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Uplift by Rita for June 6th, 2020: Cultural events and opportunities in the Circle City

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Uplift by Rita for June 6th, 2020: Cultural events and opportunities in the Circle City

Are you wanting to keep it safe but still participate in Indy's cultural life? Check out longtime NUVO writer Rita Kohn's curated selection of upcoming events for the weekend through June 15!

June 6, 2 p.m: Join "The Anguish of Being Black in America" Virtual Town Hall at

  • Moderator Marshawn Wolley, Columnist, Indianapolis Recorder newspaper, will be joined by 
  • Panelists:
  • Kenneth Allen, Chairman of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males
  • Oseye Boyd, Chief Editor, Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper
  • Toby Miller, Director of the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network
  • Dee Ross, Founder, and CEO, The Ross Foundation
  • Val Tate, CLC, Community Engagement Coach, Tate Coaching

"This conversation will be relevant, raw, and painful, but it will also be an inspiring call to action for those who are committed to equity and a call-out to those who need to do more in the fight for equal treatment,"  said Indianapolis Recorder president, and chief operating officer, Robert Shegog, "African Americans not only have to deal with the pain of today but also the generational trauma of yesteryear,"president of the Recorder. "Frequently, other people create narratives and solutions for Blacks, but we are more than capable of doing that for ourselves – especially because we are the individuals who experience disproportionate treatment every day. During this town hall, panelists will share the anguish of being Black in this country while also offering solutions that they believe will be most beneficial to move toward progress."

The public is encouraged to submit questions for the panel in advance by sending them to Oseye Boyd at or by posting questions on the Recorder's Facebook page:

The June 6 webcast also is available on both Facebook and Zoom. To watch on Facebook, click here. To RSVP on Zoom, click here.

June 8, at 7 pm: Indy Reads Books presents award-winning comedian, actor, writer, and musician Lane Moore on Instagram Live. She'll read excerpts from her best selling, How To Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't, take questions from the online audience, and give us a sample of "Tinder Live!", her wildly popular interactive comedy show. No advance registration is required: Access June 8 Live Instagram event with Lane Moore.

June 8, 7:30 p.m: the film Resistance shows how mime Marceau saved kids from unspeakable Nazi horrors. Registration is complimentary but required. Register HERE.

June 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m: Indy Reads Books via Zoom, Anna Koriath hosts a virtual book club on Colson Whitehead's book, The Underground Railroad.

"Anna will share why she's been enjoying this book and then the discussion will open to share about any books you're currently reading," according to the news release." The Underground Railroad is about an enslaved woman named Cora who escapes from a Georgia plantation at the age of 15 through the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad, in Whitehead's reimagining, is literally a railroad with underground tracks and locomotives making stops in different states." Register here.

June 11 at 8 p.m:  IU Auditorium Facebook Live event with IU alum and renowned cinema organist Dennis James on Thursday,  goes live at or by searching for "IU Auditorium" on the Facebook app on any device. For more about James, visit his website.

June 15, 8 p.m: In partnership with JCC St. Louis and Heartland Film, screening of the film "Broken Trust" followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Jill Yesko, attorney Jon Little, and elite gymnast and survivor Jessica Armstrong. Registration is complimentary. Register here by 4 pm on June 15.

Announcements / Ongoing events: 

Indy Parks announced five of its pools will open for the summer. Beginning on Saturday, June 13, pools at Bethel Park, Frederick Douglass Park, Perry Park, Riverside Park and Willard Park will be open six days per week at 50% of their regular capacity.

For more information on Indy Parks and its services, visit, or contact the Customer Service Center at (317) 327-PARK or

The JCC announced they were able to safely install Sofiya Inger's show "Breathing Space" to the building and create an online gallery. 

"While our building is now open to members we recognize that many of you 1) might not be JCC members 2) might not feel comfortable venturing out into the world yet. You can visit the gallery page here and purchase artwork." 

Indy Eleven emailed: "In conjunction with the United Soccer League, Indy Eleven is elated to announce that the USL Championship Board of Governors voted earlier today in favor of returning to play for the 2020 season. A provisional start date set has been set for July 11. Continue to stay tuned to your inbox and for continuous updates regarding the return to the field for your Boys in Blue."

Indianapolis Opera emailed: "In 1979, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed every June as a month to celebrate the African American Musical Influences that comprise an essential part of our nation's treasured cultural heritage.

"The Indianapolis Opera celebrates our African American artists. Each week will feature an African American artist who has been an essential part of The Indianapolis Opera's historian mission."  Start here for the weekly interview. Then go here to access the opera La Bohème.

Indiana City Brewing emailed: "Love Great Beer & One Another. We're donating $1 from each Crowler you purchase through Sunday to Color of, the nation's largest online racial justice organization, helping people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us."

Shop Crowlers; 

New album by Emily Asher's Garden Party: Greg Reynolds, on behalf of Indianapolis-based The Timeless Music Project, notified via an email blast about the release of Emily Asher's Garden Party new Album, "If I Were a Window." BUY and/or GIFT HERE Today:  Here's a short recording from last June here in Indy when the band appeared at The District Theatre.


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