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Best of the Rest: Feb. 5, 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!


Art & Soul performers explore concepts of freedom

By David Lindquist via Indy Star

Students with the Iibada Dance Company practice for the "Black Dance Matters" performance. -
  • Students with the Iibada Dance Company practice for the "Black Dance Matters" performance.

This new year brings a milestone for Indianapolis. Sure, everyone is getting geared up for bicentennial celebrations throughout the state in 2016. Before we get there, February marks the 20th installment of Art & Soul, the annual Black History Month celebration that injects music, performances and art across the city. “Journey to Freedom” is the theme for Art & Soul 2016. Indy Star’s Dave Lindquist has the details on the artists and events that will highlight this year’s celebration. Events include a Feb. 17 performance titled “ Black Dance Matters” from Iibada Dance Company, whom our own Shelby Roby-Terry wrote on a few weeks ago. VisitIndy Star for a complete preview, and don’t miss out on these amazing cultural opportunities. For a look back at Art & Soul 2014, revisit Malina Simone’s post.


Children’s Museum matures to become keystone of city, state tourism strategy

By Anthony Schoettle via IBJ

The Children's Museum is one of the primary drivers of Indianapolis tourism. -
  • The Children's Museum is one of the primary drivers of Indianapolis tourism.

Over time it becomes easy to take certain things for granted. We grow almost complacent about all the amazing cultural institutions at our disposal in Indy. This week, IBJ’s Anthony Schoettle offered up a reminder of how vital some of those pillars can be to our city in his story on the economic impact of The Children’s Museum. According to Schoettle, the museum drew 1.25 million visitors last year, cementing its presence as one of the primary drivers of tourism in the entire state. The largest of its kind, USA Today recently included The Children’s Museum in its list of the 20 most-visited museums in the country. For a wider look at different museums varying approaches to the inclusion of children as patrons, revisit our story on the subject from 2014.


Human’s “BET” talks police brutality and black lives

By Kyle Long via NUVO

A timely local music video debuted on MLK Day, when Musical Family Tree released its latest Music Video in a Day pairing Human with director Jeremy Wallace on a visual accompaniment to Human’s latest single BET. The video addresses the hot button issue of police brutality in the black community. NUVO ’s Kyle Long took the time to dive deeper into the video and its surrounding subject matter with Wallace and Human and Wallace earlier this week. If you missed the full interview when it aired on WFYI’s A Cultural Manifesto earlier this week, read a portion of the interview via NUVO. It proves fascinating to witness local artists wrestling with issues driving of political discourse across the country. Watch the video above, and get the details on the inspiration behind the project via NUVO.


Cellist and singer Shannon Hayden shares thoughts on her upcoming album. -
  • Cellist and singer Shannon Hayden shares thoughts on her upcoming album.

Interview: Shannon Hayden

By Seth Johnson via Musical Family Tree

We often spotlight women in the music community and issues surrounding them on Sky Blue Window (See: Misogyny in Music, Local Mix Master: Annie Skinner, and Remembering Cynthia Lane for a sampling). This week MFT’s Seth Johnson shined a light on another female voice and talent making considerable noise in the local music community and beyond. Johnson spoke with cellist and singer Shannon Hayden on the cusp of her new album. Hayden talked about her new release, her upcoming show at Old National Center and what it’s like to play alongside Indy sister-songwriters Lily & Madeleine. Hayden’s route to independent musician traded the traditional garage for the classroom, as she spent years training as a cellist at both IU and Yale. Visit Musical Family Tree for Hayden’s complete story.


#LOVEat38th will fund a $10,000 art project

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

An injection of local art is on the horizon for Indy’s 38th St. corridor. NUVO arts editor, Emily Taylor has the details on the projects that will comprise the latest installment of 5x5 competition. As is customary with the competition, a panel and the crowd will reward $10,000 to the project whose name proves perfect for social media #LoveAt38th. The 5x5 crowd will have its work cut out for them, when deciding between great ideas from Classical Music Indy’s Charles Stanton, sound artist Steve Mannheimer, Harrison Center for the Arts’ Kyle Ragsdale and others. Visit NUVO for the full details.

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