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 Brittany Broderick
An early release of I Saw The Light could help Heartland President Stuart Lowry reach his goal of doubling the the festival's income.
By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage
A veteran Indianapolis conductor was on hand to lead performers at University of Indianapolis’ Gala Opening Concert over the weekend. Fortunately for those who missed it, seasoned arts writer and critic Jay Harvey was there to document. Harvey penned a favorable review of the performance that celebrated the career of 88-year-old conductor Raymond Leppard, contextualized the performance of John Berners’ Sinfonia, Part 2 and even found time to sneak in a couple of quotes from poet Wallace Stevens. Visit Harvey’s blog, Jay Harvey Upstage, for the full account.
By David Lindquist via Indy Star
Like Sky Blue Window contributor Ben Shine, we can safely assume longtime Indy Star arts and entertainment writer David Lindquist is a fan of movies on music. Lindquist broke the news that I Saw The Light, a biopic of honky-tonk hero Hank Williams, will play at this year’s Heartland Film Festival more than a month in advance of the movie’s release. Visit The Star for more on the film, and other flicks to look forward to throughout the October fest. For more on Heartland, revisit Cathy Kightlinger’s profile of the film festival’s president Stuart Lowry from last year.
- Courtesy Of Artism Project
Dr. Michael Bakan works with children in the autism-Asperger's spectrum.
By Sanya Ali via IDS
One of the more exciting (arts-related) developments out of the medical field in the last few years, has been the growing interest in the use of art therapy. IU writer Sanya Ali recapped a recent lecture and conversation on therapeutic art at Bloomington’s The Venue this week. Carmen Levasseur, manager of social work services at Milestones Clinical & Health Resources, led the discussion on the healing power of art with a particular focus on suicide prevention (September is National Suicide Prevention Month). Art therapy was also the focus of discussion at Spark Monument Circle’s Ask An Expert booth last week, with IUPUI’s Juliet King leading the discussion. For more on the power of art therapy, revisit our story on Dr. Michael Kaplan’s musical work with kids on the autism spectrum from last year.
By Gabby McLemore via Indy Star
IRT spared no expense in outfitting the cast of its production of The Great Gatsby. The theatre hired New York City designer Tracy Dorman to design costumes for the production. Indy Star’s Gabby McLemore has the full details on the impressive ensembles, and the designer’s process. For more on IRT’s costumes, check out Cathy Kightlinger’s profile on shop manager Guy Clark.
- Courtesy Indiana Repertory Theatre
Great Gatsby director Peter Amster poses with Dance Kaleidoscope members who perform in the IRT's stage adaptation of the literary classic.
By Taylor Peters via Musical Family Tree
As a member of The Impossible Shapes, The Coke Dares, Magnolia Electric Co., Cadmium Orange and others, it’s tough to imagine a musician that has had a larger impact on Bloomington’s underground music scene than Jason Groth. MFT blog editor Taylor Peters sat down with Groth (who now resides in Asheville, North Carolina) last week to discuss his career, musical legacy and what it takes to start a band. For another interview with a Bloomington musical titan, scope Ben Shine’s Mix Master chat with Kenny Childers.