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!
Following a brief hiatus, the five-piece Icarus Ensemble performs together again at the Jazz Kitchen.
A medical hiatus sidelined multi-instrumentalist Mark Ortwein for the start of 2016. That changed, earlier this week when Ortwein joined his five-piece
jazz band Icarus Ensemble on stage at The Jazz Kitchen. It was the first time he’d played with the ensemble in weeks.
According to local arts writer Jay Harvey, Ortwein quickly returned to full strength, despite some amplification difficulties on bassoon. Icarus Ensemble
played a set that drew from the group’s 2014 self-titled album, as well as newer unreleased material. Visit Harvey’s blog for the full review of the
performance. For more on Ortwein, revisit Seth Johnson’s story on
Grove Haus, the Fountain Square music venue and home he shares with his wife and fellow musician Carrie Bone.
arts critic and contributing writer, Dan Grossman highlighted a new exhibit and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art that finds art bridging
cultures and continental borders that, until recently, hadn’t been traversed in decades. The exhibition, Transaction Boundaries, finds former
Indianapolis resident and Cultural Cannibals cofounder Artur Silva exploring the notion of resistance within Cuban culture alongside his fellow CalArts MFA
student Elizabeth Webb and Spanish artist Elena Lavellés. Grossman’s review of the exhibit is chock-full of the political context that surrounds the work
itself, with plenty of additional information provided by Silva. For more on Silva, revisit Jennifer Delgadillo’s conversation with him on the role
environment plays in the audience’s perception of art.
Butler University graduate Lindsey Croop will perform at Clowes Memorial Hall with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Last week, Sky Blue Window’s own Shelby Roby-Terry
highlighted tomorrow night’s Dance Theatre of Harlem performance
at Clowes Hall. Roby-Terry’s story was broad, underscoring the importance of the company’s existence among the larger community of black dancers. This
week, NUVO’s Emily Taylor brought that message home with a profile on Dance Theatre of Harlem member Lindsey Croop, a Butler University graduate who will
perform at her alma mater tomorrow.
Taylor’s story addresses the challenges that Croop experienced growing up biracial and the universal language of dance. Visit NUVO for Croop’s
complete backstory. For more on why black dance matters, revisit our story onKenyetta Dance Company’s 10th anniversary from last August.
Unfortunately storybook endings are too often just that – the stuff of fairytales and silver screens. The 58th annual GRAMMY awards program was held
Monday. An Indiana couple and country duo that performs under the name Joey & Rory was nominated for the pair's rendition of Townes Van Zandt’s If I Needed You in the “Best Duo/Group Country Vocal Performance” category.
Joey and her husband Rory Feek watched the GRAMMY awards show from Joey’s childhood home in Madison County, Indiana, where the singer is under hospice
care for terminal cervical cancer. Visit IndyStar for the Feeks full story, including the details on their recent album Hymns & Stories That Are Important to Us.
As has been previously declared in this space, there’s nothing quite like listening to two artists with a deep knowledge of each other’s form and work talk
about their craft. Such was the case this week, when local deejay, writer, radio host and all-around arts advocate Kyle Long sat down with fellow deejay
and producer Scott Matelic for an interview on Long’s WFYI show. NUVO published an excerpt of that interview, for those that missed the episode.
Long retraces every inch of Matelic’s backstory, from growing up the son of legendary Indiana musician Ron Matelic to his last few years in New York City
and everything in between. Visit NUVO for the details. For a look at two locals shaping the next generation of deejays and producers, revisit Malina
Simone’s profile on Deckademics DJ School.
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.