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Butler University ArtsFest, Apr. 3-13

March 31, 2014 Leave a comment
Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of Alabama. Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Tickets are on sale now for Butler ArtsFest 2014—11 days of music, dance, theatre and more, featuring performances by the Blind Boys of Alabama and My Brightest Diamond, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and storyteller Deborah Asante performing with Cirque du Soleil aerialist Tavi Stutz.

Tickets are available at Butler’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts and at The Schrott Center box office is open from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The box office phone number is 317-940-2787.

Butler ArtsFest 2014, which will take place April 3-13 with an encore weekend April 25-27, is themed “Fables, Fairy Tales, and Physics.”

This year’s lineup includes:

Angela Brown Sings Highlights from Porgy and Bess
Thursday, April 3; 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$30

Metropolitan Opera star and Indianapolis native Angela Brown sings highlights from Porgy and Bess with the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Butler Chorale. The character Bess is one of her best known and widely performed roles. Under the baton of Stanley DeRusha, violinist Zak DePue—the young star concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra—will be the featured soloist in Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral fantasy masterpiece, Scheherazade, also known as the Arabian Nights.

Art Gallery: Angela Lopez—Mythical States
Thursday, April 3–Sunday, April 27
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

The narrative watercolor and multimedia paintings of Chicago-based artist Angela Lopez explore power struggles and concepts of evil.

Once Upon a Time (space, matter, energy & light…)
Friday, April 4; 6:00 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free

Join physicist Andrew Gavrin and folklorist Rita Kohn on flights of imagination into real world matter and go home energized to engage in Albert Einstein’s dictum: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Once Upon a Dream
Friday, April 4; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$25

The story takes flight on the wings of a dream in search of love and redemption. Created by and featuring the talents of storyteller Deborah Asante and Cirque du Soleil aerialist Tavi Stutz. (Not suitable for children.)

Dance Kaleidoscope: Mother Goose Suite and (Other Flights of Fantasy)
Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$25

Indy’s own professional modern dance company, Dance Kaleidoscope, in a special program featuring David Hochoy’s new choreography to Ravel’s light and sumptuous Mother Goose Suite.

Bound by Stories
Saturday, April 5; 3:00 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free

Join Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and a panel of artists, theologians, and historians, as they explore how the biblical myth of “The Binding of Isaac” (Genesis 22) travels through the centuries in literature, art, and music to help make sense of martyrdom and survival or to question faith and criticize war.

Composers’ Orchestra Workshop: Making It Up as You Go Along
Saturday, April 5; 1:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall 112
Admission: Free

An improvisational workshop for musicians and non-musicians using graphic notation. Open to young people and adults.

Masterpieces for Two Pianos & Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Sunday, April 6; 2:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$25

Carnival of the Animals—a grand zoological fantasy for two pianos and nine players performed by Jeeyoon Kim and D.J. Smith and coupled with the witty poetry of Ogden Nash. George Crumb’s magical Music for a Summer Evening, for two amplified pianos and percussion, performed by Kate Boyd and Anna Briscoe with percussionists Jon Crabiel and Heather Sloan. Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, an astonishing, humorous, and quixotic chamber adaptation by Richard Strauss.

The World on the Moon (Il Mondo Della Luna)
Monday, April 7; 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8; 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9; 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Holcomb Observatory
Tickets: $25

A once-in-your-lifetime intimate operatic experience! Haydn’s 1777 science-fiction comic opera specially staged for performance in Butler’s Holcomb Observatory. The audience capacity for each 75-minute show is only 40, so get your tickets early.

The Two Maples
Previews Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday April 10; 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12; 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13; 2:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre
Tickets: $5-$15

Butler Theatre will present the enchanting Russian fairy tale about a loving mother who sets out to save her sons from the wicked witch, Baba-Yaga. Written by one of Russia’s most beloved writers, Evgeny Shvarts, this popular tale about the power of love is updated for a contemporary audience and appropriate for ages 5-95.

The Soldier’s Tale
Thursday, April 10; 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$30

Butler Dance, Music, and Theatre present the world premiere of a new staging of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat), a musical theatre piece based on the collected works of the Russian folklorist Afanasyev.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Friday, April 11; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $12-$30

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Schrott Center’s professional orchestra in residence, will present the world premiere of James Akman’s Triptych: Musical Momentum On and works by Strauss and Mozart. The bassoon virtuoso Martin Kuuskmann will perform Christopher Theofanidis’s Bassoon Concerto.

Jazz with Donny McCaslin
Saturday, April 12; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$30

The great jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin joins Butler Jazz Ensembles for a sparkling night. Best known for his incisive twists and emotionally charged solos, his startling virtuosity and distinctive voice as a composer, McCaslin has been touring the world since he was 12 years old.

Butler Community Arts School: Children’s Percussion
Saturday, April 12; 10:00 a.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Community concert will feature children from the Butler Community Arts School, community partners, and students from the Butler Percussion Ensemble. Fun for the whole family.

Butler Percussion Ensemble
Saturday, April 12; 11:00 a.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

What musical instrument defines physics better than percussion—the act of creating sound by striking, scraping, or shaking! The Butler Percussion Ensemble will perform Critical Mass by Matt Moore; Music For Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich; She Is Asleep by John Cage; and Song for Queztecoatl (“The Feathered Serpent”) by Lou Harrison.

Blind Boys of Alabama and My Brightest Diamond
Sunday, April 13; 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$40

Come for their first joint appearance in Indianapolis! Members of Blind Boys of Alabama first sang together at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega in the late 1930s. Nearly 75 years after they hit their first notes together, Blind Boys of Alabama are not only known for their longevity in the industry, but for the breadth of their catalog and their relevance to contemporary roots music. Since 2000, Blind Boys of Alabama have won five Grammys and four Gospel Music Awards, and have delivered their spiritual message to countless listeners. My Brightest Diamond mixes elements of opera, cabaret, chamber music, and rock. It is the project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden, who sings the title track to the latest offering by Blind Boys of Alabama. The song, “I’ll Find A Way (To Carry It All),” was written by Detroit-native Ted Lucas.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10-$52

In a mind-bending collaboration, Edwin Outwater and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra join together to create a musical experience at the frontier of science. This innovative, multimedia mash-up of art and science will entertain, educate, and enthrall, as it explores how music—and everything—works at nature’s most fundamental level.

Friday, April 25; 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26; 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27; 2:00 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall
Tickets: $17-$28.50

Butler Ballet performs Cinderella, a magical three-act ballet based on the familiar fairy tale. The story comes alive in grand ballet style accompanied by the marvelous and fanciful 20th century score by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Butler Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stanley DeRusha.

Butler Community Arts School: Children’s Dance
Saturday, April 26; 10:00 a.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

Performance will feature children from the Butler Community Arts School, community partners, and students from the Butler Ballet.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Mar. 31-Apr. 6, 2014

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Indiana Artists Club Exhibit at the Museum of Art

March 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of the Indiana Artists Club

43 artists from across the state were selected to display artwork at the Indiana Artists Club, 82nd Annual Exhibition, beginning April 6, 2014, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).

Their works are eligible for one of 20 awards, including a $3,000 award for “Best of Show.” The award winners will be announced at a free public reception on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the IMA, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The exhibition was juried from more than 140 entries by the Melvin and Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Dr. Charles Venable, who said, “Judging from this year’s entries, which ranged from traditional still lifes inspired by Old Master Dutch paintings to contemporary compositions whose power lies in their abstraction and powerful use of color, art is alive and well in the great state of Indiana.”

The exhibition, which is in the IMA’s Community Gallery, runs through June 8, 2014. It is free and open to the public during regular museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

“This year’s Annual Exhibition features a number of new artists not seen before in this venue,” said Pam Newell, president of the Indiana Artists Club. “The show demonstrates how active and competitive the Indiana art scene has become. We are proud to showcase the diverse styles of art of our talented members.”

The Indiana Artists Club was founded in 1917 by 46 artists and patrons of the arts including such notables as T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, Carl Graf, Wayman Adams, Simon Baus, Marie Goth, Frederick Polley, Clifton Wheeler, Randolph Coats, Carl Lieber and Alex Holiday.  Today, more than 180 artists are active members. To apply to become an active member, it is necessary to have been born in Indiana or to have lived here two years, and to have been accepted into three differently sponsored exhibitions with out-of-state judges with three separate works of art.

From 1935 through 1989, the Club exhibited annually at the L.S. Ayres and Company Auditorium in downtown Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis then hosted the exhibition before it moved to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1992. This year’s exhibition features both contemporary and traditional work.

For more information, visit, or call the Museum of Art at 317-923-1331.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Gracie Communications.

City Market’s Original Farmers Market Opens May 7

March 28, 2014 Leave a comment
Original Farmers Market

Original Farmers Market. Photo provided by the Indianapolis City Market and used with written permission.

By Stevi Stoesz
Indianapolis City Market

Just as the asparagus, sweet pea and broccoli sprouts peek through tilled fields throughout central Indiana, City Market officials are preparing for the launch of the 17th annual Original Farmers’ Market season set to begin May 7, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. The downtown market runs every Wednesday, May through October, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Alabama and Delaware Streets rain or shine.

“Mark your calendar, grab your market basket and join the more than 60 Original Farmers’ Market vendors for a great season of fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, syrups, vegetable starts,  flowers, baked goods and more!” said Stevi Stoesz, Executive Director of the Indianapolis City Market. “We have a record number of vendors who will set up on City Market’s Whistler Plaza, as well as all of the great vendors who line Market Street.”

In its 17 years, the Original Farmers’ Market has helped to sustain the state’s food and farming community by providing a lively and profitable sales outlet for small family farms and local producers, many of which count on farm-direct sales as their main source of income.


The Fresh Bucks program enables those who use SNAP benefits to double their spending dollars up to $20 on Indiana-native fruits, vegetables, honey, herbs and spices, maple syrup, and seedlings for edible plants.  The program’s expansion to include several area markets was made possible through a Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.


The Original Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome several new vendors to the Original Farmers’ Market family this year:

Craneberry Farm (Lafayette, IN) – Produce, pesto, variety of hummus flavors.

Harker Family Farms & Orchard (Waldron, IN) – Peaches, apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries.

Home Ec (Indianapolis, IN) – jams, jellies, marmalades, chutney, pickles and relish.

Husk (Indianapolis) – Frozen sweet corn, frozen green beans, frozen peas.

Indiana Microgreens (Indianapolis, IN) – Single breed arugula, basil, cilantro, cress, fennel, mache, popcorn shoots, custom salad blends.

Indy Family Produce (Greenwood, IN) – Lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, leeks, beets, peppers, onions, potatoes, carrots, beans, zucchini, cucumber, eggplants.

Lick (Indianapolis, IN) – Specialty ice creams.

Sage’s Simple Syrups (Whitestown, IN) – Lime/mint, cucumber/basil, guava, mango/ginger, peach/lavender, coffee/vanilla bean, roasted apple, cranberry, spiced pumpkin simple syrups.

Scratch Street Food (Indianapolis, IN) – Bacon Marmalade.

Shamrock Farms (Arlington, IN) – Mushrooms, greens mixes, watermelon, potatoes, cabbage.

Tulip Tree Creamery (Zionsville, IN) – Artisan cheeses.


  •        BUY TWO GIVE ONE

In collaboration with Gleaners Food Bank, the Original Farmers’ Market will accept donations of produce items every Wednesday at the OFM information booth located directly in front the City Market on Market Street. The collected produce will be distributed through Wheeler Mission.


The Market District Stage on City Market’s Whistler Plaza comes alive every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. when local musical and performing acts take the stage to entertain market-goers.


The first Wednesday of each month, Little Red Door Cancer Agency hosts a local celebrity in the Clark Appliance Demonstration Kitchen in City Market demonstrating healthy cooking techniques featuring cancer-fighting ingredients as well as recipes that provide countless healthy benefits to those in remission. Demos begin at 11:30 a.m.


The “In the Kitchen” series boasts local chefs from the area’s top restaurants who shop for product at both the Original Farmers’ Market and inside City Market, then prepare a meal for an audience. Market-goers will leave with a recipe provided by the presenting chef. Demonstrations occur during lunchtime on all but the first Wednesdays of the month, through October.

The Indianapolis City Market is a non-profit organization, and the Original Farmers’ Market was established in 1997 to provide a platform for local producers to sell their Indiana products directly to consumers. For further information, call 317-634-9266, visit our Web site at, our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @IndyCM.

‘Arden of Fevershame’ at Central Library, Apr. 3-5, 11-12

March 27, 2014 Leave a comment
Hoosier Bard Productions

Hoosier Bard Productions. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.