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!
By Sam Lefebvre via Impose Magazine
It’s not often that a publication with national reach covers an Indiana music act. This week, local psych pop group S.M. Wolf debuted its new albumNeon Debris via Impose Magazine. The band will officially release Neon Debris at a show this Saturday at new Fountain Square venue/restaurant Pioneer alongside Bloomington band Mike Adams at His Honest Weight. The album stream was accompanied by an interview with S.M. Wolf lead singer Adam Gross. Toward the end of the interview, Gross had offered some high praise for the current state of Indianapolis’ music community, saying: “Indianapolis’ music scene is great and is constantly growing. We’re getting a lot of new venues opening up, and the scene is becoming really diverse but staying connected at the same time.” Visit Impose to listen to the entire album and the complete interview with Gross.
- Courtesy ISO
When Urbanski became the music director for the ISO, he was the youngest director of a major orchestra in the country. His profile has been growing ever since.
By Lou Harry via IBJ
“I am a completely different conductor than I was five years ago,” Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Krzysztof Urbanski confesses to IBJ arts critic Lou Harry. Harry admirably charts the course of Urbanski’s first five years as ISO conductor, from his arrival during a tumultuous battle over finances to his current position of prominence as a rising star in the U.S. with regular guest appearances alongside some of the top orchestras around the globe.
Despite Urbanski’s higher profile, he recently extended his contract with ISO through the 2017-2018 season. In Harry’s profile, get a glimpse at the transformation that has taken place both within Urbanski and the orchestra he calls home. For more on Urbanski and ISO, dive into a trove of stories in the Sky Blue Window archive.
By Katherine Coplen via NUVO
In separate incidents over the past couple of weeks, two local musicians were murdered. Celebrated rapper Richard Noel Jr. (Riko V) was shot and killed in his home on Oct. 20th. According to Coplen’s article in NUVO, Noel’s family believes the murder was a mistaken attempt to silence a witness in relation to a home invasion case at Noel’s home earlier this fall. Earlier this week, a second musician Mark Miller was murdered during a robbery while delivering Chinese food on Mitthoeffer Road. Miller was a former member of Kill Tha Messenger and Halibrid. Visit NUVO for the full details, as well as links to assist the musicians’ families in funeral arrangements. Anyone with information on the shootings are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).
By Cara Anthony via Indy Star
After more than a decade without an update, Major Taylor Skate Park on Indy’s Northwest side showcased its new look at a Halloween party for local skaters last weekend. Indy Star’s Cara Anthony has the details on the revitalization project led by local artist Nathaniel Russell. The improvements came as the result of a $5,000 grant from Central Indiana Community Foundation. Visit Indy Star for a glimpse at the skate park’s new look. For more on Russell, revisit Chi Sherman’s profile from last fall on the international reach of this Indy artist.