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Thursday, June 26, 2014

UIndy announces most of its 2014-15 arts season

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

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  • Ed Funk, "Not a Damn Ribbon"

Earlier this week, UIndy bombarded us with announcements for 2014-15 arts events - and now we're passing along the details to you. The following are lineups for the Kellogg Writers Series, the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery and the UIndy Department of Theater. We're still waiting for word on music programming, of which UIndy offers a steady diet.

Possible highlights? Looking at the theater season, Urinetown: The Musical is pretty darn funny and Butler did a nice job with Eurydice a few years back.

On the visual arts side, you have two historically significant shows opening the fall semester: a 10-year retrospective of work facilitated by Big Car Collaborative and a tribute to the recently departed Ed Funk, once-owner of Dolphin Papers.

And while I couldn't claim to be familiar with all the folks on the Kellogg Writers Series, some of the up-and-coming poets intrigue, as well as the indefatigable and usually hilarious Fort Wayne native Michael Martone and Sports Illustrated investigative reporter George Dohrmann. And UIndy was ahead of the curve by booking an appearance by Jennifer Percy before her book exploded, so who knows if, for instance, first-time novelist Katie Coyle will ride in on a wave of acclaim.


University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre

Urinetown: The Musical
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
8 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 23-25; 2 p.m. Oct. 19
UIndy's Ransburg Auditorium, Esch Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: $12 general; $10 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID
Free preview: 8 p.m. Oct. 16
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years - and winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book and Score - Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution. In a Gotham-like city, a water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission. Among the people, a hero plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

Student-Directed Productions
8 p.m. Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-6
UIndy's Studio Theatre, Esch Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: $12 general; $10 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID
Free preview: 8 p.m. Nov. 20
Half-Price Second Thursday: 8 p.m. Dec. 4
Student-Directed Productions typically are fully staffed and designed by students, who use them as a laboratory experience, putting into practice the principles they have learned in the classroom. Working closely with the faculty and staff, the students select, cast and direct the plays and supervise the lighting, design and construction for the productions. Specific shows to be announced.

Dinner Theatre: The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon
Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26-28; dinner 6:45 p.m., performance 8 p.m.
UIndy's Schwitzer Student Center Dining Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: $26 general; $24 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID; $14 for UIndy students, faculty and staff
Free preview: 8 p.m. Feb. 19 (performance only, no dinner)
Half-Price Second Thursday: 8 p.m. Feb. 26 ($6, performance only, no dinner)
In this adaptation written by the original playwright himself, neat-freak Florence Unger moves in with sloppy, outspoken Olive Madison. Instead of the four guys who come over to Oscar's place each Friday night to play poker, there are four women who get together at Olive's each Friday to play Trivial Pursuit. Instead of the Pigeon sisters, the upstairs neighbors of Florence and Olive are the Costazuela brothers from Spain.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
8 p.m. April 17-19 and 23-25
UIndy's Ransburg Auditorium, Esch Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: $12 general; $10 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID
Free preview: 8 p.m. April 16
Half-Price Second Thursday: 8 p.m. April 23
This production recounts the classic Greek myth of Orpheus in modern times through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.


Visual arts at the University of Indianapolis

The Department of Yes: 10 Years of Big Car Collaborative in Indianapolis
Aug. 25 through Sept. 26
UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Reception: 4-8 p.m. Sept. 8
Admission: Free
This retrospective show highlights a decade of work by the Indianapolis-based arts and community-building collective Big Car, as its affiliated artists have experimented with collaborative projects, programs and exhibitions ranging from surreal performances to family-friendly social engagement. Visitors will experience an interactive, multimedia timeline of past work and also can take part in new work being made in the gallery space. During the Sept. 8 reception, attendees can enjoy a live showcase in the adjacent Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, featuring an eclectic lineup of performers who have entertained audiences in partnership with Big Car over the past 10 years.

Ed Funk: Printmaker, Painter
Oct. 6-31
UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Reception: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 6
Admission: Free
Ed Funk was a printmaker and painter active in the Indianapolis art scene from the 1980s until his death in 2013. From lithography to woodcuts, he experimented with new approaches to printmaking while pushing the abstraction of form. The Navy veteran also was known to many in Indianapolis and across the country as the owner of Dolphin Papers art supply company, and he was an invaluable resource to students and artists from all walks of life.

UIndy Department of Art & Design Faculty Exhibition
Nov. 10 through Dec. 12
UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Reception: 4-6 p.m. Nov. 10
Admission: Free
Faculty from the University of Indianapolis Department of Art & Design showcase their own artwork in the areas of ceramics, graphic arts, painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking.

Eclipse: Mike Baur & Steve Mueller
Jan. 12 through Feb. 6
UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Reception: 4-6 p.m. Jan. 16
Admission: Free
Two Chicago-based artists, sculptor Mike Baur and painter Steve Mueller, combine their talents to present an array of abstract but eerily familiar images and forms. Baur uses steel, concrete and found objects to create sculpture motivated by his interest in industrial components, architecture and landscapes. Mueller, inspired by sojourns to Australia, uses ochres - earth pigments with mineral oxides in varying shades of red, orange, yellow, brown and black - to interpret the basic form of the arch or mound in compact but powerful two-dimensional compositions.

Loteria: Hector Duarte
Feb. 16 through March 20
UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Reception: 4-6 p.m. Feb. 16
Admission: Free
Painter Hector Duarte was born in Michoacan, Mexico, in 1952. Before moving to Chicago in 1985, he exhibited studio work in a number of cities in central Mexico, including Zamora, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, and Mexico City. In Chicago, Duarte has been active in public art, working on more than 40 murals in the past 15 years. Much of his work is inspired by current and historical human struggles, both collective and personal. "Through my paintings, I hope to seek out and contribute to the beauty and sanctity inherent in meaningful struggle and pain," he says.

Art & Design Student Juried Student Exhibition
March 30 through May 3
UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Reception: 4-7 p.m. March 30
Admission: Free
This annual juried exhibition showcases the art and design work of University of Indianapolis students.


Kellogg Writers Series 2014-2015

Poet Todd Davis
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
Todd Davis is the author of four full-length collections of poetry as well as a limited-edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball and co-edited Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poetry has been featured on public radio's The Writer's Almanac and have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in such journals and magazines as The American Poetry Review and The North American Review. He teaches at Penn State University's Altoona College.

Fiction writer Michael Martone
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
Fort Wayne native Michael Martone is director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama and author of five books of short fiction, including Seeing Eye (Zoland Books, 1995), Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle (Broad Ripple Press, 1994), Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List (Indiana University Press, 1990), Safety Patrol (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988) and Alive and Dead in Indiana (Alfred A. Knopf, 1984). He has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest for University of Iowa Press: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest (1988) and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest (1992). His own collection of essays about the Midwest, titled The Flatness and Other Landscapes (University of Georgia Press, 2000), won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 1998.

Fiction writer Karen Gettert Shoemaker
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Karen Gettert Shoemaker is a writer and teacher living in Lincoln, Neb. Her novel The Meaning of Names was published by Red Hen Press in 2014, and her first collection of short fiction, Night Sounds and Other Stories, was published in the United States by Dufour Editions in 2002 and in the United Kingdom by Parthian Books in 2006. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in leading journals and have been anthologized in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry, and Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace: An Untidy Season. She received her Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997 and is currently a writing mentor in the university's MFA in Writing program.

Fiction writer Jeffrey Condran
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
Jeffrey Condran is the author of Prague Summer (Counterpoint, 2014), a debut novel that has been called "tense and atmospheric," as well as the story collection A Fingerprint Repeated. (Press 53, 2013). His work has been honored with several awards, including The Missouri Review's William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he is a co-founder of the independent literary press Braddock Avenue Books.

Journalist George Dohrmann
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
George Dohrmann is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated specializing in investigative projects. He has contributed to stories on college sports scandals, dogfighting, the agent business and gambling rings in the NHL and NFL. He was among a team of reporters who wrote an award-winning 2002 package of stories that led to baseball's first attempt at a steroid policy, and he is
one of only five sportswriters to have won a Pulitzer Prize, winning in 2000 for stories exposing widespread academic fraud in the University of Minnesota basketball program. Dohrmann is the author of the book Play Their Hearts Out and winner of the 2011 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. His campus visit also is part of UIndy's annual University Series and Sutphin Lecture Series.

Fiction writer Katie Coyle
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
Katie Coyle grew up in Fair Haven, N.J, and holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her debut novel Vivian Apple at the End of the World will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2015. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, The Southeast Review, Cobalt and Critical Quarterly. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, and she blogs at katiecoyle.com.

Poet Teresa Mei Chuc
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and immigrated to the United States with her mother and brother seeking political asylum shortly after the Vietnam War, while her father remained in a Vietcong "reeducation" camp for nine years. Her poetry has appeared in leading journals including The National Poetry Review and in anthologies such as New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press, 2010), With Our Eyes Open: Poems of the New American Century (West End Press, 2014) and Mo' Joe (Beatlick Press, 2014). She has published two full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread: Poems (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014).

Poet Alice Friman
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1
Schwitzer Student Center, Room 010, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
Alice Friman is professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis. Her sixth full-length collection of poetry is The View from Saturn (LSU Press, 2014). Her previous book, Vinculum, won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. She received a 2012 Pushcart Prize and is included in Best American Poetry 2009. Other books include The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Zoo, which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University. She lives in Milledgeville, Ga., where she is poet-in-residence at Georgia College. Her podcast series, Ask Alice, can be seen on YouTube. Her campus visit also is part of UIndy's annual University Series.

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