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April First Friday: City Springs Back to Life 

Maybe it's the rising temperatures, but this month's IDADA First Friday schedule seems especially vibrant. The mix of art media and music is a delightful opportunity to get out of the house and into Indy's bright cultural landscape.

Mixed Media Opportunities

This month's First Friday openings cover pretty much any media you might like -- sculpture, photography, installation and painting all make appearances.

  • Anila Quayyum Agha's "Quicksand: Landscape of the Feminine" opens at Gallery 924 and features her mixed media work, which uses embroidery, dyes, textile design, fiber and more -- all traditionally women's media -- to address oppressive patterns.
  • Todd Bracik's large-form sculptures are on view at the Athenaeum. The exhibit showcases 15 "trees," ranging from 3-feet to 10-feet tall and created from salvaged and shaped metal.
  • The Harrison Center for the Arts has a packed building with "Thread" described as a "love letter to Indianapolis," photographs by Andrew Hutchison, and work from both IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design and University of Indianapolis students -- plus a big sound-based event listed below.
  • At Primary Gallery, Lauren Kussro's organically inspired and brightly colored sculptural designs offer nature freaks and 3-D art enthusiasts a captivating show.
  • The Cole-Noble Art Gallery at Artistry provides a sneak peek at the upcoming Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House with work from Linette Bledsoe, Martha Carlson, Wendy Franklin and Kevin Smola on display.
Agha's solo exhibit at Gallery 924 demonstrates that her virally famous shadow box only scratches the surface of her talents. - ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA
  • Anila Quayyum Agha
  • Agha's solo exhibit at Gallery 924 demonstrates that her virally famous shadow box only scratches the surface of her talents.

Beyond Visual Delights

First Friday may be primarily about the art, but there's plenty to do outside of the gallery circuit, including free concerts.

  • Stuart Hyatt debuts his sonic map of Indianapolis in the Harrison Center's Cities and the Field opening. His map was created along a 20-mile stretch of old National Road AKA Washington Street, compiled of sounds and stories, mapped with his urban planning skills and a careful approach.
  • At Joyful Noise Recordings, lo-fi music hero Jad Fair kicks off a yearlong residency with the local label with a concert. Pravada and Tom Waits' tribute band Black Rider will open the evening. It's free -- but you have to register in advance.
  • Do317 Lounge hosts Johnny Stimson, Coolidge and DJ Salazar for its monthly free first Friday show.
  • In Broad Ripple, Indy CD & Vinyl hosts post-hardcore Chiodosfor an all-ages, in-store acoustic performance at 6 p.m. prior to the band's (not free show) at the Irving later that night.
Kussro's work reflects her appreciation for nature's inherent design and structures. - LAUREN KUSSRO
  • Lauren Kussro
  • Kussro's work reflects her appreciation for nature's inherent design and structures.

Potent Potables & Paintings?

There's no shame in kicking off the weekend with some cultures and some brews. This Friday, you'll have ample opportunity to sample crafts -- of the beer and visual arts varieties.

  • The Broad Ripple Art Fair and Sun King Brewing celebrate their new partnership by offering the first-available event tickets at a special event at the brewery. Rumor has it that there will be some great art on site and growler specials.
  • New Day Meadery and Wayne "Barfly" Bertsch combine forces to celebrate 51 percent of the world with walls full of Wonder Women. Linda Carter makes an appearance, alongside a number of recognizable female powerhouses.
  • Jen Bex's photos of central and southern Indiana will be on view at Indiana City Brewing Co. in her "In Place" exhibit.

Jen Bex's "In Place" photographs showcase central and southern Indiana. - JEN BEX
  • Jen Bex
  • Jen Bex's "In Place" photographs showcase central and southern Indiana.
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