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!
The Center for the Performing Arts announces a budget surplus for the second year in a row.
By Lindsey Erdody via IBJ
Financial sustainability is a constant struggle for any arts organization. According to IBJ, one Central Indiana arts institution is reporting stable financial standing. For the second straight year, Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts has reported a budget surplus. The Palladium ended 2015 with a surplus of $260,445. Visit IBJ for a detailed explanation of the surplus, and how the Center for the Performing Arts has become so successful. Ahead of your next trip to The Palladium, find the best seat in the house with the help of our 2013 feature on local venues.
Classic Greats is set to open the season for Dance Kaleidoscope.
By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
Hardly a week passes without a reference to Jay Harvey in this space, and for that we make no apology. Harvey is cranking out terrific content every week on his humble, eponymous blog. This week, he shares details on the season opener from Dance Kaleidoscope. He takes an in-depth look at Classical Greats – a three-part program that runs the gamut from Romeo & Juliet to Sinatra. Visit Harvey’s blog for the full scoop. For more on Dance Kaleidoscope, revisit Shelby Roby-Terry’s profile of member Stuart Coleman ahead of Indy Fringe last summer.
The Fountain Square Music Fest announces big acts and big changes for its fourth annual event.
By Katherine Coplen via NUVO
Big news was announced this week regarding the Fountain Square Music Festival. NUVO broke the news on big changes coming with the fest in its fourth year. Among them, the festival will move from the balmy, July 4th temperatures to the more unpredictable dates of late March. This shift on the calendar has forced the fest indoors, where it aims to fill several of Fountain Square’s most prominent entertainment venues: Radio Radio, White Rabbit Cabaret, The Hi-Fi, Pioneer and Fountain Square Theatre Building. Headliners announced this week include Thurston Moore Band, Andrew W.K., Kimya Dawson and the bulk of local record label Joyful Noise Recordings’ roster. Head over to NUVO for the initial announcement.
By Katherine Coplen via NUVO
Nationally recognized soprano Angela Brown will return to her native Indianapolis this weekend to lend her voice to the service at All Souls Unitarian Church Sunday. Ahead of the appearance, NUVO music editor Kat Coplen enjoyed a candid interview with Brown. The conversation is chock-full of quotables about everything from Brown’s time as a student at Crispus Attucks to opera for the uninitiated to her thoughts on Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts. Visit NUVO for the full interview. For another profile on Brown, revisit Elizabeth Stivers’ story on the hometown diva ahead of Brown’s appearance at Butler Arts Fest in 2014.
Local writer Wendy Lee Spacek chats about her new book of poems, Psychogynecology.
By Emily Taylor via NUVO
Longtime readers of Sky Blue Window should be familiar with the work of Wendy Lee Spacek. Spacek has appeared in stories on Broad Ripple Art Fair, Indy’s independent zine scene and other stories involving her day job with Indianapolis Art Center. This week Spacek found herself in the headlines once again due to the release of her book of poetry entitled Psychogynecology. NUVO Arts Editor Emily Taylor interviewed Spacek on her influences, creative motivations and the historical intersection of mental health and misogyny. It’s a must-read for any aspiring wordsmith. For another look at a powerful female voice, revisit Chi Sherman’s profile of Shonda Buchanan.