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Janet Schneider

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012

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Janet lives Downtown and takes advantage of the cultural scene as often as possible. She especially loves IndyFringe and $15 balcony seats at the symphony. Most recently, she’s spent time figure-drawing and painting at a Stutz studio.

Festivals

Music

Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association’s First Friday Gallery Walk

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Alex Ebert is the lead singer for Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.

Talks & Readings Landmark Lyrics: Speaking Through Structures from the Past

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Where: Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave. Tickets & info: Free; (317) 6394534. Abandoned brick kilns shaped like beehives in Medora. A chrome Streamline Moderne 1954 diner in Plainfield. A repurposed round barn in Fulton County (self-proclaimed round barn capital of the world). I’m keen to hear how Indiana landmarks like these are turned into poetic vernacular by JL Kato, Tom Orr, Alessandra Lynch, Shari Wagner, Mitchell Douglas and about 15 other poets. They’ll read their compositions in a multimedia performance at another Hoosier landmark: the restored 1891 Central Avenue Methodist church, now home to Indiana Landmarks, the state’s preservation watchdog.

Visual art “Anna T.: Balloons”

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 (opening reception). Where: SpaceCamp MicroGallery, Murphy Arts Building, 1043 Virginia Ave. Tickets & info: Free; (317) 426-1321 or www.spacecampgallery.com. Discovering this tiny exhibition space was like finding the prize in a Crackerjack box. Now imagine the room filled with an art installation of helium-filled balloons — touching encouraged. That’s what SpaceCamp has in store when its curators bring Anna T.’s show to Indy. Based in Berlin, Anna T. is a young artist in new media who incorporates elements of pop culture in her photography, videos and installations. It’s her first solo art show in the U.S. In “Balloons,” she questions the preoccupation and assumptions about gender definitions and identity. Easiest way to find the gallery is to enter from the Virginia Avenue door next to La Margarita restaurant and go upstairs.

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When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Where: Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St. Tickets & info: $22.50-$25; (317) 231-0000. I know why I’m attracted to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: They’re a throwback to the look and sound of my “formative years,” a time shaped by the Summer of Love, Woodstock, Jimi and Janis and the original Broadway musical “Hair.” With charismatic lead singer Alex Ebert twirling and hooting and clapping in rhythm, this gypsy caravan of a rock band is making a rare Indianapolis appearance. Everyone will be on their feet, dancing and swaying to the flow of peace, love and harmony.

When: 6 to 9 or 10 p.m. Sept. 7. Where: More than 30 participating galleries and studios near Downtown and Fountain Square. Tickets & info: Free; www.idada.org. First Friday is a year-round, monthly festival of art appreciation, but I look forward to September when the evenings are cooler. An intriguing event at the Harrison Center for the Arts is the “We Are City,” an initiative to support ideas for better city living. In the gym, 25 local organizations, such as Big Car and IndyHub, will share information on ways to be involved. In the City Gallery, artist boards will show what the commissioned art will look like when Eskenazi Hospital opens in December 2013. Next, I’ll head to Gallery 924 on Pennsylvania Street, for Michal Lile’s “Transitions & Possibilities.” One installation uses blue painters’ tape to create an out-of-gallery experience that will ultimately lead to the next-door Living Room Lounge. Then I’ll hit Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage to check out his digital imagery of the patterns of the natural world in a show called “Repeat.”

Theater

The House That Jack Built

When: Various times Oct. 30-Nov. 25. Where: Indiana Repertory Theater Upperstage, 140 W. Washington St. Tickets & info: $25 to $60; (317) 6355252 or irtlive.com. Last year, IRT-playwright-in-residence James Still gave us a portrait of author/chef James Beard. In October, it’s “The House That Jack Built,” about a Thanksgiving family gathering. “As a writer I wanted to dig into long, loving relationships and how they can be complicated by both comfort and liability . . . how hard it can be to make changes in your life when people are depending on you to stay exactly the way they want or need you to be,” Still said. Directed by Janet Allen, “The House That Jack Built” is a world premiere.

Fall Arts Guide 2012  
Fall Arts Guide 2012  

What to do this autumn in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. From art fairs to live music and performances, this guide has it all.

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