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Archives for January 2011

Butler Visiting Writers Series: Michael Dahlie

Butler University‘s Visiting Writers Series has seen a lot of great authors and poets come through Indianapolis, including Mark Strand, Jonathan Lethem, Junot Diaz, and Jorie Graham, providing opportunities for budding writers to pick the brains of their heroes. However, most of these visiting writers are just that: visiting. They stay in the Circle City […]

Devour Downtown Winterfest 2011 – Sumptuous and Stimulating Specials at Popular Downtown Restaurants

During the special Indianapolis event called Devour Downtown Winterfest 2011, residents from Indianapolis and its environs will have the tasty opportunity to try some of the best restaurants in Indianapolis.  Twice a year Devour Downtown occurs, tempting hungry Hoosiers to leave their houses for new culinary heights of experience in Indianapolis’ downtown sector. Restaurateurs band […]

2011 Art & Soul Festival: Citywide Events Celebrate Black History Everywhere

Once again, the Arts Council of Indianapolis is celebrating Black History Month with another iteration of the Art & Soul festival, recognizing the achievements of African Americans in art, literature, and other aspects of Indianapolis culture. The majority of the sponsored Indianapolis music events at the festival will be taking place throughout the month of […]

2011 Art & Soul Festival: Events at the Indianapolis Artsgarden

When it comes to Black History Month, there’s really only one Indianapolis festival you need to know about: Art & Soul. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Art & Soul is a month long festival that celebrates the achievements of black men and women throughout Indianapolis and the United States. Music, dance, museum exhibits, […]

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Receives Top Honors

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was recently honored by AOL Travel online as one of the top ten museums in the United States for families. Museums were chosen based on their “exhibits and amenities that work perfectly for families” and The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis was selected for having “so much to do you won’t […]

Art & Soul 2011 Kick Off: A Celebration of African American Art and Artists in Indiana

Martin Luther King Jr. Day recently raised Indianapolis‘ awareness of a great civil rights leader and at the same time brought into focus the background of oppression and discrimination that led up to King’s last great cause. February will bring racial issues into an even sharper focus in the Circle City as Black History Month […]

Laughin’ on the Avenue Features “King of Venice Beach” in 2011

Forget Crackers Comedy Club for one night. When people want their fill of comedy in Indianapolis, they head down to the Madame Walker Theatre one day a month for a star studded night of entertainment. That’s when the Indiana Avenue theater hosts “Laughin’ on the Avenue,” a monthly showcase that takes nationally known comedians and […]

Indianapolis Area Charity Events: Rack up Some Good Karma in 2011

Beginning of the year charity events in Indianapolis might be just the ticket for those philanthropic souls whose new years resolutions had something to do with being a better person in the year 2011. Just in case you’re one of them, or even if you’re not, you might find Fun City Finder‘s collection of coming […]

Indy Parks 100 Year Celebration Kick-Off Event: A Century of Innovative Green Spaces

Indianapolis hasn’t always had the far reaching and comprehensive system of parks that it does today. In the mid 1800’s, in fact, the Circle City only had Military Park, a former militia training ground that had been outfitted with fountains and walkways. When the city’s population skyrocketed at the turn of the century, the city […]

Grand Opening of Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Brings Author’s Legacy to Life

One of Indianapolis‘ most beloved hometown sons is Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a writer whose satirical novels embodied the restless, anti-authority spirit of the late 60’s and early 70’s. The author of Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, and many others, Vonnegut wrote with a stripped down, ramshackle style that combined humor with stark observations […]

What’s on Stage at TOTS and the Phoenix?

Two major performing arts venues in Indianapolis present some very different fare during the remainder of the first month of 2011. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of four more opportunities for you to enjoy live theatre in Indianapolis before January morphs into February and Valentine’s Day takes over Indiana, the United States and the world. […]

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight at the Toby Theater

During one of the many interviews that make up the 2008 flim Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, renowned public artist Glaser says “I could never get the idea of making a painting that somebody would then put in their house. It seemed weird to me. I wanted to do work that was public, that […]

Doug Arnholter | Artist, Global Motivator and Renaissance Man

He describes himself pithily as “a creative human being.” Once a Fortune 500 exec, Doug Arnholter is now a working artist in Indianapolis and a versatile contributor to the Indianapolis art scene in general. A modern-day Renaissance man, Doug is also a serious entrepreneur, interior designer and musician. Co-owner of a virtual Indianapolis business called […]

The Enyclopedia Show: The Moon Wrests Truth From Fact Once and For All

Earth House Collective is all about uniting various facets of the Indianapolis art scene into one cohesive, friendly whole, and they have a lot of fun in the process. Continuing the tradition of excellent events at the Indianapolis coffee shop and collective is The Encyclopedia Show, a multi discipline literary performing arts show that combines […]

Any Port in the Storm: The Cycling Adventures of Willie Weir

As the world community becomes more and more aware of the problems caused by global warming and our current energy crisis, bicycling has become a cheap, fun way to travel that’s growing in popularity. Many American cities, including Indianapolis, are spearheading initiatives to make their streets more bicycle friendly, adding bike lanes, bike racks, and […]

Free Things to Do for Fun and Enlightenment

Everybody knows that Indianapolis is a cornucopia of fun things to do. You could spend a year just sampling the delightful attractions in Indianapolis’ downtown neighborhoods alone. You could also spend money. Lots of money. But did you know there are tons of free things to do in Indianapolis? From a stroll down the world-renowned […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Free Admission to Top Indianapolis Attractions

Among the many benefits to having a nationally recognized holiday for the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the day off school that it brings. This aspect of the holiday is probably the best as far as Indianapolis children are concerned; they didn’t live through the atrocities, struggles, and heroism of the civil rights […]

Farmers Markets in Central Indiana: Fresh, Organic and Local

Lots of Hoosiers living in Indianapolis and the Central Indiana region talk the talk when it comes to the environment. But buying fresh, organic produce, meat and other items from your local Farmers Market is one of the best ways to put your money where your mouth is, and really walk the walk. Winter or […]

13th Annual Martin Luther King Community Festival Reminds Indianapolis Civil Rights Work is Never Finished

What better way to celebrate the life of one of America’s greatest humanitarian leaders than an absolutely free festival where participants can take part in a huge number of cross cultural activities? That’s the idea behind the 13th annual Martin Luther King Community Festival taking place at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis on Saturday, […]

Double Dose of Film at the IMA: La Mission and Criss Cross

The Toby Theater is going to be busy this week. The performing arts space, located inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is a fairly common venue for Indianapolis events, especially when the IMA is hosting a film series, which it does about bi-annually. However, this week the Toby Theater is going to be doing double […]