From an IBE Press Release
Indiana Black Expo
By Marc Allan
Acclaimed British dance theatre-company Motionhouse makes its Indianapolis debut with “Scattered,” March 28, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, as part of its 2014 United States tour.
Tickets for the visually stunning, physically demanding production are available by calling 800-982-2787 and online at www.cloweshall.org.
“Scattered” is directed by Motionhouse’s Artistic Director Kevin Finnan and combines Motionhouse’s trademark highly physical dance theatre and mesmerizing imagery in a unique interaction between film and live performance. Finnan collaborated with filmmakers of Logela Multimedia from the Basque region of Spain.
“‘Scattered’ explores our relationship with water and how it surrounds us in different forms throughout our lives,” Finnan said in a show press release. “In birth, water ties us to life and on a more elemental scale. In ice, floods and tides, it can sweep lives away. ‘Scattered’ delves into the majesty and savagery of water, a fundamental force in our lives, as seven dancers plunge into an ocean, wrestle a raging tide, and slide on an avalanche to a frozen landscape of arctic beauty. “
Performed on a huge curved floor that disappears skywards, the performance uses projection technology, daring dancing, plus aerial harnesses and bungees to create an extraordinary world in which the dancers move seamlessly in, on, and through the image. The performers are at one moment on the stage, and then suddenly sprinting up the upstage curved wall (think snowboard half pipe or skate ramp), immersing themselves in sensational images of cascading waterfalls, rainstorms, and swimming pools.
“We create startling, passionate dance theatre,” Finnan said. “Our productions are designed to challenge as well as delight our audiences, and they fuse images with action and dynamism. Our performances are rooted in dance but draw on theatre, circus, acrobatics, and film to create works that make audience members think and feel. We pride ourselves on producing shows of outstanding quality that are accessible and enjoyable for all.”
For more information and a complete tour schedule, log on to www.motionhouse.co.uk.
Finnan and Louise Richards founded Motionhouse in 1988. Their company has since become one of the leading dance theatre companies in the United Kingdom. Since its launch, the company has toured 19 full-scale productions, built up a formidable educational program for schools and colleges across the U.K., trained dozens of dancers, pushed contemporary dance into the aerial arena by combining choreography with sling and bungee skills, and developed large-scale site-specific dance spectacles with increasing ambition and shorter festival pieces for performance in a wide range of public places and spaces.
By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
St. Patrick’s Day & Big Ten Basketball events Downtown
Beer tents and live music on Georgia Street Boardwalk – plus parade, Shamrock Run/Walk & other big events
2nd Annual Blarney Bash: Live music and green beer on the Boardwalk
Saturday, March 15, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. will host Blarney Bash on Georgia Street, in partnership with Q95, Killian’s Irish Red, Skyy Vodka and Jameson Irish Whiskey, from noon – 10 p.m. on the east block between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets. Festive tents with green beer and Irish spirits will line the boardwalk operated by The Pub Indianapolis, Howl at the Moon and Kilroy’s Bar & Grill. Local bands My Yellow Rickshaw and The Flying Toasters will perform. Admission to the Blarney Bash is FREE, but attendees must be 21 or older.
Other Downtown Indy St. Patrick’s Day traditions
- The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal: Friday, March 14 from 5 – 5:45 p.m. at the Stardust Terrace outside the Indiana Historical Society with live music and dancing.
- The 23rd annual Shamrock Run and Walk takes off from Monument Circle on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. Participate in either the 4-mile run (with timing tag) or the 4-mile fitness walk (without timing tag). Hang around Downtown after the run and participate in ShamRockin’ The Circle from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eunan McIntyre kicks of the event with a live performance at 9 a.m., followed by Reilly. The Columbia Club will serve food and the beer garden will be open until 1 p.m.
- The St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Monday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. on the Downtown parade route. (Some road closures begin along Pennsylvania at 9:30 a.m. and continue on affected streets at 11 a.m. All streets should reopen by 3 p.m.)
- The Parade Block Party will take place on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, food and beer.
- All of these events (except the runs) are FREE. Visit www.indysportsfoundation.com/stpatsnew for more information.
The Rathskeller hosts the St. Patrick’s Day Tri-Fecta all weekend. Enjoy live music and authentic Irish food on Friday, March 14 from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 15 from 8 p.m. – midnight. Don’t miss the 17th Annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest on March 17, also at the Rathskeller, featuring live music from Brian Cunningham & The Irish Aires, the Woomblies and Zanna Doo and sample authentic Irish food. Admission is FREE for both these events.
The Going Green Festival at the Indiana State Museum takes places Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with activities that teach visitors the best ways to conserve energy, the benefits of recycling and more. Meet members of environmental awareness organizations and businesses from around the state who will be available to show you the latest, greatest and simplest ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. The cost to attend is included with museum admission.
Enter the Shamrock 5K Beer Run on March 15 at 3 p.m. and start your run with a toast of Upland Wheat and then stop every kilometer to drink another beer. All runners get shirt, medal and souvenir pint glass of beer. The run begins and ends on Georgia Street.
Other events and specials
- It’s not really St. Patrick’s Day without a proper pub crawl is it? On Saturday, March 15, the St. Patty’s Pub Crawl will visit Tiki Bob’s, Blue Indy, Subterra Lounge and others starting at noon. The Pub Crawl benefits a local charity.
- Visit the Indianapolis City Market on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – noon and enjoy live music from Indianapolis Ceili Band and violinist Samantha Stelting. Make sure to return back on Monday, March 17 for green beads and vendor specials throughout the day.
- Einstein Bros Bagels at 15 E. Market Street will serve green bagels and baked goods for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. To preorder, email: email@example.com.
- Food Truck Fridays will be a regular occurrence on Georgia Street’s west block from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning March 7. Grab your friends and head out for lunch alfresco on March 14 and enjoy the sights and sounds Downtown. Try something different every week!
See updated St. Patrick’s Day events and specials at www.indydt.com/stpats.cfm.
Big Ten Basketball: March is on!
Downtown transforms into every basketball fan’s fantasy with the Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with 12 teams battling in 11 games for each tournament. No ticket, no problem! With more than 250 restaurants and bars and several fan events, Downtown is the place to catch the action.
Thursday, March 6
- Noon: Women’s First Round (2 games)
- 6:30 p.m.: Women’s First Round (2 games)
Friday, March 7
- Noon: Women’s Quarterfinals (2 games)
- 6:30 p.m.: Women’s Quarterfinals (2 games)
Saturday, March 8
- BIG TEN THINKS PINK
- 3:30 p.m.: Women’s Semifinals (2 games)
Sunday, March 9
- 11 a.m.: Championship Game Pep Rally at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- 1 p.m.: Women’s Championship Game
Thursday, March 13
- Noon: Men’s First Round (2 games)
- 6:30 p.m.: Men’s First Round (2 games)
Friday, March 14
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Big Ten Conference Career Expo at Union Station
- Noon: Men’s Quarterfinals (2 games)
- 6:30 p.m.: Men’s Quarterfinals (2 games)
Saturday, March 15
- 1:40 p.m.: Men’s Semifinals (2 games)
Sunday, March 16
- 11 a.m.: Big Ten Hoops Day 5K (begins and ends at Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Start championship Sunday with a lap around Downtown! Don’t forget to wear your school colors! For the competitive and the casual runners, the first 2,000 participants will receive a T-shirt.
- 1:30 p.m.: Championship Game Pep Rally (FREE on Georgia Street)
Basketball fans are invited to come Downtown early and prepare for the championship game. Don’t miss the Battle of the Pep Bands, corn hole and more.
- 3:30 p.m.: Men’s Championship game
Big Ten University restaurant pairings
Downtown restaurants have paired up with Big Ten teams to make celebrating with like-minded fans easy.
Illinois – The Ram Restaurant & Brewery (140 S. Illinois; 317-955-9900)
Indiana – Kilroy’s Bar & Grill (201 S. Meridian St.; 317-638-9464)
Iowa – Colts Grille (110 W. Washington St.; 317-631-2007)
Michigan – O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Restaurant (36 S. Pennsylvania; 317-974-0674)
Michigan State – Slippery Noodle Inn (372 S. Meridian; 317-631-6974)
Minnesota – Hard Rock Cafe (49 S. Meridian St.; 317-636-2550)
Nebraska - High Velocity (10 S. West St.; 317-860-5800)
Northwestern – Champions Sports Bar & Grill (350 W. Maryland; 317-405-6111)
Ohio State - Champps (49 W. Maryland St.; Circle Centre Mall; 317-951-0033)
Penn State - Harry & Izzy’s (153 S. Illinois; 317-635-9594)
Purdue – Scotty’s Brewhouse (1 Virginia Ave.; 317-571-0808)
Wisconsin – Buffalo Wild Wings (7 E. Washington; 317-951-9464)
Find more Big Ten info at www.indianasportscorp.com.
By Sara Holtz
On behalf of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show
Sixteen beers. Seven breweries. Four flight styles. One backyard.
The 56th annual Indiana Flower & Patio Show has partnered with Brew Bracket to host its first-ever Backyard Brewfest, an a la carte beer tasting March 8-16, 2014 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Among the beautiful landscapes and Urban Homestead at the Fairgrounds Expo Hall, beer enthusiasts can sample four different beers of the same style, such as amber or brown ales, so they can appreciate the variations within just one style.
“This is much different than our typical event or tournament,” said Ryan Coyle, owner of Brew Bracket. “Normally we have 16 brewers who compete with just one style, and then people can vote for their favorite.”
“But for this show, it’s not so much about getting the ‘people’s vote,’” Coyle said. “Our main goal is to introduce people to craft beer, educate them on what to look for and just make them feel like they’re out in their backyard enjoying a beer.”
Participating artisans include Upland Brewery, Sun King Brewery, Flat12 Bierwerks, Fountain Square Brewery, as well as Barley Island, Oaken Barrel, and Triton brewing companies.
Four tasting stations will feature the following flight styles:
- The Lighter Side (Wheat/Blonde/Hybrid) – Upland Wheat, Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale, Barley Island Sheet Metal Blonde, Oaken Barrel Razz Wheat
- The Malt Shop (Amber/Brown) – Triton Four Barrel Brown, Sun King Wee Mac, Flat12 Hello My Name Is, Oaken Barrel Indiana Amber
- Hop Garden (Pale/IPA) – Flat12 Half Cycle, Sun King Osiris, Fountain Square Hop for Teacher, Triton Railsplitter
- Dark & Delicious (Porter/Stout) – Flat12 Pogues Run, Fountain Square Backyard Porter, Triton Deadeye Stout, Upland Bad Elmer Porter
Beer fans will enjoy perusing through more than 40 fabulous showcase and featured exhibitor gardens reflecting the theme “Personal Spaces.” Coyle, also owner of VIVE Exterior Design and recipient of last year’s Mayor’s Award and Garden of Excellence honors, is collaborating with Brew Bracket for VIVE’s “Home Brewing” theme in hopes of sparking some inspiration among guests.
The biergarten admits adults ages 21+ only, and will be open from 3-7pm Monday through Wednesday, 3-9pm Thursday and Friday, 10am-9pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday.
Sample flights are $8 each; subsequent flights cost additional. A portion of sales from the Backyard Brewfest will benefit the Indiana State Fair Foundation. A special Brewfest and general admission show package is available at the show’s box office only for $18; general admission is discounted to $10 for Brew Bracket participants.
General show admission is $13 for adults at the door, or when purchased online. Children 12 and under are free. Downloadable $3 discount coupons are available on the show’s website, and are not valid combined with other promotions.
Senior Day is Monday, March 10, when showgoers 65+ with proper ID are admitted for $9 per person.
Show hours are 10am-7pm Monday through Wednesday, 10am-9pm Thursdays through Saturdays, and 10am-5pm Sundays.
Parking is $5 per vehicle in convenient, well-lit Fairgrounds lots. Free shuttle service runs continually from parking areas to entrances of the West Pavilion and Expo Hall.
For more information, log on www.IndianaFlowerandPatioShow.com, or call 317-576-9933 or toll-free 800-215-1700.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: BPS Marketing, Inc.
By Kelly Young
On behalf of Indiana Repertory Theatre
The Indiana Repertory Theatre brings to the OneAmerica Stage Other Desert Cities, from the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Mar. 12 to Apr, 5, 2014. IRT’s Playwright-in-Residence, James Still, returns to Indianapolis to direct the play. Lawrence Pressman, best known for his roles in TV’s Doogie Howser, M.D., is among the cast.
Imagine, your daughter returns home for the holidays, announcing she is about to publish a controversial memoir of your family. Would you let the dirt be dished or be happy for her success? The drama of Other Desert Cities follows a young novelist who returns home to Palm Springs and announces she is publishing a book that will dredge up a deep family tragedy. The tell-all confessional novel threatens to put her prominent all-American family back in the tabloids. But will the truth be exposed? As the family struggles to come to terms with the past, betrayals are unmasked as well as unconditional love.
This production contains strong language.
What: Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baitz
When: March 12-April 5. 2014 (Opening night: March 14)
Where: Indiana Repertory Theatre, OneAmerica Stage, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana
Cost: Tickets range from $25-55, based on time and day
For tickets call 317.635.5252 / www.irtlive.com
Editor’s Acknowledgement: Baise Communications.