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‘Clowes Conversations’ at Butler University

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Clowes Memorial Hall

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will introduce a new series called Clowes Conversations for the 2013-2014 season.

The Clowes Conversations series provides an opportunity to gain insight into the performing arts and beyond. Each event features an expert on the topic and relates to performances at Clowes.

These experiences are designed for all ages to be easy to understand, educational, entertaining and best of all: free.

The Art & History of Tagging
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Samuel E. Vázquez (also known as Brame UW) guides the audiences through the history of tagging art from cave paintings to subway art of New York City, providing an opportunity to learn how to see the art in the “graffiti.”

Music Composition
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 6 p.m.

Frank Felice, Butler University professor of composition, electronic music, and music theory, engages Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider in a conversation about their composition commissioned in honor of Clowes’ 50th anniversary and discusses what influences commissioned composers.

Theatre Radio Play
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Actor and teaching artist Will Gould leads a discussion of radio theatre in its prime. Learn how storytelling, sound effects, and music helped create the stage for audible theaters throughout American living rooms.

The Architecture of Clowes Hall
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

In cooperation with Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Modern Committee, local experts and former colleagues of Evans Woollen discuss the effect Clowes Hall had and continues to have in the world of modern architecture.

Life of a Dancer
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 6 p.m.

David Hochoy, Dance Kaleidoscope’s artistic director, moderates a conversation with members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, engaging them in stories of their lives, how and why they started to dance, where their career path has taken them, and where their future leads.

The Music of South Africa
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

This event will explore the varied tradition that is South African music with Sally Childs-Helton, ethnomusicologist. Discover vocal music as well as the contemporary guitar scene that influence a vibrant dance tradition.

Ballet 101
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Join James Cramer, community relations manager for Clowes Memorial Hall, as he introduces the art form of ballet in a brief history and interactive demonstration. Engage in a discussion, watch video clips, and participate in a movement exercise. (Dress comfortably.)

Each Clowes Conversations event is free of charge, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office during regular business hours, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more information about Clowes Conversations, please visit, or call 317-940-6444.