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‘Women Spirit Rising’ in West Lafayette, Feb. 22

February 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Beena Sebastian

Beena Sebastian

By Deanna Brown
Cultural Connections

The community is invited to “Women Spirit Rising,” a free evening of multicultural storytelling and music, featuring Beena Sebastian (see photo ab0ve), founder of Cultural Academy for Peace in Kerala, India, as a presenter.

The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a reception following, on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian St., West Lafayette, Indiana.

It will include performances by area singer/songwriter Denise Wilson and Illinois folksinger Peg Lehman; presentations by Kay Gaier, cofounder and co-director of Growing Grounds in Wabash, Ind., and Beth Beams, cofounder of Center for Nonviolence in Fort Wayne, Ind. Segments of the film, “Girl Rising,” also will be shown, portraying the power of education to change a girl and the world.

“The purpose of Beena Sebastian’s trip from India to Indiana and this community event is to share the story of the Cultural Academy for Peace in India and to explore ways women here and women in India can mutually inspire one another,” said Deanna Brown, founder of Cultural Connections: Women Weaving Worlds, which is sponsoring Sebastian’s visit and the evening.

More than a dozen Lafayette and West Lafayette women have traveled to India with Cultural Connections, as well as others from around Indiana and other states, Brown said.

“Together, we are claiming our voices while unfolding each others’ dreams for justice for girls and women around the world,” Brown said. “It will be an evening of sharing and celebrating, and we invite the community to join us.”

A local organization, Cultural Connections (, click on “Connections” tab at top) offers travel experiences that bring women from the United States and women in India together in mutual interchanges to cultivate self-awareness and self-reflection through cross-cultural dialogue and activities.

In its trips to India, Cultural Connections spends time with Sebastian at the Cultural Academy for Peace ( Founded in 1984, the academy works to create a nurturing a society based on peace, justice, reconciliation and respect for life. It operates a rescue center for women and children, counseling center and other programs.

For more information, call 765-523-3313.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 10-16, 2014

February 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Black History Month Series at Paramount Theatre

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Paramount Theatre in Anderson

The historic Paramount Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Gayle Jones Burris
Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Heritage Foundation, Inc. celebrates Black History Month through March with historical storytelling. By virtue of a grant provided by The Madison County Community Foundation, Inc., The Paramount presents a Black History Month Celebration Series, with three distinctive performances providing historical accounts of important events in our nation’s civil rights history.

Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 7 pm.
The first of the series features “Stories from the Underground Railroad,” presented by Bob Sander and Deborah Asante. In this dramatic storytelling event, the perils of the enslaved people’s escape to freedom are shared as the characters travel along the informal route known as the Underground Railroad.  Songs, rhythms and the story of the lives to two children bring these tales to life.

Thu., Feb. 20, 2014, 7 pm.
The second presentation of the series features “Tuskegee Airmen of World War II,” presented by Rochel Garner Coleman II. The audience will learn the history of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II through the character, Captain Charles H. Debrow.  These stories are based on research and oral histories gathered from living airmen.

Wed., Mar. 19, 2014, 7 pm.
The third presentation of the series features “This Little Light of Mine- Civil Rights through the Eyes of a Child” presented by Deborah Asante.  Listeners will experience the story of the Children’s Crusade of 1963 through the eyes of one of the children who marched.

Tickets prices for the three part series are $15 for Adults and $6 for children/students.  Individual presentation tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children/students.  Tickets are available at the Paramount Box Office, Tuesday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, or online at service fees apply.

The presenters are teaching artists from Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences from Indianapolis.  They are all professional artists who have gone through a rigorous audition process and receive ongoing training on teaching in and through the arts. Annually, Arts for Learning the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences reaches approximately 65,000 students with quality arts in education programming.

For more information, call 765-642-1234.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Jan. 13-19, 2014

January 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival, Nov. 1-3

November 1, 2013 Leave a comment
IndyFringe Theatre Building

IndyFringe Theatre Building. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Ellen Munds
Storytelling Arts of Indiana

For the past 13 years, Storytelling Arts of Indiana has awarded the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship to a talented group of Hoosier storytellers as a result of generous funding from Frank and Katrina Basile. To celebrate the legacy of great storytelling, we are welcoming back 11 program alumni for a weekend-long festival at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair St, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Performance Schedule
Friday, November 1, 2013

8 p.m. Bob and Kathi Myers (Elkhart) will tell a tale that centers around letters wirtten by Kathie’s father to her mother during War World II in Army Life for Father.
9 p.m. Deborah Asante (Indianapolis) will take the stage as Suki Lue Ambers in Woman versus the Blues.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

2 p.m. Sandra Harris (Indianapolis) will share a personal history of her participation in the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1960’s in Too Crazy to Know Better.

3 p.m. John Robertson (Greenfield) will tell I Grew Up in the US Navy , his personal story of military service.

4 p.m. Sharon Kirk Clifton (Columbus) will tell Abigail Gray: Living Under the Drinking Gourd, a first-person account of a fictional farm wife whose home was a sanctuary to runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.
7 p.m. Hope Baugh (Carmel) will tell Hoosier in Tokyo: A Tale of Leaving Home and Finding it Again. The story focuses on Hope’s experiences while living in Japan, weaving her original stories combed from journal entries and letters home, with traditional Japanese folktales.
8 p.m. Lou Ann Homan (Angola) will tell Gathering Coal for the Lord, the story of her father growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
9 p.m. George Schricker (Plymouth) performs as the master of ceremonies in an original performance of stories, poems, and songs entitled, The Space.
Sunday, November 3, 2013

2 p.m. Sondra Hayes Hartman (Indianapolis) in With This Brush tells the story of her mother Eva Mae Danforth James.
3 p.m. Jennie Kiffmeyer (Richmond) tells a series of interconnected stories set on the banks of the Ohio in The Rivertown Dispatch.
4 p.m. Sally Perkins (Indianapolis) traces the lives of two miniature poodles and their ignorant owners through the hilarious events from puppyhood to adulthood in Tails from the Kennel.
Tickets are $5 for each 45-minute performance and are available by calling the Indiana Historical Society, 317-232-1882 or visiting