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Author David Sedaris at Butler University, June 12

Butler University

Butler University. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Author David Sedaris will visit the Butler University Bookstore on June 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. to speak and sign copies of his books.

Sedaris’s books will be for sale at the bookstore, located in Atherton Union, and also are available online at

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

He is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays: Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his latest, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

He is the author of The New York Times bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. There are a total of 7 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages.

Admission is free, but seating in the bookstore is limited. For more information, call 317-940-9228.

‘Clowes Conversations’ at Butler University

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Clowes Memorial Hall

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will introduce a new series called Clowes Conversations for the 2013-2014 season.

The Clowes Conversations series provides an opportunity to gain insight into the performing arts and beyond. Each event features an expert on the topic and relates to performances at Clowes.

These experiences are designed for all ages to be easy to understand, educational, entertaining and best of all: free.

The Art & History of Tagging
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Samuel E. Vázquez (also known as Brame UW) guides the audiences through the history of tagging art from cave paintings to subway art of New York City, providing an opportunity to learn how to see the art in the “graffiti.”

Music Composition
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 6 p.m.

Frank Felice, Butler University professor of composition, electronic music, and music theory, engages Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider in a conversation about their composition commissioned in honor of Clowes’ 50th anniversary and discusses what influences commissioned composers.

Theatre Radio Play
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Actor and teaching artist Will Gould leads a discussion of radio theatre in its prime. Learn how storytelling, sound effects, and music helped create the stage for audible theaters throughout American living rooms.

The Architecture of Clowes Hall
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

In cooperation with Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Modern Committee, local experts and former colleagues of Evans Woollen discuss the effect Clowes Hall had and continues to have in the world of modern architecture.

Life of a Dancer
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 6 p.m.

David Hochoy, Dance Kaleidoscope’s artistic director, moderates a conversation with members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, engaging them in stories of their lives, how and why they started to dance, where their career path has taken them, and where their future leads.

The Music of South Africa
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

This event will explore the varied tradition that is South African music with Sally Childs-Helton, ethnomusicologist. Discover vocal music as well as the contemporary guitar scene that influence a vibrant dance tradition.

Ballet 101
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Join James Cramer, community relations manager for Clowes Memorial Hall, as he introduces the art form of ballet in a brief history and interactive demonstration. Engage in a discussion, watch video clips, and participate in a movement exercise. (Dress comfortably.)

Each Clowes Conversations event is free of charge, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office during regular business hours, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more information about Clowes Conversations, please visit, or call 317-940-6444.

TEDxIndianapolis 2013 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Oct. 22

August 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Hilbert Circle Theatre

Hilbert Circle Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of TEDxIndianapolis

Organizers recently announced the full speaker line-up for TEDxIndianapolis 2013. In total, 22 speakers’ names were revealed, including 10 national speakers and the Los Angeles-based emcee. The speakers will bring both local and international perspectives on innovation across disciplines to TEDxIndianapolis 2013, to be held October 22, 2013, at Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.

“We purposefully selected speakers who reflected the Mix It Up theme of the event,” said Jim Walker, executive director of Big Car and the TEDxIndianapolis organizer. “These speakers offer distinct views on literacy, healthcare, art and design, discrimination, education, refugees, invention, poverty, business and technology. These talks will offer big ideas we can apply in all disciplines and industries.”

The TEDxIndianapolis 2013 speakers include:


  • Davy Rothbart (California) – The Surprising Ways Our Questions Connect Us


  • Jeb Banner (Indianapolis) – Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned from Being in a Band
  • Gary Benenson (New York) – What We Learn from Bad Design
  • Rosan Bosch (Denmark) – Design as a Tool for Development
  • Rodney Byrnes (Indianapolis) – Holistic Revitalization
  • Catherine Chalmers (New York) – Collaborating with Insects
  • LaShawnda Crowe Storm (Indianapolis) – Building Community One Stitch at a Time
  • Patti Digh (North Carolina) – Title Pending
  • Michael Flaherty (Indianapolis) – Spinnovation: Investigating Our Domestic Revolutions
  • John C. Havens (New York) – Shift the Impact of Modern Technology
  • Matt Hunkler (Indianapolis) – The Truth About Transformation
  • Steven M. Johnson (California) – Mental Mixers for Imagining Future Products and Scenarios
  • Tasha Jones (Indianapolis & Atlanta) – Poetically Remixing Classic Literature
  • Jeffrey Kline (Carmel) – Your Face Tells if You are Sick!
  • Christian Long (Ohio) – Wonder by Design
  • Doug McColgin (Carmel) – Your Neighbor Has Your Breakthrough
  • Jim Poyser (Indianapolis) – D’earth! Our Climate Crisis in Poyspective
  • Chad Priest (Indianapolis) – The Impact of Thinking Across Disciplines
  • Florian Riviére (nowhere) – Open Your World
  • Andrés Tapia (Illinois) – Why Diversity is Upside Down
  • Risë Wilson (New York) – Title Pending
  • Kristin Wright (Indianapolis) – The Power of Welcome

More information about each speaker can be found at

Tickets for TEDxIndianapolis 2013 at Hilbert Circle Theatre are now on sale. Tickets are $75 with lunch and $65 without and can be purchased at

TEDxIndianapolis 2013 producing partners are Big Car, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, International School of Indiana, and Indiana Humanities. The event is sponsored by Wayne Zink, title sponsor; Lumina Foundation and The Heritage Group, mixer sponsors; and visionary sponsors, CICF, Indy Chamber, NUVO Newsweekly, Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, WFYI, and Well Done Marketing. Additional support is provided by the Indiana Historical Society, Gracie Communications, Green BEAN Delivery, Apparatus, The Strategy Forums, Rainmakers Sparks, Sycamore School, Bohlsen Group, Netlogx, Centric, KA+A, Midwest Language Services, Spirit and Place, New Balance Shoe, and The Learning Architect Group. 

Speaker line-up and presentation titles subject to change.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Gracie Communications.

Clowes Memorial Hall 50th Anniversary Season, 2013-2014

Clowes Memorial Hall

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

INDIANAPOLIS – During the 2013-2014 season, Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University will celebrate 50 years of presenting culturally diverse programing for the citizens of Indiana. The 50th Anniversary Celebration Week festivities in October will include performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Colbie Caillat & Kenny Loggins, and Disney’s Pixar in Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The celebration week, Oct. 19-27, 2013, will also include Butler Ballet performance of an original piece by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Mark O’Connor with Butler School of Music ensembles, and a WFYI documentary chronicling the 50-year history of Clowes Memorial Hall.

A special art exhibit, Clowes 50th Art Mosaic, will hang on the entire south wall of the Main Lobby during the 2013-2014 season. The four-story, 50-piece collaborative artwork will include contributions from more than 30 Hoosier artists of all ages. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in October.

Season highlights for 2013-2014 includes a one-man show with noted actor John Lithgow, the world premiere of a Béla Fleck composition commissioned for the Clowes Memorial Hall’s 50th anniversary, international acts The Johnny Clegg Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the return of Blue Man Group, The Onion Live, Tarantino in Concert, the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T-Bone Burnett musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” and the continuation of Intergalatic Nemesis, the epic story that began last season.

The Clowes Memorial Hall 2013-2014 season will also include a special performance of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the Marsalis Family featuring Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis.

The full lineup for the Clowes Presents series includes: Buena Vista Social Club (Sept. 27), John Lithgow in “Stories by Heart” (Nov. 9), Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider (Nov. 15), Martha Graham Dance Company (Feb. 7, 2014), Danú (March 1), The Johnny Clegg Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (March 14), Motionhouse (March 28), and Blue Man Group (April 11-13).

Clowes Off Center will be in its third season of presenting unique, edgy, or out of the norm comedy, theatrical, and musical presentations. The 2013-2014 lineup includes: The Onion Live (Oct. 11), Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Oct. 18), Intergalactic Nemesis Book I and Book II (Jan. 25, 2014), and Tarantino in Concert (Feb. 15).

Clowes 4 Kids, sponsored by PNC, will feature educational entertainment geared towards families and pre-K-2 children. Performances include Junie B. Jones on Nov. 18, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites on Jan. 28 and 29, 2014, Charlotte’s Web on Feb. 20, Five Little Monkeys on April 8, and Seussical on April 9, 2014.

Tickets for all events (with the exception of Clowes 4 Kids) will go on sale June 24 at 10 a.m. Subscription discounts and package prices will be available for all performances.

Clowes is located at 4602 Sunset Ave. in Indianapolis on the campus of Butler University.

Clowes Memorial Hall gratefully acknowledges the generous support of  The Ackerman Foundation, Concentrics Research, The Lacy Foundation, LDI Ltd, Cassidy Turley, Georgia Direct Inc., Jet Linx, Lauth, PNC Financial Services Inc., Ticketmaster, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the City of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission (a State Agency), Arts Midwest, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a Federal Agency).


Gallery Opening of the 50th Mosaic – Sunday, Oct. 20

Afternoon tea hosted by the Clowes Hall Women’s Committee, the auxiliary that has been part of the Clowes family from the beginning. This invitation-only event will be the official opening of the Clowes 50th Art mosaic, a four-story high collaborative artwork to hang on the entire south wall of the Main Lobby for the 2013-2014 artistic season. This work will include contributions from 50 Hoosier artists of all ages.

Public Open House at 4 p.m. – Sunday, Oct. 20

Clowes will open its doors to the public for an open house that includes backstage tours of the facility.

50th Documentary Showing – Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

WFYI will broadcast a documentary chronicling Clowes’ 50 years.

Mark O’Connor with Butler School of Music Ensembles

Butler Ballet performance of an original piece by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano – Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. (free event)

Clowes will bring back two artists who have been part of the Clowes Presents series to illustrate how Clowes has brought in professional artists to work with the students of Jordan College for the Arts to expand their academic career beyond the classroom.

A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O’Connor began his creative journey at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin. Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes, O’Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 49, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As The Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has “crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal.” O’Connor will perform with the Butler Symphonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and the Butler Jazz Ensemble for this performance.

In addition, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano (former artistic director of Luna Negra Dance Theater) has choreographed a new work to be premiered by Butler Ballet in honor of the 50th anniversary of Clowes Hall. Gustavo Sansano was appointed artistic director of Luna Negra Dance Theatre in 2009 after directing TITOYAYA Dance Project in Valencia, Spain, for four years. Sansano has been the recipient of numerous awards for his choreography, including first prizes at the Richard Moragas competition in Barcelona, the Dom Perignon choreographic competition in Hamburg, and at Las Artes Escenicas de la Comunida Valenciana. His work has been featured at Les Etoiles de Ballet in Cannes, and the IX International Festival of Ballet in Miami. He has been commissioned to create works for Compania Nacional de Danza, the Hamburg Ballet, Budapest Dance Theatre, Ballet Junior de Genève, and Netherlands Dans Theatre II, among others. As a dancer, Sansano performed works by Jacopo Godani, Hans Van Manen, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot, Victor Ullate, and many more, working for the Ballet Joven de Alicante, Ballet Contemporaneo de Barcelona, Ballet de la Communidad de Madrid, Netherlands Dans Theatre II and Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago.

Colbie Caillat and Kenny Loggins – Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.

One of the brightest new artists in recent years, Colbie Caillat’s musical breakthrough came through the use of the social networking site MySpace. Caillat’s songwriting talent is in her ability to observe and capture significant personal moments, such as first love or passage into adulthood. Her debut album, “CoCo,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart and remained in the top 20 of the chart more than half a year after its release. The single “Bubbly” spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart and four weeks atop the Adult Contemporary chart. Caillat easily connects with listeners through her dusky voice and peaceful, easy music.

Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has enjoyed more than four decades of musical success.  Although proficient as a performer, Loggins made the most impact on the industry through his songwriting. Twelve of his albums have gone platinum and beyond, and he is a two-time Grammy winner. Loggins’ career began in the 1970s, when he partnered with Jim Messina. Together they had such hits as “Angry Eyes,” “Danny’s Song,” “House at Pooh Corner,” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance.” In the ’80s, Loggins became known as the “King of the Movie Soundtrack” scoring top 10 hits with “I’m Alright” (Caddyshack), “Footloose” (Footloose), “Danger Zone” (Top Gun), and “Nobody’s Fool” (Caddyshack II). Loggins continues to perform as a member of the country trio Blue Sky Riders.

Whoopi Goldberg – Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.

Whoopi Goldberg is widely known as one of the most incredible women in the entertainment industry. This Academy Award-winning actress (Ghost), acclaimed talk show host (The View), activist, and author is one of the most versatile and beloved entertainers in America. With her trademark dreadlocks, wide, impish grin, and piercing humor, Goldberg is best known for her adept portrayals in both comedic and dramatic roles, as well as her groundbreaking work in the Hollywood film industry as an African-American woman. She is one of only five entertainers to win an Oscar, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy.

Disney’s Pixar in Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra – Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.

For the first time ever, all ages can relive the joy of Pixar’s most beloved characters, from the Toy Story trilogy, Cars, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL•E, Up, Brave, and more, with visually stunning film clips and their memorable scores performed live by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erik Ochsner.


Buena Vista Social Club – Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

Buena Vista Social Club released its only studio album, produced by Ry Cooder, in 1997 and achieved instant success. The album, featuring a specially assembled group of veteran Cuban musicians, was further propelled by Wim Wenders’ acclaimed film and later by a series of international tours and albums by many of the featured musicians. Buena Vista Social Club became a phenomenon. Joining this expanded lineup of Cuban players is vocalist Omara Portuondo, a member of the original Buena Vista Social Club, whose 2008 recording Gracias (World Village/Montuno) won a Latin Grammy and scored a Grammy nomination. Portuondo has been singing and performing since she was a teenager in Cuba in the 1940s, but as The New York Times’ review of Gracias noted, the years have done nothing to mitigate her vocal prowess: “Her voice is rich, shapely, dynamic and still sultry.” The Los Angeles Times described her voice as “formidably potent and emotionally limber instrument,” noting that “her 100-minute set in San Francisco showed that she‘s an even bigger talent onstage.”

John Lithgow in “Stories by Heart” – Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

In John Lithgow’s one-man theatrical memoir, “Stories By Heart,” audiences will be captivated as this award-winning actor invokes stories from his own memories and intertwines them with stories from his childhood, including P. G. Wodehouse’s “Uncle Fred Flits By” and Ring Lardner’s “Haircut.” This evening will be about the power of storytelling, and the magic of theatre, as told by one of our greatest actors.

Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider – Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.

Béla Fleck returns to Clowes for the world premiere of a piece specially commissioned for the 50th anniversary of Clowes Hall. Fleck, famously named for Béla Bartók, Anton Webern and Leos Janácek, is stretching the boundaries of classical music. Having worked in bluegrass, country, jazz, and world music, Fleck released Perpetual Motion in 2001, a classical recording that featured Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Chris Thile, and Evelyn Glennie, among others. It went on to win two Grammys. Fleck now brings a brand new work, “Banjo Quintet,” performed with Brooklyn Rider.

Martha Graham Dance Company –Feb. 7, 2014, at 8 p.m.

The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, the company brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences. Graham and her company have expanded contemporary dance’s vocabulary of movement and forever altered the scope of the art form by rooting works in contemporary social, political, psychological, and sexual contexts, deepening their impact and resonance.

Always a fertile ground for experimentation, Martha Graham Dance Company has been an unparalleled resource in nurturing many of the leading choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Pascal Rioult, and Paul Taylor. Graham’s repertoire of 181 works has also engaged noted performers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Claire Bloom, Margot Fonteyn, Liza Minnelli, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, and Kathleen Turner. Her groundbreaking techniques and unmistakable style have earned the company acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The Martha Graham Dance Company will be in residency at Clowes for one week, with many additional activities for the public being planned.

Danú –March 1 at 8 p.m.

A high-energy celebration of the Emerald Isle, the music of Danú offers an authentic Irish experience. Using traditional instruments—flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki—the music is clever and fun. Danú mixes ancient Irish music with contemporary works to create an unforgettable evening. Danú has won the BBC Award twice and the Irish Music Magazine Award. In the United States, Danú has performed coast to coast, including performances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington.

The Johnny Clegg Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo –March 14 at 8 p.m.

Johnny Clegg, a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist, and musical activist, is one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians. His crossover music, a vibrant blend of western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken barriers in his own country. In more than three decades, Johnny Clegg has sold more than 5 million albums worldwide. He has wowed vast audiences with his audacious live shows and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid, his perspectives on migrant workers in South Africa, and the general situation in the world today.

For more than 40 years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural, and ethnic landscape. Since its start in the 1960s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been invited to perform at many special occasions. By special invitation from South African President Nelson Mandela, the group performed for the Queen of England and the Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The group has also performed at two Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies, a concert for Pope John Paul II in Rome, and the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Motionhouse –March 28 at 8 p.m.

Under the collaborative direction of Kevin Finnan and Louise Richards since 1988, Motionhouse creates and delivers an extraordinary range of dance performances, acclaimed for striking use of imagery, theatricality, and immediate impact. Since the company’s launch, it has toured 18 full-length productions to middle-scale theatres, built up a formidable educational program for schools and colleges, trained dozens of dancers, pushed contemporary dance into the aerial arena by combining choreography with sling and bungee skills, and developed large-scale, site-specific dance spectacles with increasing ambition. Motionhouse has also seen great success for its shorter festival pieces, which tour extensively throughout the UK and Europe. Motionhouse won the Audience Prize at the MiramirO Festival in Ghent in 2009 for Underground, which remains in its repertoire and is performed alongside newer shows Chaser and Cascade.

Blue Man Group – April 11-13 (times vary)

Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology. The New York Times heralds the show as “one of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.” The Baltimore Sun raves, “Blue Man Group packs a wallop. It’s a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exiting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures.


The Onion Live – Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

The Onion is an American news satire organization. It is an entertainment newspaper and a website featuring satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news, in addition to a non-satirical entertainment section known as The A.V. Club. It claims a national print circulation of 400,000 and says 90 percent of its website readers are between 18 and 44 years old. Since 2007, the organization has been publishing satirical news audios and videos online as the “Onion News Network.” Web traffic on amounts to some 7.5 million unique visitors per month. The Onion’s articles comment on current events, both real and fictional. It parodies such traditional newspaper features as editorials, man-on-the-street interviews, and stock quotes on a traditional newspaper layout with an AP-style editorial voice. Much of its humor depends on presenting everyday events as newsworthy and by playing on commonly used phrases, as in the headline “Drugs Win Drug War.”

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.

Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T-Bone Burnett join forces on a brand new musical. In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Miss., in 1967, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next 40 years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him—or tear the McCandless family apart.

Intergalactic Nemesis Book I and Book II – Jan. 25, 2014, at 8 p.m.

Clowes welcomes the return of Intergalactic Nemesis, this time to continue the epic story with the sequel. A one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that mashes radio drama with comic-books, three actors, dozens of characters, hundreds of sound effects, thousands of notes, and more than 1,250 full-color, high-resolution, blow-your-mind images blasting from a two-story-high screen. Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other, and it’s for the kid in everyone.

Tarantino in Concert – Feb.15 at 8 p.m.

Bridging the worlds of film and music, Hollywood’s critically acclaimed live concert experience “For the Record” is a unique fusion of music, theater, and film that brings motion pictures to life in a concert setting. “Tarantino in Concert” is high-octane ride of songs and scenes from the films of Quentin Tarantino: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Jackie Brown, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds. The star-studded ensemble cast from stage, record and screen is led by Death Proof star Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent, The Devil Wears Prada). Direct from LA, this critically acclaimed live concert experience has all the hit songs from QT films, including “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Bang Bang,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” and many more.


Junie B. Jones, Monday, Nov. 18

Hurrah! Hurrah! Junie B. Jones has finally graduated from kindergarten and is ready for first grade—at last! Armed with her top-secret personal beeswax journal, Junie struggles to adjust to a whole new group of friends, a new teacher, and new glasses—yikes! This is challenging, even for the irrepressible Junie B. Back by popular demand, this musical adaptation follows Junie B. through rollicking adventures based on four books by Barbara Park: Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B. (And Me!); Junie B., First Grader (At Last!); Junie B., Boss of Lunch; and Junie B, One Man Band.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 28-29, 2014

Back by popular demand, the Eric Carle stories return to Clowes Hall in this beloved production. Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar on a transformational journey as he changes into a beautiful butterfly, Little Cloud as it changes shapes to depict the things it sees below, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon as he learns the importance of being true to oneself. This extraordinary puppet adaptation features black-light technology to capture the charm and visual style of three favorite books by Carle.

Charlotte’s Web, Thursday, Feb. 20

Wilbur is a pig with a problem! Unless he gets some help, he is sure to wind up as pork chops on someone’s dinner table! Thank goodness for his true friend Charlotte, a little gray spider, who devises a solution that just might save him. Enjoy this dramatic adaptation of the treasured tale by E. B. White that features a cast of madcap farm animals that exemplify bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. A sure bet to capture the hearts and imaginations of children!

Five Little Monkeys, Tuesday, April 8

In this zany play, all in cumulative verse, five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way and—heedless of admonitions—much more monkey mayhem ensues. Five Little Monkeys, based on the children’s book series by Eileen Christelow, features wonderful costumes and amazing acting as each of the monkeys displays his or her own style while driving Mama Monkey crazy.

Seussical, Wednesday, April 9

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters and stories collide in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee in this romp through the Seuss classics. The noble Horton the elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz, and the antics of The Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight as their stories meet in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous “think” ever save the day! Based on the hit Broadway production, this musical is especially adapted to captivate young audiences.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the Marsalis Family – March 29, 2014, at 8 p.m.

Hailed as “an extraordinarily versatile orchestra” by The Los Angeles Times, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts are internationally critically acclaimed. “The finest big band in the world today,” said the Daily Telegraph, UK.

This historic event features the entire Marsalis family—Ellis Jr. and sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason—whose story is both inspiring and significant in jazz history. The Marsalis family, together and individually, has made significant contributions to the preservation of jazz, the expansion of the art form, and the education of students of jazz.

For more information, visit, or call 317-940-6444.

Inaugural ArtsFest at Butler University, Apr. 18-28

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Butler ArtsFest

By Marc Allan
Butler University

A riot. A crushed uprising. A repressive regime. A human-rights movement. A new definition of dance, and a new language in music. Butler ArtsFest—eight days of music, theater, dance and art by Butler students and well-known Indianapolis professional groups—will showcase all that and more in an event centered around the theme of revolution.

From April 18-28 on campus—mostly at Butler University’s new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts—festivalgoers will be able to see more than 40 performances and other events, including former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Raymond Leppard leading the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler Ballet performing Paul Taylor’s version of The Rite of Spring, Butler Theatre performing Lunar Revolution 2.0, a piece created by the Butler Theatre Department and Grammy Award-nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria performing with the Butler Big Band.

The full schedule and ticket prices are below. For more information or to order tickets, visit

“The impetus for Butler ArtsFest was to have Jordan College make an impact on the community, actively reaching out, actively bringing people onto campus,” said Ronald Caltabiano, dean of Butler’s Jordan College of the Arts. “It is also a way to bring together the four arts on campus – music, dance, theater and art – and find ways in which we can collaborate and share multiple views of particular ideas.”

Perhaps built on memories of the music-centered Romantic Festival that Jordan College put on from the late 1960s, the ArtsFest will bring together all Jordan College arts, plus the American Pianists Association, Dance Kaleidoscope, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and special guests.

Caltabiano said ArtsFest will have an annual theme. This year, it’s revolution.

“Virtually every event is tied to that theme,” Caltabiano said, “and that gives the public a kaleidoscopic view of elements in history or in art. It’s a reference point. It’s also important for our academic mission since a number of classes are growing up around revolution in politics and in the arts.”

The revolutionary pieces to be performed include:

  • Paul Taylor’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal) with live music—the two-piano version of Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring, a piece that’s part of the repertoire now but was considered so revolutionary when it premiered in 1912 that audience members rioted.
  • The futuristic Prague 1968, written to memorialize the crushed Prague Spring movement in Czechoslovakia.
  • Frederic Rzewski’s monumental The People United Will Never Be Defeated, written as a tribute to the Chilean people struggling against a new, repressive regime.
  • SEVEN: Journeys, monologues from the 2006 play written by seven female playwrights about seven women who led human rights movements in their countries.

Ultimately, Caltabiano would like to see Butler ArtsFest grow into something resembling the annual Spoleto festival in Charleston, S.C., which runs for more than two weeks each spring and attracts audiences from all over the country.

“Over time,” he said, “I hope this brings a significant amount of attention to the arts at Butler and has a positive impact on Indianapolis as a cultural center.”

Butler ArtsFest events by date:

Thursday, April 18

  • 6:30 p.m. Opening reception (Schrott Center).
  • 6-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 8 p.m. Dance Kaleidoscope – The Best of DK! (Schrott Center). $25/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0, directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre 168). $15/$7.50

Friday, April 19

  • 5 p.m. Lecture – “Music of the Arab Spring” student presentation (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Coordinated by Sarah Eyerly, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 6-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Lecture – “Recycling and Art: A Call to Action” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Lawrence Lad, College of Business.
  • 7 p.m. Lecture – “Beethoven and the Revolutionary Mind” (Schrott Center). Free. James Briscoe, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Ballet – Giselle (Clowes Memorial Hall). $28.50/$23 and $21.50/$17
  • 8 p.m. Revolutionary Chamber Music – performed by Butler faculty, including music by Beethoven, Crumb, Kreutzer, Peck, and Zivkovic (Schrott Center). $15/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre). $15/$7.50

Saturday, April 20

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 6-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 10 a.m. Butler Community Arts School – Children’s Percussion Concert (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 11 a.m. Butler Percussion Ensemble – directed by Jon Crabiel (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 1 p.m. Spoken Word – “Outspoken: Poetry and Spoken Word Performances by Shortridge High School Students and their Butler Mentors” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Coordinated by Susan Sutherlin, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 2 p.m. Lecture – “Viva La Revolución! A Collaborative Multimedia Essay of Cuba’s Revolution Past and Present” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Susan Adams and Brooke Kandel Cisco, College of Education.
  • 2 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre). $15/$7.50
  • 3 p.m. Lecture – “La Revolución Cantada: The Choral Music Tradition of the Cuban Revolution” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Trevor Fanning, graduate student, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 7 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Schrott Center). Cash bar.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Jazz Ensembles—directed by Matthew Pivec with guest Bobby Sanabria (Schrott Center). $19.50/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre 168). $15/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Ballet – Giselle (Clowes Memorial Hall). $28.50/$23 and $21.50/$17

Sunday, April 21

  • 12:30 p.m. Lecture – “Art and Revolution in France” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Elizabeth Mix, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 2 p.m. Butler Ballet – Giselle (Clowes Memorial Hall). $28.50/$23 and $21.50/$17
  • 2 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre 168). $15/$7.50
  • 3-9 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Pre-Concert Lecture – Introduction to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performance (Schrott Center). Free with concert ticket.  Maestro Kirk Trevor, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
  • 7 p.m. Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra – conducted by Kirk Trevor; ICOnic ICO, including Rhapsody in Blue and music by Bernstein and Copland (Schrott Center). $25/$7.50

Monday, April 22; Tuesday, April 23; Wednesday, April 24

  • Special Revolutionary programming on WFYI. Check TV listings.

Thursday, April 25

  • 5 p.m. Lecture – “At War with General Franco” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Michael Dahlie, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 5-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Butler Theatre – Journeys, from SEVEN, directed by William Fisher and Dan Sherer [Program A] (Schrott Center). $9.50/$5 (Combination tickets for Program A and Program B: $15/$7.50)
  • 7 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Schrott Center). Cash bar.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Wind Ensemble – conducted by Robert Grechesky with guest Steven Stolen; program includes Karel Husa’s Prague 1968 (Schrott Center). $15/$7.50

Friday, April 26

  • 5-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Butler Theatre – Journeys, from SEVEN, directed by William Fisher and Dan Sherer [Program B] (Schrott Center). $9.50/$5 (Combination tickets for Program A and Program B: $15/$7.50)
  • 7 p.m. Conversation with Playwright Susan Yankowitz (Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168). Free.
  • 8 p.m. American Pianists Association – APA Fellows Thomas Rosenkranz and Michael Sheppard perform Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated and Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (Schrott Center). $25/$7.50

Saturday, April 27

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 5-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 10 a.m. Butler Community Arts School—Children’s Dance Concert (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 11 a.m. Indianapolis Children’s Choir—directed by Henry Leck (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 12 Noon Lecture-demonstration – “Intersection of Dance, Religion and Culture” (Lilly Hall Dance Studio 310). Free. Moira Frazier, student, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 1 p.m. Lecture and Film – “Revolutionary Film: Using Literature and Musicology in Project Based Instruction” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Cassandra Pixey, Donna Rund, Clowes Memorial Hall; Nate Foley, Sarah Papin-Thomas, Triton Central High School.
  • 2 p.m. Lecture – “The Poetics and Politics of Change: Poems and Stories about Personal and Public Transformations from the Butler MFA in Creative Writing” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Coordinated by Andrew Levy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 6 p.m. Lecture – “Revolutionary Stravinsky and Schoenberg” [Inaugural Wayne C. Wentzel Lecture] (Schrott Center). Presenter: J. Peter Burkholder, distinguished professor of Music, Indiana University. Free.
  • 6:45 p.m. Butler Jazz Combos and Cocktails (Schrott Center). Free, cash bar.
  • 7 p.m. Pre-performance talk with Larry Attaway, chair of the Butler Dance Department, and Susan McGuire, associate professor of dance, discussing Pierrot Lunaire and Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal). Free with admission to the 8 p.m. performance.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Dance and Music – Pierrot Lunaire with Maestro James Caraher; soprano Mary Nessinger; choreography by Larry Attaway; and Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal) with choreography by Paul Taylor, restaged by Susan McGuire with duo pianists Rebecca Edie and Eugenio Urrutia (Schrott Center) $19.50/$7.50

Sunday, April 28

  • 3-7 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 5 p.m. Butler Symphony Orchestra and Butler Chorale – conducted by Raymond Leppard, with music by Beethoven, Dvorak, Johann Strauss Jr., Britten, and Vaughan Williams (Schrott Center). $25/$9.50 and $19.50/$7.50