Chronicles of Rachel: Adventures of a Transwoman in the Heartland
WFHB 91.3 or 98.1 FM
Thursday, August 30
6 p.m.

The term transgender can be defined as a person appearing as, or wishing to be considered as, a member of the opposite sex. Sometimes the word transsexual is used - to describe a person whose sexual identification is with the opposite sex.

Tune in to WFHB, Indiana's first community radio station, on Thursday evenings for bloomingOUT, part of the Firehouse Forum. The hour-long show is the only media program in Indiana - and one of only a handful in the Midwest - that offers a clear perspective on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) community and culture.

Once a month bloomingOUT features Rachel, a local transwoman, who shares vignettes from her daily life. When approached by producer Carol Fischer about being a part of the show, Rachel did not hesitate.

"I agreed to record my experience for radio because, in the past few months, it has come to me that my life is a social experiment," she says.

"She is a great addition to our show," Fischer says. "She's a wonderful person and has a lot of insight to the issues that a transperson has to deal with. We really value her ongoing contribution to the show."

Fischer has been an activist throughout her life. A former nurse, electrician and Marine, she serves as assistant at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services office at Indiana University, which affords her the combined opportunity to learn from students while remaining in contact with a network of LGBTIQ folks all over the world.

BloomingOUT exists to educate, entertain and stimulate listeners to engage in dialogue about real issues and events affecting the LGBTIQ population of south central Indiana.

For more info visit www.WFHB.org or call 323-1200.

'Downtown Saturday Night'
Nashville
August 4, 11, 18, 25
2 - 7 p.m.

Celebrate Nashville's heritage as a century-old art colony. Live entertainment and family fare every Saturday this month, brought to you by the Brown County Chamber of Commerce. For details visit www.browncounty.org or call 988-6647.

Sarah's Swing Set
Peoples Park Concert Series
Tuesday, August 7
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free

Summertime gift from the city - grab your lunch and don't miss another Tuesday at Peoples Park. Swing Set consists of Robert Stright as vibes and voice; Sarah Flint, your guitar, percussion, flute and voice; and Ron Kadish on bass. To learn more of this fave jazz trio and the dates of their September gigs at the farmers' market, Bryan Park, and Tutto Bene, visit www.sarahsswingset.com. And Bloomington's "Community Events Hotline" is 348-3754 - fall is edging in so get your August calendar marked.

MISS WITHERSPOON
Gala opening
John Waldron Arts Center
Friday, August 31
8 p.m.

What do you do about the insistently cheerful people in your life? And what do you do if one of them is your spirit guide from the other side?

Come to the Waldron for the launch of a rowdy new comedy featuring esteemed regional actor Diane Kondrat. Fable? Farce? Stand-up comedy? MISS WITHERSPOON will give your arm that shot of optimism needed for our modern existence.

Completing the cast are Martha Jacobs ,Carmen Meyers, Ben Gougeon and Ama Boakyewa. Written by award-winning playwright Christopher Durang and directed by Bruce Burgun, the run will begin with the gala on Aug. 31 and continue on Saturday, September 8; Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15; with a single Sunday matinee on Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. For more information email or call 317-767-7683.

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The artistry of Scott Burgess Jones was relished long before the Bloomingtonian received his master's in costume design from Southern Illinois in 1995. If you missed Cardinal's Amadeus this last theater season and are not heading too soon to Designer Crossroads Repertory in Terre Haute or The Phoenix in Indy, visit www.satyrsight.com for a taste of Jones' skills in design, construction, millinery, costume crafts, makeup, mask making, hair/wig styling, and scenic design. Jones is also a choreographer, holding a bachelor's in dramatic arts from State University of New York where he minored in dance.