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Conversations: Bridge 19

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tyler Zoller When Bridge 19’s Audrey Cecil spoke of the deep layers of musical talent in the Greater Louisville area, she modestly spoke about all the other bands with whom she shares time on stage.  Of course, she easily could have spoken of herself and ...

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Conversations: The Hammer and the Hatchet

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jules Dunlap Photography It began with a date.  Not the expensive dinner tucked into some urban first-floor chophouse smothered by a dozen floors of overpriced living space.  No, this date went down like a lot of intimate evenings in the wooded confines of Brown County.  ...

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Brian Dolzani: At the Edge of the Shore

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Brian Dolzani’s life on the road embodies the transitioning of a young man tortured by the early death of his father into an experienced musician finding peace and thriving as an artist. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Josh Wool and Brian Dolzani In Lord of the Flies William Golding’s protagonist, ...

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Conversations: Chris Dollar

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Garrett J. Poortinga, Green Hat Media LLC 2017 At their peak, Bloomington’s New Old Calvary, a traditional bluegrass band with creative, nontraditional elements were touring the Midwest and putting out recorded music hand-over-fist.  In the middle of it was Chris Dollar.  Last year he released ...

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Coming Home: Will Scott’s Personal Journey

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After more than a decade establishing himself in New York City, Hoosier native Will Scott came home to care for his ailing father.  In the process he is gradually establishing himself as one of the most vocally competent and technically sound singer-guitarists in Central Indiana. by Donovan Wheeler photos by ...

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Ken Owen: The Anchorman’s Journey

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy Ken Owen Call that youthful glint of optimism winking from the eye of the average twenty-something universal if you want to.  Say that the lad sporting stockings, breeches and a tri-corner hat walks with the same confident ambition as the millennial peeking at you from ...

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Justin Renner’s Long Story

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Greencastle native Justin Renner took the long route to his current life in Indianapolis. Fronting one band, backing another, working his day-job, and flirting with his acting chops, Renner has become a sort of modern Renaissance man. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tim McLaughlin Justin Renner sits belly up to ...

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Politics is Local

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle Politics isn’t flying around the country with your name on the side of your jet.  It’s not standing at a podium on the free-throw line of a college basketball arena.  It’s not spouting empty platitudes about nascent things like the weather to frenzied, ...

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The Challengers

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The Education Debate Which Never Happened by Donovan Wheeler photos by Thomas F. Yeiser and Jonathan Alan Balash When I sat down to write this feature, I planned a back-and-forth under one central, umbrella question:  Has the Daniels/Pence/Bennett ed-reform master plan actually worked?  Kim Fidler was willing to spend more ...

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Reparation: The Formula Works

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This is the third in a three-part series of features drawn from Donovan Wheeler’s lengthy interview with Reparation’s director Kyle Ham and screenwriter Steve Timm.   In part one, Wheeler discussed the impact of filming in Western Indiana.  In part two, they discussed the challenges of creating a film on a ...

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