Sure, we want you to visit Sky Blue Window daily, but we realize stories about incredible
events, entertainment and interesting organizations that are transforming
Indiana pour out of publications all over this city. So in this space, we bring
you the Best of the Rest, a
collection of other notable pieces spotlighting arts and entertainment around
Check out the list of hot topics from beyond our Sky Blue Window. When you're finished,
stick around to browse some of our stories you might have missed this week.
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IndyFringe will rock Mass Ave for the next 11 days with performances ranging from wacky to transgressive.
As an audience member, one of the most satisfying aspects of
art is when the performance, painting, writing or song connects, interprets and
adds context to our own life. Art allows the audience to approach a situation
from a new angle. It can unveil a truth we've already held within ourselves, or
convince us to change our thinking altogether. Such is the aim of Matthew
Barron's new play I'm Not Gay that
will premiere at IndyFringe. The play centers around a love triangle between an anti-gay Indiana
senator, his wife and his boyfriend. Rhonda Baughman's NUVO's cover story this week digs beneath surface in conversations
with the writer and director to unearth the artistic motivations behind a play
written in response to the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. For
more on IndyFringe, check out our behind-the-scene
look at Dance Kaleidescope's contribution to this
year's festival, and/or our 2013
interview with longtime Fringe tech director Pat McCarney.
Local rock legend Henry Lee Summer returns to The Vogue
tonight in a performance honoring the 30th anniversary of his
breakthrough album Time for Big Fun.
Ahead of the gig, Indy Star caught up
with the notorious performer who has dealt with his fair share of public
battles with addiction and law enforcement over the last decade-plus. Lindquist
paints an honest portrait of a musician who has achieved astronomical highs and
catastrophic lows in his three-decade run. Despite his troubles, Summer offers reasons to believe he has a few more verses
left to write before his story is complete.
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Faught has played everywhere from New York to Rotterdam, but these days she gets her kicks teaching saxophone at the University of Indianapolis' Community Music Center.
Jazz Fest performances kick off early in September. However,
there's plenty of reasons to get excited about Indy's
Jazz scene all year long these days. Sophie Faught
Quartet featuring the marquee saxophonist, brothers Joel and Nick Tucker on
guitar and bass respectively, and Ben Lumsdaine on
drums is a group that has earned its fair share of attention over the last year
or so. Jay Harvey penned an excellent review of their recent gig at the Jazz
Kitchen, which featured longtime Indy jazz fixture Frank Glover sitting in on
clarinet. Harvey offers fair criticism and high praise of the performance with
an admission of guilt over a review of Glover's 2008 LP Siamese Twins with Claude Sifferlin on
keys thrown in for good measure. The cringe-worthy regret over old writing is
to which most seasoned wordsmiths can relate. For more on
Sophie Faught, check out Seth
Johnson's piece on her LP Three
Muses that dropped earlier this year, which featured artwork by local
painter Steven Sickles.
Well, it wouldn't be an edition of Best of the Rest without a mention of Kyle Long's A Cultural Manifesto. In his NUVO column and WFYI radio show, Long interviewed hip-hop producer and promoter Jay Brookinz about the fifth installment of his annual beat
battle at The Vogue, which takes place on Aug. 22. The event is a mainstay in
Indy's producer community, and it should serve as the perfect appetizer to Oreo
hip-hop festival in Fountain Square the following weekend. Check out Long's
interview for a sense of the man behind the battle and a better understanding
of the community he serves. For more on the beat battle, scope preview
of last year's event.
Last Friday, Indy Star reporter David Lindquist broke the
news on the four acts local musicians will cover as part of the 14th
annual Tonic Ball. Bands will lend their
talents to songs by Bruce Springsteen, Ike and Tina Turner, Pink Floyd and Beck
in support of local nonprofit Second
Helpings. Last year, the event raised around $90,000 to fight hunger in
Indy. For more on Tonic Ball, check out Seth
Johnson's preview of last year's event.
Rob Peoni is a freelance writer with a passion for underappreciated rock 'n' roll, local business and culture. The stories he tells are typically found where those interests intersect. The hours away from the dim glow of his computer screen are often spent scouring the Circle City for live music.