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Best of the Rest: August 7, 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!

Contemporary Hoosier art works will clash for a good cause this weekend. - IMAGE PROVIDED
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  • Contemporary Hoosier art works will clash for a good cause this weekend.

Hoosier Salon vs. iMOCA: Two iconic art institutions go head-to-head for one-weekend-only show

By Dan Grossman via NUVO

Carmel’s Hoosier Salon, and Fountain Square’s iMOCA both focus on contemporary work by Indiana visual artists. However, the two galleries attract differing audiences and maintain contrasting aesthetics.

This weekend the local art institutions will go head-to-head in a show at iMOCA that is one part contest and another part fundraiser. Attendees can casts votes for their favorite works, for a price. The exhibit runs through the weekend. For more on iMOCA, scope Mark Ruschman’s 2014 profile on the contemporary art museum’s dual locations.

Fellowship winner Tim Compton hosts solo IAC show

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

If you have taken a class in one of Indianapolis Art Center’s ceramic, wood or metal studios, chances are good that you have crossed paths with instructor Tim Compton. Compton was recently awarded the “Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year” fellowship through IAC.

Part of that recognition includes a solo exhibition at the Art Center. NUVO’s Emily Taylor has the details on Compton’s exhibit, entitled The Space Between. The exhibit opens this evening with a free opportunity to check out Compton’s work from 6 to 8 p.m. For a story on another of IAC’s celebrated instructors, read Elizabeth Smith’s heartfelt remembrance of Susan Hodgin.

Goodbye AIRHOCKEY: Indy’s staple emo band calls it quits to go do adult things

By TJ Jaeger via NUVO

Anyone who pays attention to Indiana’s underground music scene, recognizes how frequently bands come and go. In this story, NUVO’s TJ Jaeger pays tribute to his favorite local, emo project. Get the details on AIRHOCKEY’s brief, yet impactful, formation and dissolution at NUVO and enjoy a sampling of the band’s music from the MFT playlist above.

Both solid and surprising, the Tucker Brothers Quartet proves itself a fully achieved ensemble at the Jazz Kitchen

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

Brothers, Nick & Joel Tucker are two of Indy’s hottest and most in-demand jazz musicians. We learned of Nick’s reputation as a “first-call bassist” from Ben Shine’s conversation with local photographer Mark Sheldon last week.

Here, Jay Harvey reviews a recent set from the Tucker Brothers Quartet at the Jazz Kitchen during which the group burned through renditions of Wes Montgomery’s Road Song and Imogen Heap’s Closing In.

Big Car's Executive Director Jim Walker holds out the hat from which filmmakers draw to determine their assigned movie genre in 2013. - COURTESY BIG CAR
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  • Big Car's Executive Director Jim Walker holds out the hat from which filmmakers draw to determine their assigned movie genre in 2013.

48 Hour Film Project recap: Drones, beer, frenzy and Wonder Woman

By Anne M Li, Dennis Barbosa & Wei-Huan Chen via Indy Star

Indy Star took a new approach to covering Big Car’s annual 48 Hour Film Project this year. Rather than send a single reporter to recap the entire event, The Star assigned a trio of writers to cover the contest with hourly, blow-by-blow updates. The resulting story is a bit choppy and chock-full of as much social media posts as in-depth writing.

The new format may not be to every reader’s liking, but it is an interesting, playful approach and one that mirrors the frenzy of its subject matter. For more on 48 Hour Film Project, check out Seth Johnson’s recap of last year’s event.

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