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!
- Courtesy Lily & Madeleine
A cross between Indie and folk, Lily & Madeleine create lilting, ponderous, music filled with youthful questioning and a surprising poetic maturity.
By David Lindquist via Indy Star
As we’ve mentioned before, we tend to shy away from listicles at Sky Blue Window. That being said, we aren’t impervious to the convenience and functionality of a well-crafted list. This week Indy Star’s David Lindquist offered up a wide-ranging cultural preview of 2016 in Indianapolis, with 10 pop culture items to place on your radar. Lindquist includes a new creative home for sibling songwriting duo Lily & Madeleine, a revamped Fountain Square Music Festival, a new novel from Ben Winters, a silver screen debut for a pair of Circle City natives and more. Visit Indy Star for the complete list of pop culture must-sees. For another New Year’s-themed story, Jennifer Delgadillo surveyed a bunch of local artists about their resolutions and goals for the coming year.
By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
In December we wrote about a family-focused rendition of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol at Beef & Boards. To kick off 2016, the longstanding Indianapolis cultural and culinary destination is showcasing a production with a different sort of family focus. Jay Harvey has the details on Run for your Wife, a Ray Cooney play centered on a taxi driver juggling a pair of spouses. Visit Harvey’s blog for his full and favorable recount of the production’s opening night.
- Courtesy Pattern magazine
Polina Osherov, Pattern magazine founder and creative genius, is at it again. Learn about her latest work in a new maker-space space.
By Allison Copenbarger via Indianapolis Monthly
The arts community often talks a big game regarding the financial and community building impact of its various efforts. This year the full measure of those efforts will be under strict scrutiny. IM’s Allison Copenbarger dives deep into Ruckus, a new maker space within Circle City Industrial Complex that’s led by Pattern founder Polina Osherov.
Copenbarger’s story takes a look at Indy’s rich, entrepreneurial history with a glance at the automotive industry and its decline throughout the 20 th century. Can CCIC change the equation and revitalize Indy’s makers while revolutionizing a near-Eastside neighborhood in the process? Check out IM for the details. For more on Pattern, revisit our story on Indy’s up-and-coming independent print publications .
By Emily Taylor via NUVO
The latest production at Phoenix Theatre aims to tackle some weighty subject matter in a way that should provide periodic comedic relief for the audience. This week the Phoenix opens its 2016 season with a monthlong run of If You Go – a new Civil War-era play written by Richard Strand.
NUVO arts editor, Emily Taylor discusses the production with Phoenix Theatre Artistic Director Bryan Fonseca and If You Go’s guest Director Dale McFadden. Though the story revolves around a Civil War general’s decision to harbor runaway slaves, both Fonseca and McFadden believe the story speaks to racial tensions in the present day. Visit NUVO to learn more about how this serious subject may elicit a few laughs along the way.
- Courtesy Sonny Paradise
Indy-based hip-hop artist, Sonny Paradise's Pharoahgami album cover intrigues.
By Kyle Long via NUVO
We know. We know. You’re probably tired of us plugging Kyle Long’s work in this space. However, the simple fact remains that Long is delivering consistently terrific local arts content every week for NUVO and WFYI. This week he spoke to Indianapolis hip-hop mainstay Sonny Paradise about his new record Pharoahgami. The interview charts Sonny’s career path to this point, while unveiling a bit of Indy hip-hop history in the process. Check out Long’s interview for more. For another look at Indy’s hip-hop community, revisit Seth Johnson’s preview of Chreece from last August.