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Best of the Rest: Dec. 12, 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!


Groups seek to amp up Indy’s star power with TV, film initiative

By IBJ Staff via IBJ

A new partnership between the city of Indianapolis, Visit Indy and Central Indiana Community Foundation aiming to bring more lights, cameras and action to Indianapolis was announced earlier this week. The project, entitled Film Indy, will include a website showcasing film locations and permit information, the creation of a new position as film commissioner focused on marketing the city to location scouts, producers and more. As the IBJ article rightfully notes, the project does not include tax incentives for filmmakers, which places the city and state at a disadvantage to its more accommodating neighbors.

Visit the IBJ for the full scoop. For more on how tax incentives for filmmakers could place Indy in the spotlight, revisit Hugh Vandivier’s blog post on the subject from last year.


Know No Stranger is Skipping Christmas

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

What would happen if you skipped Christmas? Not as if you just happened to avoid partaking in the various holiday festivities, but if the calendar actually jumped from December 24th to the 26th. This is the scenario that Know No Stranger will wrestle with this Saturday when the performance troupe unveils The Christmas That Never Was at the Festival of Trees at Indiana History Center.

The concept for the show began as a narrative poem that Know No Stranger’s Ryan Felton wrote for his family. It’s now a live act that uses narrators, text projections, shadow puppets and illustrations to bring the story to life. Visit NUVO to check out the incredible illustrations that Know No Stranger cofounder Michael Runge created to accompany the performance. For more on Runge, check out Jennifer Delgadillo’s interview on his decision to take an indefinite hiatus from the group earlier this year.


Best seat in the house, despite the unraveling of the deal to have Live Nation buy the historic Old National Centre. -
  • Best seat in the house, despite the unraveling of the deal to have Live Nation buy the historic Old National Centre.

Live Nation’s deal to buy Old National Centre unravels

By Scott Olson via IBJ

A deal that would have made Live Nation the owner of historic, downtown Indianapolis concert venue Old National Centre fell through this week when the 300 members of the Murat group that own the building voted overwhelmingly to halt negotiations.

The deal would have secured the lion’s share of the Indy concert market for Live Nation, who already owns the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville and maintains a management role in The Lawn at White River State Park. For discussion on the best seat in the house at Old National Centre’s Murat Theatre, revisit Kirsten Eamon-Shine’s post.


Krzysztof Urbański leads the ISO's concerts as the organization celebrates another year of budget surplus -- the third one in a row. -
  • Krzysztof Urbański leads the ISO's concerts as the organization celebrates another year of budget surplus -- the third one in a row.

Symphony reports third straight annual budget surplus

By IBJ Staff via IBJ

The 2012 labor disputes that plagued Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra appear to be effectively in the rearview mirror for the time being. This week the ISO reported its third consecutive budget surplus. According to the IBJ, the symphony reported a surplus of $900,000 for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, more than tripling the surpluses from the previous two years. The cultural institution credits a rise in ticket sales with the properly balanced budget. The financial report proves encouraging, given that the ISO operated in the red for half a decade prior to 2012. For more coverage on the symphony, dig through a treasure trove of previous Sky Blue Window stories.


Vintage guitar flies back to Indy

By Tim Evans via Indy Star

A native Hoosier returned home last month, when legendary blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa brought a 1958 Gibson Korina Flying V electric guitar back to the store where it was originally sold. Arthur’s Music Store opened its doors in 1952, located at Shelby St. in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square where it continues to serve Indianapolis musicians to this day.

Catch a rock icon, the Gibson Flying V Guitar, at the historic Arthur's Music Store in Fountain Square. -
  • Catch a rock icon, the Gibson Flying V Guitar, at the historic Arthur's Music Store in Fountain Square.

The Gibson Flying V was largely considered a flop at the time, but has since become a sort of icon among guitar aficionados for its signature style and tone. Visit Indy Star for the full scoop on the historic musical pilgrimage. For a look at another Hoosier guitar purveyor, check out Kyle Beery’s profile on Frank Dean – owner of Frank’s Guitars in Franklin, IN.

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