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Turnin’ It at Herron



With the frost once again covering the pumpkin and young squirrels’ thoughts turning to gathering nuts for the winter, we find ourselves with an insanely packed First Friday schedule, highlighted by a celebrations of drag culture and local Latino artists, DIY collages at iMOCA and FoodCon III (considered in feature form on page 22). Let’s get to it. First to Herron, where Turnin’ It! The Art and Culture of Drag, featuring photography, costumes and artifacts pertaining to all things drag, including the local drag scene, opens with a reception running 6-9 p.m. in the Basile Gallery. Herron alum Michael Barclay curated, the IUPUI Faculty and



The Alive Musical Yoga Experience @ Invoke Yoga and Pilates This is a good time for yoga in the Circle City — or, to quote Chuck Crosby, who’s been teaching the practice since he moved 18

Student Council partially funded. Also of exceptional note are two exhibitions at iMOCA taking the pulse of Fountain Square: Color Me _____, by Andy Miller and Andrew Neyer, and Sublime is Not a Guilty Pleasure, by Benny Sanders and Nathaniel Hammond. For Color Me _____, Miller and Neyer will sketch out three 16-foot murals, but leave them unfinished to allow for random passers-by to fill in the spaces as they wish with provided markers. And we’d best not neglect Polina Osherov — fashion photographer extraordinaire, one of the founding members of the fashion collective Pattern and former NUVO cover subject. Polina in the City, a collection of photos by Osherov premiering at Wug Laku’s, depicts an Indianapolis devoid of people but seemingly waiting for

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them to arrive — and thus imbued with a certain dramatic tension. Nor would you be safe skipping AMOR2, a two-night only exhibition featuring Indiana-based Latino artists at the Arch at Chatham Gallery (617 E. North St.). Call it a sequel: The first AMOR took place October 2002 at Dean Johnson Gallery and included 15 artists. The follow-up will take place in a symbolically charged space, for The Arch at Chatham Gallery was formerly home to El Centro Hispano, a social services agency devoted to the city’s Latino community that’s now known as La Plaza. Indianapolis-based graphic designer Carlos Sosa, who curated the first show, is also at the helm for the second; he’s recruited Orlando Perez, Artur Silva, Beatriz Vasquez and Magdalena Segovia, among others for the show, everywhere from Portugal to Colombia to Mexico represented. Food, drink and music will be available both nights, with receptions opening at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 6.

Now for all the rest we can fit in: Gallery 924 has Pete Brown’s Blind, at which audience members will be encouraged to touch, feel, listen and interact with artwork. The show was created in collaboration with Bosma Enterprises, a non-profit providing services for the visually impaired and blind. SpaceCamp Microgallery has playful, poppy, solid-colored prints by the Phillybased Peter Schenck. Cincinnati’s JonPaul Smith, whose most eye-catching work may be his complex, tapestry-like constructs, made up of hundreds of interwoven strips of discarded consumer packaging, remains at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery through Oct. 21. Stutz Art Space has Women of a Certain Age: On Fire!, a hot flash-inspired showcase for a dozen mature ladies, including Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Carol Myers and Jane Knight. And bands, performers and artists will set up shop starting at 5 p.m. in front of Mass Ave stores for the Mass Ave Fall Harvest of the Arts and Gallery Walk.

here in 2004, “the scene is exploding.” A decade ago, Crosby says, “there were three yoga studios that were operating at the time, as well as the YMCA. Now, I don’t even know how many studios there are.” And it’s not just about the studios. Crosby is the promoter behind the Alive Musical Yoga Experience, which will blend music, yoga and kirtan (a call-andresponse chanting of hymns or mantras) on Friday at Invoke Yoga and Pilates. Chant artist Kristin “Luna” Ray is the headlining performer for the program, which starts at 5:45 p.m. with yoga and live music by Ray, with a traditional concert by Ray following at 7:30 p.m. Ray, who’s also co-founder of True Nature Education, a holistic travel education company that offers retreats with an emphasis on education, service learning and yoga, spoke to us about her new record and the deepening of focus that comes with adding live music to yoga.

KRISTIN RAY: Right, and a lot of it is in Sanskrit, [which is] a vibrational language used to bring out the qualities of love, compassion and positivity. The word mantra in Sanskrit means the protection of the mind, so what I’m singing are these prayers that are used to help protect and purify the mind. That’s where the yoga part of it comes in. However, I grew up in Cincinnati and I loved pop music: Madonna and Debbie Gibson, some of the ’70s stuff like Fleetwood Mac. So pop music is in my bones. As I grew up, I started to travel around the world and my experiences spoke to me musically. Now, I think that what’s happening in the yoga world with music is that old mantras and vibrational music are being merged with the music that we all grew up with. That is the essence of my album One Shared Heart: that new world music vibe, the old energy of the Sanskrit language and the power of the mantras.

NUVO: Your new album, One Shared Heart, combines several styles: American folk and pop, as well as the folk musics of the Middle East and India.

NUVO: How does the experience of doing yoga change when live music is added?


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RAY: I think one of the goals of yoga is

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to help cultivate focus in our minds and hearts. When music comes into it, specifically with the mantras, it helps cultivate focus in the classes. It becomes a tool to help us tune into the present moment, into the class, more deeply. NUVO: How is One Shared Heart different from your previous work? RAY: What makes the new album different is that it’s all mantra, a blend of English and the Sanskrit language. We also had a beautiful choir of 20 people singing on that album, so the vocal piece is full and there was a great energy when we recorded it, which sets it apart. Another important difference is that I recorded this album while my baby girl, Jaya, was in my belly, which is one of the reasons why it’s called One Shared Heart. We were sharing the sound of our heartbeats at the time and she was and is a big part of it. 5:45 p.m. (live music and yoga, $25), 7:30 p.m. (Kirtan concert, $15) @ 970 Fort Wayne Ave., Ste. C ; $35 for both events;

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