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April 10, 2014 — Issue 11

' t h g 'li n o s k c o r r ie e tm it D Nick with 'Light of Day'

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April 26th

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April 27th

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Can you see the light? Nick Dittmeier can see it. The light, that is. The light bulb went off when he was a young boy, watching his peers performing in school plays. He caught the music bug. His music teacher — grandma — bought him a guitar, taught him some Jason Thomas, Editor chords, and the light morphed into a blazing fire. It burns white hot to this day, as the Jeffersonville native is set to release his second album, “Light of Day,” April 22. The 29-year-old has a strong following locally, even being nominated in the “Songwriter of the Year” category in 2013’s inaugural Louisville Music Awards. Dittmeier has opened for some pretty big acts, too, like Justin Townes Earle. Through it all, even surviving six years with honky tonk/punk band Slithering Beast “and making a lot of dumb mistakes” — hey, who doesn’t? — Dittmeier remains fiercely local.

And has a more mature sound. That’s SoIn. Inside, you’ll read about his practice space in Jeffersonville, how he’s worked with a New Albanybased video company to produce two videos — both shot locally — and why he thinks Southern Indiana is the perfect place to fine-tune his career. Southern Indiana is bubbling over with talent. You’ll notice a sidebar to Dittmeier’s story, highlighting a young trio called The Hart Strings comprising of Ted Hartog, Josh Druin and John Renfrow. Talk about some Southern Indiana-bred, organic folkrock. You’ll groove to guitars, banjos, violins and crystal-clear, soaring vocals in The Hart Strings’ “Good Conversation.” Oh, and none of them are yet 20 years old. Talent is everywhere in Southern Indiana on so many different scenes. You won’t even need a light to find it. — Jason Thomas is the editor of SoIn. He can be reached by phone at 812-206-2127 or email at jason. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopThomas.


Actor's Theatre announces Young Playwrights Festival; Floyd Central represented Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein announce the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, a fully produced evening of new 10-minute plays written by students throughout the region and presented by Actors Education and the 2013-'14 Apprentice/Intern Company. Saide Martinez of Floyd Central High School will be represented with her play, “Piece by Piece.” The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival runs April 21-22 at 7 p.m. in Bingham Theatre at Actor's Theatre. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling 502-5841205. Limit six tickets per household. “It is our responsibility as a leading arts organization to foster an environment in which young people can explore and create art,” Waters said. “The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival allows students to collaborate with theatre professionals and see their work come to life on our stage. Actors Theatre is so very proud to share these new voices and be involved in their artistic development.” This year’s festival showcases nine 10-minute plays written by local young playwrights. The evening will feature, amongst other things, a sensitive iPhone; an

out of control cabbage contest; a potentially dangerous study session; a small-town superhero; a snarky elven warrior; a high-stakes heart-to-heart on a tree limb; a town encased by an ancient wall; a space-obsessed girl with a unique view of the universe and a group of princesses in need of some serious therapy. The nine winning plays to be performed during the festival were chosen from more than 550 entries written through New Voices Playwriting Residencies and independently. The selected playwrights for this year’s festival represent seven schools in Jefferson County, Ky., and Floyd County. About Saide Martinez (”Piece by Piece” is directed by Jacob Sexton) Before New Voices, Martinez won a Young Author award for a book she wrote in elementary school and had a poem published in a book of student poetry in middle school. In her free time, she likes to help at her church’s soup kitchen and sing. She’s very interested in music, reading and baby-sitting. She is a sophomore in high school and wishes to join the Peace Corps after college. Her dreams also include teaching underprivileged children. []


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JOIN MISS LUCY What: Presentation and book signing for “Miss Lucy: Slave and Civil War Nurse.” When: noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday Where: Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 E. Spring St., New Albany Cost: Free, registration required by calling 812-944-7336 Indiana, author, dramatist and storyteller Judith C. Owens-Lalude will begin with an introduction to how she developed the character of Lucy Higgs Nichols, followed by a slide presentation on Civil War medicine and what Lucy’s hospital environment might have been like as a nurse with the 23rd Indiana Regiment. Judith will also read passages from her book "Miss Lucy: Slave and Civil War Nurse" to give the audience a sense of who Lucy was and the different turns her story took during her life.



What: IU Southeast Concert Band When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Richard K. Stem Concert Hall of the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center on the IUS campus, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, IU Southeast faculty and staff; call 812-941-2526 or go online at Directed by Philip A. Thomas, the program includes: “Nitro” by Frank Tichelli, “Three Junes” by IU Southeast adjunct lecturer in music, Timothy Miller, “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, “Country Gardens” by Percy Grainger, and “Finale from Symphony No. 5” by Dmitri Shostakovich.



What: Art Matters When: 6:30 p.m. today Where: Endris Lodge, Lapping Park, Clarksville Cost: Free The inaugural event in a regular series from Arts Bridge, Art Matters is a bimonthly community conversation about creativity in everyday life. Art therapist S. Jill Hedges of Heuser Hearing & Language Academy will discusses “Art and Healing.” Share your experiences and hear from others at the event, and discuss ways to increase arts opportunities in the Southern Indiana community. []

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‘Light OF DAY’

homegrown rocker Nick Dittmeier keeps plugging away


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ike any musician, Nick Dittmeier needs a place to practice. His just happens to be the basement of his Jeffersonville home on Locust Street. As he was piecing together his practice space, Dittmeier paid a visit to the Remnant Carpet Outlet on Eastern Boulevard in Clarksville. He explained to the salesperson that he needed carpet to cover the ceiling, walls and windows for soundproofing. He was met with a puzzled look. “You’re trying to carpet the ceiling?” A musician only has so much patience. “Just don’t ask anymore questions,” Dittmeier said, “and give me the cheapest carpet you have.” A busy musician has only so much time, too. Dittmeier’s soulful “Americana-type music” blending sounds from several genres has caught fire locally as the homegrown rocker releases his second album while staying true to his Southern Indiana roots. “Light of Day” drops April 22, marking an important milestone for the Jeffersonville High School graduate who recorded the album with his own band rather than a patchwork set of musicians like on his first album, last year’s “Extra Better.” Needless to say, he’s been busy. “I needed a more permanent crew,” Dittmeier, 29, said of his sophomore effort. Dittmeier handles lead vocals and guitar; Alex Plamp is on bass guitar; Eric Baldwin is on drums; and Zane Hilton is on guitar to round out the group, which released a video for the title track “Light of Day” on YouTube two weeks ago. • WHO: Nick dittmeier The video was shot in an empty home • WHAT: “Light of day” release on Meigs Avenue in Jeffersonville by party New Albany-based Vaudeo Productions, • WHEN: 2 p.m. April 27 • Where: 502 Winery, 120 S. 10th St., which also shot the video for DittmeiLouisville er’s first video, “I Can Sing” — staged on the third floor of Jimmy’s Music • ON THE WEb: Center in New Albany. • TWiTTER: @nickdittmeier Even after opening recently for bigger name acts like Hayes Carll and • AbOUT: “Light of day” can be purchased Justin Townes Earle, Dittmeier — who April 22 on iTunes,, and was nominated as “Songwriter of the Guestroom Records, 1806 Frankfort Year” in the 2013 Louisville Music Ave., Louisville Awards — bleeds local.


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“I never really thought about living anywhere else,” he said, looking the part of an indie musician with a scruffy beard, shoulder length hair, a flannel shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. “I can always just pack up and leave — we’re pretty centrally located here. You can hit a lot of cities within two and three hours.”

It was Dittmeier’s music teacher grandma who bought him a guitar and taught him chords that provided Dittmeier’s start in music. “It kind of came easy. It wasn’t a tough environment in which to get started,” he said. “I practiced a lot and kept working at it.” Dittmeier credits Jeff Sherman, director of jazz studies at Bellarmine University, for taking his guitar playing and music comprehension to the next level. “I really learned theory and the nittygritty, ins-and-outs of music the way it’s supposed to work,” Dittmeier said. Then it came time to prove his worth.

Dittmeier toiled for five years in the hon group Slithering Beast, where Dittmeier drank a lot and made a lot of dumb mist “Out of that I decided I wanted to make That led to “Extra Better” and the up Day.” Between records, Dittmeier refined h the tracks for “Light of Day” at DeadBird the mixing of Dave Chale, who also own tage music venue in Louisville. Chale called Dittmeier “a true and who’s hellbent on reaching his full p ing is an intimate act, often causing space out when their music is un scope and “stare at the tree in f completely forget the forest,” as C “While Nic the trees, his fo on what the fo whole,” Chale deserved con what he w well as a for the

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Dittmeier’s sound could be compared to Little Feat, The Band and the lesser known yet equally powerful Wet Willie. Mix in some newer edgier roots music like the Drive by Truckers, and you have Dittmeier. “I just try to borrow things from different genres and make it cohesive in a lot of ways,” said Dittmeier, who’s equally adept at slide guitar as regular picking. “Light of Day” — all songs written by Dittmeier — is wrapped in familial themes told in the third person. “The ideas and stories are in that third person in the abstract and not literally about Nick,” said Dittmeier, alluding to a review of his first album in which a writer mistakenly thought a song about a funeral was about Dittmeier’s father — who is very much alive. “I tried to focus on the theme of trying to make the characters come to life inside those songs.” Dittmeier’s goal is to keep building a solid fan base and sell tickets to “have the ability to connect with people and get our music out and continue to have those opportunities,” he said. Some day he might even have a professional practice space and no need for carpet scraps. “I’ll keep with it. I feel like I’m doing something that’s meaningful to me, whether it’s small or intimate audiences, as long as they feel like they’re getting something out of this,” he said. “This definitely isn’t easy. “I definitely didn’t sign up for this with the thought it would be easy.”

Q: Describe your sound/inspiration A: our inspiration comes from the Avett brothers, Mumford & Sons and trampled by turtles. though our music might not always come off as “folk”, these are groups we look up to with their songwriting and raw energy. our sound often draws from folk influences, but is usually a little more “rock” than traditional folk. Q: How did you get into music? A: I began playing drums in sixth grade after seeing the movie “drumline.” I then started trying to learn my favorite songs at the piano, which led me to songwriting when I was 13. After drums and piano, I picked up anything I could find. I had tried my hand at solo projects until senior year, when I realized the best music I could make would be made with Josh and John. Q: What are your goals? A: our goals are to make a living doing the thing we love. We very much love performing music and would love to play shows for as long as we can to people who want to hear it. every day that is what we want to do, and every day we try to chase after that future. Q: What do you make of the local music scene? A: the local music scene is very welcoming once you prove yourself. louisville is a scene for bands that are a bit heavier than us, but we’ve been surprised at how enthusiastic people have been to help us. We don’t always play in typical “music venues,” so the support from coffeehouses and outdoor events has been much appreciated. — Jason Thomas

JOhN t. ReNFROW 18 (Jeffersonville) He plays guitar, percussion and sings for the band. He splits his high school career studying theater arts at Providence and Floyd Central High School. He will be a communications major at the University of Louisville in the fall.

JOSh DRUiN 19 (Floyds Knobs) He’s played guitar since the age of 6 and joined his elementary school’s orchestra in fourth grade, playing the violin all the way through graduation at Floyd Central High School. He plays violin, guitar, and sings for the band. He is a music technology major at Bellarmine University.

teD hARtOg 19 (Georgetown) He sings and plays piano, guitar, banjo and percussion for the band. He was in the a cappella choir for three years at Floyd Central and is an audio engineering major at Belmont University.

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Clash of the Titans: Titanfall Review

One of the biggest video games in the first half of this year is “Titanfall,” an Xbox One title (also available on PC and Xbox 360) published by Electronic Arts. Created by some of the key members behind the blockbuster “Call of Duty” franchise, “Titanfall” merges twitch-based shooting between futuristic soldiers with towering mechanical giants, aptly known as Titans. The David-and-Goliath battles are at the heart of what’s fresh in “Titanfall.” The shooting mechanics will feel familiar to anyone who’s ever played a “Call of Duty” title in the past five years, but jumping into and controlling a lumbering mechanical beast (think “Transformers” or even “Pacific Rim”) is an exciting rush. Each player begins the standard match as a Pilot, an armored human, joined by five other people to face against six opposing users in an online matchup. Standing between the Pilot and evan the arrival of their Titan is a countdown Campbell timer, and players can speed up the process SoIn video by disposing of opposing Pilots, computergame reviewer controlled robotics and Titans. The one flaw that stands out with “Titanfall” is the campaign mode, which tries to shove a single-player narrative into an online multiplayer setting. The result is an easily ignored story that’s forgotten quickly, if even absorbed at all. But what’s important is the adrenaline-filled online matches with your buddies. There’s nothing quite like watching your Pilot hop on board a Titan, with the machine interface flickering on once inside. It’s moments like these — and more — that make “Titanfall” memorable. — Evan Campbell is a New Albany native who writes about video games for and NF Magazine. You can reach him on Twitter at @evancampbell.



April 10

April 14

 “Oculus”

é “Rio 2”

 “Draft Day”

books: April 10

é “The Museum of Intangible

 “Caustic Love” by Paolo Nutini April 15

Things” by Wendy Wunder


 “The Geography of You and Me” by Jennifer E. Smith

é “Lights Out” by Ingrid

 “Savages” by Breathe Carolina


April 15

 “Sunrise” by Mike Mullin

on stage

Q&A interview WITh


(currently playing Rosco Dexter in Derby Dinner Playhouse’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” through April 18. []) Hometown/Current residence: Born in Westport, 1963; have resided in New Albany since 1999 What is your educational background? B.S. Theatre Performance, Ball State University, 1987 How did you get interested in acting? My parents took me to a high school performance of “Oliver!” and I was immediately hooked. What are your favorite types of roles? Character roles — full of spunk, personality, supporting the leads. Often function as comic support, have a great musical comedy number and leave them wanting more. Exceptions — Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” (greatest male musical comedy role that encompasses every range of emotion) and my one-man portrayals of President Truman (“Give ‘em Hell Harry!”) and Twain (“The Gospel According to Mark”). Bringing history and fascinating, great men to living, breathing life is extremely rewarding and vital to me. What do you enjoy about performing? Entertaining people — making them forget their troubles for a few hours, hopefully making them think a little too. The audience is a living,

breathing character in every production, and the relationship between actor and audience is invigorating and enthralling. The bond of theatre family (cast and crew) is unique and priceless. Our loyalties are fierce. What are your goals? Theatre exists to entertain, to hold a mirror up to humanity — reveal its follies and foibles, and works best when it lifts people up, compelling us to make the world a gentler, more loving place.

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Local SoIn Happenings Feeling left out? Send your establishment’s and/ or organization’s upcoming events/new features/entertainment information to SoIn Editor Jason Thomas at

 Live music at Big Four Burgers + Beer

Where: Big Four Burgers + Beer, 134 Spring St., Jeffersonville Friday, 8 to midnight, Wyndell Williams; Saturday, Jordan Amos

 Live music at Hoopsters

Where: Hoopsters, 810 E. 10th St., Jeffersonville Friday: Tattoo You; Saturday: Corey and Stacey

 Thunder Craft Beer Extravaganza

When: 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Buckhead, 707 Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville Cost: $85 for adults, $25 for ages 6-12; free under 6 Buckhead and Rocky’s are joining forces to showcase local craft beer favorites such as Bluegrass Brewing Company, Falls City, Kentucky Ale, Daredevil Brewing, Oskar Blues, Bell’s, Founders and many more, as well as liquor and wine, in this bash. Arts and crafts for the kids, too, during this family-friendly event. Brewers, brewery reps and distribution reps on hand; appetizer and dinner buffet.

 Trivia night

When: 7 p.m. April 25 [registration due by April 10] Where: Elk’s Lodge, 1820 Charlestown Pike. The Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance is hosting its first ever Trivia Night and silent auction Registration for a team of eight costs $120 per table [$15 per person]. The cost includes trivia, door prizes and snacks. A cash bar is available. Registration and team entry form must be submitted no later than April 10 to a JNLA representative. Trivia prizes awarded for first, second and third place teams. For more information, contact Josh Rodriquez at 502-807-9248 or email at

 Wick’s Live on State

Where: Wick’s Pizza Parlor, 225 State St., New Albany Thursday: Open mic variety night, 8 p.m.; Friday: Battle of the Bands, 7 p.m.; Zach East, 8 p.m., The Jackson Way, 10 p.m.; Saturday: Robert Key Duo, 8 p.m.; Shane Dawson 10 p.m.

 Music at Huber Winery

When: 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends Where: Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, 19816 Huber Road, Starlight Saturday: Corey and Stacey; Sunday: Joe Dotson []

 ‘Opposites Attract’ art show

When: Opening reception 6 p.m. April 18 (through June 1) Where: Gallery at the Brown, Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, Louisville The exhibit will feature more than 20 pieces of work showcasing the opposing approaches of two renowned artists, Jaime Corum and Jeaneen Barnhart, as they paint equine subjects. []

You are invited to come and hear “What Jesus Said On The Cross”

 Wine dinner event

When: 6:30 p.m. April 21 Where: Seviche, 1538 Bardstown Road, Louisville Seviche chef owner Anthony Lamas will feature fellow native Californian and winemaker Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr Winery for a special wine dinner. The five-course menu with wine pairings is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will start at 6:30 p.m. Charlie Crocker opened the winery in 1997 along with Starr. To make reservations, call 502-473-8560. []

 Celebrity chef dinner

When: 6:30 p.m. April 17 Where: Winston’s Restaurant, Sullivan University Chef Josh Bettis will present a Celebrity Chef Dinner hosted by Winston’s Restaurant in celebration of Sullivan University’s newest scholarship recipient. Bettis is the executive chef at the iconic Brown Hotel including the AAA-Four Diamond English Grill and J. Graham’s Café. Money raised through ticket sales for the Celebrity Chef Dinner will be donated to the Sullivan University Foundation, a 501(c)3. The cost is $100 per person and includes cocktail reception, dinner, wine pairings and dessert. For reservations, call 502-456-0980.

Jesus said Wonderful Words of Truth while dying on the Cross on Good Friday for You and Me! Here how these words apply to us today. There will also be Great Music of some of the World’s Greatest Songs about the Cross.

Come! Friday Night (Good Friday), April 18, 2014 at 7:00pm Park Memorial Untied Methodist Church 1820 East Park Place, Jeffersonville, Indiana Paid for by Scott Aldridge

putting the fun in learning

Ogle Center expands access to the arts


ach year, the Ogle Center on the campus of IU Southeast brings in about 20,000 students, their teachers, parents and educators, to see one of more than 50 educational arts productions through its free Ogle Center Children’s Series. The series is open to students of all ages, in public and private school in Indiana and Kentucky, homeschool and nontraditional education groups and families, and even adult groups looking for a fun outing. Unless otherwise noted, all performances of the Ogle Center Children’s Series are held in Richard K. Stem Concert Hall here in the Ogle Center on the campus of IU Southeast. “Since its inception in 1996, the Ogle Center’s Children’s Series has served more than 175,000 school children at a value of more than $1 million, providing educational programs focused on science, reading, history, art, music, performance, social skills and cross-cultural experiences,” Kirk kirk randolph Randolph, director of Ogle Center director the Ogle Center, said in an email. “We now live in a time when school funding for field trips has been significantly reduced. To expand access to the arts is one of the primary reasons we continue to offer the Children’s Series free-of-charge to the students and the community. “For many of the children attending the performances, this is their first exposure to arts programming and their first time to step foot onto a college campus.”

Upcoming events • Farmer Jason’s Nature Jams Today, Friday (10 a.m. and noon each day) Recommended for ages 2-8. Former punk musician Jason Ringen-

so you know

 What: The Ogle Center Children’s


 Who: Open to students of all ages

in public and private school and homeschool  Cost: Free; registration required by calling the Ogle Center ticket office at 812-941-2526. Join the mailing list by visiting and mention the children’s series.

berg of “Jason and the Scorchers” entertains and educates kids and parents alike about the wonders of nature and life on the farm with songs like “Punk Rock Skunk,” “The Doggy Dance” and many others.

Photos courtesy of the ogle center

• Shanta’s Stories and Songs of African People April 14-16 (10 a.m. and noon each day) Recommended for grades one through four. Experience African culture through the authentic songs, stories and poetry of Shanta.

Tales and Folklore April 25 (noon) Recommended for grades two through four. Special Children’s Series performance held in Robinson Theater An original musical illustrating the legends, stories, and folklore of our area. Written and produced by IU Southeast Theatre students and faculty.

• IU Southeast Theatre presents IndiUcky: Fables, Fairy

• Doktor Kaboom! May 12-16 (10 a.m. and noon each day)

Recommended for grades kindergarten through four. This interactive silly science show is perfect for the whole family. Watch as Doktor Kaboom uses games and even rockets to teach math and science principles to all ages. The Ogle Center Children’s Series is supported by many local sponsors, including the Ogle Foundation, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, the Harrison County Community Foundation and the Gheens Foundation.

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