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Best of the Rest: Sept. 18, 2015

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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!

The aural art of bio-sonic music

By Rhonda Baughman via NUVO

Who is the most prolific Hoosier musician of the last 35 years? One might point to the production work of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, the writing of Bloomington songsmith Kenny Childers, or the many musical projects of Vess Ruhtenberg. All of those would be understandable assumptions. However, one Hoosier titan of musical industry has as much creative output as all of those three musicians combined.

Brian Paulson makes music for the mind. NUVO's Rhonda Baughman has the details of Paulson's career as an independent artist and record label owner with more than 30 albums in his diverse discography. Paulson specializes in binaural beats and bio-sonic music, which is designed to elicit specific reactions in the listener, and it attracts a certain level of controversy in terms of its measurable effects. Visit NUVO for a profile of this unique Indiana artist and a glimpse into his life in sound.

Bobby Watson and the Indianapolis Jazz Collective put their simpatico heads together

By Jay Harvey via Jay Harvey Upstage

'Tis the season for Indy Jazz Fest, and Indianapolis readers are fortunate to have a veteran writer like Jay Harvey on hand to document some of the festival's highlights. This week, Harvey penned a complimentary review of Bobby Watson's set at The Jazz Kitchen alongside local heavyweights from the auspiciously titled Indianapolis Jazz Collective. The sextet featured Watson on alto saxophone, pianist Steve Allee, bassist Nick Tucker, drummer Kenny Phelps, Rob Dixon on tenor saxophone and Marlin McKay on flugelhorn. If this set was any indication, you won't want to miss the remaining Indy Jazz Fest performances this weekend. For more on local jazz, scope Seth Johnson's profile on Sophie Faught Trio from earlier this year.

Eiteljorg lands huge donation from late NFL team owner

By IBJ Staff via IBJ

An Indianapolis institution received a significant artistic injection this week. The late Tennessee Titans owner Kenneth S. "Bud" Adams left a multimillion dollar collection of Native American artifiacts and Western paintings to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The works include those by celebrated artists such as Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell. The Eiteljorg will begin to roll out some of the collection as soon as this fall, with a major exhibition planned for next year. For a glimpse into another collector of Western art, revisit Shelby Roby-Terry's tour of Stan Hurt's collection.

Review: 'Alan Cumming sings Sappy Songs' at the Cabaret

By Lou Harry via IBJ

IBJ arts critic Lou Harry had nothing but fond things to say about the unpredictable song selections from renowned entertainer Alan Cumming at the Columbia Club's Cabaret. Cumming blended classic Cabaret selections with reimagined contemporary songs from artists such as Adele, Annie Lennox and Keane across three sold-out performances at the Cabaret. According to Harry, his show was a refreshing blend that refused to be pigeonholed, and steered clear of Cabaret songbook that helped make him famous. For more on The Cabaret, revisit Justin Brady's conversation with its Executive and Artistic Director Shannon Forsell.

Spark Walk No. 3 - Indy's German Heritage & History

By Kamilah Gill via Spark

Art is working at its best when it's inspiring more artwork. Big Car's Spark Monument Circle is hoping to accomplish just that with its weekly contributions from local artist Kamilah Gill on the Spark website. Each week, Gill attends the Theme Walk from monument circle that leads interested participants in a guided walk around downtown. Last week, Gill accompanied Bill Selm, who focused on Indy's German heritage with stops at the Athenaeum and Herron School of Art, among others. After the walk, Gill reconstructs the visual journey with an illustration with interesting factoids that grabbed her attention. It's a fascinating and visually appealing recap.

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