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Best of the Rest: Feb. 19, 2016

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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!


Back in action: Icarus Ensemble, after a hiatus of about two months, returns to the scene

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

Following a brief hiatus, the five-piece Icarus Ensemble performs together again at the Jazz Kitchen. -  - COURTESY ICARUS ENSEMBLE
  • Courtesy Icarus Ensemble
  • Following a brief hiatus, the five-piece Icarus Ensemble performs together again at the Jazz Kitchen.

A medical hiatus sidelined multi-instrumentalist Mark Ortwein for the start of 2016. That changed, earlier this week when Ortwein joined his five-piece jazz band Icarus Ensemble on stage at The Jazz Kitchen. It was the first time he’d played with the ensemble in weeks.

According to local arts writer Jay Harvey, Ortwein quickly returned to full strength, despite some amplification difficulties on bassoon. Icarus Ensemble played a set that drew from the group’s 2014 self-titled album, as well as newer unreleased material. Visit Harvey’s blog for the full review of the performance. For more on Ortwein, revisit Seth Johnson’s story on Grove Haus, the Fountain Square music venue and home he shares with his wife and fellow musician Carrie Bone.


Cuba on the Cusp

By Dan Grossman via NUVO

NUVO arts critic and contributing writer, Dan Grossman highlighted a new exhibit and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art that finds art bridging cultures and continental borders that, until recently, hadn’t been traversed in decades. The exhibition, Transaction Boundaries, finds former Indianapolis resident and Cultural Cannibals cofounder Artur Silva exploring the notion of resistance within Cuban culture alongside his fellow CalArts MFA student Elizabeth Webb and Spanish artist Elena Lavellés. Grossman’s review of the exhibit is chock-full of the political context that surrounds the work itself, with plenty of additional information provided by Silva. For more on Silva, revisit Jennifer Delgadillo’s conversation with him on the role environment plays in the audience’s perception of art.


Former Butler Ballet dancer returns with Dance Theatre of Harlem

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

Butler University graduate Lindsey Croop will perform at Clowes Memorial Hall with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. - COURTESY DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
  • Courtesy Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Butler University graduate Lindsey Croop will perform at Clowes Memorial Hall with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Last week, Sky Blue Window’s own Shelby Roby-Terry highlighted tomorrow night’s Dance Theatre of Harlem performance at Clowes Hall. Roby-Terry’s story was broad, underscoring the importance of the company’s existence among the larger community of black dancers. This week, NUVO’s Emily Taylor brought that message home with a profile on Dance Theatre of Harlem member Lindsey Croop, a Butler University graduate who will perform at her alma mater tomorrow.

Taylor’s story addresses the challenges that Croop experienced growing up biracial and the universal language of dance. Visit NUVO for Croop’s complete backstory. For more on why black dance matters, revisit our story onKenyetta Dance Company’s 10 th anniversary from last August.


Joey & Rory fall short in bid to win GRAMMY award

By David Lindquist via IndyStar

Unfortunately storybook endings are too often just that – the stuff of fairytales and silver screens. The 58th annual GRAMMY awards program was held Monday. An Indiana couple and country duo that performs under the name Joey & Rory was nominated for the pair's rendition of Townes Van Zandt’s If I Needed You in the “Best Duo/Group Country Vocal Performance” category.

Joey and her husband Rory Feek watched the GRAMMY awards show from Joey’s childhood home in Madison County, Indiana, where the singer is under hospice care for terminal cervical cancer. Visit IndyStar for the Feeks full story, including the details on their recent album Hymns & Stories That Are Important to Us.

For another piece on a country duo whose love goes beyond the stage, revisit our story on the biopic of Shovels & Rope, directed by Hoosier native Jace Freeman.

"If I Needed You" - Joey+Rory from Hickory Films on Vimeo.


Scott Matelic is golden

By Kyle Long via NUVO

As has been previously declared in this space, there’s nothing quite like listening to two artists with a deep knowledge of each other’s form and work talk about their craft. Such was the case this week, when local deejay, writer, radio host and all-around arts advocate Kyle Long sat down with fellow deejay and producer Scott Matelic for an interview on Long’s WFYI show. NUVO published an excerpt of that interview, for those that missed the episode.

Long retraces every inch of Matelic’s backstory, from growing up the son of legendary Indiana musician Ron Matelic to his last few years in New York City and everything in between. Visit NUVO for the details. For a look at two locals shaping the next generation of deejays and producers, revisit Malina Simone’s profile on Deckademics DJ School.

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