Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Spirit & Place: Top ten picks for opening weekend

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This year's Spirit & Place theme — Journey — will be explored via 38 programs over ten days, opening Nov. 7 at The Hall and closing with the Public Conversation on Nov. 16 (featuring, among others, Gail Sweeney, with whom we'll chat in next week). Here are our top ten picks for events through Nov. 10, though please check spiritandplace.org to see if anything else intrigues.

A photo booth at the launch party for ALL-IN asked participants to tell the camera why they love Indiana.
  • A photo booth at the launch party for ALL-IN asked participants to tell the camera why they love Indiana.

Taking It ALL-IN

Nov. 7, 5-8 p.m. Spirit & Place opens with a reception at The Hall tied into Indiana Humanities' ALL-IN campaign, which encourages you, the viewer at home, to get the hell off your couch and go do some stuff (and then tell everyone else about it). Scorecards will be available featuring Indy-based challenges, the Transit Center Graffiti Bus will make round-trips with members of ComedySportz on board, Cultural Cannibals will provide music — and there'll be surprises which we ought not spoil.
The Hall, 202 N. Alabama St., FREE

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A Poetic Journey Through Urban America

Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This launch party for Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets will feature a keynote by Coleman Barks, a Tennessee-based poet best known for his Rumi translations, along with readings and talks by several poets featured in the anthology. Co-edited by Indiana's first poet laureate, Joyce Brinkman, Urban Voices features contributions former US Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Ted Kooser, along with a ton of current and former state poet laureates.
Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University, FREE (optional $10 lunch with poets)

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Running Bravely Through Life
Nov. 8, 1-4 p.m. When Billy Mills won the Olympic gold in the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, he became not only the second Native American to win an Olympic gold medal (Jim Thorpe was the first), but also the only American to win the Olympic gold in the event (and that designation stands today). Mills, a member of the Ogata Lakota tribe, will field questions following a screening of Running Brave, a 1983 dramatic re-telling of his life story, and sign copies of his 1990 book Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding, written with Nicholas Sparks.
Eiteljorg Museum, $12 adult, $10 senior, $6 kids 5-17

Dan Carpenter
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From Addiction and Loss to Wholeness

Nov. 8, 1:30-3 p.m. Former Indianapolis Star columnist Dan Carpenter, self-help author Diana J. Ensign and City-County Councilor Maggie A. Lewis are among the panelists for this discussion of the ways in which spirituality, music, writing and public policy can help facilitate recovery.
Fairbanks Recovery Center, FREE

Drew Cameron and Drew Matott's Breaking Rank was created on paper made from military uniforms.
  • Drew Cameron and Drew Matott's Breaking Rank was created on paper made from military uniforms.

Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day

Nov. 8, 2-3:30 p.m. Also part of VonnegutFest, this panel discussion led by Kelly McKevers, an Iraq war correspondent for NPR, will look at the ways in which art has helped veterans to transition to civilian life.  “Vonnegut turned to writing as a way of coping with his trauma,” explains Julia Whitehead, director of the Vonnegut Memorial Library. “Vets understand how he felt after the War, what he wanted to do, the importance of sharing.” Panelists include Jim Brown, director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs; Olivia Cobiskey, U.S. Army captain, Iraq war veteran and writer; and Kenona Southwell of the Military Family Research Institute. The event will also feature a Combat Paper making demonstration. The Combat Paper project gives vets the opportunity to make paper from their old uniforms and then use the results to create broadsides, books or journals.
Clowes Auditorium, Central Library, FREE

Carrie Newcomer
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Light, Living, Laughter and Hope

Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m. Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, who identifies as a Quaker, will team up with Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso for a night of songs and storytelling to “illuminate the presence of the sacred throughout life's journey,” according to event materials.
Christian Theological Seminary, $20 adult, $15 student/senior

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John Zwara : Artist, Patient, Wanderer
Nov. 9, 1-3:30 p.m. Herron art therapy professor Juliet King and former Indiana State Museum curator Rachel Perry will talk about the work of John Zwara, an artist diagnosed with schizophrenia who was committed to Central State Hospital in 1938, as well as the history of mental health in Indianapolis and the benefits of art therapy. And there could be no more evocative place to discuss such issues than the Indiana Medical History Museum's turn-of-the-century teaching amphitheater.
Indiana Medical History Museum, $5

Katie Basbagill's photographs of Bihari people living in Bangladeshi refugee camps will be exhibited during OBAT Helper's Spirit & Place event.
  • Katie Basbagill's photographs of Bihari people living in Bangladeshi refugee camps will be exhibited during OBAT Helper's Spirit & Place event.

From Indianapolis to Bangladesh

Nov. 9, 2-4 p.m. When East Pakistan became Bangladesh in 1971, the Bihari people, an ethnic minority that had already been displaced by Partition in 1947, were more or less left behind. They weren't granted Bangladeshi citizenship. They weren't allowed to return to their ancestral lands in India. And they weren't repatriated by Pakistan. The Indy-based non-profit OBAT Helpers is dedicated to supporting those Biharis stranded in camps, and they'll tell their story through a documentary (Journey to Change), discussion and photo exhibition.
Second Presbyterian Church, donations accepted

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Life Dances

Nov. 9, 2-4 p.m. Dance Kaleidoscope members are collaborating with community elders to create this series of dance performances based on their lives that will incorporate projected images of keepsakes and photos.
Arthur M. Glick JCC, FREE

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Musical Journeys of Immigrant Composers

Nov. 10, 7:30-9 p.m. Works Chen Yi, Sergei Rachmaninov, Kurt Weill, Paul Ben-Haim, Joachim Stutschewski and Marc Lavry are on the docket for this program presented by faculty performers with guest cellist Ingrid Fischer-Bellman.
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, FREE
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Slideshow: IndyHub's 5x5 at the Dallara IndyCar Factory

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5x5 — Re:Populate at Dallara IndyCar Factory

Urban Patch's Indy Redbud Project, a plan to restore the tree canopy in the Mapleton Fall Creek area by planting a redbud grove and hosting an Indy Redbud Festival, won the $10,000 grand prize on Oct. 30 at 2014's final 5x5 idea pitching competition, coordinated by IndyHub and hosted by the Dallara IndyCar Factory. IndyHub solicited "arts-inspired ideas" that would "invigorate living within Marion County" for the event.

By Stacy Kagiwada

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Slideshow: Art in Odd Places Indianapolis 2014

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Installations and performers populated Market Street and Monument Circle Oct. 17 and 18 during Art in Odd Places, a venerable public art fest held for the first time in Indianapolis.

By Mike Allee

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Three men wearing oversized parrot heads toss breadcrumbs on the north side of Monument Circle Friday afternoon. Bright colors emanate from a mysterious box placed in an alley behind the Circle Theatre, accompanied by an eerie score. A man dressed as a yellow lizard shouts nonsense and runs maniacally alongside traffic. We name but three of the 27 installation/performance pieces that were part of Art in Odd Places Indianapolis, a public arts fest held Oct. 17-18 on Market Street and Monument Circle.

The free event, hosted by Big Car Collaborative with support from IMA, the Arts Council and a long list of other organizations, was held to “animate public space, cause interaction and insert surprise," according to festival materials. Artists from as far away as Berlin, Germany and as close as Fountain Square participated. Their one requirement: Each piece had to somehow address the festival's theme of "free."

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Slideshow: Art vs. Art 2014

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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Primary Colours' Art vs. Art is an exceptionally brutal painting competition that finds paintings competing head-to-head, with the winner determined by audience voting. The winning painting in a bracket of 32 moves on the next round; the loser, unless someone intercedes to buy it, is destroyed via a method determined by a spin of the Wheel of Death. A $4,000 cash prize is awarded to the tournament winner. The 2014 edition of Art vs. Art was held Sept. 26 at The Vogue.

By Stacy Kagiwada

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Slideshow: Oranje 2014

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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Slideshow: Oranje 2014

The one-night art and music festival Oranje returned Saturday, Sept. 13 to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, featuring music acts on five stages and forty-plus visual artists. This year, Oranje added a Record Store lounge on the bottom floor of Centennial Hall filled with bins of vinyl records for sale provided by Indy CD and Vinyl and Luna Music. An outdoor beer garden offering local craft beers was also popular.

By Mike Allee

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

NSFW: A peek at the Kinsey's Mapplethorpe shows

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Self Portrait, 1980. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.
  • Self Portrait, 1980. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.

From Oct. 10 to Nov. 22, IU's Grunwald Gallery, in partnership with the Kinsey Institute, will present 30 of Robert Mapplethorpe's "most memorable and most difficult" photographs alongside work by the artist's contemporaries and/or influences. That "memorable and difficult" quote comes from the president of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, which donated the 30 photos, taken between 1976 and 1985, to the Kinsey Institute in 2011. The collection includes well-known Mapplethorpe images such as "Embrace" and "Snakeman," as well as lesser-seen work, including "three heterosexual images," according to the Kinsey Institute's Catherine Johnson-Roehr. (Note that the self-portrait above is not included in the show, but the Kinsey offered it to us for promo purposes — and it's too striking not to include in this post, no?)

The show comes 25 years after Mapplethorpe became a household name during Senator Jesse Helms's assault on federal arts funding. Or, if you'd prefer, 24 years after the director of Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center was tried and acquitted on charges of promoting obscenity by exhibiting Mapplethorpe's work. 

Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs from The Kinsey Institute Collection will run in conjunction with Beyond Mapplethorpe: Selections from The Kinsey Institute, featuring 20-plus photos by Tom Bianchi, George Platt Lynes, Len Prince, Bettina Rheims, Herb Ritts and Arthur Tress, among others.

Here are three more photos from the Mapplethorpe show, plus a few from the Beyond Mapplethorpe show. (Disclaimer: Some subjects aren't fully clothed.)

Embrace, 1982. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.
  • Embrace, 1982. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.


Frank Diaz, 1980. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.
  • Frank Diaz, 1980. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.


Snakeman, 1981. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.
  • Snakeman, 1981. ©The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy of The Kinsey Institute®.


Len Prince, Untitled, n.d. © Len Prince 2014.
  • Len Prince, Untitled, n.d. © Len Prince 2014.


George Platt Lynes, Male nudes, 1955. © Estate of George Platt Lynes.
  • George Platt Lynes, Male nudes, 1955. © Estate of George Platt Lynes.


Arthur Tress, Boot Fantasy, NY, 1979. © Arthur Tress 2014.
  • Arthur Tress, Boot Fantasy, NY, 1979. © Arthur Tress 2014.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Slideshow: Subsurface Graffiti Expo 2014

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Crews from across the Midwest spent Sept. 5-7 in Fountain Square, creating 12 new aerosol murals around the neighborhood as part of the Subsurface Graffiti Expo.

By Mike Allee

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Graffiti writer Amuse126 drove down from Chicago last weekend to paint his name on a wall in Fountain Square. He was but one of the many artists in attendance for this year’s edition of the Subsurface Graffiti Expo.

Crews from across the Midwest have been traveling to Indianapolis annually to create colorful, new aerosol works, often painting over what they or someone else painted the year before. Several of the writers have been coming since the event’s early years, but coordinators keep their eyes peeled to bring in new names and new styles to beef up the roster.

Subsurface is traditionally held over Labor Day weekend, but this year, it was moved out a week for the first time to avoid conflicts with a similar program being held in St. Louis. Organizers are considering holding the event earlier in the year in 2015. According to coordinator 6Cents, “There are becoming too many events we either have to compete with or miss ourselves at the end of summer.“

Now in its 12th consecutive year, Subsurface operates off little to no funds. It exists and continues to draw talent only because artists find it a valuable opportunity to create new works and express themselves. In 2014, the focus was once again on the walls in the Fountain Square area, where the group appears to have found its new home.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Working big: A visit to Phil O'Malley's gargantuan studio

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Phil O'Malley's 40-foot-tall “Finding Your Way From Wander to Wonder" was unveiled Aug. 17 in the Clowes Hall front lobby.
  • Phil O'Malley's 40-foot-tall “Finding Your Way From Wander to Wonder" was unveiled Aug. 17 in the Clowes Hall front lobby.

Judging just by the number of paintings and paintbrushes in his behemoth, 6,600 square foot studio in the Enterprise Center (55 S. State St.), Phil O'Malley has a lot going on. 

Then again, would you really expect O’Malley to have smaller digs? His 40 foot high by 20 foot wide painting for Clowes Hall's front lobby was unveiled Aug. 17. And he's been working on a solo show at the Herron School of Art and Design’s Marsh Gallery, opening Aug. 29.

Before we step into O'Malley's workspace, let’s spend some time talking about the massive painting, “Finding Your Way From Wander to Wonder,” that O’Malley, with a little help from his friends and Clowes staff, installed in on the south wall of the front lobby. Its size is impressive, as well as some of the other statistics associated with it. The painting required 12 gallons of paint and 20 gallons of acrylic primer. It took 240 hours to paint the thing. All of the drawing, spraying, squirting, mopping and brushing took place on the Clowes Hall stage between shows.

Another 360 man-hours were spent constructing the frame and installing the painting, which weighs 200 pounds. Twelve people were required to transfer the painting into position on a custom frame before being installed in the Clowes lobby.

The payoff was worth it. "From Wander to Wonder" is a luminescent painting that, in its abstraction, nevertheless bears some resemblance to an underwater seascape.

The companion exhibition, "Moment of Conception?" at Herron's Marsh Gallery will include an exhibit on the making of this massive painting, with documentation including timeline sketches, drawings, and three videos. The exhibit will also feature other work from the “Deep Down" series of which the massive canvas at Clowes is a part. "Moment of Conception?" was co-curated by O'Malley and C. J. Martin, with help from artists Naylor Musko and Steve Smolinski.

Back to the Enterprise Center. As O’Malley guides me past tables on wheels that are loaded with paints and brushes and all manner of in-progress projects — “I know it looks like organized chaos, or kind of organized, but I kind of know where everything is,” he says — he talks about the unique challenges of using the four-story-high interior of Clowes as a showcase for his art.

“There’s only 20 feet from the wall where the painting is to the back wall," he says. "And there are also four different levels for vistas. So for someone to be able to see it, they have to see it from the sides and from the balconies ... And rather than [having the piece] just sit in the space, hanging there, being decorative, it had to really function in the space. And I think what was so exciting about that challenge was to analyze all of those things and, plus, bring a theme to it that everybody could relate to. Everybody knows of sometime in their life when they had to find the strength or the courage to do something, whether it’s monumental or just to make a change in their diet.”

Hence, the painting's title, “Finding your Way from Wander to Wonder." According to O'Malley, getting from one to the other requires getting through a lot of "muck."

We then make our way into the half of his studio that was once the Midwest distribution center for Half Price Books. He shows me a sculpture laying flat on a table that will soon hang in the Herron’s Marsh Gallery, “The 5 Year Plan; 56.9,” which the 56-year-old O’Malley calls a self-portrait. The main elements in the sculpture are plastic Venetian blinds, 140 of them, pulled from the trash.

“We took the tops off ... hung them up on tubes, and I made a spray booth and sprayed all of them with color," he says. "The piece will undulate in both directions," with blinds hanging about 12 feet off the ground.

The piece is a timeline, O'Malley says: The colors of the rods correspond to stages of his life, some happier than others, but none finding him more more creatively engaged than in the present moment.

EVENTS:

"Finding Your Way From Wander to Wonder" can be seen free of charge at Clowes Hall from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

"The Moment of Conception?," featuring the work of Herron alumnus and Clowes artist-in-residence Phil O'Malley, runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 19 in the Marsh Gallery of Herron School of Art and Design.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hotel Rwanda's Paul Rusesabagina to open Madame Walker 2014-15 season

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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Paul Rusesabagina, the Rwandan hotel manager who sheltered Hutu and Tutsi refugees during the Rwandan genocide, will open the Madame Walker Theatre Center's 2014-15 season with an Aug. 28 talk followed by a screening of Hotel Rwanda, the 2004 film based on his work.

The season, the first under the leadership of new CEO and President Kathleen Spears, is titled "Journey to Freedom," and is, to quote from a brochure, "anchored by the core elements of our mission: cultural education, youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, art, entertainment, and civic engagement."

Arts and entertainment season highlights include a Sept. 12 concert by saxophonist Maceo Parker as part of Indy Jazz Fest; Savion Glover's one-man show Maria's Voice on Oct. 10; and an April 18 Macy Gray concert during the Walker's annual Spirit Awards.

The Walker's cultural eduction programming includes a Jan. 19 visit by Sarah Collins Rudolph, "the fifth little girl" injured in the 1963 bombing by white supremacists of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four African-American girls, including her sister. Rudolph's talk coincides with the opening of a traveling exhibit on the history of the Civil Rights Movement created by the National Civil Rights Museum and on display Jan. 19-Feb. 28.

The Walker's new Throwback Thursday film series will include a mix of fiction and documentary on the third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. September and October will feature the first and second volumes of Che, Steven Soderbergh's four-plus hour portrait of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara. 

Spears told NUVO in June that the Walker is getting back to its roots by hosting a film series: "When this building was built in 1927, it was a movie theater. And it was built because African-Americans would go to the Indiana Theatre up the street and be charged three or four times as much or not be admitted at all." 

Also launching in September is the First Friday art showcase Art on the Avenue, which will feature work by Julie Young, members of Outside the Box and Lilly Oncology on Canvas, among others. And the long-running Jazz on the Avenue, featuring local jazz on the Final Friday of the month, will keep on rolling through the fall, continuing Aug. 29 with a performance by Chubby Massey.

Head to the newly updated Walker site for more info on all events. Season tickets are available for $725 (or $950 for the VIP level), with half-season and entertainment-only packages available.
 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Art vs. Art paint day, main event coming up

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

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has announced a few more details about one of its signature programs: Art vs. Art, which pits painting against painting in a battle to the death.

This year's schedule starts with Paint Day on Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center, followed by the Main Event Sept. 26, 9 p.m.-midnight at the Vogue.

On Paint Day, artists have four hours to create a piece using only materials supplied by Prizm: a canvas, brushes and acrylic paints. Artist registration is open to all at primarycolours.org; the fee is $15 online and $20 at the door.

The first round of voting takes place online from Sept. 12 to 25, with the general public invited to pick their favorite three pieces. Top votegetters will make it to the Main Event, when audience voting will determine which painting will advance and which will be destroyed. The winner gets a cash prize of $4,000.

Have a gander at our coverage of a Paint Day in 2011 and the Main Event in 2012:
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Local arts organization Primary Colourspresents the infamous art competition, Art vs. Art. Early in September, competitors gathered at The City Market for Paint Day where individuals were given art supplies and four hours to create their artistic contenders. After a round of online voting, finalists face head-to-head audience votes at the Main Event held Sept 28th at The Vogue. Losers face the "Wheel of Death"; some art will die.

By Stacy Kagiwada

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Heaps of innocent paintings were destroyed Friday night at The Vogue as part of Art vs. Art. One piece emerged victorious, narrowly avoiding the chainsaw and acid bath.

By Stacy Kagiwada

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Slideshow: Gen Con 2014

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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There is no telling how many dice were rolled, spells cast or cards played at this year’s Gen Con.

By Mike Allee

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Gamers from as far away as Australia and Tokyo make the trip to Indianapolis each year to field test the latest tabletop and RPG releases.

For some, it's come as you are. But for those who come to cosplay, the question of “what to wear” can get downright serious.

Pittsburgh's Sheila Henderson, who dressed as a character from a Japanese comic book, spent the entire summer crafting her outfit. Sheila hand-sewed every stitch, and also fabricated her elaborate space weapon.

She does, however, admit to buying the shocking pink wig online along with a pair of white go-go boots.

Sheila packed a different, handmade outfit to wear for each day of the four day event. Last year she wore four completely different looks and says that she is already sketching designs for next year.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

The latest in Bradbury Studies

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Ray Eller with magazines featuring Bradbury stories from the Bradbury Center's collection.
  • Ray Eller with magazines featuring Bradbury stories from the Bradbury Center's collection.

The Indianapolis Public Library, in conjunction with the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, is launching a new initiative — an annual Bradbury Lecture, the first of which will be held 6 p.m., Aug. 20 in the West Reading Room of the Central Library. And who better to give the first talk than Ray Eller, director of the aforementioned Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.

Eller will ask and answer two questions, according to a news release: "How did Ray Bradbury, a child of the Great Depression who never attended college, become one of the best-known American writers of his time? And why does this master storyteller of the 20th century remain a powerful cultural influence today?"

The lecture will take place during Bradbury's birthday week, and the Center plans to schedule annual lectures during the same week leading up to the centenary of Bradbury's birth in 2020. 

Eller worked on two Bradbury-related publications to be published in early September: Ray Bradbury Unbound, the second in a three-volume biography —and volume two in the Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, a critical edition of Bradbury's work that started from his first published story. 

Also in Bradbury news: Tim Youd, a performance artist who has set a goal to retype 100 novels over five years, using a single piece of paper and the same make and model of typewriter used by the original author of the novel, will retype Fahrenheit 451 on a Royal KMM at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27. He'll then burn the finished piece at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library as part of the library's annual Banned Books programming. More on this as it develops. 
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