By Candace Gwaltney
Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will celebrate New Year’s Eve with its second annual event. New Year’s Eve at the IMA will take place beginning at 9 p.m. in Pulliam Family Great Hall and the museum galleries, and will include cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Kahn’s Catering, and music from Henle And The Loops and DJ Record Shop. The party will last until 1 a.m.
The end-of-year gala will support the first artwork acquisition of 2014—a Soundsuit by internationally-renowned contemporary artist and fashion designer Nick Cave. Soundsuit will be on display during the event for attendees to view and $25 of each ticket will go toward its acquisition. The balance of each ticket will directly support museum operations, from underwriting summer camps and school tours to new exhibitions and public programs.
“This is a significant acquisition for the IMA. Cave’s hand-assembled, larger-than-life colorful fabric sculptures known as Soundsuits are powerful, whimsical and clever at the same time,” said Niloo Paydar, curator of textile and fashion arts at the IMA. “Constructed from mostly found objects such as buttons, beads, feathers, twigs, dyed human hair, toys, ceramic birds and fake flowers, these imposing objects captivate, intrigue and challenge all audiences.”
For 2013, the event has been expanded to include a Patron Dinner beginning at 8 p.m. in addition to the main event. The Patron Dinner will include a formal dinner in the Deer Zink Special Events Pavilion, remarks by Dr. Charles L. Venable, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, and a live jazz performance. Patron Dinner tickets are available for $250 ($170 of each reservation is fully tax-deductible).
Early bird tickets to the event are on sale now at a discounted price of $125 through October 31 ($89 of each reservation is fully tax-deductible). Starting on November 1, tickets to the main event will increase to $150 ($114 of which is fully tax-deductible). Tickets to New Year’s Eve at the IMA can be purchased at http://www.imamuseum.org/special-event/new-years-eve-ima.
The 2012 event, 6 x 13: New Year’s Eve at the IMA, was a sold out affair with more than 700 guests in attendance, and helped the museum raise the funds to acquire five works of art and complete one restoration project on the grounds. Following last year’s success, the IMA expanded this year’s event with multiple cocktail lounges and will offer 1,000 tickets.
For more information, visit http://imamuseum.org/, or call 317-923-1331.
Things to do in Indianapolis
November 11-17, 2013
- MON: Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Indianapolis
- WED-SAT: Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium
- WED-SUN: ‘Wicked the Musical’ at the Old National Centre
- TUE, FRI, SUN: College Men’s Basketball at Indiana University
- MON-SUN: 15th Annual Ann Katz Festival of Books at Arthur M. Glick JCC
- THU-SAT: ‘Follow the North Star’ at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
- SAT-SUN: ‘Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons’ at the State Museum
- SAT-SUN: ‘Christmas at the Lilly House’ at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
- MON, FRI: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- WED, SUN: College Men’s Basketball at Purdue University
- FRI-SAT: Indiana Ice USHL Ice Hockey at Pan Am Pavilion
- SAT: College Men’s Basketball at Butler University
- SAT: Fitz and the Tantrums Live at the Old National Centre
- FRI: Dwight Yoakam in Concert at French Lick Resort
- FRI: Collingsworth Family Live at First Church of the Nazarene
To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit http://aroundindy.com/.
By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481
100,000 spectators. 4,784 colored lights. 52 garland strands. 52 larger-than-life decorations. 51 years. One must-see holiday tradition! The Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 takes place Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving, from 6 – 8 p.m. on Monument Circle with live entertainment. The lighting takes place at approximately 7:45 p.m. with fireworks. Year after year, generations of families are drawn to Downtown’s incredible holiday centerpiece. (The actual installation of the centerpiece decor will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 on Monument Circle. Approximately 200 IBEW #481volunteers will be on hand to install the 52 light strands.)
Coloring Contest: chance to win $529 College Choice Fund AND “flip the switch”
Children age 12 and under have the opportunity to “flip the switch” at the Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 Friday, Nov. 29 via a Coloring Contest. New this year, five College Choice 529 $529 Direct Savings scholarships will be awarded to four finalists as well as the “grand prize” winner, who will appear on stage at the Circle of Lights® with Santa. Pick up a coloring sheet Nov. 1 – 18 at any Quality Connection contractor office or Indiana Members Credit Union location, or print additional copies at www.qc-indy.com or www.imcu.org.
Indy loves music!
November has plenty to offer music fans. Christine Andrea celebrates romance and her favorite songs in Love is Good Nov. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club.
Check out two not-to-miss performances at Hilbert Circle Theatre in November: Former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mario Venzago makes his much anticipated return Nov. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. The ISO will turn back the clock to the 1960s Nov. 8 – 10. The Beat Goes On: Music of the Baby Boomers will feature music by Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel, Frankie Valli and more.
For jazz lovers, Madame Walker Theatre Center showcases Jazz on the Avenue every last Friday of the month at 6 p.m. Listen to some of Indianapolis’ best musicians and vocalists while enjoying a catered dinner and drinks.
Two big names are coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Selena Gomez performs Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and P!nk performs Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Catch these acts at Old National Centre:
Nov. 9: Amos Lee, 8 p.m.
Nov. 16: Fitz & The Tantrums with Capital Cities, 7:30 p.m.
Theater and performance arts
The much anticipated Wicked returns to Downtown Indy, playing at Old National Centre Nov. 13 – Dec. 1.
Another favorite holiday tradition returns to Indianapolis: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. From Nov. 16 – Dec. 24, witness magic happen on this snow-covered stage.
America’s best-selling jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti, returns to the Hilbert Circle Theatre Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. performing charts from his 2012 Grammy Award-winning CD, Impressions.
November conventions and other large events
Nov. 7 – 9: National Association for Gifted Children, JW Marriott
Nov. 13: Music For All – Bands of America Grand Nationals, Lucas Oil Stadium
Nov. 21 – 23: National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Lucas Oil Stadium
Nov. 29 – 30: ISHAA State Football Championships
Veterans Day Parade
This year’s parade takes place Nov. 11 at 11:45 a.m. and includes more than 80 units. The parade begins at Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, moves south on Pennsylvania Street to New York Street Street, west to Meridian Street and finishes at North Street. There will also be a musical prelude at 10:30 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial.
Holidays are just around the corner
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will celebrate Christmas at Lilly House Nov. 10 – Jan. 6. The home’s architecture will be decked out with ribbons, wreaths, garland and other fine holiday decorations reminiscent of the 30s and 40s.
Have a wonderful Christmas time at Jolly Days Winter Wonderland Nov. 23 – Jan. 5 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Take a ride down the ever-popular Yule Slide and discover the Ice Castle and fishing holes. Santa will also be making appearances throughout the season, with his first arrival (in a Dallara IndyCar!) Nov. 29 at 9 a.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will entertain visitors at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum Nov. 29 – Dec. 31. Take part in annual festivities by taking a ride to holidays past on the original L.S. Ayres Santa Claus Express train.
Grab some hot chocolate and join in the fun at the Indianapolis Zoo’s annual Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union Nov. 29 – Dec. 30 open Wednesday – Sunday and Monday, Dec. 23. Watch a holiday-themed dolphin show, visit the animals, decorate cookies and enjoy special activities throughout the Zoo.
Downtown sports in full swing
Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:
Nov. 11: Indiana Pacers vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15: Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m.
Nov. 23: Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.
Nov. 25: Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 p.m.
Nov. 29: Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards, 8 p.m.
Indiana Ice at Pan Am Pavilion and Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov. 9: Indiana Ice vs. Chicago Steel, 7:05 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov. 15: Indiana Ice vs. Sioux City Musketeers, 7:05 p.m., Pan Am Pavilion
Nov. 16: Indiana Ice vs. Sioux City Musketeers, 7:05 p.m., Pan Am Pavilion
Nov. 27: Indiana Ice vs. Youngstown Phantoms, 7:05 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Colts play the St. Louis Rams Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Head to Georgia Street for the Colts Bud Light Tailgate before every home game.
For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.
By Bob Burchfield, Editor
The 2013 Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival is underway, today through Sunday, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road.
The LGBT Film Festival is a fundraiser for the Indiana Youth Group, which provides a safe and confidential environment for young people who have self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Indy Pride, Inc. is a partner with the film festival, best known for the week-long Circle City IN Pride Festival each year.
There’s a film screening tonight at 7:30 in the Randall L. and Marianne W. Tobias Theater (The Toby), followed by the premiere party at 10:30 pm at Ralph’s Great Divide. Then there’s a full schedule of films on Saturday from 12:30 to 9 pm at The Toby and Deboest Lecture Hall, and a shorter schedule on Sunday from 12:30 to 4 pm.
Individual films are $8, $5 with a valid student ID. A full festival pass is $60. For more information, visit http://www.indylgbtfilmfest.com/, or call 317-923-1331.
By Bruce Williams
Indiana State Museum
Underneath Indiana’s soil lies a hidden graveyard of ice age giants. Entombed for thousands of years, the remains of these ancient elephants continues to be uncovered by Hoosiers across the state.
The Indiana State Museum has been hard at work discovering, digging, and preserving the remains of mammoths, mastodons, and other Ice Age animals. You will be amazed by these magnificent creatures!
The opening of our new exhibition, Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons, is set for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The exhibit runs through Aug. 17, 2014, and will be open during regular museum hours.
For more information, visit http://www.indianamuseum.org/, or call 317-232-1637.