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Best of the Rest: Dec. 25, 2015



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!

12 Days of Longform

via Indianapolis Monthly

At its core, our weekly “Best of the Rest” roundup is a celebration of quality journalism. With that said, we were excited to see Indianapolis Monthly doing its own celebrating of the written word with its holiday-themed 12 days of Longform series on the magazine’s website.

Indy Monthly will share one longform story to coincide with the 12 days of Christmas. As of the writing of this post, they have yet to share a longform piece on local arts, but we’re holding out hope that one may surface in the coming days. Also, we operate under the firm belief that high quality journalism is an art in and of itself. Dig through Dan Carpenter’s literary-focused coverage on Sky Blue Window for more writing on writing.

Actors’ Playground does some serio-comic romping through ‘The Subject Was Roses’

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

The Actors' Playground honors late author Frank D. Gilroy during this month's Indy Reads. -  - COURTESY: EMILY HINKEL
  • Courtesy: Emily Hinkel
  • The Actors' Playground honors late author Frank D. Gilroy during this month's Indy Reads.

Back in 2013, we alerted you to a new, monthly series at Indy Reads Books that featured local actors reading a play in front of a live audience. IBJ Arts & Entertainment editor and playwright Lou Harry launched the series, entitled Actors’ Playground. This week Jay Harvey offered a recap of this month’s reading of Frank D. Gilroy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning script for The Subject Was Roses. It was a timely selection, as Gilroy passed away at 89 in September. Visit Harvey’s blog for the full account of the reading, and stop by Indy Reads Books on the third Monday of each month for firsthand viewing.

Mike Adams had a busy 2015, with no signs of slowing down in the new year. -
  • Mike Adams had a busy 2015, with no signs of slowing down in the new year.

Interview: Mike Adams reflects on 2015

By Seth Johnson via Musical Family Tree

This was a busy year for Bloomington musician Mike Adams. Adams toured extensively with his eponymously named band Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, released a handful of recordings, launched a podcast, continued to host a late night television show, and capped off a 10-year run with his own independent record label Crossroads of America Records – just to name a few things.

Local music writer Seth Johnson sat down with Adams to discuss his prolific creative output in 2015. Visit Musical Family Tree for the full details. For more on Adams’ soon-to-be defunct record label, revisit Johnson’s 2013 feature on independent Hoosier record labels.

Public art brightens downtown Logansport

By Mitchell Kirk via Indy Star

A new injection of public artwork is revitalizing a portion of downtown Logansport. There are 14 works of art funded by public donations that were raised over four years of “Dancing with our Stars” programming. The diverse collection of works features photographs, paintings, sculptures and more, and it celebrates local artists and Logansport’s rich history. Visit Indy Star for the full details on the new development. For more writing on public art closer to home, revisit SBW editor, Jami Stall’s story on The Public Collection from a few months ago.

Schools and community organizations receive the Indiana ‘Bookshelf

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

It proves nearly impossible to create ubiquitous cultural content in the fractured landscape of our current digital age. Occasionally, someone like Steve Harvey manages to break through the collective consciousness by butchering the delivery of the Miss Universe crown. However, it’s even more difficult to cultivate pervasiveness when it comes to the written word, as readers’ attention spans are divided by an ever-growing source of online outlets. In spite of these trends, The Indiana Center for the Book and Indiana Humanities is attempting to get Hoosier readers on the same page in 2016.

As part of the state’s bicentennial celebrations, the organization will send a selection of 12 books to 55 libraries, schools and organizations in an initiative dubbed the “Indiana Bookshelf.” Visit NUVO for an early look at the authors who will be included on the shelf. For another look at a Hoosier wordsmith who will lend her words to bicentennial events next year, check out Dan Carpenter’s story on Indiana’s new poet laureate Shari Wagner.

The year in local hip-hop

By Adam Lukach via NUVO

Hoosier wrappers continue working hard to change the stereotype associated with their music. -  - COURTESY: ROBERTO CAMPOS
  • Courtesy: Roberto Campos
  • Hoosier wrappers continue working hard to change the stereotype associated with their music.

Tis the season for year-end lists. While we don’t typically partake in the annual listicle rush that populates content farms all over the Internet each December, we are certainly not opposed to a local, arts-centric post or two. NUVO’s Adam Lukach offered just such a post this week, with a retrospective look at Hoosier hip-hop. 2015 was a big year for Indiana emcees, by any measure. Remember Chreece? Visit NUVO for Lukach’s list of local hip-hop highlights. For an alternative take on hip-hop’s negative reputation in certain circles, revisit Malina Simone’s blog post on “Scary Black Music.” If we may take Lukach at his word, it appears as if local rappers are doing their fair share to reverse this stereotype.

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