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 of NUVO
After nearly 50 years, poet Mari Evans continues to share her thoughts on family, politics, the African-American community, love, education and the human spirit with the world through her poetry, plays, music, books and lectures.
By Kyle Long via NUVO
An Indianapolis cultural icon is receiving a hefty bit of recognition this weekend when Indianapolis Public Library Foundation will present poet Mari Evans with a lifetime achievement award. NUVO’s Kyle Long executed quite the coup this week by convincing the renowned writer to sit down for an interview.
Evans is notorious for avoiding the media in favor of allowing her work to speak for itself. One can only assume Evans will be persuaded to address her work in a much more public fashion at the award dinner this Saturday.
But for a look at another female poet obliterating racial stereotypes, revisit Chi Sherman’s profile of Shonda Buchanan. For more on Evans, check out Shelby Roby-Terry’s story ahead of last year’s orchestral tribute to the poet during the Spirit & Place Festival.
By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
At its best, art helps us to contextualize and look at our everyday life from a different perspective. This is true of music, prose, poetry, comedy, theater, even abstract visual art. Last week, arts writer Jay Harvey examined how the words “deconflict” and “deconfliction” were being abused in news stories through the lens of George Orwell’s 70-year-old essay Politics and the English Language.
Harvey’s piece serves as a wonderful reminder of how misconstrued and complex our language can prove, and he does well to lean upon Orwell for ample support of his argument. For more on politics and meaning (or lack thereof), revisit Dan Carpenter’s Fourth of July blog post on the recent controversy regarding the Confederate flag.
By Wei-Huan Chen via Indy Star
Wei-Huan Chen bestowed some high praise upon Nathan Robbins’ performance in Phoenix Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors. It was written by British playwright Richard Bean and was inspired by Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s earlier 1746 work Servant of Two Masters.
In Phoenix’s rendition, Chen says that Robbins -- a recent graduate of IU Bloomington’s theater program -- takes his physical comedy to the limit. Check out Chen’s account for a full recap.
For a balance of perspective, also feel free to check out Lou Harry’s less than favorable review of the production at IBJ. Despite his general disdain, Harry appears in agreement of Robbins’ strong, “lebrechaun-ish” performance. For a look at another of Robbins’ Phoenix performances, revisit Emily Hinkel’s feature on The Cripple of Inishmaan.
By Seth Johnson via Musical Family Tree
“I am the next level of womanhood in Indianapolis. I’m from 2050, and I come back every once in a while to do shows with El Camaron Electronico.” This quote marked the beginning of a mind-altering interview with local music writer (and Sky Blue Window contributor) Seth Johnson and Eva Extravaganza -- the time traveling alter ego of Steven Lane. Eva Extravaganza hosts an occasional podcast with her partner-in-crime El Camaron Electronica, highlighting Indy’s underground music scene, which you can listen to over at MFT as well. This interview is just too off-the-wall and interesting to pass up.