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Boomer TV Debuts on WISH-TV on Mar. 1, 2015

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment
WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana

WISH-TV Building on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Mary Pat McKee, Publisher
Indy Boomer Magazine

Boomer TV, a show for Baby Boomers, premieres in Indianapolis this Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. on WISH-TV Channel 8. Host Patty Spitler welcomes Pacers owner Larry Bird as the show’s first featured guest.

On the subject of retirement: it’s something that doesn’t seem to be on the horizon for Larry Bird – at least not yet. He said in the upcoming issue of Indy Boomer Magazine, “I tried it twice and it didn’t work out for me!” he says with a chuckle. “People work all their lives, then, when the day comes to retire, after four or five months you realize you need to be doing something every day and stay on a schedule. In my case, I missed what I was doing, and I enjoyed what I was doing. There are a lot of ups and downs with my job. But the positives outweigh the negatives.” The full article appears in the March 10th issue, available at IndyBoomer.com.

Boomer TV is an independently produced lifestyle magazine format show, covering topics important to the 50+ age group. Topics such as business, travel, entertainment, real estate, home rehab, fitness, health and more will be covered.

Spitler, a former WISH-TV news anchor, currently co-hosts Pet Pals TV with meteorologist Paul Poteet. Other Boomer TV reporters include familiar Indianapolis TV faces such as Grace Trahan, Scott McKain, Joy Dumandan, Pam Elliot, Julie Patterson and Paul Poteet.

Spitler said, “The show is all about enjoying life, finding out what makes you happy and then doing it.” We want to be relevant to viewers who are seeking to enjoy life as they get older.” Spitler also serves as one of the show’s producers.

Ramon Carrera, CEO of Pet Pals TV, is executive director for Boomer TV. Jason Heath, former news director at WRTV, serves as executive producer of Pet Pals TV and Boomer TV. Steve Sweitzer, former chief photographer and news operations manager at WISH-TV, joins the reporters at Boomer TV.

Mary Pat McKee, publisher of Indy Boomer Magazine, which was the inspiration for Boomer TV, is CEO of the new show.

Carrera said, “I see a great need for a show that caters to a positive lifestyle for those 50-plus. We plan to make it fun, entertaining and informative.”

Pet Pals TV currently airs Saturdays on WISH-TV and its sister station, WNDY. On March 1, it will move to the 11 a.m. Sunday time slot following Boomer TV.

Spitler feels that this niche program is “…tailor made for certain segments of the Hoosier community. We want to present the best options for viewers and educate as well as entertain.”

For more information about Boomer TV, including photos and bios of the team, visit https://www.facebook.com/boomertv.

Boomer TV is a show for Baby Boomers celebrating the best years of their lives. We bring you topics you want to see like travel, real estate, home rehab, finance, fitness, entertainment, food, health and so much more. All from a team of local reporters and anchors you’ve come to know over the years. Boomer TV, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WISH-TV. Boomer TV…For the best years of your life.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Beef and Boards, Feb. 20-Mar. 28, 2015

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
"Charlotte's Web" at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

“Charlotte’s Web” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s Pyramid Players have extended the run from Feb. 20 to Mar. 28, 2015, for their first Live Theatre for Kids production of 2015: a stage adaptation of the beloved children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web.”

Based on the classic tale by E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of Wilbur, a young pig who wants to live a long life. But his animal friends on the Zuckerman farm know this won’t happen without their help. A plan is enacted by an extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who is determined to save Wilbur’s life. Proving to not only be a true friend, but also a good writer, Charlotte weaves words into her web above Wilbur’s pen that declare him to be “some pig.”

Thus begins her campaign to promote the qualities of her pig friend and draw enough attention to him that he’s entered into the county fair for a chance at the blue ribbon that just might save his life. Wilbur learns a great deal from the wise spider, even after they return home from the fair.

John Vessels plays Wilbur, with Sally Scharbrough as Charlotte, Kennedy Martin as Fern, A.J. Morrison as Templeton, Ethan Litt as Homer and the Sheep, and Ian Frazier as the Narrator and Gander. The show is direced by Elizabeth Stark Payne, with musical direction by Kristy Templet and choreography by Deb Wims.

The run for Charlotte’s Web has now been extended, with two performances added on March 28. Pyramid Players productions are one hour in length and presented without intermission. Performances are for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through fifth grade. Children have the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs.

Performances take place at 10 a.m. on most Fridays and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on most Saturdays. All tickets are $15.50 and include a snack. For reservations, contact the box office at 317.872.9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.

For more information or complete show schedule, visitbeefandboards.com.

Indiana Master Naturalist Program, Mar. 12-May 14, 2015

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.

The Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens. Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Maddie Grimm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a spring Indiana Master Naturalist program. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teaches students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation taught by area experts.

“Anyone can become a master of nature with this all-inclusive series,” said Maddie Grimm, Director of Education at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Beyond learning, students will put their knowledge to work by performing 30 hours of community service to earn their program certificate.”

The ten week course begins Thursday, March 12 and runs through Thursday, May 14, 2015. Classes are held on Thursday mornings. The course cost is $100 and it is open to adults age 18 and over. Participants should dress for the outdoors, whether rain or shine. To register, visit http://www.taltree.org/ where you can print an application, or call 219-462-0025.

The Indiana Master Naturalist program is sponsored by the Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visitdnr.IN.gov/parklake/6321.htm.

Taltree is located at 450 W County Road 100 North near Valparaiso, Indiana.

DNR Camping Discounts at Boat Sport & Travel Show

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Spring Mill State Park.

Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Christie Sorrells
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Visitors to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show can receive a promo code for 15 percent off camping reservations at Indiana State Parks during weeknights in May 2015 (such as Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County, pictured above).

The promo code will be made available only at the DNR booth at the Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 20 through March 1, 2015.

The discount applies to all State Parks campgrounds and DNR Division of Forestry campgrounds at Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area. The offer is not valid on walk-ins. Weeknights are Sundays through Wednesdays.

Reservations can be booked at camp.IN.gov or by calling (866) 622-6746. Reservations must be booked and used by May 20, 2015.

Visitors to the show also can buy 2015 fishing and hunting licenses and other permits; camping gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 denominations; and other DNR offerings. Visitors can also pick up the 2015 DNR Recreation Guide and 2015 DNR Fishing Guide for free.

3rd Annual Butler University ArtsFest, Apr. 9-19, 2015

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Butler University. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Talent from all over the world—Los Angeles to Sierra Leone to Indianapolis—will perform at the third annual Butler ArtsFest, April 9-19, 2015, on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tickets for the 50-plus events are on sale now at butlerartsfest.com, ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office.

Dubbed “Outsiders & Outlaws,” this year’s Butler ArtsFest “highlights bravery and boldness in the arts and the stories that emerge when individuals dare to reveal their inner, possibly dangerous, artistry.”

The 2015 performers include three-time Grammy winner Christian McBride, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre from south Los Angeles, Indianapolis favorite (and Butler alumnus) Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Butler Ballet performing The Sleeping Beauty.

“This April, performers from around the the country and around the world will share the stage with Butler University’s students and faculty to offer extraordinary art experiences with our entire community,” said Ronald Caltabiano, Dean of Butler’s Jordan College of the Arts. “This year’s festival is especially exciting because of the depth of talent and breadth of expression that will be presented as part of the 11-day event.”

Butler ArtsFest is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.

2015 festival sponsors are Central Indiana Community Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Emmis Communications, and Indianapolis Monthly.

Additional support provided by: Sun King Brewery; Buckingham Foundation; Rollin and Cheri Dick; Lucina Moxley; Howard L. Schrott and Diana H Mutz; Patricia See; Marianne Tobias; and the Butler University Office of the Provost.

The schedule of events follows:

Crime & Punishment
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.; Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.; Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Lilly Hall 168
Tickets: $5-$15 (On the day of the performance, tickets are only available at the Studio Theatre Box Office.)

Butler Theatre presents Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel in an exciting adaptation that underscores the passion, guilt, and consequences that haunt a young man after a crucial mistake.

Unlikely Heroes: Butler Wind Ensemble with Narrator Clarence Page
Thursday, April 9; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

From Tony and Maria of West Side Story to Abraham Lincoln, heroes can emerge from the most unlikely of circumstances and places. Join Butler University’s Michael Colburn, former director of the President’s Own Marine Band, as the Butler Wind Ensemble performs an evening of works highlighting the bravery and tenacity of the human spirit. Program includes Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, a powerful work with excerpts of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest writings narrated by Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Friday, April 10; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

In 1980, in an inner-city neighborhood in South Los Angeles, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre was born. Today, the company tours the world, performing dance that explores social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture. Known for powerful, high-energy dancing and unique choreography, the company and its performances have been described by The New York Times as “rousing” and “infectiously enthusiastic.”

Christian McBride Trio with Butler Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, April 11; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

Three-time Grammy winner Christian McBride, among the leading jazz bass players of our time, joins with his trio and the Butler Jazz Ensemble for an unforgettable night of music. In his two-decade long career, McBride has worked with the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Sting, and the legendary James Brown.

Faculty Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, April 12; 1:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-25

Underscoring the daring of those who are considered outsiders, this intimate concert presents the powerful works of Jacob TV, Henry Cowell, John Corigliano, and Tania Leon. As a capstone to the evening’s event, Professor James Briscoe will host a conversation on the innovative influence of the Cuban-born Leon.

Song & Dance
Sunday, April 12; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Meet the outlaws and outsiders from the music of Richard Rogers! This enchanting evening is filled some of the most beloved music of the 20th century songbook, including songs from Carousel, The King and I, Cinderella, and Oklahoma. Musicians from Butler University’s School of Music will be joined by dancers from Butler Ballet for this special event featuring Broadway star and Butler alumna Michele McConnell as guest vocalist.

Jagged: A Contemporary Pole Dance Company
Monday, April 13; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Jagged is a contemporary pole dance company that fuses the art of aerial pole work with concert and commercial dance. Founded in 2009 by Jessica Anderson-Gwin, Jagged pioneered the art of group pole choreography in America. The company strives to combat the often-negative stereotypes associated with pole dancing and aerial pole work through performances and teaching. As part of the FILM+ Series, catch the Heartland Film Festival documentary Off the Floor, which depicts Jagged’s difficult path as they forge a new art form.

Angela Brown & Friends: Mad Scenes!
Tuesday, April 14; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Metropolitan Opera star Angela Brown and Indianapolis friends perform a recital of famous (and infamous!) mad scenes from Tosca, Aida, Porgy and Bess, Peter Grimes, and other favorites. This special performance has been created exclusively for Butler ArtsFest.

Progressive Lenses
Tuesday, April 14; 10 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10 or $5 at event with donation of canned good

The Jordan College faculty cut loose as their band, Progressive Lenses, performs progressive rock ’n’ roll. Receive discounted admission by bringing a non-perishable food item for Gleaners Food Bank.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Wednesday, April 15; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

A potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen to acclaim with their energetic mix of old-school reggae, funky African grooves, and deep tribal chants. Founded in a refugee camp in Guinea this band has matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. As part of the FILM+ series, catch the documentary that follows the group’s formation and life as refugees.

Stark Raving
Thursday, April 16; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Witness an evening of extraordinary performances that push the boundaries of art and sanity—three contemporary, one-man shows performed with solo vocalists and a chamber ensemble. See the world-premiere of Michael Schelle’s The End of Al Capone (commissioned by Butler ArtsFest) and two outrageous outsider works by Peter Maxwell Davies: Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot and his infamous Eight Songs for a Mad King. This is an event that you won’t soon forget!

Sleeping Beauty
Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall
Tickets: $17-$28.50 Adults (a $3 CMH Restoration fee will be added to each ticket)

Indulge yourself in dreams that come true! Butler Ballet presents the most magical of all the fairly-tale ballets complete with a beautiful princess, an evil fairy, a curse that dooms everyone to sleep for a hundred years, and a magical kiss.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Friday, April 17; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $30

Experience the rogues of the musical world! The ICO will feature music that was banned at times throughout history. Ranging from music outlawed by Pope Clement to that cast out by Nazis, this concert is a fascinating insight into music deemed “inappropriate.”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Saturday, April 18; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

With a style and sound completely their own, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will make you stomp your feet and dance! This energetic trio—complete with a washboard—blends blues, ragtime, folk, country, and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk-fueled rock.

Carmina Burana
Sunday, April 19; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

One of the most dramatic and recognizable choral works ever created, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is not just a piece of music, it is an experience. Don’t miss this stunning work along with Stravinsky’s masterpiece Les Noces (The Wedding) performed by the Butler University Chorale.

FREE EVENTS

Butler Community Arts School Dance Concert
Saturday, April 18; 10:00 a.m.
Lilly Hall 310

Community performance with the Butler Community Arts School and students from Butler Ballet. Fun for the whole family!

Butler Percussion Ensemble Family Concert
Saturday, April 11; 11:00 a.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts

Perfect for families with little ones, this fun, interactive, and lively concert is a great opportunity to introduce kids to live performance. During the concert, families are invited to join the musicians on stage to get closer to the instruments. This free morning event is sure to inspire smiles and perhaps even a lifetime of love for music.

BCAS strings and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Saturday, April 18; 11:00 a.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts

What does the future of music look like? See for yourself at this community performance by young musicians.

JCA Composers’ Orchestra Workshop
Saturday, April 18; 1:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall 112

An improvisational workshop for musicians and non-musicians. Get up close and personal with the music and take the stage with the orchestra during the event. Open to young people and adults.

MUSIC & MOVIES AT THE IMA

This year, venture off of Butler University’s campus for some exciting programs presented in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Friday, April 10; 7:00 p.m
The Toby at the IMA
Tickets: $9-$15

View a screening of this spaghetti western classic, preceded by a performance of the score by local singers and musicians.

Bonnie and Clyde + Brian Laidlaw
Saturday, April 11; 7:00 p.m.
The Toby at the IMA
Tickets: $9-$15
Minneapolis poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw will perform Amoratorium, a multimedia album inspired by the legacy of Bonnie and Clyde. After the performance, enjoy a screening of the 1967 film.

Pump Up the Volume
Friday, April 17; 7:00 p.m.
The Toby at the IMA
Tickets: $9-$15

Pirate radio takes over this screening of Pump Up the Volume in the IMA underground parking garage. Presented in partnership with Classical Music Indy.

Tickets for Music & Movies events are available exclusively through the Indianapolis Museum of Art. For more information, visit imamuseum.org.