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Best Of Indianapolis 2018 — Arts & Culture

Who says Hoosiers aren’t cultured?

Dan Wakefield
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All the Way Home: Author Dan Wakefield on Returning to Indianapolis

Maybe the time had come to defy Kurt’s injunction against my return in his review of ‘Going All the Way,’ and instead remember his declaration that we could be writers in our hometown as well as anywhere else.

Nathaniel Russell
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Indy Artist Nathaniel Russell Gives the World a Gift

Almost everyone in Indianapolis should be familiar with Russell’s work, even if they didn’t realize it. The large cutout people with the words “we,” “us,” and “all” at the corner of Michigan Street and Mass Ave. is one of the best examples of Russell’s public art.

Angela Brown
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The Soprano: Angela Brown’s Rise to Stardom

It was clear that not only could Brown sing opera—she had a rare gift. Her upper register was high and melodic, and she commanded it with equal lightness or fullness. Her lower register was deep and mellow.

Paducah
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Quilt to Last: Folk Art Flourishes in Paducah, Kentucky

Billed as the “Quilt Capital of the World,” Paducah shreds homey preconceptions of the folk art, showcasing new-wave materials and eye-popping pieces that are solidly 21st century.

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Full Flower: An Artist’s Historic Brown County Gardens Bloom Again

A trained artist steeped in Impressionism’s celebration of plein air painting and vivid colors, Selma Steele brought a designer’s sensibility to the landscaping and planting of hillsides and meadows on the property.

One Day in May
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New Book Captures Hoosierness in 142 Captivating (and Quirky) Images

The images, which span from 2:44 a.m. to 11:39 p.m. on May 20, depict scenes both sweeping and intimate, iconic and idiosyncratic, in cities, towns, and countryside

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Culture Q&A: Comedian Hannibal Buress

“I got the opportunity to write for shows because of my standup, not the other way around, so I prefer standup.”

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Culture Q&A: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

“There will be a lot of those songs [from the new album] and a mix from everything else,” says lead singer Stu Mackenzie. “We always wing it and see what will work on that particular night.”

Diane Coffee
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Singer for the Band Diane Coffee Finds a Spark in Indiana

“Bloomington is a super-happy place, so I was in a super-happy mood while writing,” says Shaun Fleming. The result was a more upbeat record with vocal layering and lushness, a sound he describes as “Motown glam.”

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Top Five Free Museums on MLK Day

Among the MLK Day events is storyteller Portia Jackson speaking about courageous children from the Civil Rights Movement at the Children’s Museum.

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Seven Indy Places Reminiscent of Favorite 1990s Haunts

If you loved The Patio Nightclub, do try The Hi-Fi Murphy Building, this year’s Best of Indy New Concert Venue.

Adcox
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Author James Tadd Adcox Reimagines Indy in New Novel

“The Indianapolis of Does Not Love is the Indianapolis of my memory: strange, flat, a little lonely, filled with secrets that are just beyond one’s sight.”

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Artist Censored at Indy Airport Has New Piece There

Tre Reising just got another work—the Emoji-centric, “sarcastically titled” Live, Love, Laugh, Laugh Until You Cry—installed at the airport.

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Pauly Shore Visits Broad Ripple This Weekend

“I’m very aware of the fact that some people out there might not know who I am. So it’s almost like group therapy—you kind of introduce yourself: ‘Hi, my name is Pauly Shore. This is who I am.’”

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