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Best of the Rest: Jan. 1, 2016

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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!


The Public Collection was created as a public book share system housed in amazing custom-designed art installations throughout Indy.
  • The Public Collection was created as a public book share system housed in amazing custom-designed art installations throughout Indy.

10 Indy things we were thankful for in 2015

By Pam Allee via Harrison Center for the Arts

’Tis the season for lists filled chock-full of retrospection. As you can see by the stories we included in our New Year’s Day installment of our Best of the Rest roundup, many publications and arts writers around town spent the past week reflecting on highlights from 2015. Arts Coordinator at Harrison Center for the Arts, Pam Allee came up with a diverse list of some of her favorite Indy things from 2015. Visit the Harrison Center’s website for the full rundown, which includes Spark Monument Circle, IDADA’s 10th anniversary and The Public Collection – among others.


Breaking out of the box: 2015 in visual art

By Dan Grossman via NUVO

NUVO’s Dan Grossman took a retrospective look at the year in local visual arts in his column for this week. From innovative curating to Visit Indy’s roving Indy sculptures, Grossman hits on a wide variety of city-centric cultural events and developments throughout the past year. Visit NUVO for the full details.


Eric Nathan proves his mettle as a composer of unique skills in music for one player and more

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

Rather than spend his week listing, local arts critic Jay Harvey appears to have spent it listening. Harvey penned a complimentary review of a new album entitled Multitude Solitude from a composer with a Hoosier connection. Eric Nathan received a master’s degree from Indiana University. Visit Harvey’s blog for his assessment of the release, and grab a copy of your own from Albany Records. For a look at another local composer, revisit Joseph Pete’s story on the farewell season from Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Kirk Trevor.


Kyle Long is well known in the Indianapolis area for bringing you stories on art and culture. -
  • Kyle Long is well known in the Indianapolis area for bringing you stories on art and culture.

Interview: Kyle Long

By Seth Johnson via Musical Family Tree

If you’re a regular reader of our Best of the Rest roundup, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the work of Kyle Long, the widely read NUVO columnist, WFYI radio host, deejay and cofounder of Cultural Cannibals. A week rarely passes without us sharing some of Long’s excellent work in this space. This week, Seth Johnson sat down with Long to discuss his work, musical influences and motivations as a cultural connector in Indianapolis. Visit Musical Family Tree for the full, in-depth interview.

For more on Long, revisit our interview with him ahead of his role as musical curator at TedxIndianapolis in 2014. To catch him on stage and in the flesh, head to The Hi-Fi for one of his monthly shows alongside Sweet Poison Victim.

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