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Best of the Rest: July 17, 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 Central Indiana pour out of publications all over this city.So in this space, we bring you the Best of theRest, a collection of other notable pieces spotlighting arts and entertainment from around town.

Check out the list below of the hot topics from beyond our Sky Blue Window. When you're finished, stick around here to browse other stories you might have missed. Enjoy!

Post-Apocalyptictic Simpsons: A Chat with director Courtney Sale about the newest play at the Phoenix

By Emma Faesi via NUVO

For Sky Blue Window readers of a certain age group, The Simpsons is an integral part of our cultural fabric - more permanent and pervasive than the Huxtables, the Dunphys and the Addams families combined. As such, my interest was piqued when I caught wind of the new production at Phoenix Theatre: Burns: A Post-Electric Play. The play features Simpsons antagonist Mr. Burns re-telling the story of The Simpsons iconic "Cape Feare" episode over the course of 75, post-apocalyptic, years. Read Emma Faesi's conversation with the play's director Courtney Sale for insight into the production and why you don't need to be a Simpsons aficionado to enjoy it.

Birdsong uses an eight track to make the IN Covers recordings for Musical Family Tree. - COURTESY OF MUSICAL FAMILY TREE
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  • Birdsong uses an eight track to make the IN Covers recordings for Musical Family Tree.

IN Covers: Three at once!

By Taylor Peters via Musical Family Tree

One of my favorite new developments over at Indiana music archive and nonprofit Musical Family Tree is Sharlene Birdsong's Indiana Covers series that, as its title suggests, solicits Hoosier musicians to cover the work of another Hoosier of their choosing. Ben Shine alerted Sky Blue Window readers to the series in his blog post a few months back. This week, Birdsong released three new additions to the series. MFT editor Taylor Peters highlights the new contributions that include a track by Birdsong herself.

Art is revealing what homelessness in Indy looks like

By Emily Taylor via NUVO

At its best, art proves transformative and contextualizes its surroundings. Both of those feats are the aim of a program at Indianapolis Art Center called Beyond Perceptions. The program tasks a trio of area high schools with creating a visual representation of homelessness in their art classes. Afterward students visit shelters for a firsthand view of the plight of the homeless. When they return to their classrooms, the students create another piece conveying homelessness, this time informed by their experience at the shelter. The contrasting pieces are on display in a traveling exhibit currently on display at Central Library. Learn more about the program and the art it has inspired via NUVO.

Clark says Surrealism & various Surrealists are the main influence on Big Car. - COURTESY OF BIG CAR
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  • Clark says Surrealism & various Surrealists are the main influence on Big Car.

How a group of Indy writers & artists with surrealist tendencies transforms into a socially engaged art collaborative

By John Clark via Big Car

Regular readers of Sky Blue Window know I'm not shy about my affection for artist, writer and Big Car cofounder John Clark. I highlighted Clark's work as editor of celebrated independent publication pLopLop in my story on Indy's zine scene last year. Recently, Clark gave an insider's account of the founding of Big Car for the arts organization's website. The story should serve as fuel for the fire for any aspiring DIY artist. Given the scope of Big Car's growth over the last decade, it's easy to forget the organization's beginnings as a humble group of writers and artists with surrealist tendencies. Clark's account is a lesson in the potential impact that a group of artists can have if they pool their resources and collaborate with purpose. For more on Big Car, read Kirsten Eamon-Shine's 10-year retrospective on the organization.

Out of the Shadow: Ron Matelic's legendary bands

By Kyle Long via NUVO

In last week's Best of the Rest roundup, I alerted readers to Kyle Long's phenomenal new WFYI radio show Cultural Manifesto. The show serves as a complement to Long'sNUVO column by the same name. This week, Long converses with Indiana music legend Ron Matelic on the belated success of his mid-1970s output in the bands Anonymous and J. Rider, which has recently found reissue on Portland label Machu Picchu Records. Matelic's body of work is a subject I have some familiarity with, as I reviewed Anonymous' lone LP Inside The Shadow for Musical Family Tree in 2013. In this writer's opinion, this is an Indiana album worthy of wider renown. Read a chunk of Long's conversation with Matelic over at NUVO and make plans to tune in weekly to Cultural Manifesto at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The David Owsley Museum of Art has 2,300 pieces. One of them may be stolen. - COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • The David Owsley Museum of Art has 2,300 pieces. One of them may be stolen.

Is Ball State University museum piece stolen art?

By Seth Slabaugh via Indy Star

The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University found itself at the center of some controversy this week when a blogger in India alleged a 1,000-year-old idol in the museum's collection was stolen. The bronze idol depicts the god Shiva at the time of his marriage to Parvati. The artifact was purchased from an art dealer by the name of Subhash Kapoor around a decade ago. Kapoor has since been accused of raiding and smuggling art from temples all over India in a federal investigation dubbed Operation Hidden Idol. The story serves as a reminder of the delicate and dubious nature of high-end art collection. Learn the details of the story from Seth Slabaugh's story in the Indy Star, which originally ran in The Muncie Star Press.

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