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 town.
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. Enjoy!
It’s no secret that funding for the arts is a constant struggle for organizations in Indy and across the country. Thanks to new legislation from the
Indianapolis City-County Council, allocating that funding just became at least 1 percent easier. In the future, developers who cash in on lucrative
tax-increment financing (TIF) incentives will be required to devote one percent of funding to public art.
The iconic Kurt Vonnegut mural near Mass Ave in downtown Indy remains one of the more well-known displays of public art in the city.
The bill’s sponsor, council vice-president John Barth, modeled the legislation after similar programs across the country. Visit Indy Star for a
detailed explanation of how the program will function. And for another look at how Indy politicians could creatively entice more artists to the Hoosier
state, revisit Hugh Vandivier’s blog post calling for tax breaks for filmmakers.
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This year's International Music Fest takes place Dec. 6th at the Melody Inn.
On Sunday, Indy resident and Jamaican-born reggae musician, Kingly T will release his fourth album at a show at the Melody Inn that’s auspiciously billed
as International Music Festival. In anticipation of the new album, entitled Life in the City, Kyle Long interviewed the artist for his WFYI radio show that airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
For those that missed it, NUVO offers a condensed version of the interview. Long asks Kingly T to recount his musical influences, life in Jamaica
and the 10-plus years he has spent as a Hoosier transplant. For the scoop on another recent, local album release, check out Ben Shine’s blog about S.M. Wolf’s new LP Neon Debris.
A couple of weeks ago, we alerted readers to NUVO’s preview of the Eiteljorg Museum’s exhibition of its five contemporary arts fellows. The artists
were each awarded $25,000 to produce their work. This week, IBJ’s Lou Harry has a recap of the exhibition, which will continue its run at the museum until
The works vary drastically in size, form and content. Check out Harry’s review for a detailed account of the exhibit, and visit the Eiteljorg before the
end of February to see the work firsthand.
And for a look at the museum’s previous contemporary arts fellows, revisit this WFYI video from 2013.
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The Vulgar Boatmen celebrates its 25th anniversary of You and Your Sister with a reissue of the album.
A longtime favorite of local underground rock fans, The Vulgar Boatmen celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of its album You and Your Sister with a show at State Street Pub last weekend. The concert doubled as a release of a shiny, new reissue of the album with several
bonus tracks from local label TimeChange Records, run by Irvington Vinyl owner Rick Wilkerson.
In advance of the show, Seth Johnson interviewed Boatmen lead singer Dale Lawrence about reaching this milestone and the making of the LP.
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.