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Best of the Rest: Nov. 20, 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.

Take a look at 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!

Add Some Magic to a Public Space Near You

By David Engwicht via TedxIndianapolis

“Friends, you already have every single asset you will ever need to bring magic to a public space near you,” World-renowned place-maker David Engwicht says, closing out his recent talk at TedxIndianapolis. “All you need to do is stop dreaming. Stop planning. For God sakes, stop going to committee meetings, and just start creating.” Engwicht is the founder of Creative Communities International.

The concept of placemaking has grown in prominence in artistic and urban development circles over the last several years. The concept sits as a cornerstone of one of Indy arts collective Big Car. For an example of placemaking in action, one need look no further than Big Car’s recent Spark Monument Circle project, where Engwicht also led a brief discussion prior to his TedxIndianapolis appearance.

For more on placemaking, revisit Wei-Huan Chen’s Indy Star article on Big Car’s plans to use art as a catalyst for Garfield Park that was previously featured in this space.

You know you're in for a trip when the artist describes his album as "a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl." - COURTESY JOSHUA POWELL
  • Courtesy Joshua Powell
  • You know you're in for a trip when the artist describes his album as "a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl."

Might Be Made of Glass: A Q&A with Joshua Powell

By Seth Johnson via Musical Family Tree

After nearly two years performing on the road, Indianapolis songwriter Joshua Powell has returned to his Hoosier roots. Powell is working as a teacher at Anderson College, and recently released a new album with his band The Great Train Robbery entitled Alyosha. Local music writer Seth Johnson caught up with Powell to discuss the new release and his life since returning to Indiana last fall. Visit Musical Family Tree for an interesting interview with Powell and to stream a handful of tracks from the new release. While Powell appears happy to be home, he plans to hit the road in support of his new album in 2016.

Circus maximus: Michael Schelle gives a ringmaster class at Butler

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

Given the title of veteran arts critic, Jay Harvey’s recent review of Butler’s chamber music concert, one could forgive the reader for assuming the piece was a feature on a new Barnum & Bailey history class on the Midtown campus. However, the circus at hand was simply an account of the humorous musical stylings of contemporary composer Michael Schelle. Harvey described the performance this way: “The ‘Schelle chamber music concert’ traversed a post-modernist Moebius strip along which the ghost of George Antheil shook hands with the ghost of Spike Jones.”

Visit Jay Harvey Upstage for the full recap. For more on colleges experimenting with the experimental, check out our story from early this year on a new, avant-garde concert series from IUPUI’s department of Music & Arts Technology.

Wisdom Tooth isn't just a theater company. It also runs training labs in keeping with its mission "to provoke social awareness, ethical courage and true imagination. - COURTESY WISDOM TOOTH THEATRE PROJECT
  • Courtesy Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project
  • Wisdom Tooth isn't just a theater company. It also runs training labs in keeping with its mission "to provoke social awareness, ethical courage and true imagination.

Wisdom Tooth’s Fat Pig

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

Self-worth. Societal norms. Body image. These are the topics on display in a play opening this weekend at IndyFringe Basile Theatre. Fat Pig is a play written by renowned playwright Neil LaBute, and produced by Indianapolis company Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project.

The production is a decade in the making for Wisdom Tooth’s artistic director Callie-Nycole Burk-Hartz, who first fell in love with the piece when she saw it performed in 2004 while working as an actress in New York City. Check out NUVO’s coverage for the full scoop on the play. For more on the topic of women’s body image in the arts, check out Sky Blue Window frequent contributor Jennifer’s Delgadillo’s recent preview of The Vagina Dialogues.

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