It’s First Friday, so I know where you’ll be on Friday, i.e. all over downtown Indy, of course, but there’s plenty else going on this weekend, from things heating up at the track, to the first in a long series of bicycle events. Let’s start off, though, with the First Friday shindigs.
I’ll note this one, since it’s pretty dang cool. And I’ll say up front it’s my own daughter — step-daughter — who’s cooked up this event, so I can speak (objectively, of course!) that it is going to be amazing: Celebration of Caribbean Music and Dance. Earth House is the site for a celebration of Caribbean culture, including photography (William Rasdell and Clare Wildhack-Nolan, my daughter), music (Kwanzaa Pops and reggae music) and dance (Into Salsa, Kathy Allender and Sancocho, featuring Iris Rosa). The photography exhibit focuses on the music and dance of Cuba, including traditional dances of the Islands. It’s at Earth House, too, only adding to its allure; Clare traveled on a Lilly Endowment teacher fellowship, so this show is a result of that trip last summer.
Here’s some other First Friday events, not to be missed!
A pattern emerges: Beth Guipe Hall ALSO received one of those Lilly teacher fellowships, and she’ll be showing off her work inspired by her journey to Oaxaca in her exhibit: Valley of the Zapoteca. We thought this was new work was so cool, we turned Dan Grossman loose on writing a story. Also featured throughout the Harrison: paintings by Susan Hodgin, work by collage and mixed media artist Hector del Campo, dance lessons and performances by IntoSalsa, work from St. Richard's students, and Harrison artists' open studios. Visit www.harrisoncenter.org for more information.
Doug Arnholter’s Perspectives: This month, the works of Doug Arnholter are tucked behind the turquoise walls of Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage. The exhibit, entitled Perspectives, is meant to challenge our differences. The featured work, which includes contemporary frescos and sculptures, explains that varying viewpoints — intelligence, sexuality, religion, race and the like, are perspectives rather than barriers.
Notes at Artbox - Stuz II: Who doesn’t love a good note? From notes passed in class to notes between lovers, they are a well-used yet under-valued form of communication. At Artbox’s exhibition, the modest scraps of paper are finally getting their time to shine. The pieces on display vary greatly in subject matter, technique and materials, with the use of paper as the canvas tying the work together. The work of William Denton Ray, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Bruce Riley and others will be featured. The gallery will be open from 5 to 11 p.m.
Lukas Schooler: I Found This City: It’s a bold statement, but Lukas Schooler is making it. His Big Car Gallery exhibition, I Found This City, explores the transformation a city undertakes as it goes from plains and wetlands to a bustling urban environment. Schooler says the art is meant to “beckon the audience to remember a collective past.” The show will be complimented by The Extreme Madness music show, which begins at 9 p.m. The gallery is open 6 to 11 p.m. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Use Me Use You Use: Ready for a deep look at fashion and how it affects our lives? Artist Autumn Keller’s installation, Use Me Use You Use, examines cultural definitions of identity, especially in the aspects of clothing and body modification, through painting and performance. Attendees of the Indie Indy exhibit will also be able to roam the south gallery, where the work of Kyle Ragsdale, Justin Cooper, William Ray Denton and Matt Eickhoff are still on display in their exhibit The Flower Show. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dorothy Stites Alig: Nocturnal Moon: It’s true, some cities never sleep. Dorothy Stites Alig’s exhibit at Gallery 924, Nocturnal Moon, is a new series of mixed-media work that focuses on high-energy nightlife from cities like New Orleans and Las Vegas. The pieces combine traditional painting techniques with digital photography printed on Japanese washi paper. The effect? A soothing blending of colors and shapes that reveal the pulsing heartbeat of the cities. The gallery will be open from 6 to 9 p.m.
After all that First Friday stuff, you’ll still be ready to party the rest of the weekend, and no better place to start than 2 Wheels 1 City, an event that ignited our cover story last week: IndyCog and Sun King Brewery are combining their talents again in this annual celebration Indy’s growing bicycle community. There will be beer. There will be food. There will be bikes. There will be Freewheelin’ on site, accepting your gently-used bicycles for their repair-and-sale initiative that benefits at-risk youth. A variety of competitions include the Sun King trike race, a clown bike race and something organizers are calling “a slow race.” Is that, perhaps, a tai chi race?
Into barefoot running? Want face the truth that those $200 pair of running shoes are a waste of money? Because barefoot running has become the latest rage, for good reason. Author Thomas Hollowell, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running will have an exhibit at the Indy 500 Expo this weekend to teach audiences the basic fundamentals and how to feel, flex and respond to the ground in a natural way.
Opening this weekend is No Exit’s newest show, THOM PAIN (based on nothing): Playwright Will Eno was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with this one-man show that seems to be the musings of a jeering misanthrope who is extraordinarily bitter about his misfortunes in life. Sound like anyone you know? The Dramatist Play Service says that Pain is "just like you, except worse." Expect dark humor as the show forces you to find the funny underpinnings in life's calamities. The show runs at Wheeler until May 20, all shows are at 8 p.m.
Emerging Tech Day at the IMS will bring the best and the brightest young minds together to display their innovative renewable technologies for the automotive industry this week. It's one of the three events scheduled as a prelude to Opening Day for the Indy 500 on May 14. The event is described as a "great addition" to the already impressive lineup of exciting events for fans. The event will feature exhibition competition by alternative power vehicles in the Formula Hybrid, American Solar Challenge series and the Purdue GrandPrix. Admission is free, day runs from 12 to 9 p.m.
Jabberwocky: Birthing Stories: If you're a mother, a mother-to-be or a midwife, you won't want to miss this month's Storytelling Arts of Indiana's Jabberwocky session about birthing. Jabberwocky is a gathering of "jabbers" who want to share their life stories with others, and each month has a new theme. Expect stories from mothers, midwives, doctors and maybe even a proud poppa or two. The audience is encouraged to share their own birthing stories after in an open-mike section. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free. Appetizers and a cash bar are included in the night.
http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/the-indiana-recycling-coalition-conference/Event?oid=2179909: Want to go green? Can't quite figure out what exactly that means? The Indiana Recycling Coalition has gathered over 200 government officials, environmentalists, business owners and others to attend its annual conference. Those who have contributed significantly to the "go green" cause will be highlighted and info about waste reduction, recycling, etc. will be provided. The IRC promises nothing but fun for all. Register on their website. Ticket prices vary at this Hilton North event.
Finally: Pacifica Quartet at the Indiana History Center is shaping up to be the mid-week choice of all choices. Named Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year, winner of the 1998 Naumburg Prize and recently appointed quartet-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the quartet will be in town for one night only to regale the ears of Indy’s music enthusiasts. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is part of the Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis’ season.
See you out there!
(Slideshow) Your Go & Do weekend, May 6-8
First Friday alert! Clear your schedule for this month's First Friday line-up, and if those gas prices are thwarting you, then bicycle, car pool, walk or take a bus to events this Friday.