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24th Annual Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 29-30, 2016

March 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Stutz Business Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2012, all right reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

The largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House.

The Open House is set to take place April 29-30, 2016, at the historic Stutz Business and Arts Center. The Open House, which began in 1993, attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square-foot former car factory.

This is an entertainment opportunity to engage families, art lovers and visitors alike looking for a weekend event to enjoy in downtown Indianapolis. The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 60+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how the artwork is created.

Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. This is the perfect time to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices ranging from $12 to $10,000.

New this year, the Grand Tour of Artisan Autos is an opportunity to see and learn about the 28 vintage and collectible cars owned by Turner Woodard which are on display in this former Stutz Motor Car factory during the Open House.

Locations and descriptions of the cars, including the 1914 Stutz Bearcat, will be available at the event entrances. Visitors will also enjoy special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, art demonstrations, live music and food vendors.

The Warehouse, this year’s music partner, is an intimate live listening room music venue in Carmel, which will bring excellent regional and local entertainment to the Open House.

The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery on the first floor will feature FIRST STOP, an exhibition with sample work from many of the Stutz artists and the recommended first stop for experiencing the Open House.

Families with children are encouraged to attend on Saturday, April 30 from 2-7 p.m. This family-friendly event will include hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, free cookies from Raymond James, and more.

Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

Friday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stutz Business and Arts Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis (enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th St.). Free parking in specially marked lots.

$12 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank locations, the Stutz Business and Arts Center office (1060 N. Capitol Ave. C200) and; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free. Tickets are valid for both days.

Cathi Wineland,, or (317) 503-6420.

Proceeds from the event support the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship that provides free studio space and utilities for emerging local artists for one year. It is one of the largest grants to individual artists in the state.

“In The Mood” at Carmel Palladium, Apr. 3, 2016

March 20, 2016 Leave a comment

“In The Mood” at the Carmel Palladium, Apr. 3, 2016.
Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

Press Release
Tellem Grody PR

To the delight of fans of American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing and all-American 1940s musical IN THE MOOD ( celebrates 22 years on the road with a new U.S. tour visiting 60 cities for 125 performances including The Palladium in Carmel for two shows on April 3, 2016 (2pm and 7pm).

Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD is a brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s live musical and tribute to the music that has made a worldwide impact and continues to influence today’s music producers and stars.

Tickets start at $24.50 and are on sale now and available at The Palladium’s box office, by calling 317-843-3800 or online at

“Swing music is alive and well today,” says Creator and Producer Bud Forrest. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are working on a follow up to their Grammy award-winning duet album Cheek to Cheek. The YouTube channel Postmodern Jukebox has earned more than 400 million views covering big band era hits (the channel has nearly two million subscribers). The critically acclaimed Revive Big Band is ushering a new generation of big band listeners by collaborating with famous hip hop artists like Bilal and Talib Kweli. A swing revival led by Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Brian Setzer Orchestra took over radio airwaves in the 1990s.

“One huge reason this music has transcended generations is because of IN THE MOOD’s primary music arranger and famous American bandleader Vic Schoen,” says Forrest. Schoen is best known as one of the seminal creators of the big band era sound. He arranged music for Universal and Paramount Pictures and was musical director and arranger for The Andrews Sisters. Forrest, who played piano for the U.S. Air Force Band, created a singing group inspired by The Andrews Sisters that would eventually become what IN THE MOOD is today.

“IN THE MOOD introduces new generations to the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of a pivotal time in American history when everyone listened to, and danced to, up-tempo big band rhythms and intimate ballads,” says Forrest. Nineteen cast members including the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and In the Mood Singers & Dancers bring authentic, classy costumes, sizzling choreography and more than fifty unforgettable hits to the stage.

IN THE MOOD celebrates the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the 1940s. Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and you’ll soon be “In The Mood” to hear timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook. Hit songs include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tuxedo Junction, Well Git It, On The Sunny Side of the Street, In the Mood and many more. “These songs are still very popular and part of the core catalog for high school and college jazz bands performing today.”

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Now in its 22nd season of touring, IN THE MOOD is a phenomenon among touring shows, performing in 49 states in the U.S, Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands and two sold-out tours of Australia.

IN THE MOOD takes a look at America’s Swing Era and recreates defining moments from the 1930s and 1940s. “From the happy-go-lucky era before WWII to the start of the war when thousands of our youth were going abroad to defend our freedoms and longing for the end of the war when loved ones would be reunited,” says Forrest. The show pays tribute to all veterans – from WWII to today’s men and women in uniform. The arrangements of these American songs evoke powerful emotions even in people who were born decades after WWII.

The late Vic Schoen, the show’s primary arranger, created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the legendary Andrews Sisters and was Music Director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound that he imbued into IN THE MOOD.

For the fifth year, stage director and the highly-in-demand choreographer Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 11 Broadway shows, is set to bring the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers alive with his staging and choreography. “He is committed to bringing a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era,” says Forrest.

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Venue: The Palladium at The Center for Performing Arts

Address: 1 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032

Day/Date: April 3, 2016

Time: 2pm and 7pm

Tickets: Ticket prices start at $24.50 depending on performance day/time (service fees will apply). Ticket prices may change without warning. Tickets are available at The Palladium box office, by calling 317-843-3800 or online at

Groups: Great discounts for groups of 10 or more. Please call Lori or VJ: 828.682.4989

First Friday at Indiana Landmarks Center, Apr. 1, 2016

March 20, 2016 Leave a comment

Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks Center

In its First Friday gallery show on April 1, 2016, Indiana Landmarks features a trio of artists. The opening of The Modern Alchemists: New Visions by artists Emma Overman, Johnny McKee and John Klinkose runs from 6 to 9 p.m. in Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Indianapolis-based artists present ethereally painted worlds, environments and imagery inspired by imaginings, dreams, history and experiences.

Emma Overman’s paintings have been called “innocent yet otherworldly.” She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Hanover College.

Johnny McKee, a photography graduate of IU’s Herron School of Art, works at the Ashland Gallery and teaches drawing in the SMART program at the Indianapolis Art Center.

John Klinkose, a pilot, sailor and swimmer, draws on these experiences as a painter. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has
exhibited throughout the Eastern United States.

The opening of The Modern Alchemists: New Visions by Artists Emma Overman, Johnny McKee and John Klinkose

Friday, April 1, 2016, 6-9 p.m.

Indiana Landmarks’ Rapp Family Gallery, 1201 Central Ave.

Free; complimentary refreshments

INFO: or 317-639-4534

ClusterTruck Launch Party Set for March 31, 2016

March 18, 2016 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

March 18, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana. — Today was the first day of beta delivery testing for ClusterTruck, a food-tech operation headquartered in downtown Indianapolis. I felt quite honored and privileged to be present on the inaugural day of this great and promising new meal delivery service!

If you are not yet familiar with this concept spearheaded by local entrepreneur Chris Baggott, then I feel certain that you will be, because I’m confident that you’ll be hearing a LOT more about ClusterTruck in the coming days and weeks. I’ve been a big fan of the Indy food trucks for the past seven years; this takes THAT concept to a whole new level.

With both office and kitchen space housed in a small commercial building near American Legion Mall, the intention of ClusterTruck is to provide fast delivery of hot meals to a delivery area within a 1-2 mile radius (at least to begin with–think Wholesale District and downtown Indy).

The menu features MANY items developed by food truck owners and licensed to the company, hence the name “ClusterTruck.” Food truck owners will receive a small percentage of each sale. It’s almost like a consignment sale: the food truck licenses its menu item(s) to ClusterTruck, then gets paid each time a sale of that item is made.

So whereas an individual food truck might never be able to practically deliver to your place of business, ClusterTruck can.

The menu items will be prepared in a high tech kitchen by real chefs, then delivered to your business or location within minutes by one of ClusterTruck’s numerous contracted drivers. There is no restaurant onsite; you will order online and a driver will bring it to you a.s.a.p. The delivery service is managed by custom computer software that links available drivers to the online ordering system.

In one sense, it is not unlike the typical pizza delivery model, except that ClusterTruck will offer a much wider variety of quality menu choices from pizza and tacos to salads to burgers and many more delicious specialty items–all cooked and prepared fresh after you order ONLINE, and then your order will be quickly delivered in the company’s delivery area–with free delivery, no less.

In my mind this service will be ideal for downtown businesses, office staff meetings, even perhaps for those who are getting off work and heading to their kids’ athletic events (and don’t have time to stop for dinner).

The official launch party is set for March 31, 2016. In the meantime, it was intriguing to visit the company’s headquarters today and witness a very vibrant atmosphere with a lot of creative and intelligent thinking, planning, and strategizing going on among the participants.

The photos here are just a tiny sample of the company’s extensive forthcoming menu, which will be available soon. I’d compare ClusterTruck’s wide quantity of menu items to, oh, let’s say that of Cheesecake Factory. So if what I saw today is any indication of what’s to come, then I predict we’re about to see a significant paradigm shift on the culinary scene in Indianapolis.

More to come…stay tuned! For more information, visit

DISCLOSURE NOTICE:, LLC was allowed access to the Cluster Truck office and kitchen space for the purpose of taking photographs and providing coverage of the launch of this new delivery service. No quid pro quo exists in the coverage of this launch.

“SUPERHERO” at The Tarkington, Mar. 25-26, 2016

March 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s “Superhero.” Photo credit: Karl Zemlin. Photo provided by Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and used with written permission.

By Dheepa Maturi
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

So much can happen in one week. So much can change.

During Easter weekend Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (GHDT) will portray the monumental events that marked one week — the last week of Jesus Christ’s life — in SUPERHERO: the story of a man called Jesus.

Back for the third consecutive year by popular demand, this critically acclaimed, full-length modern ballet brings to life the struggles of Jesus Christ and the women surrounding him, as well as his complicated relationship with Judas Iscariot. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 25-26, 2016 at The Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel, Indiana.

With world class dancers, award winning choreography, vivid costuming, and contemporary music, artistic director Gregory Hancock skillfully draws audiences into the poignant emotion of Jesus’s story, while evoking the universality of Jesus’s message and teachings.

A particularly striking feature of the performance is the original set design utilizing texts from the Gospels written in Greek, Latin, Aramaic and English, reinforcing the feeling of a tale belonging in any time and any place.

SUPERHERO features talented guest artists James Gilmer as Jesus and Liang Fu as Judas Iscariot, as well as GHDT company dancers Sarah Sigman as Mother Mary and Hannah Brown as Mary Magdalene.

Considered one of GHDT’s signature works, SUPERHERO has been described as a “whirl of energy . . .through color, light, movement, and sound” and is a timeless retelling of the story of a man who changed history and the world around him forever.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

For additional information about this performance, contact Kirsten Ferger at 317-844-2660.

For information about Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, visit