Spirit & Place Festival returns 



The city’s annual exercise in the lively art of self-examination, Spirit & Place, is back for a three-week run that will present over 100 events in venues across Indianapolis — and most of them are free. Programs deal with the arts, humanities and religion, and the ways in which these essential forms of expressing ourselves inform and play off one another. A Spirit & Place event is probably happening in a location close to where you are right now. Whether you’re new to Indy, or have lived here all your life, you are sure to find something new through Spirit & Place. To find out about everything that’s happening, visit www.spiritandplace.org.
As part of the Spirit & Place Festival, the Munce Art Center is exhibiting Carol Spicuzza’s Jung-influenced paintings. Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m. Jungian analyst Gary Sparks will comment on the artist’s images and the audience is invited to write thoughts or draw images provoked by the artwork.

Here’s a list of highlights taking place this week:

• Friday: Honey, I’m Home: potluck artist reception and open house. Artist Kyle Ragsdale presents a show about what it’s like to be a single man living in an urban society. This opening will be staged as a potluck. Attendees are asked to bring dishes based on their first name (Bob brings biscuits, Carol brings casseroles, Xena — think of something). Everyone will eat family-style. This takes place at the Harrison Center Gallery, 1505 N. Delaware, from 6-9 p.m. Call 396-3886 for information.

• Saturday: education summit with Howard Gardner. Howard Gardner is widely regarded to be one of the most visionary thinkers about education in this or any country. His ideas have inspired and informed the Key Learning Community magnet school. He will discuss his latest research and its implications for Indianapolis at Crispus Attucks Middle School, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

• Sunday: “A Public Conversation with Andre Dubus III, Howard Gardner and Renita Weems.” This is the festival’s keynote event, in which three leading thinkers will discuss the festival theme, “Building and Belonging.” Author Scott Russell Sanders is moderator. Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, 4:30-6 p.m.

• Monday: “Coming to Terms With Evil,” a discussion with Susan Neiman. Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany, and author of Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy, addresses how the modern evils of the world touch our lives. Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 W. 70th St., at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday: Yevgeny Yevtushenko. The world-renowned Russian poet will read his poetry and lecture on art and politics at The Old Centrum, 520 E. 12th St., at 7:30 p.m. Call 631-7322 for information.

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