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!
- Courtesy Suzanne Tardy Maxwell
Though focused on Western art, The Eiteljorg manages to draw in a variety of works that highlight different, contemporary themes as well.
By Summer Daily via NUVO
Previously in this space, we’ve mentioned that art functions on its highest level when it reveals universal truths that extend well beyond the work itself. This evening, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will unveil works by five contemporary artists who earned $25,000 as part of the museum’s Contemporary Art Fellowship program. NUVO’s Summer Daily published a preview of the exhibition earlier this week that focused particularly on the work of Atlanta artist Luzene Hill. Hill’s work deals directly with violence against women, drawing from her own history as a rape victim. It’s a powerful, provocative perspective. Visit NUVO for a detailed explanation of what to expect upon your next visit to the Eiteljorg. For more on contemporary women in the arts, check out Jennifer Delgadillo’s preview of The Vagina Dialogues – a well-attended event that took place last evening at General Public Collective.
- Photo by Fai Ho/ Courtesy the Wikimedia Commons
Dejan Lazic (seen here) plays alongside cellist Pieter Wispelwey in Amsterdam.
By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has a friend in town. Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic kicked off a two-week ISO residency with a pair of Johannes Brahms concertos at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Longtime local music critic, Jay Harvey had his sights on Lazic from the outset. Harvey’s intrigue had less to do with Lazic’s performance, of which he was generally complimentary, and more to do with the pianist’s notoriety as an outspoken critic of … criticism.
Harvey recalled a recent row between Lazic and Washington Post critic Anne Midgette, whose unfavorable words on a 2010 performance have proven a thorn in the pianist’s side. In his review, Harvey does well to stay above the fray while framing an admirable defending of a colleague. For more on ISO, revisit our most popular post of the year on ISO’s newest and youngest member.
By David Lindquist via Indy Star
When one considers Hoosiers who have helped to put their home state on the proverbial map over the last half-century, names like John Mellencamp, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Michael Jackson, and novelist Kurt Vonnegut come readily to mind. Although he does not qualify as a native Hoosier, Bob Kevoian has done as much as any of those aforementioned locals to raise Indiana’s pop culture status. As one half of the nationally syndicated ‘The Bob & Tom Show,’ Kevoian has spent more than three decades cementing Indy as a hallowed comedic crossroads. David Lindquist has the details on Kevoian’s unexpected retirement announcement that came during his show’s induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame and his plans for life post-Tom.
By Amber Stearns via NUVO
For native Indy readers around a certain age, it proves impossible to imagine a local media landscape without the voice of journalist and social activist Amos Brown. Unfortunately for longtime listeners, that’s a reality we’re going to have to accept. Brown passed away late last week of an apparent heart attack, while visiting family in his native Chicago. Brown spent decades advocating on behalf of underserved minorities in Central Indiana. It’s tough to imagine a successor who will sufficiently fill his shoes. Visit NUVO for a wonderful remembrance of the Indy icon, featuring quotes from colleagues, friends and fans.
By Maia Rabenold via Indiana Daily Student
Given the current national and international political climate, the possibility of contemporaries from seven countries and three separate continents collaborating cohesively could appear a pipe dream at first thought. However, that’s exactly what happened when world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his BRIC ensemble to Bloomington earlier this week. The arts have long proven a unifier that crosses political and ethnic boundaries – particularly music which is often fondly described as the universal language. Visit Indiana Daily Student for a full recap of the performance and a reason to believe there might be hope for this old planet after all.