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Best of the Rest: July 31, 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!

David Adamson stands amid the rest of Jookabox. - COURTESY OF ASTHMATIC KITTY
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  • David Adamson stands amid the rest of Jookabox.

Once Fringe, Gen Con Powers Game Industry

By Lou Harry via Indianapolis Business Journal

Gen Con has grown from a niche convention catering to the costume-sporting, role-playing crowd into a juggernaut that draws more than 60,000 visitors and brings a significant windfall to Indy's downtown economy. IBJ arts and entertainment reporter

Lou Harry offers an inside look at how a couple of homegrown company's plan to capitalize on opportunities at the convention. Get the scoop on how Indy's own Plowgames and Action Phase Games aim to earn the title of the next big analog and tabletop entertainment success story.

Gen Con wraps up this weekend. For more on the event, check out our slideshow of costumes and game-related artwork from 2013.

OpEd: Gender & The Game Narrative

By Joe Cain via NUVO

Speaking of games, NUVO's Joe Cain offered up an interesting perspective on gender roles in the video game industry in his column this week. Cain takes the industry to task for its lack of female protagonists. In getting there, he raises important questions regarding the role of gender in character development.

Cain argues that game designers should be held to the same standard of character development as fiction writers, playwrights and other industries that rely on narrative as the vehicle for their creative work.

This argument elevates the level of discourse around the gender gap in gaming, and it should serve as some interesting food for thought the next time you sit down in front of your television and pick up the proverbial sticks.

Abby Goldsmith shows some of her LP love outside Luna music. - COURTESY OF LUNA MUSIC
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  • Abby Goldsmith shows some of her LP love outside Luna music.

Great American Songbook contest finishes its sixth year at the Palladium with top prize going to a young, local singer.

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

Last weekend the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel hosted the finals for its sixth annual Songbook Academy program. The intensive course is dedicated to a rigorous examination of the music of Broadway, Hollywood musicals and Tin Pan Alley music of the early to mid-20th Century.

Longtime local arts reporter Jay Harvey was on hand to document the event. Check out his recap on his personal website Jay Harvey Upstage. Harvey has the details on this year's American Songbook Youth Ambassador, Lucas Debard. As the winner, Debard will enjoy multiple appearances with the program's director and multiple Grammy Award nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein. Debard will perform the national anthem at an NFL game and make featured appearances at Birdland Jazz Club and Pasadena Pops. It's quite an accomplishment for the recent Lebanon High School graduate.

Scanlines members discuss new full-length

By Seth Johnson via Musical Family Tree

Last Saturday I was in the audience at White Rabbit Cabaret when instrumental, post-rock trio Scanlines released its latest LP Figure of Speech. Ahead of that performance, Seth Johnson sat down with the band for an interview published on Musical Family Tree.

In addition to the in-depth analysis of the current release, the conversation offers a behind-the-scene look at Scanlines' early development, including some of its members' backstory as part of the defunct experimental pop group Slothpop.

Even if you missed the release show, Scanlines' new album is worth a listen. I would hazard to guess, this will not be the last time you hear about this trio. For more from Johnson, browse through his many Sky Blue Window contributions.

Interview: David "Moose" Adamson visits WFYI's A Cultural Manifesto

By Kyle Long

If you've been keeping up with my weekly arts roundup, you might be growing tired of my unabashed cheerleading for WFYI's new weekly radio program A Cultural Manifesto. This week host Kyle Long sat down with Eastside Indianapolis native and longtime musician David "Moose" Adamson.

Adamson has long been one of my favorite local (or otherwise) musicians. From his band Jookabox to solo work as DMA and Sedcairn Archives, Adamson's catalog proves as diverse as any local in the last decade.

Long takes Adamson on a trip down Memory Lane through all of his various incarnations. The conversation moves beyond a one-man history to an interesting time capsule of Indy's underground music scene post-2000.

Podcast: Boom Shakes The Room 016 - Abby Goldsmith

By Mike Kole

Another locally produced program worthy of your aural attention is Mike Kole's Boom Shakes The Room podcast. The show kicks off with handful of selections from Indiana's underground music scene, before settling into a weekly interview.

This week, Kole chats with Abby Goldsmith -- cofounder of General Public Collective, record slinger at LUNA Music and Musical Family Tree board member. Sky Blue Window blogger Ben Shine previously featured Goldsmith as part of his "Mix Master" interview series.

Here, Goldsmith talks about a recent opportunity to curate the fourth edition of local record label GloryHole Records' annual FSDC cassette compilation, spotlighting musicians from Indy's Fountain Square.

Click the link to listen.

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