What if the totality of our experience was like a bush or a small tree? At the core of it a trunk, one soul's essence from which numerous branches emerge ... lifetimes, perhaps. From each of these, tiny buds of experience are born and burst into a thorn or a flower. If this were the case, what if one of those branches turned brown and sickly? Would we cut it off, or would we drench the soil at the base of the tree with nutrients and water? If each of these branches and their tiny buds and needles represented part of a past life experience, or potential for the future, wouldn't they continue to generate new growth?
Alex Alex, manager of Klub Kameleon, 120 E. Market St., spends his time running the show and keeping things together around the club, but it's on Friday nights, Salsa Fridays, that he really comes into his own.
Thanks for including a photograph and sending someone over to hear the speech (Dispatch, "We Rationalize Our Futility," April 28-May 5) but you could have added a "how to get involved" sidebar and let folks know how they can help to get him [Ralph Nader] on the Indiana ballot in the coming month. The campaign has set a goal of 41,000 signatures by June 30, 2004. For a local contact: Dallas Stoner at email@example.com.
It's not just about who's president, its about who the president lets influence him.
Posted by Tim Gapinski
The Humane Society of Indianapolis hopes to move on from controversy over alleged mismanagement and a devastating financial freefall. In late 2001, it first faced questions regarding poor animal care while its finances reached a historical peak. More recently, HSI faced allegations of financial mismanagement as assets plummeted and questions about the organization's viability surfaced. In addition, questions lingered about how effectively HSI spent its money to help animals in the city.
While I tend to place November and December at the top of my hit parade of months, May comes in a very close third. It's the final month of spring, the last month of non-90 degree weather and people seem to be in a pretty cheerful mood.
Vietnam is like a neighbor's dog that won't stop barking late at night. That's the way it seems now that we have George Bush and John Kerry trading blows about what each one did or did not do during that war some 30-odd years ago. For people who have come of age during the Reagan or Clinton years, the bitterness of this back and forth must seem more than a little self-indulgent and bizarre - like being trapped in the basement with a couple of inebriated uncles at a particularly mean-spirited family reunion.
Back when minimalism was a statement of sorts, an in-your-face gesture on the part of some artists who sought to strip bare the conventions of academic art and its inherent formalism, it was hip to be spare. Nowadays, abstract artists can be considered formalists; abstraction is an institution, taught in art schools and considered mainstream.
Recently, a shake-up at the beleaguered ABC network resulted in an unconventional solution. Parent company CEO Michael Eyeswideshutner says that he "was ready to clean house, completely," as ABC consistently found itself near the bottom in the ratings wars.
Leonard Bernstein's spectacular Mass, for singers, players and dancers, requires a marching band, rock band, chamber orchestra, three choirs, dance troupe and 12 actors. This Indianapolis Arts Chorale program is yet another gutsy undertaking for artistic director Chris Ludwa. "It's fun, it's brilliant, universally appealing and hasn't been done in Indianapolis for over 20 years," enthuses Ludwa, adding, "People in this cast were in the Butler sell-out production in the late 1970s when Bernstein was in the audience."
I listen to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh sometimes. His social and political stances are almost always the opposite of mine, but that doesn't matter, because Limbaugh is a conservative second and a showman first. He is a provocateur whose goal is to keep the true believers riled up while infuriating those with differing viewpoints.
Art Chicago is a one-stop shop to take the temperature of what's happening in art today. This is the place where you might actually rub shoulders with the likes of Steve Martin and Jack Nicholson and never leave the Midwest. Art Chicago is America's most established international art show. Over 150 galleries from around the world are represented and the works of over 2,500 artists will be for sale.
"Why do they hate us?" That's been a recurring question on a lot of American minds for the past couple of years or so. And during that same period of time we've had a president whose answer to that question can be boiled down to a single word: envy.
Internationally acclaimed baritone Timothy Noble will say good-bye to one of opera's greatest characters - he will perform as Rigoletto for the last time in Indianapolis Opera's show of the same name May 7 at 8 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m., at Clowes Hall.
Jwoods, aka Allen Imagery, has been writing poetry for nearly 10 years and has been a national award-winning photographer with Prestige Portraits for six years. He recently released his debut book of poetry and photography, WaterMelanin. For more information, e-mail AllenImagery@tmail.com.
It took a while, but Indianapolis at least once got to hear, in person, master cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi on April 27 before his final season as an IU Music School faculty member - a position he's held since 1988. The celebrated Japanese artist joined his fellow countryman, violinist Hidetaro Suzuki, and Suzuki's pianist wife, Cuban-born Zeyda Ruga Suzuki, for an evening of gorgeous string playing, capping in splendid fashion this season's International Violin Competition of Indianapolis-sponsored Suzuki and Friends chamber series. Of course, I'm counting the piano as a stringed instrument and Mrs. Suzuki as one of its champions.
The Strokes are living proof that you can be too cool for your own good.
The New York band's fine 2001 debut album, Is This It?, churned up such a hype vortex that the backlash began almost before the accolades did.
She seems so alone and vulnerable up there, just her and a piano in front of a crowd. Yet Katie Trotta sings with the voice of experience in her stripped-down and intensely personal tunes. Though she's just 18, the music in her live appearances and on her first album, Release, has the low and quiet air of someone in their 30s looking back on something that happened long ago in a world that no longer quite exists.
Diners have long been the haven of late-night cravers. Where else can you satisfy an urge for a short stack or a steaming platter of biscuits and gravy at 2 a.m.? Here in Naptown, where the "nap" isn't merely a moniker for our city name, it's a point of pride that not all restaurants roll up their doormats at 10 o'clock. Those of us unafraid of the effects of midnight munching have eagerly awaited the opening of Indy's latest 24-hour eatery.
The 13th Easter Seals Crossroads Wine Cornucopia, presented by 21st Amendment Wine & Spirits and Perkins Van Natta Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Skin Care, offers an evening of enjoyment and elegance.
The event features the opportunity to taste some of the world's best wines at dozens of tasting stations as well as a silent auction, a light hors d'oeuvre buffet and entertainment by Jack Gilfoy Trio. The silent auction will feature wines, art, collectibles and other intriguing items.