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.
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By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
Audiences at Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have had their heads in the clouds for the last several weeks – or, rather, above them. ISO’s midwinter festival in 2016 served as a three-program exploration of the theme “cosmos.” The festival wrapped with the symphony’s rendition of the famed score for Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. For those who missed the opportunity to attend the intergalactic performance, local arts writer Jay Harvey was on hand to document it. Harvey does well to describe the performance beyond pure musical terms, and more as an invitation to better understand the ISO’s young conductor Krzysztof Urbanski. Visit Harvey’s blog for the complete review of the performance. For more on the ISO, revisit one of our most popular stories of last year, a profile on ISO’s youngest member, cellist Austin Huntington.
By Erin Jeter via Musical Family Tree
Erin Jeter takes the reins as new executive director for Musical Family Tree.
A highly-anticipated new hire within Indiana’s independent music community came to fruition earlier this week when local music nonprofit Musical Family Tree announced its appointment of Erin Jeter as its new executive director. Jeter follows in the sizable footsteps of local musician and longtime MFT head honcho Jon Rogers, who stepped down from his role as executive director late last year. Prior to her new position at MFT, Jeter worked as manager of the drum museum at Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis. Visit Musical Family Tree for Jeter’s full announcement. For a peek into some of the programming and support that MFT provides the local music community, revisit Seth Johnson’s preview of Chreece hip-hop festival from last year.
By Rachel Sahaidachny via NUVO
It proves almost cliché to imagine the pastoral backdrop of a young, fruit farmer who toils in his orchard by day and moonlights as a poet in the world of verse. However, such is the case with Ross Gay. NUVO’s Rachel Sahaidachny penned a beautiful and favorable review of Gay’s latest collection of poems entitled An Unabashed Catalog of Gratitude this week. When he’s not whittling his words down to their most potent (or teaching IU students to do the same), Gay works as cofounder and board member of Bloomington Community Orchard. For this reason, it makes sense that so many of Gay’s poems wrestle with themes of fertility, with odes to fig trees and meanderings on the juice of the mulberry. Visit NUVO for more on Gay’s latest output.
By Seth Johnson via NUVO
J. Dilla's Donuts celebrates its 10th year, along with the Hi-Fi as well.
Among hip-hop lovers and beatheads, few names ring out like that of renowned producer J. Dilla. For producers and emcees alike, Dilla serves as a high water mark for instrumentation within the genre. On Friday, local promotions company Old Soul Entertainment will celebrate J. Dilla’s accomplishments with a tribute show in celebration of the 10th birthday of Dilla’s landmark album Donuts at The Hi-Fi in conjunction with its very own 10-year anniversary. Ahead of this milestone, local music and arts writer Seth Johnson dug deeper into Dilla’s back catalog with deejay and fellow NUVO contributor Kyle Long to unearth some of the famed sampler’s Hoosier influences. From the handful of examples cited in Johnson’s article, it appears Dilla had a strong appreciation for Indiana’s rich musical history – both well-known and obscure. Visit NUVO for the full details. For a look into the world of local hip-hop production, revisit our preview of J. Brookinz annual Beat Battle at The Vogue.