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Best of the Rest: Sept. 13, 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!

Sutton is set to start at Butler on the 19th of next month. - COURTESY OF BUTLER UNIVERSITY
  • Courtesy of Butler University
  • Sutton is set to start at Butler on the 19th of next month.

Butler corrals performing venues under new executive director

By IBJ Staff via IBJ

For years Butler University's arts programming has operated as a loose connection between interrelated cultural entities. That will soon change when newly hired executive director Ty Sutton attempts to bring the university's various arts venues under one umbrella. IBJ has the details on Sutton's background as general manager of the Wagner Noel Center in Midland, Texas, and the holistic approach he hopes to bring to his new position. For more on Butler's artistic evolution, revisit our 2013 story on the launch of Butler ArtsFest.

How Difficult Women came to GPC

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

A few weeks ago, Sky Blue Window contributor Jennifer Delgadillo informed readers about a new series General Public Collective was attempting to fund on "Difficult Women." With the necessary resources secured, the first event will take place this evening (Sunday) with a performance by German musician and artist Mary Ocher. NUVO arts editor Emily Taylor has the details on the impetus behind the "Difficult Women" series, and a preview of what to expect at this evening's performance.

IPS, Arts Council, Kennedy Center join to push arts education

By Wei-Huan Chen via Indy Star

It's no secret that arts education is routinely the first entity to hit the chopping block when the political overlords responsible for academic budgets convene to allocate funding. A new partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools, the Kennedy Center and the Arts Council of Indianapolis is aiming to buck that trend.

Over the next five years, the three stakeholders will join forces to increase access and programming for IPS students in the long term. This is an exciting development for Indy students. For more on "smart art for kids" revisit Mali Simone's story on a painting class at Boys & Girls Club on Indy's Far Eastside.

Giffin hosts a range of artistic endeavors on his website, including this image from the series The Artist as the Mad Wizard of the Ego. - IMAGE BY TED GIFFIN
  • Image by Ted Giffin
  • Giffin hosts a range of artistic endeavors on his website, including this image from the series The Artist as the Mad Wizard of the Ego.

"No" is a complete sentence: A Q&A with Ted Gifffin

By Brett Alderman via Musical Family Tree

One of the things we aim to accomplish with Sky Blue Window is to demystify the artistic process. Nearly every artist has his or her own way of working. No exact science exists to opening the path to creativity. Last week, Musical Family Tree contributor Brett Alderman sat down with veteran Bloomington musician and visual artist Ted Giffin to talk about his artistic routines, his musical career and his plans for the future.

Giffin is extremely open about his process. It's always interesting to get a clearer grasp of how an interdisciplinary artist juggles multiple media. For a glimpse into the process of another artist straddling multiple forms, scope Chi Sherman's profile of Indianapolis Art Center's Melissa Kistler.

Pianist Vicky Chow plays to the future

By Justin Jacobs via Indy Star

Oreo Jones can rest easy knowing his revolutionary hip-hop festival is off to a very strong start. - COURTESY OF OREO JONES
  • Courtesy of Oreo Jones
  • Oreo Jones can rest easy knowing his revolutionary hip-hop festival is off to a very strong start.

Earlier this year we wrote about a partnership between Indianapolis Opera and IUPUI's school of Music and Arts Technology.The IUPUI department is back with another concert opportunity this week, this time with partners at Classical Music Indy and Indianapolis Museum of Art. On Friday, IUPUI hosted a performance by renowned pianist Vicky Chow and electronic musician Tristan Perich. It was the first in a series of shows curated by this cultural triumvirate. Visit Indy Star for details on Friday's performance, and a conversation with Chow.

Reflecting on Chreece

By Adam Lukach via NUVO

According to reports, Indy's first, large-scale hip-hop festival went off without a hitch and surpassed all of its organizer's expectations with a sell-out crowd on Aug. 29. Our own Seth Johnson previewed Chreece, giving readers a glimpse at the emcee that spearheaded the event, Oreo Jones.

NUVO's Adam Lukach takes care of the postmortem, recapping a full day of community and positivity in a celebration of Hoosier hip-hop.

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