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2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Events for November 10

If you’re still hungry for more delicious Indianapolis events, don’t worry: the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival still has a full week of activities for you and your slowly filling stomach. We’ve already seen lots of great tasting occurrences at this year’s Indianapolis festival, including the hilarious singing antics of Steven Stolen (SAVORY with Steven Stolen), panels on sustainability and responsible agriculture (De-Mystifying Food Choices), and other ongoing events. Three more Spirit and Place celebrations are going on today, Wednesday, November 10 of 2010, giving Indianapolis residents a whole new perspective and plenty of “Food for Thought.”

2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Events for Wednesday, November 10

Service Through Sponge Cake: Cookbooks Shaping Communities

Throughout human history, tradition has been passed down through word of mouth. Before there was text, communities relied on stories and speeches to transfer knowledge from one generation to the next, and once the printing press was invented, books took over speech. Food traditions are no different. In the old days, recipes were transferred by the process of doing, but now we have cookbooks (and, more recently, the internet) to preserve your great great grandmother’s stuffed turkey recipe. Cookbooks and the recipes in them can tell us a lot about a family’s beliefs and the culture that surrounded them.

That’s why the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival is presenting Service Through Sponge Cake: Cookbooks Shaping Communities at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. This interesting display will examine “the intersection between culinary arts, social history, and philanthropy.” The event begins at 6:30 with a reception in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room, where you can sample recipes featured in the library’s new digital collection of Indiana cookbooks dating back to the early 20th Century. You’ll get the chance to take a look at these cookbooks during and after the event; they’re available during regular library hours.

After the reception, there will be a talk and question and answer session with author Anne L. Bower (Reel Food, Recipes for Reading). She will be showcasing charity cookbooks that have been donated in an historical context, an interesting chance to see how Hoosiers fit in with the fabric of history.

Unexpected Guests at the Table

No conversation about food is complete without acknowledgment of the hungry. Hunger has been an issue all throughout human history; even in our modern society, millions go without food every day. As such, there have been plenty of philanthropic efforts toward the hungry from cultures and belief systems all throughout the world. Unexpected Guests at the Table, a November 10 event at the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival, seeks to explore these different traditions from a variety of different perspectives. Traditional Jewish, Christian, and Muslim stories about feeding the hungry will be told alongside more modern tales of charitable giving. Audience members are invited to share their own stories as well, creating a fully fledged tableaux of good will throughout the centuries.

Several presenters will be on hand to tell traditional tales and their own stories, including Rev. Callie Smith (program manager for Lifelong Theological Education at the Christian Theological Seminary, an Indianapolis school), George Kelley (education director at Beth El-Zedeck Temple), Dr. Marti Steussy (a professor of biblical interpretation at Christian Theological Seminary), and Khabir Shareef (an actor and storyteller with Storytelling Arts of Indiana). This enlightening event is sure to make you feel fortunate for the food in your pantry and the wealth of choices available at Indianapolis businesses.

Seven Courses of Sound

Perhaps the most entertaining November 10 event at the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival is Seven Courses of Sound. Featuring the sounds of Indianapolis band Thin Air, Seven Courses of Sound seeks to combine Indianapolis music with the Indianapolis kitchen. The band will use anything on hand to create a symphony of delicious tunes while you eat a sumptuous meal comprised of several different courses. Kitchen implements (pot percussion, twanging spatulas) will be combined with standard instruments for an improvised performance set to accompany the various dishes being served. The best part? Seven Courses of Sound is totally interactive, so bring your own kitchen tools and become the D.I.Y. music virtuoso you’ve always wanted to be! When you’re done using your wok as a cymbal, leave it behind and it’ll be donated to the homeless or those re-entering society after a prison sentence: everybody wins!

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Service Through Sponge Cake: Cookbooks Shaping Communities
November 10, 2010 at 6:30 – 9:00 at Indianapolis Central Library
FREE

Indianapolis Central Library
40 E St Clair St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.275.4100
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Unexpected Guests at the Table
November 10, 2010 at 6:30 – 8:30 at Christian Theological Seminary’s Shelton Auditorium
FREE; food or monetary donations requested for Gleaner’s Food Band

Christian Theological Seminary Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.924.1331
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Seven Courses of Sound
November 10, 2010 at 7:00 – 9:00 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
Tickets: $10 or $5 with donation of cookware, FREE for Indianapolis children 12 and under

Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
615 W 43rd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.926.5077
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