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“The Mousetrap” at IRT, Apr. 26-May 22, 2016

April 26, 2016 Leave a comment
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Indiana Repertory Theatre. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) presents the world’s longest running stage play The Mousetrap by English crime novelist and playwright Agatha Christie from April 26 to May 22, 2016 on the OneAmerica Mainstage.

The Mousetrap is the story of Mollie and Giles Ralston, two newlyweds who have inherited a beautiful but high maintenance country manor. Against their better judgment, they decide to turn it into a hotel. After their visitors arrive, a blizzard traps them inside the home and where among them, a murderer stalks.

“This production magnetizes people. It welcomes mystery aficionados, has impeccable scenery and costumes and above all, incredible acting,” said Janet Allen, IRT executive artistic director and CEO. “When we produced The Mousetrap in the 80’s it was tremendous fun and we deserve to experience this treat all over again.”

Infusing the production with new life is IRT associate artistic director Courtney Sale, who says that directing The Mousetrap is exactly why she came to the IRT. “The Mousetrap is risk-taking artistry. I look at this production and realize what a great gift it is to be positioned in this way,” said Sale. “This play is fun, surprising, fulfilling and the artistic world is large and interesting enough that we can take a very different approach every time we produce something that has previously been on stage.”

While exploring how to recreate The Mousetrap, Sale –alongside the creative team—constantly pushed how grand the production could be in order to generate attention, connection and resentment. “The audience and characters must feel disoriented, so we created places for people stay, hide and crawl – even a window for a skier to reach from the outside,” said Sale. “Maximizing this pressure in a grandiose setting was our goal.”

The incredibly ornate “Downton Abbey-meets-Hogwarts” inspired set, designed by Butler University professor Rob Koharchick, features details that indicate something is awry. That uneasy feeling is reinforced through the production’s sound cues created by nationally accomplished composer, musician and sound designer David Dabbon.

“Dabbon has created evocative piano pieces specifically for the IRT that are both moving and suspenseful and will be an incredible accompaniment to the work we present on stage,” said Sale.

Celebrating outrageous characters and an intense sleuth, this award-winning play soon celebrates its 64th birthday, but hasn’t lost a beat with age. Part drawing room comedy and part murder mystery, The Mousetrap is a doubled-barreled whodunit full of twists and surprises.

DETAILS
WHAT: The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie
WHERE: 140 W. Washington Street | OneAmerica Mainstage
WHEN: April 26 – May 22
TICKETS: $25 – 59
AGE: Recommended for audiences in 7th grade and older due to mild language
LEARN MORE: www.irtlive.com
VIEW THE PROGRAM

CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM

RYAN ARTZBERGER | Giles Ralston
CASSANDRA BISSELL | Molly Ralston
JAN LUCAS | Mrs. Boyle
JÜRGEN HOOPER | Christopher Wren
JENNIFER JOHANSEN | Miss Casewell
ROBERT NEAL | Major Metcalf
CHARLES PASTERNAK | Det. Sgt. Trotter
HENRY WORONICZ | Mr. Paravicini
COURTNEY SALE | Director
ROB KOHARCHIK | Scenic Design
ALISON HERYER |Costume Design
MICHELLE HABECK | Lighting Design
TODD MACK REISCHMAN | Sound Design
DAVID DABBON | Composer

SPECIAL EVENTS
• Preview Performance – All tickets $25
4/26 at 7:30 PM
4/27 at 6:30 PM
4/28 at 7:30 PM
5/7 at 9 PM

• Opening Night Performance
4/29 at 7 PM
Join us for a post-show reception and champagne toast with the cast.

• Backstage Tour – after the performance
5/6 at 7:30 PM

• IRTea Talk | ASL/AD – Tea & cookies after the performance & discussion with IRT artists
5/8 at 2 PM

• Mother’s Day Brunch
5/8 at 12:30 PM
$60 includes a ticket to The Mousetrap and brunch before the performance. To book contact the ticket office at 317.635.5252. Limited availability.

• Post-Show Discussion with IRT artists
5/14 at 8 PM

• Happy Hour Series
5/17 at 5:30 PM
Complimentary drinks from Sun King Brewing and New Day Craft plus 1/2 priced bar drinks all night long!

• Dinner & Show at The Oceanaire
5/18 at 5 PM
To book contact the ticket office at 317.635.5252. Tickets $75 per person and include one ticket to The Mousetrap and a three-course, hand-selected dinner.

• Cookies & Coffee Matinee & Post-show discussion
5/19 at 2 PM
Join us for cookies from Vanilla Bean Bakery and coffee before and during intermission of The Mousetrap

CALENDAR
Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 30 at 1 & 5 PM
Sunday, May 01 at 2 PM
Friday, May 06 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 07 at 5 & 9 PM
Sunday, May 08 at 2 PM
Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 13 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 at 4 & 8 PM
Sunday, May 15 at 2 & 6 PM
Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 19 at 2 & 7:30 PM
Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 at 2 & 6 PM
Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM

Jay County Fiber Fest and Spin-In, Mar. 11-12, 2016

February 14, 2016 Leave a comment
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Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Gyneth Augsburger
Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau

The Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau will hold its 13th Annual Fiber Fest & Spin-In Friday March 11 and Saturday March 12, 2016 at the Jay County Fairgrounds, 806 East Votaw Street, located in Portland, Indiana.

The 2-day event devoted to the fiber arts will include classes, hands-on activity, and demonstrations. On Friday at 7:00pm Susan McFarland, will be giving a lecture, Rare Breed in the USA, Teeswater. On both days there will be an opportunity for both boy and girl scouts to earn a fun patch. Homemade food is also available both days.

For more information or to register for classes please visit our websitehttp://www.visitjaycounty.com/fiberfest or contact Gyneth Augsburger at the Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau, 260-726-3366 or email infojc@visitjaycounty.com.

Date Activity Hours Admission Fee

Thursday, March 10 Classes by pre-registration 5-8pm not open to Public

Friday, March 11 Open to the public 10-5pm $1.00 (6 & under Free)

Friday, March 11 Classes by pre-registration 9am-4pm

Friday, March 11 Scout Patch Day 10am-7 pm $3-scout patch

Friday, March 11 Lecture by Susan McFarland 7pm-8pm

Rare Breed in USA – Teeswater

Friday, March 11 Limberlost Naturalist 12pm-2pm

Friday, March 11 Recyclable Crafts Time varies

Friday, March 11 Demos all day – Sheep Shearing-Petting Zoo-Storytelling, and more

Saturday, March 12 Open to the public 9am-4pm $1.00 (6 & under Free)

Saturday, March 12 Classes by pre-registration 9am-4pm

Saturday, March 12 Scout Patch Day 9am-4pm $3-scout patch

Saturday, March 12 Limberlost Naturalist 12pm-2pm

Saturday, March 12 Recyclable Crafts Time Varies

Saturday, March 12 Demos all day – Sheep Shearing – Petting Zoo – Storytelling and more

The Fiber Fest & Spin-In will feature fiber artists of all descriptions. There will be vendors of all kinds of fibers, from the common to the exotic, including wool, mohair, angora, flax, alpaca, cotton, silk and even buffalo! Other related items will be for sale including sweater yarn and equipment for all fiber crafting needs.

This is an opportunity to observe fiber artists in a relaxed atmosphere and to purchase their products. Due to increased interest we have expanded to a second building where we will be including additional opportunities for our youth from face painting to creating a craft from recyclables. There will also be the Jay County Legacy Quilt Display in honor of our states Bicentennial year.

A special Thank You to our Sponsors: Annette Alexander/Raymond James and Richards Restaurant.

IDADA First Friday Events, Feb. 5, 2016

January 23, 2016 Leave a comment
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Art Bank Gallery on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association (IDADA)

First Friday events scheduled for Feb. 5, 2016 include:

GALLERIES

Art Bank    317.624.1010
811 Mass. Ave.    artbankgallery.com
Photographer and illustrator Deane Sagehorn will be the Featured Artist with her show, “Perception Predilection,” 6-9pm. Admission: free. Her work is humorous, calming and meditative, a resting point for the eye, refreshing in its simplicity.

ATHENAEUM ARTSPACE    317.655.2755
401 E. Michigan Street, 2nd floor    athenaeumfoundation.com
The InSight Art Promotions presents: NEO 5. Come & enjoy conversation with five emerging young artists. The challenging and conceptual work of Rebecca Robinson, Rae Parker, Latoya Marlin, Omar Rashan and Sidney Holmes… awaits you!

FINE ESTATE ART AND GALLERY TWO     317.253.5910
1332 North Illinois Street    gallery-two.com
Gallery Two Presents:  “Coastal Rhythms”  recent paintings from Maine by Jerry Smith.  Twenty new oil paintings of the Maine coast from Jerry’s recent travels.  Jerry and other G2 artists on-hand.  Gnosh, cheer and art in abundance!

Franklin Barry Gallery at The Frame Shop    317.822.8455
617 Mass. Ave.    franklinbarrygallery.com
The Gallery will  feature paintings by painter, faux artist Bob Bayliss, Ohio. Bob incorporates texture in many of his works to create age or effect on the canvas.   Represented by Franklin Barry ten years, and that’s a reason to celebrate!

Gallery 924    317.631.3301
924 N. Pennsylvania St.    indyarts.org/gallery924
The Young Collectors Show. This exhibition is curated and installed especially for the enjoyment and appreciation of 3-12 year old children. Expect to see beautiful, whimsical, and intriguing artwork by 30 central Indiana contemporary artists. Join us for a Special Event on Saturday, February 6 from 10am–12 noon for the Indy’s Child Pop-Up Play Date. See the Young Collectors Show and enjoy snacks and fun art activities for the whole family.

Raymond James Stutz Art GallerY    317.503.6420
212 W. 10th St., Suite B110 – First Floor     stutzartists.com
“What Makes My Heart Beat?” – In partnership with the  American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, this heart-warming art exhibit will feature people, places and things that the artists find endearing. Their passions will be displayed in the form of sculptures, paintings, photographs, wearable art, and more. In addition, they’ve installed a chalkboard wall for visitors to share what makes their hearts beat and why they want to stay healthy for their families – in support of Go Red’s theme this year..

SATCH LOST & FOUND Art GallerY    317.691.3661
1125 E Brookside Ave Gallery 2L     satch@indy.net
Located in the Circle City Industrial Complex, see recent assemblage art by Artist SATCH using repurposed and recycled materials.

ARTIST STUDIOS

Harrison Center for the Arts    317.396.3886
1505 N. Delaware St.    harrisoncenter.org
In the Harrison Gallery – “Follow Your Heart” group show features the work of five artist couples. HCA curator Kyle Ragsdale, who conceived of the show, said, “It’s interesting to see the work of two artists shown together, knowing that they have lived together and been in relationship over time, and to think about the ways they have influenced each other’s work.” Participating artists are Amy Falstrom and Ralph Domanico, Corey and Megan Jefferson, Zack and Gala Bent (Seattle), Andrew Perry Davis and Rachel Bliell, and Quincy and Nikki Owens. Artist reception, 6–9pm. The work hangs through February 26.

In the City Gallery, which features place-based work that celebrates urban Indy, presents Very Truly Yours, new work by Erin Hüber. From high tea at L. S. Ayres & Co. to the parlor room of the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison, this body of work reflects on Indianapolis at the turn of the century.

In Gallery No. 2 – Kali Yuga: Drawings for an Aging Universe, Hannah Barnes. Barnes, teaches painting at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, creates work that “explores the tensions between structure, fragmentation, pattern and aberration, through the lens of abstraction.”

In Hank & Dolly’s Gallery – “Thirteen Years” – new work by Chad Campbell. In this exhibit, the gallery becomes the art. Campbell’s assemblages are created from poplar lath removed from the Harrison Gallery ceiling during the first phase of its recent renovation and the dozens of layers of paint that, until recently, covered the gallery floor.

In the Gallery Annex – Work by Kristy Hughes and Neil Cain

In the Gym – At 7pm in the gym is the #LOVEat38th 5×5 contest sponsored by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  For this event, five finalists will be given 5 minutes and 5 slides to present an idea using the arts to benefit the 38th and Illinois Street Great Places neighborhood. One winning project will receive $10,000 to make it happen.

Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC)
1125 E Brookside Ave
The CCIC artists and artisans are located in the 500,000 square-foot, mixed-use industrial space, located just NE of the Mass Ave and 10th Street. Studios are accessed from two well marked entrances at 1125 E. Brookside Avenue. Outside of First Friday and other special openings, most of the artists use their spaces as working studios. Visitors can contact artists directly to arrange visits. Studio maps and information are located inside the entrances to the building. There is free parking across the street from the entrances.  CCICA posts updates at: www.facebook.com/ccicartists

M10 Studio – Studio C7. 317-501-2119. “Back to Cuba!” Warmer US relations with Cuba have inspired photographer Eric Schoch and graphic artist Gary Schmitt to merge retro poster styles with contemporary images of Cuba that will have you ready to pack your bags and go!

Darkroom Revelations – Studio C7A. 317-727-0698. Tom Potter, Gayle Moore, and Nancy Frass work in the historic film processes for their black and white photographic prints. Fine art figurative, recent still life, our “door” project, and scenes from coastal Maine. Enjoy refreshments and demonstrations of the large format camera.

Five Seasons Studio – Studio C6. 317-523-7777. “Secret Garden”. Printmaker James Hubbard shows etchings and linocuts of land, water, and sky.  Made by carving into cork or copper, Hubbard’s prints reveal his connection to the land.

Nancy Lee Designs Studio – Studio C8B. 317-937-1652. New photos by Rad Drew in a show entitled Cuba: Pearl of the Antilles as well as new pearl jewelry and a pair of copper sculptures. Open 6–9PM and by appointment through Feb. 27.

ALTERNATIVE SPACES

Funkyard Coffee Shop & Gallery    317.822.3865
1114 Prospect St.    funkyardblog.com
Meet Nicholai Shaver, a painter & assemblage sculptor. This show combines his hard-line paintings with organic sculpture along with his unique Cabinet Columns & “Plein air” paintings. Live Music 7-10.

Indiana Landmarks Center     317.639.4534
1201 Central Ave.    indianalandmarks.org
Rapp Family Gallery: “WE ARE”– Relevant to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, this show hopes to ignite honest conversations. This first time collaborative exhibit features contemporary artist, Bruce Armstrong, sculptor, Keith Bullock, contemporary assemblage artist, Anthony Radfordand and  abstract, realism and fabric artist, Mijisa Saundrajo Holiday. Keyboardist and bassist Leonard Rodgers, flutist Bruce Armstrong, along with rapper Shami ‘Like the Sun’ and poet Mijisa, will perform on First Friday.

fletcher place art & books    
642 Virginia Ave.    please e-mail fpartsandbooks@gmail.com for information
New work by local artist Karen Mann. Join us for the IDADA First Friday opening from 6–9PM. Karen will be on hand to speak about her artwork and answer questions.

“Color Me Orchid” Exhibit at IMA, Feb. 19-Mar. 13, 2016

January 23, 2016 Leave a comment

By Stephanie Perry
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Winter is in full swing, but flowers are blooming at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Step into spring with the new Color Me Orchid exhibition, a vibrant and stunning display of orchids in the IMA’s Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse from Feb. 19 through March 13. The exhibition will pay homage to the brilliant colors, shapes and pattern of orchids, while also highlighting their history and connection to the IMA. Throughout the show, orchids will be available for purchase in the Greenhouse and at a special Pop-Up Shop in the main Museum building. IMA horticulture experts will be available to share advice on orchid care.Orchid pictured: Phalaenopsis Jiuhbao Fairy. Photo by Eric Lubrick. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

For more than 40 years, orchids have been a striking staple in the Greenhouse. The orchid was the favorite flower of Madeline F. Elder, who rallied volunteers and support to save the Greenhouse from demolition in 1972. From the beginning of Elder’s involvement, the Greenhouse has housed this exquisite flower.

“Orchids have a great history of captivating people,” said Sue Nord Peiffer, the IMA’s greenhouse manager. “People really enjoy seeing this exotic and diverse group of plants. They have the most complicated bloom in the flowering world.”

For guests looking for extra tips for caring for these complex flowers, the IMA will offer workshops on mounting and repotting orchids on Feb. 27 and March 5. Workshops are $35 and $60 for the public, with special discounts for IMA members.

The exhibition is the first of its kind in the Greenhouse in recent years. As a living gallery space, the Greenhouse offers classes, workshops and educational plant displays year-round.

Color Me Orchid is included with general admission and free for IMA members. During the opening weekend, IMA members will receive a special 20 percent discount in all onsite retail stores, including the Pop-Up Shop and Greenhouse.

“Although this exhibition may seem nontraditional for the IMA, it is reflective of our new direction,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. “We are more than an art museum— we have botanical gardens, a park and a historic estate. We have scientists, horticulturists, teachers and historians on staff. We want to showcase the expertise of our team and the experiences that make our institution unique. When guests visit the IMA, we hope that they not only explore the galleries, but all that we have to offer on our diverse, 152-acre campus.”

To learn more, visit www.imamuseum.org.

 

Elektronik Musik Fest at Butler University, Jan. 24, 2016

January 20, 2016 Leave a comment
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Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

The 14th annual Elektronik Musik Fest, featuring guest composer Elainie Lillios and percussionist Scott Deal, will be held Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 7:30 PM in the Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Admission is free and open to the public without tickets.

The event will feature music for percussion and live electronics, electric bass and live electronics and fixed media, and DJ and fixed media, along with 8.1 channel surround system pieces and other recorded works.

Composers include James Aikman, Professor Frank Felice, alumnus Will Trachsel ’15, and current student Phillip Tock and Rob Funkhouser.

Elainie Lillios is a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her music reflects her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. Her compositions include stereo, multi-channel, and Ambisonic fixed media works, instrument(s) with live interactive electronics, collaborative experimental audio/visual animations, and installations. Her acousmatic music is available on Entre Espaces, produced by Empreintes DIGITALes. Other pieces appear on Centaur, MSR Classics, StudioPANaroma, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, SEAMUS, Irritable Hedgehog and Leonardo Music Journal.

For more information, visit http://schrottcenter.org/, or call 317-940-2787.

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