Monday, March 28, 2011

Slideshow: HorrorHound Weekend 2011

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Fans of horror films got their fill of all things gruesome and ghoulish at this year's HorrorHound convention.

By Charlie Clark

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Your A&E best bets, March 25-27

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM

eighth blackbird will perform at The Toby this weekend.
  • eighth blackbird will perform at The Toby this weekend.

Sheesh, how diverse can one weekend be? You can celebrate the Baroque music, the '50s at Clowes with Grease, the 80s at HorrorHound Weekend and immerse yourself in the racial strife of Indiana’s history.

First off, we’re so excited about the world premiere of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s The Gospel According to James, we published a cover story about it. Why do we like this? First off, it’s a social justice-oriented play about our fractious racial history, exploring a real-life event, the last lynchings to take place in the Indiana. Secondly, this play is a world premiere, written for the IRT, and destined to go on to Victory Gardens in Chicago after its Indy run. Great actors, great subject, go see it!

You know who you are if you are dying to see this one: Grease at Clowes Hall. Don’t count me among them. One of my kids LOVED Grease and I swear I saw the video (yes, it was video in ye olden days) a hundred times. I think that’s plenty for me.

Come to think of it, I’m not much into horror films either. I guess this raises the ethical specter of “what’s-this-blog-for”? Well, dear reader, I mean user, it’s for YOU. It’s for you to learn about cool shit going on in town, whether I think it’s going to be cool shit or not. It’s big of me, then, to pick something I am not raving about right? So here you go, you’ve got the HorrorHound Weekend, to slake your 80s slasher film appetite. Once again, you know who you are; and if you’re not sure, then read Sam Watermeier’s story.

Our comedy correspondent Andrew Roberts loves B.T. and that’s enough for me. I laugh at whatever Andrew laughs at, except when he’s laughing at me, because my mismatched outfit or I slipped and fell on a banana peel that he surreptitiously placed in front of me. So who’s B.T.? He’s a comic and he’s funny, and he’s performed in 43 states and 3 countries and he's coming to Morty's this weekend and Andrew Roberts thinks… oh, I said that already.

Going to B-town? Missed Sarah Silverman ‘cause it was a Thursday and you were watching the Butler game, and now you want to see something in B-town ‘cause it’s the weekend? New York, New York! features three choreographies by leading 20th century choreographers: “Cloven Kingdom,” by Paul Taylor, focuses on animal nature in civilized society, the performance is said to be very physical, hope those fancy costumes don't get in the way. Antony Tudor's “Lilac Garden” is set to Ernest Chausson's “Poem for Violin and Orchestra,” the most dramatic of the few with a tender violin solo. One of George Balanchine's most playful and energetic choreographies, “Who Cares?,” completes the spring ballet with an infusion of traditional ballet with jazz.

Right here at home is the now regular installment of DivaFest at IndyFringe. DivaFest last year was a triumph, by box office and critical standards, and apparently the female playwrights didn’t mind being referred to as “divas.” This year’s show includes ONEymoon, by Christel Bartelse; commencement, by Clay McLeod Chapman; and FUNNY, a trunk show by Denmo Ibrahim. All three shows will be performed each day back-to-back.

You know what? You can make Saturday your “I will care about the environment” day, and maybe you’ll like it and then you’ll want to do it every day. Hey, maybe you already do care about the environment, and this is how you can show your love. First off, love your river with the 12th Annual Fall Creek Cleanup. The event, sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Exploration Academy, is set for Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. Then that night, you’ll want to celebrate Earth Hour, in which you turn off all your friggin’ electricity for one hour, 8:30-9:30 p.m., and maybe you’ll like that so much you’ll decide to reduce your electricity use every day, because the majority of it comes from coal-fired plants and coal is killing us, and politicians will never do anything about it, because business and government is in collusion here, placing profits over people. So fuck it. Turn off your electricity, go meet your neighbors. Share a candle.

Me likee the parties, and Crawl for a Cause is always a great party. Beginning at 6 p.m. you can check-in at the Slippery Noodle Inn, pick up your free t-shirt (woo-hoo!) and Upland beer (woo-hoo-hoo!) and from there continue the evening at Howl at the Moon at 7:45 p.m., then Kilroy's at 9 p.m., the Pub at 10:15 p.m. and wrap up the evening at Taps and Dolls by 11:30 p.m. The event officially ends at 12:30 a.m., at which point you will crawl home.

Our classical music reviewer, Tom Aldridge, who friggin’ was here when I started at NUVO umpteen million years ago, has been looking forward to this all year: a performance by eighth blackbird. I don’t blame him and not just because they have a cool, sporty, lower-case name. We’re especially excited to see them in the acoustically-sublime Toby at the IMA. Part of Ensemble Music Society’s season, eight blackbird’s lineup includes a top-tier list of composers, including Stephen Hartke, Philippe Hurel, Missy Mazzoli, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Their program, entitled Still Life, will be preceded by a pre-concert chat in the Toby lobby, at 6:30 p.m.

To reward yourself for turning off the lights and caring for the river and enjoying DivaFest or eighth blackbird or whatever, take yourself out for some Baroque music on Sunday, courtesy of world-renowned flutist and conductor, Barthold Kuijken, who is performing multiple times over the next couple of days. I guess since he’s in town, we better get everything out of him while we can!

If you have juice after all this goin’ & doin’ you’ll want to see, on Monday, Marilyn Chin, author of four books of poetry — Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty, and Dwarf Bamboo — and published her debut novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, in 2009.

Next weekend is First Friday, so get your classical music and theater appetites sated while you can! See you out there.

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Your Go & Do Weekend March 25-27

It's a wildly diverse weekend with plenty of events to choose from, whether you're a horror film nerd, musical theater enthusiast or tree-hugging hippie.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Slideshow: NUVO turns 21!

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NUVO staffers headed to Flat 12 Bierworks after work on Wednesday, March 23, to celebrate 21 years of being 'Indy's Alternative Voice!' And while we forgot to bring a real camera, we did manage to snap a few shots of our anniversary party on our phones! Many many thanks to all of you who continue to support our efforts - here's to another 21 years!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Radmilla's resonance

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Radmilla Cody
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A lot of the idiocy I’ve experienced as a biracial woman has resulted from people smooshing together my two cultures — black and white — and ignoring the fact that I have any Caucasian heritage. I’ve been asked for the “black woman’s opinion.” (I missed the memo where I was elected as the representative for all African-American women on Earth, but cool, thanks for the promotion!) I was told by a professor that I would like a particular graduate school (ironically enough, it was Brown University) because of the opportunities afforded to minorities. (Yes, she did!) I’ve had more than one person, all too recently in fact, say, “Well, whatever” when I corrected them and said “I’m biracial, not black.”

No, it’s not “whatever” and before I get any hate mail, this is not to say I am not immensely proud of my African-American heritage. My mother is beautiful, proud, strong, and intelligent and she raised me right. She also raised me alongside my white father, who is awesome, fierce, funny, and kind. (You’d think they were paying my rent, wouldn’t you?) I say this to explain: I am made of two cultures. Both are equally important to me. You don’t discount a race just because you can’t easily see it. (Okay, I’m light-skinned so you can see it, but you get the point.)

Now. THAT intro is to explain why I so enjoyed hearing Radmilla Cody speak and perform on Saturday at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art (500 West Washington Street). Cody, also biracial, appeared at the museum as part of Red/Black: Related through History, an exhibition open now until August 7 that explores the interwoven histories of African-Americans and Native Americans. (David Hoppe gave the exhibit five stars. Read his review here.)

Cody, who is Navajo (Diné) and African-American, was crowned Miss Navajo Nation in 1997. Her achievement — and it truly was considering but one of the skills contestants had to master was communicating fluently in Navajo — was marred by assholes who considered her ‘halfness’ as bringing shame upon the crown. The Eiteljorg screened Hearing Radmilla, a documentary about some of the controversy that followed her reign. At one point in the film, numerous letters to the editor were flashed across the screen with hateful phrases like “ethnic genocide” that made the audience gasp and murmur. During the Q&A following the film, I identified with Cody speaking of healing herself after being called the N word as a child. That she has overcome so much — the Miss Navajo backlash, domestic violence at the hands of her now-ex-boyfriend, and incarceration as a result of his illegal activities — and still possesses such a visible, beautiful spirit is a testament to her strength.

Cody, recently named one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices spoke at length during her concert about being an advocate for domestic violence prevention. Before and after, she sang in Navajo, the heady timbre of her voice accompanied only by the drum she played. Visit her website at to hear her sing and perhaps order one of her four CDs. While you’re shopping, remember your favorite biracial blogger, eh?

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Your A&E best bets, March 18-20

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM

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By Jim Poyser

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Let’s start this week’s Go&Do weekend plan with the phrase “pick your brain.” Don’t you hate that phrase? Don’t you hate it when someone wants to “pick your brain” about something? I want to say “get your grubby tweezers off my meninges, pal!” But that’s in fact what the city wants to do with you, as per the Monument Circle Idea Competition. Dudes and dudettes, it’s YOUR Monument Circle, so get to thinking about its design, programming, land use and activities — and how we can maximize Monument Circle's potential and envision its future. Ideas will be considered for the future planning and use of the city landmark. Submissions are due by April 15.

Had enough St. Patty’s Day fun? If not, you’re in luck because a local burlesque troupe, Angel Burlesque, is presenting Angel Burlesque: Erin Go Bragh...less. The ladies — and at least one man — of Angel Burlesque will be shaking their shamrocks just for you, bringing the classic art of striptease, music, dance and comedy to Crackers Comedy Club, on Friday and Saturday night.

I’m excited about the environmental concert at the IMA, running Friday-Sunday. Craig Colorusso, sound artist extraordinaire, is presenting Spring Equinox: Sun Boxes at the IMA this weekend at 100 Acres. Twenty solar powered speakers, each with a different guitar note, will play as they react to the natural changes of the sun and clouds. Described as both "soothing and energizing," it's a perfect way to greet the spring, March 18, 19 and 20 from 12 p.m. to sunset at the IMA.

One of our favorite dance companies in town, Motus, is presenting Paired Down, Friday and Saturday. Motus is in the process of layering in new core artists to their group, so it’s a great opportunity to catch up on one of our most adventurous movement-oriented companies. Local band ESQ will be featured, and if that ain’t enough, it’s at the White Rabbit Cabaret, a club that opened in 2010 and was instantly a hotspot. To make this event a juggernaut of a choice, it features the music of Kate Lamont.

Speaking of hotspots, Club Hyde is a great destination, especially when the Cultural Cannibals, DJ Kyle Long and Artur Silva, are hosting a party. This time, it’s Bollywood Bhangra, and it’s a celebration of the Indian holiday Holi. We may not be participating in the ritual with the traditional throwing of colored powders and liquids at each other, but we’ll be dancing until 3 a.m. Folks, there is nothing finer than a Bollywood Bhangra dance party. Go and tell me if I’m wrong about that.

Radmilla Cody is at the Eiteljorg on Saturday.
  • Radmilla Cody is at the Eiteljorg on Saturday.

The entire Red/Black exhibit at the Eiteljorg is world class — our own David Hoppe gave it an outstanding five-star review — but we're particularly excited about Radmilla Cody and her story. The first part of the day will show the documentary Hearing Radmilla, which examines Cody's identity debate that was ignited by her reign as the first biracial Miss Navajo. Cody will speak after. To finish the day right, Cody will be performing traditional Navajo songs that night.

In fact if you play your cards right, you can have a multi-cultural day by doing the Eiteljorg, then White Rabbit, and finishing off your beatific day with a dance party at Club Hyde. Why not? Life is short.

As for Sunday, you’ve got Steven Stolen performing Americana tunes in a free concert, A Travlin Thru. His previous Meridian Song Project performance of the Juliet Letters by Elvis Costello was sublime, and we’re betting this one will be too: good ol' American folk music that will remind you that you do indeed love your country just a little bit. Expect some Aaron Copland classics and other treats.

And opening this weekend, The Exonerated, from Spotlight Players. Looks like a good one!

Want to catch up before the A&E season really kicks in? As mentioned, the Red/Black exhibit received five stars from Hoppe, but Hoppe, ever frugal with his stars, gave five also to the Thornton Dial exhibit at the IMA. Catch that while you can, too. Our visual art reviewers gave high praise to this month’s gallery exhibits, including Fam Farm at Wug’s, Minda Douglas at Gallery 924, Nature Transformed at Garvey|Simon, Social Currency at the Stutz, Art for Beds at Editions, 3X3 at Herron and Emma Overman’s show at the Harrison. You’ve got another weekend of the Indianapolis Opera’s production of La Tragédie de Carmen as well as Theatre Within’s Buried Child. And two weekends of the Phoenix’s The Storytelling Ability of a Boy.

If you’re looking for more options, just go to our web site — see you out there!

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IDI seeks ideas for Monument Circle

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 8:15 AM


They don’t call us the Circle City for nothing. Monument Circle is situated in the heart of downtown Indy, and it literally and metaphorically forms the center of our city. And so, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. (IDI) launched the Monument Circle Idea Competition on March 7, and submissions are due by April 15.

In May, the ideas submitted will be judged and prizes will be given out for first, second and third place. In addition, a People’s Choice Award will be made at the conclusion of the public display, June 17-26.

Julia Watson, Vice President of Marketing and Communications of IDI, said she anticipated participation in the competition from the general public as well as professionals such as architects.

"Team up with somebody," said Watson. "Team up with an architect or an illustrator."

Judges have five points to consider: significance, welcoming, engaging, aspirational and actionable and, finally, sustainable. They will judge whether your idea fits the majesty of the space, is pedestrian friendly and is realistically achievable.

These ideas may not be fully realized within the circle but the competition will encourage future collaborators to apply certain ideas and prepare for future planning.

All entries entail a 50 word brief, a 500 word write up and a $30 entry fee. To learn more, go here.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Reuben family gift to local nonprofits

Posted By on Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

The legacy of the late Sara I. Reuben will be felt by more than just her immediate kinsmen. In fact, the estate of Sara I. Reuben is becoming integrated into the very foundation of Indianapolis’ not-for-profit community.

At a press conference held Friday at WFYI, Larry Reuben, Sara’s son, announced that $8 million dollars from his parents’ estate would be donated to 13 nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis. Larry was aided in the financial allotment decisions by his siblings, Elaine and David, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).

Press conference attendants consisted of Reuben family members, leaders and associates of Indianapolis nonprofit organizations and members of the press.
Larry Reuben spoke on behalf of his late mother, saying, “I’m just the guy writing the check—the generosity is my parents’.”

The Reuben’s charity and compassion for the less-fortunate stems from their own experiences. According to Larry, his parents barely had two dimes to rub together. Friends, work associates and family of the Reubens all seemed to voice the same opinion: they lived the American dream. Larry even referred to them as “bootstraps kind of people.”

Larry said that his mother was very clear about where she wanted her estate finances to go. “I tried to talk her out of it because that was part of my inheritance that I lost,” Larry joked.

On a more serious note, Larry said, “This whole process and experience has been an incredible game-changer for both myself and not-for-profit organizations in the community.”

According to Larry, the aim was to benefit organizations that would cover a lot of bases and were in need of money. “We tackled the issue of finding the right organizations at the right time with the right amount of money.”

Those amounts of money are as follows:

- The Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben College and Career Counseling Centers at the Excel Centers of Goodwill: $500,000

- Construction of The Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Engagement Center in partnership with Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP): $750,000

- Humane Society of Indianapolis — To establish a second location in Fountain Square and facility upgrades: $500,000

- American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana for an educational initiative: $500,000

- The Immigrant Welcome Center: $1,000,000

- Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben ElderSource Program — To provide a menu of services designed to support “aging in place” options and populations: $600,000

- Planned Parenthood of Indiana — To support educational initiatives: $500,000

- The Julian Center — For construction of The Sara I. and Albert G. Reuben Counseling Center: $750,000

- CICF for Grameen Bank of Indiana — To help establish this micro-finance institution in Indianapolis: $1,000,000

- The Bureau of Jewish Education — To support technology needs for Hebrew language classes and Jewish education, including remote learning and Holocaust educational material provided to area teachers: $50,000

- United Way — To establish the Sara I. and Albert G. Reuben Endowment Fund for Early Childhood Development: $500,000

- Congregation Beth-El Zedeck — To support adolescent programming: $250,000

- The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University: $250,000

- WFYI — To amplify the voice of the community in the areas of health, education, the arts and public affairs: $750,000

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Recycled & Reclaimed: Art at Jazz Kitchen

Posted By on Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

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By Jim Poyser

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Big Green, by Kate Morgan, was part of the one-night show at the Jazz Kitchen, Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved
  • "Big Green," by Kate Morgan, was part of the one-night show at the Jazz Kitchen, 'Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved'

On Thursday, March 10, Jonathan McAfee and Kate Wagner, two artists were featured at the Jazz Kitchen for a one-night only exhibit that focused on reuse and reclamation of artwork. Their paintings either recycled iconic images from the past, or, in some cases, were actually created on top of earlier artworks. This art event was enhanced by the appearance of DJ Cameron Hodges, one half of Twin Peaks, as dozens of people gathered to check out the art and interact with the artists.

“Graffiti is the last raw artwork we’ve got,” McAfee told me. “You paint something; then it gets painted over.” McAfee’s interest in graffiti explains the jagged blocks of background color in his painting “The Boxers,” evoking the way street artists obscure earlier work to start from scratch.

In the same spirit, Wagner reuses her own past artworks, but when she does, she incorporates the earlier layers rather than painting over them completely. For her, nothing is ‘from scratch.’ She explains that “Big Green” is a layering of several earlier paintings, and that it used to be upside-down. The central figure of “Open Window” is a see-through girl, painted only as an outline, so that the layers from earlier paintings leak through. The girl also wears a dress made of translucent toilet paper.

‘Keeping it fresh’ applies not only to conversion of materials but to reclamations of images and concepts. Both artists are inspired by Pop art. We see this in Wagner’s text-image composition “She Blinded me with Vinyl,” which portrays a vintage fashion model with LP’s for eyes. Likewise, McAfee’s portrait paintings of icons such as the Beatles, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sitting Bull, and Nelson Mandela are often based on iconic photographs. By converting popular images into a contemporary artistic style, the subjects of paintings are ‘recovered’ or ‘saved.’

By exhibiting their work at the Jazz Kitchen, at 52nd and College, Wagner and McAfee attempt to bridge the gap between Indy’s art communities, including Broad Ripple and Mass Ave. McAfee prefers the “old school” type of exposure that comes from this kind of one-time-only opening, “like the one-day exhibitions in the Salon era days.”

Wagner uses the opportunity to seek out “art pals,” artists of all levels of experience who might be interested in collaborating on artwork. Wagner is involved in several art-educational outreach programs, including O.T.B. (Outside the Box), which offers therapeutic art sessions to adults with developmental disabilities.

Recycled is an education in the manner in which art is produced in an unpredictable market. The trick for McAfee and Wagner is to keep the artwork equally unpredictable.

For more on Wagner; for more on McAfee.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Thinking like Kurt

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Outside of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and writing about it, so I feel that I am now qualified to say that both the library and the people who work there are wonderful in every way.

I promise you, I have my reasons. One of them is their upcoming event in which we want every single one of you to participate. The KVML is holding an essay contest asking participants to tell the library why Vonnegut’s writing is just as relevant as ever. Only requirements? Keep it under 1,000 words, include a cover sheet with your contact information and send it in by March 25.

The top three essays will be posted on the KVML blog, and the top prize will receive two tickets to the Night of Vonnegut event, which will be held April 16 at 7 p.m. I got to chat with Corey Dalton, the online media director and most frequent blogger—with a special, unexpected guest appearance from Julia Whitehead, executive director, president and library founder—about the contest, Night of Vonnegut and even some upcoming events they’re excited about.

Dalton said the Night of Vonnegut is sure to be as enjoyable as it was last year. Vonnegut’s own bloodline will be in attendance, along with keynote speaker of the night, Steve Inskeep from Morning Edition on NPR. In an especially clever idea, the night will be held at the Marott, which, for any diehard Vonnegut fan out there, will remember as being mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine. Dalton said his favorite part of the night last year was the dramatic reading of a scene from Cat’s Cradle, and while he doesn’t know what will be performed this year, he’s only excited for the possibilities.

In essence, everything will be beautiful and nothing will hurt. Therefore, getting two free tickets from the contest would be amazing, and Dalton, currently pursuing his master’s in creative writing, offered his friendly advice for those hopefuls entering.

“The weirder, the better,” he said. “Get creative. Surprise us. But keep it heartfelt. That’s always how Kurt did it.”

Truer words have never been spoken. While you work on those essays, the library will keep doing what they do, having visitors from Ohio to Austria coming in, becoming a regular venue for public discourse, updating the blog with your sweet Vonnegut tats, planning a workshop to be held in the summer for teachers about how to properly teach good ol’ Kurt in the classroom and fully recreating Vonnegut’s working space in the back of the library, with a window and a picture of his father to be added soon.

Visit the Vonnegut Memorial Library website for full details on the Night of Vonnegut Writing Contest.

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Annual art auction supports GLBT youth

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 11:26 AM


On Saturday night, Indiana Youth Group (IYG) will hold their annual fundraiser, an art auction, at the Wheeler Arts Community Center (1035 Saunders Street). IYG, located at 2943 E. 46th Street (on the corner of 46th and Binford), is a safe haven for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to meet their peers, get support, and have fun. Most of the youth are ages 16-19, but some attendees are as young as 12. IYG provides support services to its clientele until individuals turn 21, at which point they are referred to the organization’s Gay Adult Program to make the transition into the ‘real world’ a little less harrowing.

New to the auction, now in its 11th year, will be artwork for sale by some of IYG’s youth. Programming at IYG includes drawing classes led by Bobbie K. Owens that help the youth develop a positive self-image. Owens will present an art installation on Saturday night whose theme is anti-bullying. (Though unrelated to the auction, the Jewish Community Center will present an anti-bullying symposium on March 18 and 19.)

Saturday’s event is primarily a silent auction, though some live auction items are available. Up for grabs are gift baskets, pottery, tables with mosaic designs, and a Ru Paul doll signed by the artist himself. Take a look at the auction catalog here.

The art auction is IYG’s one major fundraiser of the year. The organization has been in business since 1992 and has, on average, 75 youth hanging out on a Friday night. Plans are being made to move to a facility on a bus line so that more youth will have access to the great work that IYG does. Programming includes book clubs, support groups, a youth council, and a writing group. Interested youth are invited to visit on Wednesdays and Thursdays when there are generally 10-20 youth present. Contact IYG at 317-541-8726 to make arrangements. Visit IYG online at

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Go & Do: Your arts weekend, March 11-13

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Kerry Bishe stars in Kevin Smiths film, Red State.
  • Kerry Bishe stars in Kevin Smith's film, "Red State."

First off, just let me say that no matter what else you’re doing this weekend, make sure you hang out downtown. Going to theater somewhere? Hang out downtown after. Going to the NUVO Nightlife Guide party at TRU in Broad Ripple? Hang out downtown after. Why? Because it’s Big Ten Championships, folks, and there will be thousands of people here from all over the Midwest and beyond and you’ll want to meet them and gladhand them and embrace them with your Hoosier, down-to-earth, no-nonsense savoir faire. Why, we’re so confident in our homespun selves, we can even use French terms, without fear of recrimination! So. Go downtown, press the flesh, spread the world of the coming revolution, especially if you know about any coming revolution.

Our Do or Die pick this week is Kevin Smith’s unconventional approach to releasing his new film, Red State. Rather than go through a studio or distributor, Smith is doing it DIY and taking it cross-country, offering both the movie and a post-movie Q&A (led by Smith himself, presumably), in order to both raise awareness about the film and gain back what the movie originally cost. We like that “pushing the envelope outside the box” sort of mentality, but that’s no surprise when it comes to Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).

The aforementioned Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will be fascinating, even if you don’t go, because fans will be wearing the colors of the teams they are supporting, a lead-in to an impromptu conversation, if you’re into that sort of thing. Impromptu conversing with other humans, I mean; we know you love basketball. While we figure IU won’t make it far, Purdue might, and we care about these particular teams because we are, basically, territorial animals, and thus proximity is important on an anthropological, evolutionary basis. Get the low-down on the contest from Andrew Roberts.

If your team loses, why not embrace the tragedy of it all (or should I say la tragédie of it all) and commiserate with Carmen? The Indianapolis Opera’s season opener is La Tragédie de Carmen by George Bizet, adapted by Peter Brook. Credited as George Bizet’s most popular opera, La Tragédie is based on a young gypsy, Carmen, who incites love and jealousy from two young suitors, and who knows, maybe there’s a basketball contest loss thrown in there somewhere.

It’s Fringe Festival all year ‘round these days, as the folks at IndyFringe are filling their stage up with all sorts of performance art. For you Fringe fans, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Monkey Poet is back — AKA comedian Matt Penesh, performing in two shows, Welcome to the UK! and in an American premiere, Welcome to Afghanistan. A hit from the Edinburgh Fringe, Afghanistan is based off the memoir of Lt. John Greenwood who was involved in the first Anglo-Afghan war in 1839. UK is purely stand-up, but partly promotional for his album which will be on sale at the show. See both shows!

Here’s a new one at Herron, one of our premier arts destinations. They’re hitting it out of the park with their next show (had to use a different-than-basketball sports metaphor there), a reception and exhibit that includes Finnish artist William Dennisuk, Serbian artist Ivana Popov and Canadian artist Daniel Jolliffe. Sounds like a world party to me! The installation is perfectly timed with Indiana's growing appreciation for the current flourishing — and occasional controversy surrounding — of our city’s public sculptures.

If you like your music with a Celtic flair — and we know you’re looking forward to St. Patty’s Day activities — then check out Camerata Ireland. Sponsored by Tourism Ireland, this splash of Celtic charm will include programs infused with Mozart, Rossini and Barber as well as the vocals of Celine Byrne. The concert, honored by the joint patronage of Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and HRH Queen Elizabeth II, is a celebration of Ireland and its rich musical talent. Sounds grand!

Is this self-promotion? Nope. NUVO knows how to throw a dance party, and so I’m not gonna miss our Nightlife Guide Launch Party. The DJ list is beatific. It’s the folks I-want-to-play-at-my-wake list, even though I ain’t in any hurry to die or anything: A Squared Industries; OhBeOne; Indiana Jones; Twin Peaks; Action Jackson; Helicon; Jackola; Matt Allen; Stylistic; Uzo; Jamestown and Kodama. Celebrate nightlife at the nightlife guide launch party; how ouroboros can you get!

Anybody who knows me knows I am the height of fashion. Really, my fashion sense is so refined, I am wearing the same clothes I have donned for 20, even 30 years. Truly, my “era” just keeps coming back ‘round, again and again! But if you want to get up to speed (‘nother sports metaphor, for those of you keeping count) on what the cool kids are wearing, then Midwest Fashion Week is your place to be. We thought this was such a cool event, we did a feature on it.

If you haven’t been to a Naptown Roller Girls bout then, well, you’re a diminished human being and it’s time to rectify that! The ever-impressive Naptown Roller Girls are playing on Saturday at the Shamrock and Roll bout against Milwaukee's Brewcity Bruisers, the NRG’s fifth bout this season. It's a double header, with the NRG's Warning Belles playing the first bout, and the Tornado Sirens playing second.

Finally, we like stories. That’s what got us into this madness of working for a newspaper. So we’re pumped that Antonio Sacre is here. The award-wining solo performance artist is brought to you by Storytelling Arts of Indiana, whose organization's annual benefit, Talk of the Town, will precede the show, which includes a buffet dinner, games, a silent auction and a chance to talk with Sacre.

So there ya go, it’s fashion week here in Indy: people will be dressed in all sorts of costumes, from roller derby uniforms, to school logos to edgy fashion. Get out there and see it!

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Herron painted with philanthropic brush

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Philanthropists extraordinaire: Sidney and Lois Eskenazi.
  • Philanthropists extraordinaire: Sidney and Lois Eskenazi.

Herron School of Art and Design is set to begin renovations on their sculpture and ceramics facility thanks in part to a generous donation made by Sidney and Lois Eskenazi.

Originally opened in 2000, the 26,000 sq. ft. building will be renamed the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Fine Arts Center in honor of the philanthropic duo’s generous contribution. The contribution was characterized as “transformational.”

Additional space was made a necessity at the school in light of an increase in undergrad enrollment, the launch of new Master of Fine Art degree programs and a successful public art initiative promoted by the school.

The sculpture and ceramics facility, located at 1350 Indiana Ave., has already been recognized as one of the best of its kind in higher education and the hope is that the continued infusion of community support will allow it to become a signature fine arts center.

Construction on the building is tentatively scheduled to be finished by 2012 and the finished result will boast an expansion of 10,000 sq. ft. as well as extensive renovations to the 38,000 sq. ft. warehouse that was already on site.

The expansions will be used to house art studios, classrooms, galleries and community art programs.

The Eskenazi’s are not alone in their patronage of the arts. The revamping of the sculpture and ceramic facility was also benefited by the generosity of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, George and Diane Seybert, Don Gummer and Meryl Streep, Drs. Thomas and Shirley Mueller and other members of Herron’s Advisory Board.

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