Sure, we want you to visit Sky Blue Window daily, but we realize
stories about incredible events, entertainment and interesting organizations
that are transforming Central Indiana pour out of publications all over this
city.So in this space, we bring you the
Best of theRest, a collection of other notable pieces spotlighting arts and
entertainment from around town.
Check out the list below of the hot
topics from beyond our Sky Blue Window.
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For Sky Blue Window readers of a certain age group, The Simpsons is an integral part of our
cultural fabric - more permanent and pervasive than the Huxtables,
the Dunphys and the Addams families combined. As
such, my interest was piqued when I caught wind of the new production at
Phoenix Theatre: Burns: A Post-Electric
Play. The play features Simpsons antagonist Mr.
Burns re-telling the story of The
Simpsons iconic "Cape Feare" episode over the
course of 75, post-apocalyptic, years. Read Emma Faesi's
conversation with the play's director Courtney Sale for insight into the
production and why you don't need to be a Simpsons aficionado to enjoy it.
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Courtesy Of Musical Family Tree
Birdsong uses an eight track to make the IN Covers recordings for Musical Family Tree.
One of my favorite new developments
over at Indiana music archive and nonprofit Musical Family Tree is Sharlene Birdsong's Indiana
Covers series that, as its title suggests, solicits Hoosier musicians to
cover the work of another Hoosier of their choosing. Ben Shine alerted Sky Blue Window readers to the series in his blog
post a few months back. This week, Birdsong released three new additions to
the series. MFT editor Taylor Peters highlights the new contributions that
include a track by Birdsong herself.
At its best, art proves
transformative and contextualizes its surroundings. Both of those feats are the
aim of a program at Indianapolis Art Center called Beyond Perceptions. The program tasks a trio of area high schools
with creating a visual representation of homelessness in their art classes.
Afterward students visit shelters for a firsthand view of the plight of the
homeless. When they return to their classrooms, the students create another
piece conveying homelessness, this time informed by their experience at the
shelter. The contrasting pieces are on display in a traveling exhibit currently
on display at Central Library. Learn more about the program and the art it has
inspired via NUVO.
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Courtesy of Big Car
Clark says Surrealism & various Surrealists are the main influence on Big Car.
Regular readers of Sky Blue Window know I'm not shy about
my affection for artist, writer and Big Car cofounder John Clark. I highlighted
Clark's work as editor of celebrated independent publication pLopLop in my
story on Indy's
zine scene last year. Recently, Clark gave an insider's account of the
founding of Big Car for the arts
organization's website. The story should serve as fuel for the fire for any
aspiring DIY artist. Given the scope of Big Car's growth over the last decade,
it's easy to forget the organization's beginnings as a humble group of writers
and artists with surrealist tendencies. Clark's account is a lesson in the
potential impact that a group of artists can have if they pool their resources
and collaborate with purpose. For more on Big Car, read Kirsten Eamon-Shine's 10-year
retrospective on the organization.
In last week's Best of the Rest roundup,
I alerted readers to Kyle Long's phenomenal new WFYI radio show Cultural Manifesto. The show serves as a
complement to Long'sNUVO column by the same name. This week, Long converses with
Indiana music legend Ron Matelic on the belated
success of his mid-1970s output in the bands Anonymous and J. Rider, which has
recently found reissue on Portland label Machu
Picchu Records. Matelic's body of work is a
subject I have some familiarity with, as I reviewed Anonymous' lone LP
Inside The Shadow for Musical Family
Tree in 2013. In this writer's opinion, this is an Indiana album worthy of
wider renown. Read a chunk of Long's conversation with Matelic
over at NUVO and make plans to tune
in weekly to Cultural Manifesto at 9 p.m.
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The David Owsley Museum of Art has 2,300 pieces. One of them may be stolen.
The David Owsley Museum of Art at
Ball State University found itself at the center of some controversy this week
when a blogger in India alleged a 1,000-year-old idol in the museum's
collection was stolen. The bronze idol depicts the god Shiva at the time of his
marriage to Parvati. The artifact was purchased from
an art dealer by the name of Subhash Kapoor around a decade ago. Kapoor has since been accused
of raiding and smuggling art from temples all over India in a federal
investigation dubbed OperationHidden Idol. The story serves as a
reminder of the delicate and dubious nature of high-end art collection. Learn
the details of the story from Seth Slabaugh's story
in the Indy Star, which originally
ran in The Muncie Star Press.
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.