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Indian Market and Festival @EiteljorgMuseum June 25-26, 2022

April 29, 2022 Leave a comment

ABOVE: Image courtesy Eiteljorg Museum.

By Bryan Corbin
Eiteljorg Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the Midwest’s most iconic cultural weekends takes place June 25-26, 2022 in Indianapolis when the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival returns as an in-person event for the first time since 2019. More than 140 Native artists from across the United States and Canada will be at the Eiteljorg Museum to show and sell their jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, weavings, carvings and more.

This year’s market weekend will be an especially meaningful celebration of Native arts: It is the 30th annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival and coincides with the grand reopening of the museum’s newly redesigned Native American Galleries, a defining capstone project in the museum’s history. 

At Indian Market and Festival, seasoned collectors and general market-goers alike appreciate the personal interactions with artists and learning about their artwork, process and cultures. The event forges relationships between artists and their collectors, builds support for and interest in Native art generally, and is a family-friendly cultural experience for those eager to learn more about Native peoples. Indian Market and Festival is presented by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance.

“The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has become one of our community’s most important cultural celebrations,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said. “This year is sure to be memorable because it is the 30th year of the event and the first in-person presentation of the market since 2019. Market weekend also marks the grand opening of the museum’s $6 million, completely redesigned Native American galleries.”

Since its inception in 1993, the annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival has grown in stature to become one of the top Native American art markets in the country, as well as a must-do event on the downtown Indianapolis summer calendar. For three decades, artists, performers and thousands of market-goers and art buyers have come together at the Eiteljorg to celebrate Native arts and cultures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state and local health precautions in effect at the time, the Eiteljorg could not hold an in-person market and festival in 2020 and 2021. Instead, in 2021 the Eiteljorg was able to support the artists and performers by hosting a successful all-virtual Indian Market that brought together artists and buyers online. The museum is pleased to be able to welcome back artists, collectors, performers and market-goers in person in 2022.

Artists partake in a juried selection and must be members of a federally or state-recognized tribe. Many of the artists also enter their artwork for judging as part of the weekend’s juried art competition, which includes awards and cash prizes across various categories. Artists’ booths will be inside the museum and outdoors on the Eiteljorg grounds.

Market-goers this year will also get to experience the completely reconstructed and re-envisioned Native American Galleries featuring Expressions of Life: Native Art in North America, opening Saturday, June 25. The new galleries are designed to showcase Native art in a multi-sensory space creating a contextual experience — organized around the themes of relation, continuation and innovation — that demonstrates a continuum of Native art told through the voices of Native peoples.

For Eiteljorg members, free admission to Indian Market and Festival is available for the individual named on the museum membership card with a reduced admission price of $15 for two adult guests. Non-member adult tickets to Indian Market and Festival are $20 at the gate either day. Advance discount tickets of $15 can be purchased online at or by calling 317.636.9378. Youth and children ages 17 and under are free. Tickets to Indian Market and Festival also include admission to the entire museum and the new Native American Galleries.

Eager art-buyers who want to get an early start on shopping can register for the Market Morning Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday June 25, which includes early access to the artists’ booths, and a breakfast catered by Kahn’s Catering. To register, contact Jennifer Hiatt at or 317.275.1360.

There will be a variety of delicious food options at Indian Market and Festival, including delectable fry bread. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a wide range of entertaining cultural performances, including music, dance and storytelling, as well as family art-making activities. Performers are scheduled on the Indian Market outdoor stage both days, June 25-26. They include:

·        Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company: Composed of Ojibwe, Lakota, Potawatomi, Menominee and Apache dancers, the group represents men’s and women’s Native American dance styles

·        Ed Kabotie and Tha ’Yoties: a reggae/rock band from Flagstaff, Arizona, notable for their lively performances

·        Randy, Rykelle and Raven Kemp: a family of storytellers, artists and musicians

·        Innastate: a reggae/rock band from Santa Fe, N.M., that honors their Indigenous heritage

·        Wade Fernandez: a multi-award-winning musical artist and educator.

Visit for a schedule of performances events. The design for this year’s commemorative Indian Market and Festival T-shirt is the image of a beautiful turquoise necklace titled Kewa Birds, created by artist Mary Louise Tafoya (Kewa Pueblo). Shirts, tote bags and notecards will be available at the Eiteljorg Museum Store.

In addition to presenting sponsors the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the 30th annual Indian Market and Festival receives support from the Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund (a CICF Fund), Ice Miller, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council of the City of Indianapolis.

During market weekend, a new special exhibition that runs April 30 to Aug. 14 will be open inside the Eiteljorg Museum: Celebrating 30 Years of Indian Market and Festival, featuring award-winning Native works from past markets that are now in the museum’s collections. Visitors to the Eiteljorg during market weekend also can experience two other exhibits. A traveling exhibition featuring Andy Warhol’s screenprint portraits of iconic Western figures, Warhol’s West continues through Aug. 7. Contemporary Native Art 101 looks at contemporary works by Native artists across several decades, and continues through July 2023. All are included with Indian Market and Festival admission June 25-26, and with regular museum admission at other times.

Five #Indianapolis and #Indiana Event Tips published April 25, 2022

April 27, 2022 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

ABOVE: The Original Farmers Market outside the Indianapolis City Market is one of this week’s featured events in our weekly podcast published every Monday. Listen to the weekly podcast here:

Here are five quick tips for the week of April 25, 2022 from the thousands of event listings currently posted on our Web site:

The Sea Chanters, the official chorus of the United States Navy Band, appears in concert at the University of Indianapolis on April 29th.

The 5th Annual Birding Festival is scheduled for May 4th to the 8th at Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center.

The Original Farmers Market opens for the season on May 4th on Market Street outside the Indianapolis City Market, and continues every Wednesday through October 26th.

The St. Benno Fest will be held on May 6th in the Biergarten at the Indianapolis Athenaeum.

And Garth Brooks appears in concert at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend on May 7th.

Please remember to always verify our event listings to be certain they will still be held as originally scheduled, especially considering how frequently public events change due to the pandemic, Indiana weather, and other unforeseen circumstances.

Currently there are over 29,000 upcoming Indianapolis and Indiana event listings on our Web site. Visit to discover LOTS more things to do in Indianapolis and all across Indiana. Please be safe, take good care of yourself, and have a great day, around Indy!

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Spring Blooms Exhibit at Newfields (@NewfieldsToday)

March 29, 2022 Leave a comment

By Mattie Wethington

INDIANAPOLIS, March 28, 2022—Open now through May 8 enjoy blooming bulbs and blossoms as they fill The Garden at Newfields during Spring Blooms presented by Wild Birds Unlimited. Rain or shine guests can expect to see an abundance of flowering blooms, dramatic foliage and spectacular floral displays around every turn indoors and out.

Signs of spring will emerge when 80,000 new bulbs and over 20,000 annuals blossom in The Garden. As the weather warms, hundreds of thousands of colorful blooms will come to life, culminating with a magnificent crescendo in mid-April. Alongside favorites like the River of Bulbs on the Lilly Allée, the newly completed Katharine B. Sutphin Border Garden invites all to explore new paths and meander amongst enhanced plantings. The Orchard Folly, a sheltered seating area created by Indianapolis based artist Cory Robinson debuts this season in the Tanner Orchard. 

“Newfields’ Spring Blooms celebration provides an incredible atmosphere and venue for families and friends to explore the spring season—and enjoy the birds!” said Jim Carpenter, CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “Wild Birds Unlimited is very proud to help present this wonderful outdoor experience to all who visit Newfields this spring.”

Spring is not complete without refreshments along the way. As you explore The Garden, don’t forget to stop by the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse for a peek at some of the living jewels of the collection and pick up a beverage for your stroll. Construction for a new Beer Garden is well underway and will debut at its new permanent home near the Playhouse later in April. Our exclusive Sun King brew Among the Leaves is back for guests to enjoy, along with giant pretzels from Liter House. Non-alcoholic options will be available as well as several other beer, cider and wine offerings. After the grand reopening of the Beer Garden’s move to the Playhouse, the Greenhouse location will continue offering beverage options for guests, while the extended food and beverage offerings will move to the new pavilion. 

Continuing the joy of spring indoors, don’t miss the second annual Art in Bloom presented by Fifth Third Private Bank March 31 to April 3. During the vibrant spring event guests can explore breathtaking floral displays created by local and regional florists throughout the IMA Galleries. Also opening on March 26, guests can explore the newly reimagined Lower Level of the Lilly House, which now includes new interpretive elements and hands-on interactives that invite guests to explore the stories that make the Oldfields Estate the historic heart of Newfields. Throughout the season, stunning orchid displays from Newfields’ award-winning living collection will decorate the IMA Galleries, the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse and the Lilly House. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring more blooms to campus every year in bright colors, interesting textures, and designs that use unique, inspired plant combinations,” said Jaime Frye, Assistant Curator of Living Collections.

Guests who are interested in learning about old favorites and new additions to Spring Blooms can access self-guided tours onsite by scanning a QR code. For a more person tour, join Chad Franer, The Tom and Nora Hiatt Director of Horticulture on a guided Director’s Tour at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month from April through October, the schedule of tours can be found at

Spring Blooms is included in general admission and advance tickets are required for all guests. Masks are optional for all guests indoors and outdoors attending the Newfields campus. We strongly encourage guests to wear masks indoors when social distancing is not possible. View FAQs at

Spring Blooms is presented by Wild Birds Unlimited. Lead support for the River of Bulbs is provided by Catherine M. Turner.

‘Kinky Boots’ Opens @BeefandBoards Feb. 10

February 1, 2022 Leave a comment

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

 INDIANAPOLIS – Kinky Boots, the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, struts onto the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre stage for the first time in 2022, featuring music by Cyndi Lauper and a heartwarming tale that’s based on a true story. Opening Feb. 10, 2022, this high-heeled hit will bring plenty of sparkle to Beef & Boards’ 49th Season! 

Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. 

With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen. Their most remarkable achievement, however, is their friendship. 

This sparkling musical not only won the Best Musical Tony, but also Best Original Score for the talented music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, along with four additional Tony Awards, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. 

Jacob Butler, most recently seen as Jean-Claude in Phantom and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, stars as Charlie Price. Making his Beef & Boards debut as Lola is Jonathan Studdard. Peter Scharbrough (A Beef & Boards Christmas, Newsies) plays Don; Sarah Daniels (Newsies, Hairspray, The Little Mermaid) plays Lauren; Devan Mathias (Oklahoma!) plays Nicola; and Eddie Curry (Phantom, The Sound of Music) plays George. 

Kinky Boots is on stage for 47 performances through March 27 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $51 to $76 and include the Beef & Boards dinner buffet and select beverages. Parking is always free. 

For tickets, visit or call the box office at 317.872.9664. 

For more information, including complete performance schedule, visit Kinky Boots is sponsored in part by Current Publishing. 

This show is rated PG-13 for some adult content. 

100th Indianapolis Home Show, Jan. 21-30, 2022

January 5, 2022 Leave a comment

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of the Home Show

The Indianapolis Home Show returns for its 100th year! An Indiana tradition, the oldest home show in North America offers the latest in decorating, landscaping, construction and remodeling ideas. Visitors to the Indianapolis Home Show can talk to hundreds of home and décor experts for advice and explore thousands of the newest home products. It’s a must-attend event!
The Indianapolis Home Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 57 consumer shows annually in the U.S. and 16 in Canada, including 65 home shows, six holiday shows and two wedding shows. The 73 combined events, in 34 markets, currently attract 22,000 exhibitors, 1.9 million attendees and another three million unique web visitors annually.
WHEN:                10 days: Friday, January 21 through Sunday, January 30, 2022
WHERE:             Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center – West Pavilion, Expo Hall
Fischer Homes to Build Centerpiece Home
Fischer Homes leads the builder team for this year’s Centerpiece Home, a structure built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds! Fischer Homes will unveil the Leland floorplan, part of its Masterpiece Collection, with a Modern Farmhouse elevation. This two-story, 3,376-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a three-car garage and the option of a finished lower level. It also offers a two-story family room with shiplap fireplace, spacious hearth room with fireplace, gourmet island kitchen with butler’s pantry, private owner’s suite on the first floor and a flexible loft space.
HGTV Star Mina Starsiak Hawk is Back!
Daughter of the “Two Chicks and a Hammer” mother-daughter duo, Mina Starsiak Hawk is back at the Home Show revealing all the best stories from season six of “Good Bones.” The series follows Mina, a real estate agent and mom of two, along with her mom, Karen, as they buy properties throughout Indianapolis, demo them down to studs and renovate them into dazzling homes. Don’t miss seeing Mina at the Home Show on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29.
Nina Klemm of Carmel-Based “Flipping Exes”
Nina is a realtor with a client roster that includes everyone from professional athletes to CEOs. She and her ex-boyfriend starred on Bravo’s “Flipping Exes,” flipping properties in and around Carmel, the “Beverly Hills of the Midwest.” Meet Nina and hear about all the up-and-coming trends for home décor and renovation when she appears at the Home Show on Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23.
Home Idea Center by Davis Homes
Want to know about all the newest and coolest trends for your home? The Home Idea Center by Davis Homes has it! Located in the center of the West Pavilion, come check out everything from the best new home products and appliances to the biggest home décor trends to reinvent and refresh your home!
Make It a “Great Day” with Local Personality Patty Spitler
Host and executive producer of “Great Day TV with Patty Spitler,” Patty is a popular name in central Indiana TV and radio, having won The Indianapolis Star’s Best Local TV Personality twice! She has a 45-year career in radio and TV broadcasting, including 23 years at WISH-TV, and is known for her passion for pets. Meet Patty at the Home Show when she appears on Friday, January 28.
Local Design Influencer Combines Modern + Vintage
Anissa Zajac is an interior designer and CEO of House Seven design + build, which she owns with her husband Brian. Based in Indianapolis, the mother of three has become a top influencer in the field of design — her unique approach embodies her love for both antiques and modern furnishings. Come see Anissa on Saturday, January 22, and get advice on how to create a space that is both functional and beautiful.
The Marketplace
At the Marketplace, Home Show attendees can find everything from affordable furniture to unique knick knacks you won’t see anywhere else! Seek and Find Furniture and Home Décor along with several local furniture artisans from The Artisan Markets bring a boutique shopping experience with curated home décor and gift items. Plus, they’ll be on stage throughout the 10-day Home Show to show you creative ways to take your next step in home décor.
Tablescape Inspiration
Need a festive way to kick off any good celebration? Tablescapes prove that a beautiful table is more than just dishware. It’s your chance to get creative! A group of local designers offers Home Show attendees a hearty dose of tabletop inspiration, from the simple and stylish to the elegant and elaborate. Make sure to check out these displays! And designer Jamie Markley will have some DIY tips for you on stage on Saturday, January 29.
Take a Pic with Pixie Gypsy
It’s the cutest, most-decked-out mobile photo booth you’ve ever seen! Pixie Gypsy is a fully-remodeled 16′ 1971 Pixie Piker camper turned into a mobile photo booth. Come see Pixie Gypsy all decorated for the Home Show, and snap pics with your friends and family on site!
Not In My Backyard with the Hoosier Gardener
Not In My Backyard, says Hoosier Gardener Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp! Writing and speaking about natural gardening for more than 25 years, Jo Ellen has all kinds of “dirty” secrets. At this year’s Home Show, she’ll take a look at poor landscape practices and how to correct them — everything from pruning to planting and more! See her on stage on Thursday, January 27.
The Queen of Free Takes the Throne
Cherie Lowe, the Queen of Free, shares freebies and strategies for everyday savings along with inspiration for those pursuing a debt-free life. If you long to refresh your home but feel the pinch of your finances, join the court of the Queen of Free at the Home Show on Sunday, January 23 and Sunday, January 30.
Sip, Sip, Hooray!
The Wine Bar by Booher Remodeling and PRP Wine International is the place to wine down. Featuring an open concept in the West Pavilion, the Wine Bar has a variety of wines for Home Show attendees to treat their taste buds.
Precision Outdoors Living Stage 
Check out all the Home Show stage presentations on the Precision Outdoors Living Stage, designed and constructed by Precision Outdoors. A local landscaping company servicing the Indianapolis area for almost two decades, Precision Outdoors offers everything to build your outdoor dream space. Also, check them out on stage on Thursday, January 27; Friday, January 28; and Sunday, January 30 to talk all things outdoors.
Hero Day – Opening Day
Pay honor and tribute to all our heroes on Hero Day, Friday, Jan. 21! All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Home Show on opening day!
Master of Ceremonies WIBC’s Terri Stacy
Often referred to as the “Sunshine of the Morning Show” on WIBC, Terri Stacy acts as a roving field reporter for Radio Indiana. Terri’s personality and charm come back to the Home Show both weekends this year as master of ceremonies to keep Home Show attendees informed and involved with what’s happening on the Precision Outdoors Stage and throughout the Home Show.
Fridays                                               1/21, 1/28                           10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturdays                                           1/22, 1/29                           10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays                                             1/23, 1/30                           10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday                              1/24 – 1/27                         10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
$15 – Adult                        
$3 – Children ages 6-12                  
FREE – Children 5 and under
Check out the Indianapolis Home Show website at and get $2 off adult admission — good every day! Make sure to go online and save! Online discount courtesy of Central Indiana Chevy Dealers 
Visit any Indiana Members Credit Union, and purchase tickets for $4 off the regular box office admission price of Home Show tickets! Check out
Visit select participating Central Indiana Ace Hardware stores starting January 3, 2022, and get a coupon for $4 off the regular box office admission price of Home Show tickets! Check out the list of participating stores at