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!
Any Indianapolis native of with a middle-school reading level or higher is likely familiar with the name Booth Tarkington. What even avid readers of
Tarkington’s may not know is the author was an avid collector of visual art and a prolific sketch artist in his own right. A new exhibit at the Indianapolis
Museum of Art that runs until early next spring aims to change that. A Gentleman Collector From Indiana: Portraits from the Collection of Booth Tarkington features both prominent works from Tarkington’s private
collection (which the IMA now owns) and Tarkington’s copies of his own drawings. This week, NUVO’s Dan Grossman interviewed the show's curator Jacquelyn Coutré. Visit NUVO for the full interview. For another celebration of Tarkington, revisit Hugh Vandivier’s blog post
considering who would earn a spot on Indy’s Mount Rushmore.
Kipp Normand amid his studio in the Harrison Center for the Arts. Today Normand will proudly welcome visitors to the opening of The Museum of Psychphonics in Fountain Square.
What are the primary essential elements needed to constitute a museum? Is it a multimillion dollar endowment? Is it a collection that includes Renaissance
masters? Or is the definition something simpler – a room that contains art perhaps? A new installation housed inside Joyful Noise Recordings’ record store
on the second floor of Fountain Square’s Murphy Building challenges visitors to investigate the meaning of museum, or at least play with it. The Museum of Psychphonics
will premiere tomorrow during First Friday festivities. The unique gallery space was the brainchild of Michael Kaufmann and celebrated local artist Kipp Normand.
In advance of the debut, Musical Family Tree’s Seth Johnson caught up with Normand to discuss his vision for the permanent installation and the reaction he
hopes it will elicit from visitors. Check out MFT for the full details. For more on Normand, revisit the profile of him by Sky Blue Window's Jennifer Delgadillo sentimental pack rat.
Poet and founder of VOCAB, Tatjana Rebelle speaking to a packed house last summer during a women317 event.
Late last fall, our own Jennifer Delgadillo informed readers of an event series with the aim of
providing women with a safe space to speak their truths through performance and visual art. The women317 series was cofounded by local writer, artist and
activist Elle Roberts, and it’s a derivative of her other organization the Shehive. The next installment of the
women317 series will take place this Saturday, March 5 at Garfield Park Arts Center. The event, titled Homecoming will focus on immigrant artists who
identify as women. It’s a partnership between women317, Indy Parks and the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance. For more on Saturday’s event, check out Emily
Taylor’s preview over at NUVO. It should serve as an excellent kickoff to Women’s History Month festivities. For another female-focused arts event,
revisit our story on General Public Collective’s Difficult Women
Actor Ray Hutchins playing the role of fugitive slave Shepard Mallory in Butler, which just wrapped up its run at the Phoenix Theatre last month.
In January, Indy Star arts writer Wei-Huan Chen predicted a year in which Indianapolis’ arts calendar would be chock-full of installations, events
and conversations around identity politics. If national political headlines are any indication of what local artists will be wrestling with in their work,
Chen will likely be proved correct. This week, Chen took the topic further with a spotlight on the lack of diversity within Indianapolis’ theater
community. According to stakeholders within that community whom Chen interviewed, the reason for the lack of diversity lies largely on the constant
struggle for financial viability that theaters all over town face. As a result, production companies are more likely to play it safe and aim to attract as
wide an audience as possible. For an in-depth pulse check on the diversity of Indy’s theater scene, visit Indy Star. For another conversation around
diversity, revisit Malina Simone’s 2013 blog post on the subject.
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.