Monday, November 30, 2009

Jazz Kitchen schedule changes

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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What's been going on at The Jazz Kitchen? Many people have noticed that the format has changed. Owner David Allee has changed the weekly line-up after nearly 12 years of the same groups playing there! Check out The Jazz Kitchen website for more details and to keep up with the ever changing weekly schedule.

For about 10 years the Mid-Coast Swing Orchestra has been playing every Tuesday at The Kitchen. With the new format, the MCSO will be playing only the first Tuesday of every month. Tomorrow, Tuesday December 1st, just happens to be the first Tuesday of December, so polish off your dancin' shoes and enjoy the swingin' sounds of 30's and 40's big band swing music from 7pm until 10:30pm!!

A couple of other Owl Studio Artists have been affected by this scheduling change. Clarinetist/Saxophonist, Frank Glover will play on the first Monday of each month. Rob Dixon, normally every Wednesday, now plays every second Wednesday of each month with his Organ Trio and he also hosts a Jam Session on the last Monday of each month.

This is all leading up towards a more diverse and interactive schedule/audience appearing at The Kitchen each month. Go on out and support this wonderful jazz club!

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Shakespeare coming to Indy

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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Shakespeare is coming to Indianapolis!

Oxford University Press, the world's most prestigious academic publisher, has just finalized contracts for a radically new edition of the world's most prestigious author--and the headquarters of the new project will be at IUPUI.

How did that happen?

It happened because of the vision of two people: Michael McRobbie, the President of Indiana University, and Dr Terri Bourus, an Associate Professor of English Drama in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Bourus came to McRobbie's attention first when she brought the Actors from the London Stage to Indiana University Kokomo, and again when she won the prestigious Claude Rich Teaching Award, and with the support of IU, she crafted a vision of IUPUI as a center for research, performance, and teaching of Shakespeare and the other great playwrights he worked alongside.

Why Indianapolis? Why not Bloomington? Because IUPUI is an urban campus, in a city with a growing and vibrant arts community. Tourists often associate Shakespeare with Stratford-upon-Avon, the rural village where he was born, but his art was created in and for urban theatres at a time when London was already one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas in Europe. Indianapolis has a lot in common with Shakespeare's London, an ambitious and rapidly growing city in what had long been considered a cultural backwater.

Why Terri Bourus? Because she is a unique combination of scholar, performer, and teacher. She is an Equity actor (and singer and dancer) who has played many roles in and out of Shakespeare, including Kate in "The Taming of the Shew," Gertrude in "Hamlet," and many others. She brought British actor Tim Hardy's one-man show to Indianapolis last March with his one-man play "Galileo", which has since played successfully in other venues in Indiana and Illinois. She works with both the Indiana Ballet Company and the Indiana Dramatic Arts and Communication Society--both new on the Indianapolis Arts scene. She combines years of experience as a professional performer with the academic credentials of a scholar and editor. She has already published multimedia editions of two Shakespeare plays (Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream), and has a book forthcoming on the printers and publishers who first turned the successful play "Hamlet" into a book. At both Kokomo and IUPUI, she has been exceptionally successful in winning competitive grant funding for her scholarly work.

It was that triple threat (actor-scholar-teacher) that convinced Oxford University Press to choose her as the youngest of the three scholars heading the New Oxford Shakespeare. She's the only one of the three general editors to receive all her degrees from American universities.

But Bourus has done more than bring a part of the Oxford Project to Indianapolis. She has made Indianapolis the center of the project. The School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI is supporting her research by funding two post-doctoral fellowships for young scholars who will work as assistant editors on the project, and by providing space and equipment for the project.

The IUPUI-OUP New Oxford Shakespeare is now beginning its all-important work with an end date of April 23, 2015.

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Heisman Trophy a three-man race

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Archie Griffin didn't know what he was getting himself into the instant he laid his competition-weathered hands on a second Heisman Trophy statue that December night in 1975.

Surely another two-time recipient would follow. Give it five years, 10 at most.

And then . . . silence.

Pitt tailback Tony Dorsett picking up his hardware in 1976 touched off a run of 33 winners in as many seasons, a fraternity guilty of inviting legends-in-waiting (Earl Campbell, Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders), middle-of-the-roaders (George Rogers, Vinny Testaverde, Desmond Howard) and persons you wouldn't recognize today if they were seated next to you on an airplane (Rashaan Salaam, Eric Crouch, Jason White).

That's three-plus decades of Griffin on an island. Waiting. Wondering what makes him so different. The truth is that second Heisman catapulted Griffin into a gridiron icon the way the disappointing seven-year NFL experience with the Cincinnati Bengals that ensued never could.

Professional football mediocrity is what's expected of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, so, yes, there is a link here.

As of this moment Texas quarterback Colt McCoy deserves the 2009 Heisman Trophy, though the climb will be difficult. You see, fair or unfair, America likes McCoy, but it loves Tebow. All the while it shrugs its massive shoulders when viable candidates such as Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller, Alabama's Mark Ingram and Stanford's Toby Gerhart are brought up.

Even so, it's a three-horse race. Don't let anyone tell you different. Tebow and Ingram share the same field in the SEC title game on Dec. 5, which is going to be a double-whammy to the star of the losing ballclub. National championship hopes ... GONE! Heisman Trophy ... probably gone.

The Florida-Alabama game's final minutes are going to overlap with the start of the Big 12 title contest pitting Texas against Nebraska.

Advantage, McCoy. The Cornhuskers' "D" is decent, but not the imposing brick wall TV's talking heads try to make it out to be. Besides, Nebraska's offense is inept to the point where the defense will have to be on the field no less than 60 percent of the time. McCoy should harvest a statistical windfall, which, in turn, will push Heisman voters his way.

Adding to the confusion is that the voting deadline is the following Monday. Surely some ballots will be there even prior to the SEC and Big 12 championship games.

As for the 55-year-old Griffin, only old Arch knows how old Arch is going to vote. Don't be surprised if it's for Tebow for reasons beyond the statistical. More like selfish. You see, that island Griffin's been on by himself for more than half his life got lonely a long time ago.

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Cabaret moves to Columbia Club

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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The Cabaret chooses The Columbia Club as its permanent home

Holiday show set for Dec. 10-12 at new venue

Nov. 25, 2009 (Indianapolis) - New York City boasts the Oak Room in the Algonquin, Feinstein's at Loews Regency and Café Carlyle. Indianapolis can now claim The Cabaret at the Columbia Club.

After spending the past seven months perfecting its new business strategy at The Connoisseur Room, the American Cabaret Theatre, now known as The Cabaret, will be moving to its new permanent home at the prestigious Columbia Club on Monument Circle in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis.

"We couldn't be more thrilled at how it has all worked out," says Shannon Forsell, managing director of The Cabaret. "This partnership with The Columbia Club will really take us to the next level. The most successful cabarets are housed in a club or hotel because the partnerships are such a win-win relationship."

The Cabaret will now be able to offer its patrons dinner packages, overnight stay packages and expanded food and bar service through the Columbia Club. Guests will enjoy performances accompanied by superb cuisine and an extensive selection of cocktails, wine and beer, all served with the Club's exceptional service in a gorgeous atmosphere of rich tradition and history. After the show, the bar will stay open so that patrons can extend their evening enjoying cocktails and conversation.

Cabaret guests will not have to be members of the Columbia Club to come to The Cabaret; however, special incentives will be available to guests who want to become members.

The move to The Columbia Club will take place on Dec. 1, just in time for The Cabaret to present its holiday show, "A SONG FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Four Enchanting Broadway Voices, One Enchanted Holiday Evening." The show, which features memorable Broadway favorites and holiday standards performed by four of Broadway and cabaret's leading performers, will run for five performances from Dec. 10-Dec. 12. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.thecabaret.org.

"While it is bittersweet to leave The Connoisseur Room, we always knew that it would never be a long-term home for us, as the building is slated to go up for sale in the very near future," Forsell says. "We will always be grateful to The Connoisseur Room for allowing us to present performances in its beautiful space, while we worked to secure a permanent home."

The Cabaret's new home, The Columbia Club, is the premiere private club in Indianapolis. Established in 1889, the nonprofit Columbia Club has a rich history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Columbia Club has a cabaret connection as well: Hoagy Carmichael, Indiana composer and one of the country's most beloved Great American Songbook composers, played regularly at the Columbia Club. His grand piano is still played and displayed at the club.

"This will be a real win-win partnership for two nonprofit organizations," says Jim Rentschler, general manager of The Columbia Club. "We want The Columbia Club not just to be a premiere club, but to be a major cultural destination as well."

Rentschler continues, "All Cabaret patrons and guests will be treated as members while they are at The Columbia Club. The Cabaret will primarily present its performances in the French Room on the Club's third floor. This intimate space — with an interior of dark wood, rich reds, plush seating and a large bar — will be very conducive to enjoying performances in a club-like atmosphere." The Cabaret will also have access to the Crystal Terrace and the Grand Ballroom for larger shows, and will have office space on site in the club.

ABOUT THE CABARET

The Cabaret is a professional, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of the Cabaret is to elevate the cabaret art form; attract, develop and retain high-quality local performance talent; and provide a unique and important contribution to the city's artistic and cultural life.

ABOUT THE COLUMBIA CLUB

The Columbia Club is the premiere private city club in Indianapolis, located in the heart of downtown on Monument Circle. Established in 1889, the nonprofit Columbia Club provides opportunities for business networking and social connections among its diverse membership. The beautiful Clubhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features fine and casual dining, catering and meeting facilities, 96 guest rooms and a complete fitness center.

The Columbia Club Foundation is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and exhibition of items of literary and artistic significance as well as the restoration, preservation and protection of the historic Clubhouse.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Support Indiana artisans

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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Indiana Artisan Products Featured in Holiday Giveaway on VisitIndiana.com

INDIANAPOLIS (November 23, 2009) - The Indiana Office of Tourism Development wants to help holiday shoppers who are looking for a unique gift. "Made in Indiana. Given by You." is a holiday promotion on VisitIndiana.com that offers a chance to win one of 12 gifts showcasing work from artisans recognized by Indiana Artisan. Each of the gifts features exceptional art or food created by Hoosier artisans whose work has met exceptionally high standards in terms of craftsmanship and taste. To sign up for a chance to win, log on to VisitIndiana.com through December 14 and click on the special holiday giveaway section of the homepage. Winners can choose to have the gift sent to them or sent directly to someone special in time for the holidays.

"Supporting local artisans is important, especially during the holiday shopping season," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. "This is a great opportunity for people to see the quality handmade products made by artisans across Indiana."

Indiana artisans and their products being offered in the giveaway include:

Mark Grosser Jewelry Carmel

John Bower Six photography books featuring Indiana Bloomington

Nancy Miller Gourd container Indianapolis

Mercedes Brugh Earrings and nail file Logansport

Dorrel Harrison Normandy Barn Plaque Scottsburg

Amy Greely Earrings and necklace set Nashville

Teri Barnett Unframed 8x10 acrylic painting Indianapolis

Daren Redman Handbag Nashville

Chris Gustin Recycled floor rug Columbus

Peg Neal Ceramics Zionsville

The Sisters of St. Benedict "Simply Devine" cookies Ferdinand

Indiana Artisan gift basket Features several artisan products

Hickoryworks, hickory syrup; Brooke's Candy Company, toffee and fudge; Sandy's Peanut Brittle, half-pound of peanut brittle; Salt Creek Valley Farm, old-fashioned green relish and holiday jam; Grace Island, baked cheese crisps; 240° Sweet, assorted handmade marshmallows; Uncle Henry's Candies, peanut clusters and turtles.

Indiana Artisan is an economic development program that supports Hoosier entrepreneurs and expands small businesses through initiatives that identify, support and promote select works of handcrafted art and food. The program is a joint venture of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and the Indiana Arts Commission.

More information about Indiana Artisan is available at IndianaArtisan.org.

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Regional Performing Arts Center Grand Opening

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING DATE

Carmel, Ind. (Nov. 23, 2009) — The Regional Performing Arts Center Foundation announced today that the grand opening for its 1,600-seat concert hall will be held on Jan. 29, 2011. The world-class concert hall will also serve as an education center and museum for the Michael Feinstein Foundation, housing the rare memorabilia and manuscripts of The Great American Songbook Collection.

"We're pleased to announce the date of our gala grand opening, which represents the culmination of over 10 years of planning," said Executive Director Steven Libman. "We are excited about spending the next 14 months completing construction on the concert hall, building staff, and planning for the gala as well as the premiere season. It is an eventful and exciting time that will give our entire community a momentous event to look forward to."

Libman and the newly appointed Artistic Director and Founder of The Great American Songbook Museum, Michael Feinstein, are planning a weeklong celebration to mark the grand opening. Festivities will include an open house and performances by an impressive array of internationally-known entertainers as well as local groups. The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, which will call the Center home, will also perform. The week will culminate with a black tie event, during which Feinstein will perform songs from the Great American Songbook and introduce an original song written by him especially for the occasion.

"The week of celebration will mark the end of one journey and the beginning of the next," said Feinstein. "The events that will take place during the grand opening will be a sampling of the diverse programming audiences can expect to see at the Center. I'm excited for this highly-anticipated time as we prepare to offer programming with a broad scope to satisfy the diversity of tastes in Central Indiana and the entire Midwest."

The Center will play host to a lineup of local, national and international arts programming. Future programming will include a Great American Songbook Series, jazz, dance, classical and country concerts, appearances by world-famous symphonies, singers and musicians, as well as a variety of plays and musicals, intimate cabaret performances, appearances by America's favorite comedians and a multitude of other unique entertainment options. Feinstein's Great American Songbook Collection, which will be housed in the concert hall and open to the public, includes significant sheet music, posters, recordings and other artifacts of the genre. The concert hall also will host an annual international Great American Songbook Festival.

When completed, the Regional Performing Arts Center will include three state-of-the-art performing arts venues. In addition to the concert hall, the Center will be comprised of a 500-seat proscenium theater and a 200-seat studio theater which will open later in 2011. The venues will be situated around a landscaped mall featuring retail shops, restaurants, office space, luxury condominiums and an outdoor amphitheater.

"The Regional Performing Arts Center will be a tremendous asset, attracting jobs and enhancing the quality of life in Central Indiana," said Jim Brainard, Mayor of Carmel. "In addition, first-rate arts and culture are instrumental in helping to attract young, educated professionals who will bring intellect, energy and talent to the area."

The $150 million Regional Performing Arts Center project is funded by bonds paid for with non-residential property taxes, interest and private support. The concert hall has been under construction since December 2007 when ground was first broken.

The Regional Performing Arts Center, which is currently under construction in The Carmel City Center, will include a 1,600-seat concert hall, a 500-seat proscenium theater and a 200-seat studio theater. Set for completion in January of 2011, no other concert hall of its caliber exists in the area. The Center is being built to serve as a permanent fixture on the Central Indiana landscape and will provide an extraordinary listening experience for audiences. The concert hall will also be home to Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook Collection, acting as a museum and education center by day and a concert venue by night.

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Mike Beas: High school football at Lucas

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Turkeys coast-to-coast have been sweating cranberry sauce, the Detroit Lions are being televised nationally and the parochial-school football debate in a matter of days will be dragged kicking and screaming into the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

Must be Thanksgiving week.

Based on past grumblings, some of you aren't fond of the fact that three of the 10 programs vying for a state title this weekend in Lucas Oil Stadium are private schools who - gasp! - recruit (allegedly) and therefore sport an unfair advantage. Lafayette Central Catholic, Fort Wayne Luers, Evansville Memorial ... downright evil ... all of them. Isn't it bad enough three of the five 2008 champions were privates and that we seem to debate this over a glass of grandma's special eggnog every November?

Like Sarah Palin, Lee Corso and Mad Magazine, the discussion ceases to go away. Nor will it until the Indiana High School Athletic Association scrounges up the courage to do something about it by making private schools compete one level higher that what their student enrollment dictates.

If Indiana ever adopts such a way of thinking, Luers, a Class 2A finalist for the fifth time since 2000 and an astounding 12th time overall, would be vying for a 3A championship instead. Forget this 3A nonsense for Evansville Memorial; the Tigers would be part of the 4A landscape.

Everyone talks about leveling the playing field, making it so Team A is confident it can match up with Team B. Under this plan, the parochials would still have an advantage come tournament time, just not as decided of one.

Every November the 'R' word is lobbed at the parochial football finalists, which, in turn, deflect criticism by using their "decades of tradition" as a shield. No one's asking for the Fort Wayne Luers of the world to go away, but at least blast a few new potholes in the road to Lucas Oil Stadium so that they're better challenged.

SO LONG, CHARLIE: The Notre Dame pressure-cooker in a matter of days will chew up and spit out another football coach with Charlie Weis soon to join Gerry Faust, Bob Davie, Ty Willingham and others on the blue-and-gold scrap heap.

The loss at home to all-time powerhouse Connecticut - Connecticut?!? - eliminated any mystery as to whether the Chuckster is coming back, which, in a sense, is a shame.

Say what you want about Weis, but I never once saw him publicly embarrass one of his players or assistant coaches during an Irish game no matter how tense things became on the field. A Notre Dame graduate, Weis is one of those rare individuals who spent years beefing up his work resume so that he could one day have the job of his dreams, and then got it.

And he had it for five years.

Weis can X and O with pretty much anyone on the offensive side of the football, so don't be surprised to see him back as an NFL offensive coordinator in the near future. Do be surprised if you see him back at Notre Dame.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Symphonic Choir announces carol winner

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's

New Commission for Festival of Carols Concerts

INDIANAPOLIS - November 17, 2009 - The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces the winner of its national "Christmas Carol Competition." Molly Ijames' new choral work, "Lullaby Carol," will be featured at the upcoming Harris Bank Festival of Carols performances. The piece was written for choir and piano and is 6 minutes in length.

Saturday, December 5, 8:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish in Geist

Sunday, December 6, 3:00 p.m. at Southport Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Columbus, In.)

Adult tickets start at $20. Student and special group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.indychoir.org or by calling the Symphonic Choir Box Office: (317) 940-9057. This performance is made possible by Harris Bank.

Molly Ijames says of her composition, "'Lullaby Carol' is a piece I will always hold dear because of the powerful picture of love it describes." Ijames was born in Flint, Michigan, and holds a B.S. in Music Education from Bob Jones University. She currently serves as composer, editor, and product coordinator at SoundForth Music.

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's "Christmas Carol Competition" was announced in June, 2009. Composers 35 years and younger were encouraged to submit an original piece for consideration. Entries from the United States and Europe were received for consideration. The winning composer receives a world premier performance in December 2009, a cash prize and travel arrangements to be present at the debut performance. This marks the first year of the competition which is expected to be replicated annually.

Festival of Carols is a 90-minute concert of Christmas carols, holiday classics, and family favorites performed by the 150-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

A frequent artistic partner with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, administered by a professional staff, and is made up of more than 150 singers. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Indianapolis and 2009-2010 marks its 73rd season. More information is available at www.indychoir.org or (317) 940-9057.

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Carmel Rep seeks directors

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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Carmel Repertory Theatre, Inc.

Announces Director Search

The resident Community Theatre Group of the Carmel Regional Arts Complex is pleased to announce a search for directors for the next three upcoming seasons. As a proud member of the Arts Community involvement in the new Regional Performing Arts Organization, directors are encouraged to become part of one of the most exciting Arts programs in Central Indiana.

Rep Artistic Director, Jonathan Horton, stated: "We understand that this building will not set empty for very long. Professional series will be booked three or more years in advance in this building as well as our other sister resident companies. Our future is today and our plan is not to follow the ball, but to go where we think the ball will land. One piece of this plan is a playwriting contest and a regional drama contest. Steven Libman, the Regional Arts Executive Director, was very encouraging and offered more exciting ideas. This is one of the first steps."

Directors are encouraged to send their resumes and a list of preferred shows they would like to direct. Carmel Repertory Theater, Inc. will consider dramas, comedies and musicals. Our goal is to produce the highest quality productions in Community Theater. Send resumes and information to:

Jonathan Horton

Carmel Repertory Theatre, Inc.

Vice Chairman and Artistic Director

484 East Carmel Drive, #162

Carmel, IN 46032

317-767-3973

crt.artisticdirector@yahoo.com

www.carmelrepertorytheatre.com

Carmel Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit community arts collective that encourages self-expression through theater, music and dance. We believe Art is an essential part of all thriving communities. It not only lifts the spirit, but it raises the collective consciousness of the citizens of Carmel. We collaborate with artists and artistic organizations in an effort to facilitate mutual support, recognition, and the exchanging of ideas. We work to encourage a thriving community of artists and appreciation of art within the City of Carmel. We facilitate classes, lectures, performances, and exhibits that enrich the lives of all citizens of Carmel. Carmel Repertory Theatre strives to unleash the artistic potential living in each and every one of us.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's a Wonderful Life for Wonderful Downtown

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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United Artists Circle Centre 9 Theatre presents

It's A Wonderful Life

Benefiting Indianapolis Downtown Beautification

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009

5 - 6:30 p.m. - silent auction, free appetizers & Santa

6:30 p.m. - It's a Wonderful Life screening

$5 - includes movie ticket & all festivities

United Artists Theatre - Circle Centre - 49 W. Maryland St.

Purchase tickets at the theatre or online here.

Nothing says the holidays like Jimmy Stewart in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life . Bring your friends and family Downtown to view this classic movie on the big screen. In the spirit of giving, you'll definitely earn your "angel wings" Dec. 3! All proceeds will benefit Downtown Beautification, helping to keep your city clean, green and vibrant!

Grab some great deals and holiday gifts at the silent auction and visit with Santa. Items include gift certificates to some of Downtown's best restaurants, hotels, attractions and more! And know your contributions are going to a great cause: Indianapolis Downtown Beautification. We'll see you there Dec. 3!

About Downtown Beautification

A clean, attractive Downtown pleases visitors and residents, spurs economic development, improves the quality of life and enhances customer perceptions of safety. Downtown is a gateway for our visitors and its beauty and cleanliness are dependent on your cooperation - WE THANK YOU!

Keeping Downtown vibrant includes a number of projects from planting trees and gardens to forming cleaning committees, recruiting volunteers and raising funds. IDI also works with partners to install the holiday lights that decorate the Soldiers and Sailors Monument known as: Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Civic Theatre and Carmel Redevelopment Commission reach agreement

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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CIVIC THEATRE AND CARMEL REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION REACH LONG-TERM AGREEMENT

CARMEL, Ind. (Nov. 17, 2009) — The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre of Indianapolis, Inc. and the City of Carmel Redevelopment Commission (CRC) jointly announced today that they have reached a long-term agreement in principle, effectively making Civic the primary resident company in the theatre building at the Regional Performing Arts Center. The total value of payments to be made by Civic is $10 million. The Carmel Redevelopment Commission will meet on Nov. 18 to ratify the agreement.

"Welcoming an established, 95-year-old organization like Civic Theatre is a great jumping off point as we prepare for other performance groups to join us," said the Regional Performing Arts Center's Executive Director, Steven Libman. "While a number of other outstanding theatre and dance companies will use the Center throughout the year, Civic will be the primary occupant for the 500-seat proscenium theater. This new theater will be ready for use by September 2011, just in time for the start of Civic's 2011-2012 season."

The Regional Performing Arts Center will also contain a 200-seat studio theater to which Civic, along with other constituents, will have access. Additionally, Civic will have rehearsal space, classrooms for education programming, and administrative offices available to it.

Both the 500-seat proscenium theater and the 200-seat studio theater also will serve as venues for booked events, including a Great American Songbook series, as well as dance, jazz and classical music. Together with the 1600-seat concert hall, these three venues will comprise the Regional Performing Arts Center.

"It's very encouraging to see how the municipalities that comprise Central Indiana are sharing the opportunity to make our community a dynamic place in which to live," said Pete Anderson, Chairman of the Board of Civic Theatre. "We thank the city of Carmel for the effort it is making to enhance the quality of life for our entire community by building the Regional Performing Arts Center. This is a prime example of how everyone benefits when communities work together."

Chairman of the board of directors for the Regional Performing Arts Foundation, Rollin M. Dick, noted the motivation behind the Center's agreement with Civic saying, "We opted to extend the offer to Civic because of its 95-year history of providing Central Indiana audiences with entertaining and inspiring theatre. With the facilities and resources available, we're able to ensure that this legacy continues, and are honored to be a part of it."

Jim Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, offered his congratulations to both parties on the announcement. "I applaud Civic Theatre and the Regional Performing Arts Center for their commitment to the arts and their support of one another," said Brainard. "Civic's presence will continue to have a positive impact on the cultural landscape, adding vibrancy and a variety of choice entertainment options for those living in Central Indiana and throughout the Midwest."

The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre of Indianapolis, Inc. is the largest of more than 70 community theaters in Indiana. It is also one of the 10 largest active community theaters in the United States and is considered to be one of the nation's longest continuously operating community theaters. The theatre has been a vital part of the city's cultural landscape, serving audiences and cast and crew members from Indianapolis, Avon, Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Greenfield, Greenwood, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville and communities throughout Central Indiana for 95 years.

The Regional Performing Arts Center, which is currently under construction in The Carmel City Center, will include a 1,600-seat concert hall, a 500-seat proscenium theater and a 200-seat studio theater. No other concert hall of its caliber exists in the area. The concert hall is being built to serve as a permanent fixture on the Central Indiana landscape and will provide an extraordinary listening experience for audiences. The concert hall will also be home to Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook Collection, acting as a museum and education center by day and a concert venue by night.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Advance Lincoln tix at ISM

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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A. Lincoln's Thanksgiving

Museum Timed-Tickets Available

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — History tells us that on Oct. 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed an official proclamation naming the third Thursday of November as a national holiday called Thanksgiving. In fact, the first observance of the national holiday came just one week after the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg.

"... I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens ... to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens." - A. Lincoln

Just one more reason we love Abraham Lincoln! Give thanks ... the Indiana State Museum is now selling timed-tickets to the two Abraham Lincoln exhibitions, opening Feb. 12, 2010. The first, from the Library of Congress, is With Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition, which runs Feb. 12 through April 11, 2010. At the same time, the museum's own With Charity for All: The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection will debut on Feb. 12 and continue through July 25, 2010.

During the month of February 2010, amidst the hundreds of precious Lincoln artifacts, the museum will feature both the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment; after February, the two documents will rotate, to protect them from harmful light and atmospheric conditions.

There is no additional charge for the exhibitions beyond standard museum admission, but reserving timed-tickets is highly recommended due to expected crowds.

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