The popular Spirit and Place Festival is returning to Indianapolis, starting unofficially this Thursday. The 2009 Spirit and Place Festival was a top notch Indianapolis festival that drew in visitors and residents by the thousands to its many events that spread across the six Indianapolis cultural districts. This year’s iteration of the Spirit and Place Festival promises to be even bigger, with 40 Indianapolis events taking place over ten days of festivities. The theme for the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival is “Food for Thought:” festival events will be highlighting aspects of Indianapolis health, national food production, and cuisine from around the world. Fun, educational, and for a good cause, the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival looks to be a good time for everybody.
Kicking off the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival is a fun little musical number called SAVORY: Flavorful Songs with Steven Stolen. Taking place at the White Rabbit Cabaret on Thursday, November 4, 2010, SAVORY will provide a cornucopia of delicious pop tunes, succulent Broadway numbers, and pungent country ditties, all performed by Indianapolis artist, educator and musician Steven Stolen (with piano accompaniment by Gary Walters). Don’t miss Stolen as Julia Childs, imparting valuable recipe tips with the beautiful strains of his (her?) singing.
|Video of Steven Stolen singing “Willow Weep for Me” on stage; Steven Stolen will be singing in SAVORY, part of the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis|
Steven Stolen is no stranger to the Indianapolis community. Actually, it seems like he’s been involved in every aspect of Indianapolis arts, from music to liberal arts to fine art. The managing director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Stolen has sung around the United States in stage plays, operas, and with symphony orchestras. As a songwriter, he is the co-editor of two anthologies and has been a guest presence on other artists’ albums. He is also the producer and host of the “Stolen Moments” program on WFYI 90.1 FM, an Indianapolis radio station.
In the fine arts realm, Steven Stolen was a resident artist at the venerable Indianapolis Museum of Art for seven years. The Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council of Indianapolis have also recognized Stolen’s talents; he is the holder of a Master Fellowship from the former and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the latter. And you might not be able to tell from his ridiculously inspired stage presence on Thursday, but Steven Stolen is also a figure in Indianapolis education: he spent fifteen years as part of the faculty of Butler University, finally attaining the position of executive director of development and campaigns.
Steven Stolen won’t be alone on stage, however. He’ll be joined by Indianapolis music pianist Gary Walters. Walters is a freelance artist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed backup and accompaniment for a number of Indianapolis bands. The co-founder and former president of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, Walters directs several jazz bands at Butler University and recently released a new album, Moments in Time. Stolen certainly chose the perfect accompanist.
For an evening of tasty vittles, hilarious impersonations, and American food tunes, help kick off the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in style with SAVORY: Flavorful Songs with Steven Stolen at White Rabbit Cabaret on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:00. You’ll get to see Indy arts figure Steven Stolen caper about the stage while distinguished Indianapolis musician Gary Walters pounds away at the ivory; there’s no better way to spend a Thursday night.
|Video of Gary Walters accompanying Carrie Newcomer on “Leaves Don’t Drop;” Gary Walters will be playing with Steven Stolen for SAVORY, part of the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis|
Unlike 78% of the events at the Spirit and Place Festival, SAVORY: Flavorful Songs with Steven Stolen is not free. Rather, it’s more of a fund raising event to cushion the cost of the Indianapolis festival a little. Tickets are $75 per person, of which $43 is tax deductible; all proceeds go to support the Spirit and Place Festival. Included in the price of admission are two drinks and some delicious hors d’oeuvres. Come on out, support the Spirit and Place Festival, and be a part of the outrageous Indianapolis performing arts scene!
SAVORY: Flavorful Songs with Steven Stolen
2010 Spirit and Place Festival
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:00 to 8:30
Tickets: $75/person (includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres)