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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.

Call for Artisans and Craftsmen in Switzerland County

February 8, 2015 Leave a comment
Community Art Center in Vevay, Indiana.

Community Art Center in Vevay, Indiana. Photo provided by Switzerland County Tourism.

By Kendal Miller
Switzerland County Tourism

Switzerland County Tourism in Indiana invites Switzerland County artists and craftsmen to participate in the “Artisans Tour of Switzerland County.” The event will take place throughout galleries, home studios, and businesses in Switzerland County on May 2 & 3 from 10am-4pm. There is no charge to participate but artists must pre-register by calling (812) 427-3237 or by e-mailing visitsc@switzcotourism.com by April 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Artisans can reside outside of Switzerland County but must display their work within the county limits. Businesses, galleries and participating artists are asked to share spare space with others who may wish to join the tour. Demonstrations in all mediums are encouraged. A map of artisan locations will be distributed throughout the tour.

Art glass, quilts, weaving, jewelry, baskets, ceramics, painting, sculpture, woodworking, photography and artful reuse are examples of mediums on display. A showcase of items from participating artists will be on display at the Community Art Center in Vevay during the May 1 Vevay’s First Friday.

For more information telephone (812) 427-3237 or e-mail visitsc@switzcotourism.com. Information on lodging, county events and local businesses be found on to the Switzerland County Tourism website at www.switzcotourism.com or join the Artisans Tour of Switzerland County Facebook page.

2015 Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Artsgarden

Indianapolis Artsgarden hosts the Art and Soul Celebration. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

February is Black History Month and Downtown Indy is offering a full lineup of events. Whether you want to partake by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy is the place to be.

A Celebration of African-American Art & Artists in Indiana

Art & Soul, Downtown Indy’s celebration of local African-American arts and artists, returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden this winter with performances from musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. Performances begin Jan. 31 with the Art & Soul Kickoff and conclude March 1 with a ceremony featuring City-County Council president Maggie Lewis. This year’s special guests include Mathew Davis, Zakk Knight, Kassim Norris, Ronne Stone and many more. All Art & Soul events are FREE.

Meet the Artists at Central Library
Through March 28, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists XXVII, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including African drumming gospel music, a fashion show and workshops – during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 14 from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum celebrates Madame Walker

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will host a Black History Month Performance Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Vignettes will feature a performance of Madam C.J. Walker and others who played a significant part in American history. Stay for a post-performance discussion with the actors.

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

A Night with the ISO

Enjoy a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Join guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II along with the Voice of the Light Choir for an evening of classical and contemporary African-American music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Throwback Thursday Cinema

The Madame Walker Theater continues the Throwback Thursday Cinema series of thought provoking documentaries and films with The Black List on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders sheds light on what it means to be black in America by talking to prominent African-American pop-culture icons, including Chris Rock, Colin Powell, Serena Williams, Sean Combs and others. Tickets are $5.

Music and dancing at the Madame Walker Theatre

Hear from the Freetown Village Singers during a unique Black History Month event at the Madame Walker Theatre Center on Feb. 28. A buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m. followed by a music performance of African folk, gospel, blues, jazz, pop and more. Celebrate with Freetown Village all month long for The Madam Walker Story on Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Madame Walker Heritage Center.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Madison Ribberfest

Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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Things to do in Indianapolis, July 21-27, 2014

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

21st Brickyard 400, July 27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. SUN: 21st Running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. THU-SUN: ‘Cirque du Soleil: Varekai’ at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  3. THU-SUN: Kroger ‘Super Weekend at the Brickyard’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  4. THU-SUN: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  5. WED: Panic! at the Disco in Concert at The Lawn at White River State Park
  6. MON-SAT: 11th Annual Indianapolis International Film Festival
  7. THU-SAT: 6th Annual Dixie Days Festival and Art Fair in North Webster
  8. THU: Lady Antebellum in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. THU-SUN: 17th Annual BBQ Ribfest, Indianapolis Edition at Military Park
  10. MON-THU: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  11. FRI-SUN: Bass Lake Summer Splash Festival in Starke County
  12. FRI-SUN: Whiting Pierogi Fest in Lake County
  13. FRI-SAT: 17th Annual Indiana Gospel Music Festival in Noblesville
  14. FRI-SAT: Frankfort Hot Dog Festival in Clinton County
  15. MON-SAT: Madison County 4-H Fair in Alexandria

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