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Downtown Indianapolis “Give-Back” Guide for the Holidays

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment
Dill Chips at Scotty's Brewhouse

Dill Chips at Scotty's Brewhouse. staff photo.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

‘Tis the season to give back and what better place to do so than downtown Indianapolis? From charity events to toy drives and volunteer opportunities, consider this your Downtown guide to giving.

Give and let live this holiday season

  • Nothing says the holidays like Jimmy Stewart in the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Bring your friends and family Downtown to view this classic movie on the big screen.  In the spirit of giving, you’ll definitely earn your “angel wings” Dec. 1!  All proceeds will benefit Downtown Beautification, helping to keep your city clean, green and vibrant!
  • Grant a Hoosier child’s wish come true at the Hyatt’s Christmas in the Kitchen dinner Dec. 12. The unique holiday food extravaganza benefits Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

Sharing is caring

  • Join Scotty’s Brewhouse Downtown in collecting toys for Riley Hospital for Children now – Dec. 9. For every donation, a guest will receive a free order of Scotty’s popular dill chips (see photo above). After cleaning up the dill chips, be sure to order the Riley Red Wagon Hot Cocoa, $1 of every cocoa purchase will be donated to Riley’s.
  • Purchase a toy at one of Downtown’s stores and give the gift of “play” to a Central Indiana child at RTV6’s Toy Drive on Monument Circle Dec. 16 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • In Indianapolis, many of our friends, neighbors, and relatives are hungry. Together, we can help. Join the City of Indianapolis Front Porch Alliance in the fight against hunger! Bring a case of food for Pack the Pantries: A Case for Giving to a Gleaners Food Bank location. Gleaners Food Banks will distribute the donations to local food banks. For more information, visit

Get your hands on Downtown

Several Downtown organizations depend on volunteers for daily operations. Put your cooking skills to use for the good of others in the Second Helpings, Wheeler Mission Ministries, and The Salvation Army Women and Children’s Shelter’s kitchens. The Ronald McDonald House and Salvation Army also offer many volunteer opportunities. For more charity opportunities, visit

Visit for more information including Downtown parking and maps, as well as a complete calendar of Downtown Indianapolis events.

Holiday Shows at the Madame Walker Theatre Center

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment
Walker Theatre

Historic Walker Theatre on Indiana Avenue. staff photo.

By Malina Jeffers
Madame Walker Theatre Center

The Madame Walker Theatre Center winds their 2011 Season down with two holiday shows and a partnership with the Asante Childrens Theatre. On the heels of a fabulous performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Naptown Nutcracker begins December 2nd with a sold-out student matinee at 11am and an evening performance at 7pm. Naptown Nutcracker, performed by Beyond the Pointe Dance Company, is choreographed by Nicole Hargro. Beyond The Pointe’ was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director, Ms. Nicole Hargro. “We consider it a high honor and distinction to be embraced by an institution with the legacy and continued importance of the Madame Walker Theatre Center,” explains Hargo.

More show times for Naptown Nutcracker are available at Tickets are $10 in advance.

On Friday, December 9th, audiences will once again fill the seats at the historic Walker Theatre for Asante’s Kwanzaa Community Choir Concert. The holiday concerts feature the Kwanzaa Community Choir and a dance production number to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  Prep4Life participants will perform a story theatre piece entitled Three Little Pigs Move to the Avenue. Additionally, the Theatre’s Artistic Director, Deborah Asante, will perform a tribute to cultural anthropologist and writer Zora Neale Hurston. The Asante Children’s Theatre program is under the direction of Artistic Director, Deborah Asante and Musical Director, Vincent Howard.

As the final show in the Madame Walker Theatre Center’s 2011 Cultural Arts Season, sponsored by IUPUI, Black Nativity is Indianapolis’ show to see in December. Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity has performed at the Walker in the past but not within the last several years. This year’s production celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Black Nativity by taking this dynamic musical back to its original form.  Directed by Indianapolis native, Sherri Brown- Webster, this moving gospel stage-play consists of a diverse range of actors and singers including 7 local pastors. “The city of Indianapolis will stand in awe of this powerful, unforgettable production. With a cast of 35, Black Nativity is sure to become Indianapolis’ newest holiday family tradition,” explains Brown-Webster.

Black Nativity is the joyous account of an historic event that occurred 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all. Tickets are on sale now at the Madame Walker Theatre Center box office and on for $10 in advance.

The Madame Walker Theatre Center, an internationally recognized National Historic Landmark, preserves and builds upon the entrepreneurial and philanthropic legacy of its namesake by celebrating the best of African American culture and performance arts, by nurturing youth through arts education and by providing a welcoming venue for arts programming and entrepreneurial activities for all cultures in our community and nation.

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