Spirit & Place: Top ten picks for opening weekend 

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.

click to enlarge 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

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  • Dan Carpenter

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

click to enlarge 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

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  • Carrie Newcomer

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

click to enlarge 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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