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Art and Soul Celebration 2022 @artscouncilindy

December 22, 2021 Leave a comment

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Arts Council of Indianapolis

26th annual Art & Soul celebration returns this February, showcasing Black art and music in Indianapolis

Popular annual festival will focus on Black Health & Wellness, returning live to the Indianapolis Artsgarden after going virtual in 2021 

WHAT: Art & Soul, the Arts Council’s largest public program that has kicked off Black History Month in Indianapolis since 1996 and helped expand the city’s awareness and appreciation of African-American art and music, returns live to the Indianapolis Artsgarden in February 2022 celebrating the theme of Black Health & Wellness. Art & Soul, which was virtual in 2021, annually attracts more than 2,000 visitors and is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc.  

FESTIVAL DATES & HIGHLIGHTS: Each Saturday in February will highlight a different genre, and take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Art & Soul will feature nearly 20 music, dance, theater, and spoken-word performances by Black artists, special programming, and a visual art exhibition. The Arts Council partnered with Asante Art Institute, FLAVA FRESH!, Iibada Dance Company, and Indy Jazz Fest to develop this year’s program. The four 2022 Featured Artists will be announced in January.

  • Saturday, February 5 – Kick-off celebration / Visual art day
     
  • Saturday, February 12 – Dance day
     
  • Saturday, February 19 – Theater/poetry/spoken-word day
     
  • Saturday, February 26 – Music day  

FEATURED ARTISTS PROGRAM: Over the past 25 years, Art & Soul has helped launch the careers of emerging Black artists in central Indiana. Featured Artists are selected annually to be spotlighted throughout the month. In addition to the Black History Month spotlight, the Featured Artists receive year-long career development support.  

CONNECT WITH ART & SOUL: Please follow @ArtsCouncilIndy and #ArtSoulIndy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the celebration.

ABOUT THE INDY ARTS COUNCIL
The Indy Arts Council is central Indiana’s leading arts advocacy and services agency, whose mission is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.  

“How People Make Things” Opens Jan. 22 @indianamuseum

December 22, 2021 Leave a comment

By Marc Allan
Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things, a new exhibit opening at the Indiana State Museum on Jan. 22, 2022, tells that story by linking familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology.

The traveling exhibit from Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is included with museum admission – $17 for adults, $16 for seniors 60 and older, $15 for college students and $12 for youth ages 3-17. For more information, visit indianamuseum.org or call (317) 232-1637. The exhibit closes on May 15, 2022.

How People Make Things, inspired by the factory tour segments from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television series, offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects with four manufacturing processes – molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. Many common manufactured products help tell the story of how people, ideas and technology transform raw materials into finished products.  

How People Make Things offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects using four manufacturing processes – molding, cutting, deforming, and assembly. Visitors can use a die cutter to make a box and a horse, cut wax using different sculpting tools, deform a wire by taking a straight wire into a spring shape by winding it around the metal shaft, mold spoons using real melted wax, assemble a trolley and test your skills on the testing track.

“This exhibit brings children close to the real stuff, the nuts and bolts of how products are manufactured, which is very easy to feel removed from these days,” says Jane Werner, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. “Through his factory tours, Fred Rogers took complex issues and made them simple and direct so children could understand them and relate them to their own lives.  He made manufacturing fascinating and inspirational, and we continue that tradition with How People Make Things.”

The factory tour videos from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television series featured in the exhibit depict the making of crayons, carousel horses, balls, stop lights, quarters, shoes, toy cars and toy wagons. 

“We’re excited to bring ‘How People Make Things’ to the Indiana State Museum,” said Bethany Thomas, vice president of programs and education engagement. “This exhibit celebrates the people, the manufacturing processes and the technology used to make objects we use every day.”

How People Make Things was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Family Communications, Inc. (FCI), the producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE).  The exhibit was made possible with support from the National Science Foundation and The Grable Foundation.  

Tower of Power, 3/18/2022, in Nashville Indiana

December 6, 2021 Leave a comment

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Brown County Music Center

Nashville, Ind. (December 6, 2021) – The Brown County Music Center located in Nashville, Ind., announces An Evening With Tower of Power on Friday, March 18, 2022. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m. and will be available at www.browncountymusiccenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, and at the venue box office (open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. via outdoor ticketing windows and phone sales at (812) 988-5323). The box office is now cashless, and accepts debit and credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

Over the course of two memorable evenings in June 2018, legendary soul-funk-R&B outfit Tower of Power returned to Oakland, the city that started it all, to celebrate its landmark 50thanniversary with a few thousand friends, family and fans. The window-rattling grooves and raucous party spirit of ToP has been a balm for the soul throughout the band’s half-century existence, but the release of 50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – June 2018 couldn’t have come at a better time. 

Now available from Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, the high-spirited live album and video offers a reminder of the communal joys of the live music experience, something that’s been sorely missed over this staggering pandemic year. Released as a 3-LP set, a 2-CD/DVD combo, a standalone DVD, as well as digitally, 50 Years of Funk & Soul is the next best thing to hearing these brilliant musicians in person. Fittingly for such a special occasion, Tower of Powerwent all out for these hometown shows, supplementing the core 10-piece band and its iconic horn section with additional horns and a string section. 

Bandleader and saxophonist Emilio Castillo also invited back a few elite ToP alumni, including saxophonist Lenny Pickett (musical director of the Saturday Night Live band); keyboardist Chester Thompson (Santana); guitarist Bruce Conte and former vocalist Ray Greene, who shows off his trombone prowess. They join the renowned modern line-up of the band, featuring co-founder Stephen “Doc” Kupka on baritone sax, longtime drummer David Garibaldi, and lead vocalist Marcus Scott. Adding a bittersweet tinge is the presence of founding bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia, who passed away in September 2020.

“People come up to me all the time and say, ‘Wow man, 50 years! We can’t believe it,'” laughs Castillo. “You can’t believe it? I’m the one that can’t believe it. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs and learned a lot along the way. We’ve affected a lot of people’s lives and done a lot of work that we’re very proud of. The band has a real family atmosphere. It’s been very rewarding.”

Castillo was only 17 years old when he met Kupka and started to assemble the band that would become Tower of Power. “I had no vision at all,” he recalls now. “I just loved playing soul music. My idols were a local band called The Spyders and they had gigged in Sacramento. I thought, ‘Man, if I could just get to Sacramento that would be it.’ That’s literally how small my vision was.” The band has long since surpassed Castillo’s admittedly modest aspirations, traveling the world, enjoying hit singles on their own and backing some of the most legendary artists of the last 50 years – a list that includes Otis Redding, Elton John, Santana, the Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others. In the process they’ve defined an “Oakland soul” sound as instantly recognizable as those from Castillo’s hometown, Detroit, as well as inspirations like Memphis and Philadelphia.

With nearly two hours of pulse-quickening funk that makes up 50 Years of Funk & Soul, the setlist spans the band’s history, from classic hits “You’re Still a Young Man,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “What is Hip?” and “Don’t Change Horses” to newly-minted favorites like “Stop” and “Do You Like That?” from recent albums on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, Soul Side of Town (2018) and Step Up (2020). The band shows off its taut precision on the intricately syncopated “On the Serious Side” and proves eerily prophetic by including “Soul Vaccination.” This vigorous and dynamic live set should prove to be just that for fans around the world starved for the ToP groove over this past year. Count Castillo himself among their ranks – used to fronting the band for 200 dates a year, he’s only played a single gig since last March, joining Los Lobos for a drive-in concert at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “It’s really been a challenge,” Castillo says of living in lockdown. He’s looking forward to resuming that tireless schedule once the coronavirus is under control. Despite the band’s long and storied history, he has no plans for retirement.

“B.B. King is my role model,” he says. “He just kept on playing to the bitter end. No matter how B.B. was feeling on the bus, he’d step on stage, the lights would go on and he’d come to life. I’ve always said that’s who I want to be. My plan is to continue working and spreading the good news of Tower of Power.”

About the Brown County Music Center: Located in Nashville, Indiana, the Brown County Music Center is a visual and auditory masterpiece with cutting edge design, bringing in nationally known performers and hosting local events. The 2,000-seat live performance venue, opened in August 2019, offers an incredibly intimate experience for each show. The farthest seat from the stage is only 106 feet away. Nestled on the banks of Salt Creek and located less than one-mile from the largest state park in Indiana and the Village of Nashville, this indoor entertainment venue will host world-class rock, blues, country, pop, jazz, oldies, throwback artists, and more.  

About Brown County, Ind.: No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await in one of America’s original artists’ colonies. From art to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and for most, it’s only a short drive away. Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown County. Plan your escape today…you’ll be glad you did. 

The Brown County Music Center will adhere to federal, state and local health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19 and follow a plan approved by local health departments. Please check www.browncountymusiccenter.com for continuous health and safety updates. 

Tickets for concerts at the Brown County Music Center can be purchased at www.browncountymusiccenter.com or ticketmaster.com and at the venue box office (open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. via outdoor ticketing windows and phone sales at (812) 988-5323). Any box office related inquiries beyond purchasing tickets for an upcoming show should be directed to boxoffice@browncountymusiccenter.com.

Indiana Culinary Trails Passport

December 1, 2021 Leave a comment

By Amy Howell
Indiana Department of Tourism

INDIANAPOLIS – (Dec. 1, 2021) – Eat, drink and be merry.

The Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) and the Indiana Foodways Alliance (IFA) are teaming up to tempt your tastebuds with the Indiana Culinary Trails Passport and a chance to enter the Season’s Eatings giveaway.

There’s something for every palate. From Between the Buns Burger Trail to the Hoosier Pie Trail, the Indiana Foodways Alliance has 21 culinary trails, and all of them can be found on the digital passport. All you need to do is sign up online and check in with your smartphone at more than 260 restaurants across the state.

“From local favorites that opened decades ago to new spots that opened just last year, your new favorite restaurant is just waiting for you to discover it,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

“Whether it’s dine-in or take-out, the passport is a great way to support local businesses this holiday season,” said Lindsey Skeen, Indiana Foodways Alliance Executive Director.

For more information about the Indiana Culinary Trails Passport, go to VisitIndiana.com/Cuisine.

Five Fort Wayne Tips for January 2022 @visitfortwayne

December 1, 2021 Leave a comment

By Emily Hill
Visit Fort Wayne

Five tips for things to do in Fort Wayne in January 2022

  1. All American Outdoor Expo at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
    January 7-9, 2022
  2. “Under The Big Top” Circus Garden at the Botanical Conservatory
    January 8 to April 17, 2022
  3. Savor Fort Wayne Dinner Specials at Participating Restaurants
    January 12-23, 2022
  4. Broadway at the Embassy Theatre: Cats
    January 24-25, 2022
  5. Winterval winterfest in downtown Fort Wayne
    January 29, 2022

For more information about lots more upcoming events and things to do in Fort Wayne and Allen County, visit https://www.visitfortwayne.com or stop by the Visitor Center at 927 South Harrison Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

Allen County Event Listings on AroundIndy.com: https://aroundindy.com/Allenco.php