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Art and Life

Both two and three-dimensional art, film, and everything in between: Middle Indiana’s visual expression is a burgeoning element of the social scene.

Film Review: Hostiles

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If you’ve ever wanted to see the film equivalent of buying a sports car just to drive it off a cliff, look no further than Hostiles. Written and directed by Scott Cooper, Hostiles is a narratively lacking yet visually breathtaking entry into the Western genre. It’s an experience that will ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: Cycles of Society

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Growing up, travel was something I thought was reserved for other people. It seemed I always had friends that took great trips around the U.S. and abroad, but my family could never afford it. Returning from spring break I would hear grand tales of scuba diving, hiking, Disney World or ...

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The End is the Beginning

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I sat down to work on my commentary piece for National Road Magazine the other day. I can’t tell you which day it was because I’ve been traveling a lot, I’ve been sick and there was that turkey holiday I spent with my family. Usually I write (type) on my Surface ...

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The Singularity of Adam Tran

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Adam Tran’s journey from his adolescence in Greencastle to his adulthood on the Indianapolis theater scene is captivating.  But his personal journey from insecurity and frustration to inner peace and happiness proves a bit more inspirational. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Zed Martinez and Zach Rosing Watching Elivs Presley’s character ...

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The Gift That Got Away

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The road has always called to me.  I think I might have started counting down to my sixteenth birthday when I was around four…because getting a license meant freedom.  Until I was 14, I lived on a busy country highway about three miles outside of town.  That meant I couldn’t ...

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The Beauty and Benefits of Ballet

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by Samantha Mele photos courtesy of Deborah Grammel At four o’clock in the basement of the Green Center for the Performing Arts at DePauw University, Debbie Grammel and her troop of young ballerinas are in the studio working diligently on their dance moves. Local Greencastle girls, ranging in ages from ...

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Inner Transformations from Outer Attitudes

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“We huddle together. My small family seeking comfort from a world determined to separate us. A fiery end is inescapable. Everyone knows this.” This is the opening of Rick Remender’s creator-owned comic book, Low. When I first saw the cover in our local comic shop in Terre Haute, my jaw ...

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A Manuscript Tale: Sheets in the Wind

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Author’s Note:  I wrote this for a reading I gave in Greencastle as part of the Greencastle Arts Council’s “Beginning Again” event.  I stood as one of five reader/performers, all of us sharing our thoughts about the creative process, how we start over, and the hurdles we face as we ...

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My Guitar Teacher

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Wanting to understand how all the musicians I’ve written about do what they do, I sought out a good teacher.  I found a 17-year-old kid.  He’s a genius, and he’s teaching me a lot more than how to move my hands across six strings. by Donovan Wheeler The callouses on ...

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Railroad Ed

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Unless you live in Terre Haute, if you were to drive down 7th street you would not be impressed. You might look out your car window and think, “Some of these houses were beautiful at one point.” And you would be right. Like many older cities that relied heavily on ...

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