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Best of the Rest: August 21, 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!

Learning more about how our brain processes our worlds: Indianpolis Opera adds information to production of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat"

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

The 2015-2016 Indianapolis Opera season kicks off this weekend with three performances of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The production is Michael Nyman's adaptation of neurologist Oliver Sacks' book by the same name.

The opera centers on the story of a man suffering from visual agnosia, a condition that WebMD defines as "a rare neurological disorder characterized by the total or partial loss of the ability to recognize and identify familiar objects and/or people by sight."

Ahead of the three performances, Indy Opera will host panel discussions featuring neurologists, Alzheimer's experts and other leading neurology experts to contribute conversation on understanding brain diseases.

The panel discussions are free and should highlight an interesting intersection between art and medicine. For more on Indy Opera's interesting approach to programming, check out our article on IUPUI's avant-garde concert series at Indy Opera from earlier this spring.

Jim Walker and the folks at Big Car hope to "Spark" creativity and public engagement in the arts with daily programming now through Oct. 16th. - COURTESY BIG CAR
  • Courtesy Big Car
  • Jim Walker and the folks at Big Car hope to "Spark" creativity and public engagement in the arts with daily programming now through Oct. 16th.

Big Car artists are taking over the Circle with a helluva lot of creativity

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

If you have visited Monument Circle over the last couple of weeks, chances are you noticed things are looking a little different. Until mid-October, local arts organization Big Car aims to "Spark" some creativity in Indy's most prominent public space with dynamic, diverse, daily arts programming.

In her article on the project, NUVO's Emily Taylor interviews a handful of stakeholders who are assisting with the curation and execution of programming on the Circle. For more on the Spark: Monument Circle project, visit the official website. For more on Big Car, scope our 10-year retrospective on the organization from last year.

Koryta's return to Indiana is  now available on Amazon.com. - COURTESY LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY

Review and Q&A over Michael Koryta's Last Words

By Rita Kohn via NUVO

Indiana has served as a birthplace for a long list of esteemed authors: James Whitcomb Riley, Theodore Dreiser, Kurt Vonnegut and Booth Tarkington -- just to name a few. NUVO's esteemed, longtime reporter Rita Kohn has the details on a new mystery novel from Bloomington author Michael Koryta entitled Last Words.

The story centers on a cold case set in the underground caves of Garrison, Indiana. It's Koryta's first book in five years set in his native state and one that the author describes as a return to his roots, according to Kohn. Check out Kohn's interview with the author and review of Last Words for full details. For more on local writing, peruse the blog posts from our resident wordsmith Dan Carpenter.

Tape Glam: Creeping Pink's 'Mirror Woods'

By Seth Johnson via NUVO

A celebrated underground Indiana musician has returned home after several years on the West Coast. Landon Caldwell is best known for his role as front man of Learner Dancer, guitarist in Crys and spearheading his own (sometimes) solo project Creeping Pink.

The latter project recently released a new album that's garnering attention from national and international press. The album, entitled Mirror Woods, was released on Castle Face Records on July 13. Sky Blue Window contributor Seth Johnson has the details on the release over at NUVO.


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