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!
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IndyFringe will rock Mass Ave for the next 11 days with performances ranging from wacky to transgressive.
By Rhonda Baughman via NUVO
As an audience member, one of the most satisfying aspects of art is when the performance, painting, writing or song connects, interprets and adds context to our own life. Art allows the audience to approach a situation from a new angle. It can unveil a truth we've already held within ourselves, or convince us to change our thinking altogether. Such is the aim of Matthew Barron's new play I'm Not Gay that will premiere at IndyFringe. The play centers around a love triangle between an anti-gay Indiana senator, his wife and his boyfriend. Rhonda Baughman's NUVO's cover story this week digs beneath surface in conversations with the writer and director to unearth the artistic motivations behind a play written in response to the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. For more on IndyFringe, check out our behind-the-scene look at Dance Kaleidescope's contribution to this year's festival, and/or our 2013 interview with longtime Fringe tech director Pat McCarney.
By David Lindquist via Indy Star
Local rock legend Henry Lee Summer returns to The Vogue tonight in a performance honoring the 30th anniversary of his breakthrough album Time for Big Fun. Ahead of the gig, Indy Star caught up with the notorious performer who has dealt with his fair share of public battles with addiction and law enforcement over the last decade-plus. Lindquist paints an honest portrait of a musician who has achieved astronomical highs and catastrophic lows in his three-decade run. Despite his troubles, Summer offers reasons to believe he has a few more verses left to write before his story is complete.
Faught has played everywhere from New York to Rotterdam, but these days she gets her kicks teaching saxophone at the University of Indianapolis' Community Music Center.
By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
Jazz Fest performances kick off early in September. However, there's plenty of reasons to get excited about Indy's Jazz scene all year long these days. Sophie Faught Quartet featuring the marquee saxophonist, brothers Joel and Nick Tucker on guitar and bass respectively, and Ben Lumsdaine on drums is a group that has earned its fair share of attention over the last year or so. Jay Harvey penned an excellent review of their recent gig at the Jazz Kitchen, which featured longtime Indy jazz fixture Frank Glover sitting in on clarinet. Harvey offers fair criticism and high praise of the performance with an admission of guilt over a review of Glover's 2008 LP Siamese Twins with Claude Sifferlin on keys thrown in for good measure. The cringe-worthy regret over old writing is to which most seasoned wordsmiths can relate. For more on Sophie Faught, check out Seth Johnson's piece on her LP Three Muses that dropped earlier this year, which featured artwork by local painter Steven Sickles.
By Kyle Long via NUVO
Well, it wouldn't be an edition of Best of the Rest without a mention of Kyle Long's A Cultural Manifesto. In his NUVO column and WFYI radio show, Long interviewed hip-hop producer and promoter Jay Brookinz about the fifth installment of his annual beat battle at The Vogue, which takes place on Aug. 22. The event is a mainstay in Indy's producer community, and it should serve as the perfect appetizer to Oreo Jones' Chreece hip-hop festival in Fountain Square the following weekend. Check out Long's interview for a sense of the man behind the battle and a better understanding of the community he serves. For more on the beat battle, scope preview of last year's event.
By David Lindquist via Indy Star
Last Friday, Indy Star reporter David Lindquist broke the news on the four acts local musicians will cover as part of the 14th annual Tonic Ball. Bands will lend their talents to songs by Bruce Springsteen, Ike and Tina Turner, Pink Floyd and Beck in support of local nonprofit Second Helpings. Last year, the event raised around $90,000 to fight hunger in Indy. For more on Tonic Ball, check out Seth Johnson's preview of last year's event.