-skating. They are mainly centered around Bloomington, which is reflected in titles such as “the B-line” or “The other Mid-west.” The Red Carpet Affair, which also includes the screening of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, as well as film related games and prizes, is open to public of all ages. Stanze says the winner of the short film contest will be able to use the theatre to further pursue their interest in film. The winner will be essentially granted rent time for using the theatre for their own creative purposes.
The theatre doors will open at 7 pm on Sunday for the general event and short-film competition, followed by the Academy Award ceremony screening at 8.30. The event is free but there will also be a VIP area, which will provide refreshments and for which tickets can be purchased calling 812-323-3020. All money raised will go to fostering local film artists.
The last few years in particular have seen a re-popularization of slave narratives: from Tarantino’s fictional Django Unchained to the award-winning 12 Years a Slave. But why did ex-slaves argue for their humanity through narratives rife with depictions of life in a brutal system which treated them as beasts? What were the stakes and aims for ex-slaves narrating their fight from savage beast to man? And what can we learn from them now?
Maisha Wester, an Associate Professor in Indiana University’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places.
Stephanie Li, the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature and professor in the Department of English, and author of Something Akin to Freedom: The Choice of Bondage in Narratives by African American Women, and most recently of Signifying without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama.
Discussed in the program:
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself, by Harriet Jacobs.
My Bondage and My Freedom, by Frederick Douglass
The Bondwoman’s Narrative, by Hannah Crafts
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford
The current cold snap has ended the warmer than average winter Indiana had been experiencing this year; The state is moving toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales but possibly with more restrictions that will apply to all liquor sales every day; and the construction of a long-debated recycling facility is moving forward, but not without further complications in the process.
A six-and-a-half-hour Bloomington Plan Commission meeting last week included discussion about a new parking garage proposed in downtown Bloomington. The 268-space garage would serve County employees. The 9-story garage would be next to the Monroe County Jail. The County has proposed making the garage an emergency jail evacuation center and potentially a space for a work release program. Members of the group, Decarcerate Monroe County, raised concerns about the facility to the Plan Commission. The Plan Commission did not vote on the parking garage proposal last week. The Commission is scheduled to consider the idea again in March.
INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ryan Stacy talks about managing spending your income and how to be a wise spender.
Headlines were written by David Murphy along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.
The state is moving toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales but possibly with more restrictions that will apply to all liquor sales every day.
In late January, the Daily Local News reported that bills had been introduced into both branches of the state legislature to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana. We spoke to representatives from the two retail groups that had lined up on opposing sides of the issue.
Grant Monahan, of the Indiana Retail Council, lobbied for treating Sunday like the rest of the week when it comes to selling alcohol. He said the issue was about customer convenience. Patrick Tamm, of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, the private liquor stores, said alcohol should be sold under strict guidelines. Tamm compared alcohol to other restricted products like tobacco and pharmaceuticals.
Last week, the Indiana House Public Policy Committee voted 10-2 to send a bill to the floor of the House that would repeal Indiana’s long-time post-prohibition era ban on Sunday sales. But the measure also comes with new restrictions that would apply all week long.
It would require beer and wine to be kept in a set aside area of grocery and convenience stores. And liquor would have to be kept behind the counter. Self-checkout of alcohol would be banned and clerks selling the product would have to be 21 years of age.
Both the House and Senate will have to finalize their versions of the Sunday alcohol sales legislation next week.
Volunteers Sarah Buchanan and Susan Welsand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public Library. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Clarence Boone and Jim Sims welcome Akwasi Owusu-Bempah.
On tonight’s show, Clarence and Jim welcome Akwasi Owusu-Bempah to the show. An Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor within the Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. He is also a Faculty Affiliate, within the Center for Research on Race, Ethnicity and Society.
Dr. Owusu-Bempah joins us this evening to discuss how Black police officers adjust within various police departments. We’ll also talk about his research in Toronto and delve into other U.S. based communities and ultimately on Bloomington.
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Jim Sims
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin
The influx of proposed developments in Bloomington is raising concerns at the city’s Commission on Sustainability. Last week, Rebecca Swanson gave a report to the Commission and listed five projects that she called “eye openingly large.” She included the recent passage by the Bloomington Plan Commission of a 30-foot height variance for a hotel on Kirkwood Avenue.
Last week local residents participating in Global Divestment day joined an estimated 450 events in 60 countries to bring awareness to the connection between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Correspondent Alycin Bektesh has that story for today’s WFHB community report.
Volunteers Susan Buchanan and Sarah Weisand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public LIbrary. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawfrd.
For WFHB, I’m Doug Storm.
A four-part presentation of Herman Melville’s classic and problematic historical fiction “Benito Cereno” concludes. In the final episode, Captain Amasa Delano has realized what underlies the unease and disorder he’s been witnessing all day aboard the San Dominick. The Spanish captain Benito Cereno has been the puppet of Babo, a Senegalese slave who has led his fellow Africans to revolt. The Africans have been in charge of the decimated Spanish crew the whole time, with the intention of returning home. When Don Benito makes escape by leaping into Captain Delano’s transport boat, the elaborate masquerade is exposed, and the Africans are forced back into violent action. Melville shifts from Delano’s blinkered, racist perspective into a fast-paced action narrative.
The Africans are re-enslaved and taken for trial to Lima, Peru. Melville then devotes nearly a fifth of the story’s total length to sections from the court deposition taken from Don Benito—raising the question of whether legality serves justice, or only the property rights of whites. Babo meets a tragic end, and Don Benito wastes away.
Doug Storm is our reader, with Frank Buczolich reading the deposition. The episode concludes with Tony Brewer reading the poem “Babo Speaks from Lima” by Gary Whitehead, first published in the October 2003 issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. Sarah Torbeck hosts.
Special music comes from River of Light by Richard Danielpour, as recorded by Tim Fain and Pei-Yao Wang.
Produced by Doug Storm and Cynthia Wolfe with Sarah Torbeck.
Written by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Doug Storm.
Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes