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Best of the Rest: August 28, 2015

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Sure, we want you to visit Sky Blue Window daily, but we realize stories about incredible events, entertainment and interesting organizations that are transforming Indiana pour out of publications all over this city. So in this space, we bring you the Best of the Rest, a collection of other notable pieces spotlighting arts and entertainment around town.

Check out the list of hot topics from beyond our Sky Blue Window. When you're finished, stick around to browse some of our stories you might have missed this week. Enjoy!

Anita Giddings hides tiny photographs inside vintage glass bottles at the Sideshow Art and Odditorium at City Market. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER DELGADILLO
  • Photo By Jennifer Delgadillo
  • Anita Giddings hides tiny photographs inside vintage glass bottles at the Sideshow Art and Odditorium at City Market.

The smallest artwork you will see this year

By A.T. Bossenger via NUVO

We are all likely familiar with the popular quotation, "The devil is in the details." However, readers may prove less familiar with French writer Gustave Flaubert's earlier quotation "The good God is in the details." Does a higher (or lower) power exist within the fine print of our daily lives? The Miniature, a new exhibit opening this weekend at Indiana University's Grunwald Gallery, aims to take a detailed look at the work of 10 contemporary artists who create on a microscopic scale. From a photographer to a furniture designer, NUVO's A.T. Bossenger has the details on these meticulous makers.

For another interesting article about additional tiny framed drawings, paintings and pocket-size pieces of outstanding art, check out Jennifer Delgadillo's spotlight on City Market's Sideshow Art and Odditorium. In it, she tells us of this tiny treasur tucked in a corner on the second floor of the City Market.

(Editor's note: When visiting the City Market, always take time to go upstairs and see what's new in this pint-size gallery. And don't leave without chatting with its curator, Alan Schoff -- a treasure himself. He's super-friendly and a font of information when it comes to local arts attractions, people and events.)

Thoughts on Indianapolis Opera's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

By Lou Harry via IBJ

Historically criticism has remained one of the primary literary contributions to the arts. With that fact in mind, some may find it strange that we don't include any critical reviews on Sky Blue Window. As a nonprofit whose mission is to inform and increase audiences for the arts in Central Indiana, our time is spent telling the stories of the people and projects transforming our city and state. We present the arts to readers and let readers be the judge of the performances.

That being said, critical analysis plays an essential role. It's important to question how and why an artist comes to creative conclusions for their respective audience.

This week, IBJ's Lou Harry penned an insightful and thought-provoking review of Indianapolis Opera's season opener, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. In it, Harry addresses the pros and cons of opera on a small scale, Indianapolis Opera's financial limitations going forward and the challenge of adapting on stage a book about a rare, neurological disorder. For more on Indy Opera's out-of-the-box programming, check out our feature on the organization's experimental partnership with IUPUI's Music and Arts Technology department from early this year.

As Indy Fringe troupe performs, far-flung island celebrates

By Wei-Huan Chen via Indy Star

There was no shortage of IndyFringe coverage in local publications across the celebrated annual event's 10-day lifespan. Indy Star's Wei-Huan Chen had the details on one Fringe performance with international reach. IndyFringe served as the international debut of a new play by three Mauritian playwrights entitled The Invisible Man. The play centers on a homeless person who has become invisible to society -- a topic that resonates as much here in the states as it does in the play's East African island origins. Discover how the play made its way to this year's IndyFringe festival. For more on IndyFringe, check out a lengthy list of previous Sky Blue Window posts.

Independent Hoosier artists always find a way to get their music to their fans, up to and including impromptu house sets.
  • Independent Hoosier artists always find a way to get their music to their fans, up to and including impromptu house sets.

A tell-all interview with Alex Molica about Bloomington's Monon Day

By TJ Jaeger via NUVO

A healthy DIY aesthetic runs through the veins of Indiana's underground music scene. Don't see the music festival of your dreams? Build it. Major labels aren't releasing the albums you love? Start your own. One bastion of Indiana music's underground industry is the Bloomington's Monon Day. The single-day music festival, held at three different houses on the city's south side, was held again last Saturday. NUVO's TJ Jaeger sat down with one of the event's organizers Alex Molica to get to the heart of this small event with a big heart.

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