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February 2017 Events in Downtown Indy courtesy of @indydt

January 29, 2017 Leave a comment
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A view of the downtown Indy skyline from the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Honor Black History Month with special events

Attend the Art & Soul Kickoff at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Saturday, Jan. 28 and enjoy live music from the Griot Drum Ensemble, African foods and craft, featured artist Tiffany Marie Parker’s exhibition and more. Throughout February, the Arts Council will commemorate the impact of the African Diaspora on Indiana arts and culture with free performances. Events take place at the Indianapolis Artsgarden at 12:15 p.m. on select days.

Through March 26, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists, displaying the works of prominent local African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including comedy, dance performances, gospel music and soul, a fashion show and spoken word artists – during the Meet the Artists Gala Opening Reception Feb. 11 from 5:45 – 10 p.m.

For its annual Celebration of Black History Concert, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers a free performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. This year, IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn will also accompany the ISO, singing with the orchestra in his Hilbert Circle Theatre debut. Up to four tickets can be reserved.

Do Valentine’s Day Downtown

For a night of dancing, the historic Fountain Square Theatre Building is hosting Friday Night Swing Dance Feb. 10. The Rathskeller hosts Love is All You Need Dinner Dance Feb. 11. This event includes a three-course meal starting at 6 p.m. followed by a performance from First Time Caller Band from 8 p.m. – midnight.

For couple’s looking for live entertainment, the Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti returns to Hilbert Circle Theatre with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and performs renditions of popular standards as well as original compositions from his albums Feb. 10 & 11 at 8 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s weekend and get fit at the same time with the Be My Valentine 5k Run/Walk along the Cultural Trail Feb. 11.

Devour Indy is back – bigger and better

Devour Downtown has joined with Devour Northside and Midtown to create the inaugural year of Devour Indy. More than 80 Downtown restaurants will be participating and offering specially-priced menu items Jan. 23 – Feb. 5. Other partner deals include discounted admission to Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and the Eiteljorg Museum, discounted Blue Indy membership and more.

Sports action

Downtown will stay busy with several Indiana Pacers games throughout February: 4, 6, 8, 13, 16 & 24.

Bundle up and head out for the Polar Bear 5-Mile/5K Run Walk Saturday, Feb. 18 at YMCA at CityWay.

Performances and events Downtown

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosts several performances including Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody Feb. 2 – 4, Happy Hour Feb. 8, De Waart Conducts Beethoven’s Eroica Feb. 17 – 19, The Labeque Sisters Feb. 23 & 24 and The Music of Queen Feb. 25.

The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents The Cay Jan. 28 – Feb. 26. The story is about overcoming hardship and prejudice during World War II times, set on a tiny Caribbean island.

The Little Mermaid: Feb. 7 – 12 – Old National Centre

Indiana Art Fair: Feb. 11 – Indiana State Museum

Monster Jam: Feb. 11 – Lucas Oil Stadium

Acoustics Stars & Guitars: Feb. 15 – Old National Centre

Museum by Moonlight: Feb. 25 – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Great Gutsby Gala: Feb. 25 – The Crane Bay

Wine and Beer Tasting: Feb. 25 – Barnes & Thornburg

Jersey Boys: Feb. 28 – March 5 – Clowes Memorial Hall

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org, 0r call 317-237-2222.

2015 Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Artsgarden

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

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

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

A Celebration of African-American Art & Artists in Indiana

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

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

The Children’s Museum celebrates Madame Walker

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

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

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

A Night with the ISO

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

Throwback Thursday Cinema

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

Music and dancing at the Madame Walker Theatre

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

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

Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

January 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival, Feb. 8.
Image provided by the Indiana State Museum and used with written permission.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

February is Black History Month and whether you want to celebrate by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy offers a great array of options (and many are free). 

Indiana Historical Society’s Black History Challenge

Until Feb. 28, take the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Black History Challenge online for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a Downtown weekend getaway grand prize. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience, 30 players will receive four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians and 15 people will win a pair of opening night tickets to see the Memphis at Clowes Memorial Hall. While you’re at the Indiana Historical Society, explore The Legacy of Civil Rights in Indianapolis exhibit and view original documents and iconic Indianapolis photographs from the 1960s. 

Meet the Artists at Central Library

From Jan. 29 – March 22, the Central Library will house Meet the Artists XXVI, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists. Meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 8 from 5:45 – 10 p.m. 

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival (see image above), Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

Madame Walker Presents

Children ages 6 and up and their families are invited to the Lilly Theater at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for Madame Walker Presents Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. Learn about African American history in Indiana and see a dynamic theatrical performance celebrating the lives of Madame C. J. Walker and Levi Coffin.

Listen to live music

Art & Soul – a celebration of African-American arts and artists in Indiana – returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden with performances beginning Jan. 31 and running through the end of March. Catch the Art & Soul Celebration Launch Event with special guests Amos Brown from Radio One and a performance by Toy Factory. Performances will continue throughout the month featuring Tony Styxx, Bashiri Asad, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and many others. All Art & Soul events, including the kickoff celebration, are FREE.

Catch a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Conducted by Kevin McBeth, a 30-year veteran in music ministry, this year’s program includes a variety of classical works, hymns, spirituals and music from prominent African-American composers. Local MC Tony Styxx will also join in the celebration and perform a song from his recently-released album.

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club celebrates Black History Month with Broadway star Chester Gregory in his award-winning show The Eve of Jackie. Catch this performance Feb. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m.

For more Black History Month events, visit: www.indydt.com/blackhistorymonth.cfm

Black History Month Series at Paramount Theatre

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Paramount Theatre in Anderson

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

By Gayle Jones Burris
Paramount Theatre
http://www.andersonparamount.org/

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 www.andersonparamount.org. Tix.com 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.