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!
- Photo by Omar Kasrawi/ Courtesy of Diane Coffee
Diane Coffee plays around the country, including here at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.
By Kat Coplen via NUVO
NUVO music editor Kat Coplen brought the goods this week, with one of the finest local music feature stories published this year. Her profile covers Sean Fleming, the recent Bloomington transplant from New York who records as Diane Coffee. Coplen gets to the crux of what drives a vibrant music community by addressing the collaboration and personalities that make such a scene possible. “That is one of the coolest parts about Bloomington, how much music comes out of here,” Felming tells NUVO. “I guess it’s maybe because IU is a really great music school, and we’ve got the cool labels … and there’s a lot of good venues: it seems like it’s just this really awesome cesspool of talent. Everywhere you look there’s so many people making great music.” It’s not often that an established national musician moves to Indiana. Here’s hoping Fleming launches a new trend.
By Alison Graham via Indy Star
One could forgive your average Naptown citizen for assuming that the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a space reserved solely for Renaissance masters. The museum certainly houses its fair share of works that fall into that category. However, it’s important to note that the IMA often celebrates the work of our local artists with equal fervor. Such is the case with the opening of a new exhibit featuring the prints of Gustave Baumann.
Baumann rose to national acclaim while working out of Nashville, Indiana. Check out Graham’s story to learn more on Baumann. For additional details on IMA’s local focus, check out the venue’s support of Optical Popsicle and sound artist Stuart Hyatt.
- Courtesy Strong Roots Records
Strong Roots Records proudly claims fame to signing Ace One as one of the big-name Hoosiers it represents.
By Adam Smith via The Will Itself
Bloomington music blog The Will Itself offered up an interesting interview with the cofounders of an up-and-coming hip-hop collective, Strong Roots Records from their home near Hoosier National Forest. Boasting work from Hoosier heavy hitters such as Ace One, Sonny Paradise, Tyler Knapp, Blooded The Brave and much more, Strong Roots has quickly solidified itself as a force to be reckoned with. Check out Smith’s interview for more on the independent label. For more on local hip-hop, check out Seth Johnson’s preview of the recent Fountain Square music festival Chreece, in which Strong Roots played a prominent role.
- Photo by Mayowa Tomori
Musical Family Tree actively seeks replacement for its outgoing executive director, Jon Rogers.
By Ben Lesie via Musical Family Tree
This story’s inclusion in our weekly arts roundup has less to do with a fantastic piece of writing and more to do with its status as a significant professional opportunity within Indy’s arts community. Local music nonprofit Musical Family Tree is currently accepting applications for its Executive Director position after previous ED Jon Rogers stepped down earlier this fall.
To learn more about the organization and its mission, visit the post or read the full job description here. For more on what it takes to helm the ship at MFT, scope Ben Shine’s Mix Master conversation with Jon Rogers from last spring.
By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
One tangential benefit to living in a town with a world-class symphony is its members occasionally branch out to form side projects that further the enhancement of said city’s cultural landscape. Such is the case with the aptly titled Hetwein Futet, a new ensemble led by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra members Craig Hetrick and Mark Ortwein. Check out Harvey’s write-up for the full scoop. For more on ISO developments, check out Jami Stall’s profile on the symphony’s newest (and youngest) member, cellist Austin Huntington.