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Best of the Rest: Dec. 4, 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!


Indy council approves ‘percent for art’ program

By Brian Eason via Indy Star

It’s no secret that funding for the arts is a constant struggle for organizations in Indy and across the country. Thanks to new legislation from the Indianapolis City-County Council, allocating that funding just became at least 1 percent easier. In the future, developers who cash in on lucrative tax-increment financing (TIF) incentives will be required to devote one percent of funding to public art.

The iconic Kurt Vonnegut mural near Mass Ave in downtown Indy remains one of the more well-known displays of public art in the city. -
  • The iconic Kurt Vonnegut mural near Mass Ave in downtown Indy remains one of the more well-known displays of public art in the city.

The bill’s sponsor, council vice-president John Barth, modeled the legislation after similar programs across the country. Visit Indy Star for a detailed explanation of how the program will function. And for another look at how Indy politicians could creatively entice more artists to the Hoosier state, revisit Hugh Vandivier’s blog post calling for tax breaks for filmmakers.


This year's International Music Fest takes place Dec. 6th at the Melody Inn. -
  • This year's International Music Fest takes place Dec. 6th at the Melody Inn.

Kingly T’s conscious reggae

By Kyle Long via NUVO

On Sunday, Indy resident and Jamaican-born reggae musician, Kingly T will release his fourth album at a show at the Melody Inn that’s auspiciously billed as International Music Festival. In anticipation of the new album, entitled Life in the City, Kyle Long interviewed the artist for his WFYI radio show that airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

For those that missed it, NUVO offers a condensed version of the interview. Long asks Kingly T to recount his musical influences, life in Jamaica and the 10-plus years he has spent as a Hoosier transplant. For the scoop on another recent, local album release, check out Ben Shine’s blog about S.M. Wolf’s new LP Neon Debris.


Past infuses present in Eiteljorg fellowship show

By Lou Harry via IBJ

A couple of weeks ago, we alerted readers to NUVO’s preview of the Eiteljorg Museum’s exhibition of its five contemporary arts fellows. The artists were each awarded $25,000 to produce their work. This week, IBJ’s Lou Harry has a recap of the exhibition, which will continue its run at the museum until Feb. 28.

The works vary drastically in size, form and content. Check out Harry’s review for a detailed account of the exhibit, and visit the Eiteljorg before the end of February to see the work firsthand.

And for a look at the museum’s previous contemporary arts fellows, revisit this WFYI video from 2013.


The Vulgar Boatmen celebrates its 25th anniversary of You and Your Sister with a reissue of the album.
  • The Vulgar Boatmen celebrates its 25th anniversary of You and Your Sister with a reissue of the album.

The Vulgar Boatmen’s “You and Your Sister” Turns 25

By Seth Johnson via Musical Family Tree

A longtime favorite of local underground rock fans, The Vulgar Boatmen celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of its album You and Your Sister with a show at State Street Pub last weekend. The concert doubled as a release of a shiny, new reissue of the album with several bonus tracks from local label TimeChange Records, run by Irvington Vinyl owner Rick Wilkerson.

In advance of the show, Seth Johnson interviewed Boatmen lead singer Dale Lawrence about reaching this milestone and the making of the LP.

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