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Arts: Friday, March 15

This Week in Arts


This Week in Arts

Hi all, it’s Dan Grossman, NUVO arts editor here.

Are you ready for the weekend like I am?  Just FYI, Saturday’s forecasted to be a sunny day.

We also try to do a bit of forecasting at NUVO, come to think of it. One question on my mind: what’s next for Indy’s spoken word scene? In order to find out, I checked out VOCAB at White Rabbit Cabaret on March 13. The open mic event hosted by Tatjana Rebelle and Corey Ewing was celebrating its 12th anniversary.

You can also read my conversation with Devon Ginn and Rachel Sahaidachny here, if you missed it.

In addition to seeing Too Black perform his works again, I also got to see Tony Styxx, Januarie York, and Gabrielle Patterson perform spoken word for the first time. They’re all amazing poets and performers. Music editor Seth Johnson is also very interested in the spoken word scene in Indianapolis. He’s putting together a map of the open mic scene which I’m contributing to as well; we’d greatly appreciate your input.  He published a callout yesterday requesting information about your open mic experiences.

Just because it’s not First Friday, doesn’t mean there’s a lack of visual art to see around town. This week I talked to my friend John Clark, editor of pLopLop and visual artist extraordinaire. Not only did I write an article based on my interview, but we recorded a video. Check the article and video out below: I’d love to know what you think of it. Post your comments below the article!

Last week I saw Wavelength: New Work by Lauren Zoll and a group exhibit called Paper at Edington Gallery/CWP. Both exhibits are on display through the end of the month, with regularly scheduled Saturday hours. I’d love you to respond in the comments section of the review and tell me what you think of it.  

It’s a busy weekend for theater: if you want to see Monica Cantrell bring Billie Holiday to life in a most unusual venue, head to the performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson. Check out my interview with her below.

One thing that I greatly appreciate in writing for NUVO is that none of us have to stay in our lanes, as it were.  On Saturday, I sat in on a Narcan (Naloxone) training by Indiana Recovery Alliance that took place at Rabble Coffee.  This drug can be a powerful, and life-saving, intervention to save the lives of those who’ve overdosed on opiates.

My story about the training might not be an art story, exactly, although Rabble owner Josie Hunckler is involved in a number of placemaking and arts initiatives, but I think it’s an important story. Check out the links in the story to groups confronting the opioid crisis.

Shortly after the training on Saturday, I later found out, Hunckler was able put her Narcan training to use. Check out the story below for details.

Looking ahead, I’ve got an interview scheduled next week with Pattern co-founder and executive director Polina Osherov ahead of the launch party for their music issue.  We’ll be talking about Pattern and creative placemaking among other topics. What do you want me to ask her? Email me at and let me know.

Bye for now,

Dan Grossman

Arts Editor



pLopLop Editor Exhibits Automatic Drawings

If you like art that's playful and engaging, you'll love John Clark's Plans for Automatic Drawings; you might even be inspired to make some automatic drawings of your own.  Read more

Monica Cantrell Brings Billie Holiday to Life in Local Bar

Fonseca Theatre Company's Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at The Linebacker features 14 classic Billie Holiday songs and a monologue. Read more

Review: Art as Looking Glass and Energy Generator

Two concurrent shows at Edington Gallery/Christopher West Presents challenge preconceptions and first impressions. Read more

A Narcan Training on the Near Eastside

The Naloxone training by Indiana Recovery Alliance on March 9 was just one of many community-minded activities hosted by Rabble Coffee. Read more