Performing Arts

Local ballet company folds

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A professional ballet company that formed in the wake of Ballet Internationale's collapse has closed its own doors.
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Impending budget cuts prompt arts funding turf war

March 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The staff of the Indiana Arts Commission is proposing to revamp a regional partnership system that it enacted 13 years ago as a way to fund the arts in all 92 counties of the state.
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Comedy club reopening under new ownership

February 24, 2010
Scott Olson
New local owners of Morty's Comedy Joint on East 96th Street plan to open the club on March 4. It has been closed since early January.
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Opera chief: Group won't fold

February 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forced to cancel its upcoming production of "The Mikado," the Indianapolis Opera hopes more cuts will help fill a $400,000 budget gap.
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Carmel performing arts center raises curtain on new name

February 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel's new 1,600-seat concert hall will be called "The Palladium," part of a marketing effort designed to generate more financial support for the city's performing arts center.
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Basiles give big gift to Carmel performing arts center

January 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The center will recognize the donation by naming the cafe and gift shop inside the 1,600-seat concert hall after the Basiles.
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City's once-thriving stand-up comedy scene fades

January 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Crackers' Broad Ripple and downtown locations are the only remaining comedy clubs in Indianapolis.
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Carmel's performing arts center hiring key staff

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
With a year to go before completion of a 1,600-seat concert hall, Executive Director Steven Libman added Jeremy Hatch as development director.
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Symphony ousts maestro, reports historic budget gap

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced a year of financial and leadership shocks, as it reported a $2.8 million budget shortfall and abruptly dismissed Music Director Mario Venzago.
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Visions for ailing City Market include arts venue, YMCA

December 3, 2009
Riley Area Development Corp. is pitching the idea of building a performing arts center in the City Market. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, meanwhile, is in talks with the city about building a full-service fitness center on the site.
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Cabaret Theatre moving to downtown's Columbia Club

November 25, 2009
Scott Olson
The troupe will relocate from its temporary location at the Connoisseur Room in time to present a holiday show that runs Dec. 10-12.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A new attraction wants to drum up business

November 21, 2009
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Rhythm! Discovery Center and Bands of America.
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Civic Theatre confirms plans to relocate to Carmel

November 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Civic Theatre will move from the campus of Marian University to the Regional Performing Arts Center under construction in Carmel. The theater and Carmel Redevelopment Commission released a joint statement Tuesday announcing a long-term deal that calls for the Civic to pay $10 million to be the center’s primary occupant.
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Symphony reports record shortfall of $2.8 million

November 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall said he's expecting a smaller but still significant gap of $1.3 million in the 2010 budget year.
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Ousted Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Venzago finally speaks out

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Venzago said the abrupt dismissal has affected his ability to work this season, and that he received an outpouring of sympathy from Indianapolis and the classical music world.
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City trying to land headquarters of storytelling organization

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The National Storytelling Network will consider Indianapolis, along with eight other cities, as it looks to move its headquarters from Jonesborough, Tenn.
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Symphony musicians, management take big pay cuts

October 7, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians will take a 12-percent pay cut this year, saving the cash-strapped organization $4 million. Management-side salary reductions should save another $2 million.
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Carmel performing arts center betting big on fund raisingRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel’s $137 million performing arts center is still a year from completion, but Executive Director Steven Libman already is pounding the pavement for donations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Of 'Glee' they sing

October 3, 2009
Lou Harry
Fox's musical high school comedy is generating buzz in the A&E world.
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Carmel officials confirm Feinstein appointment

September 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Singer Michael Feinstein will make as much as $400,000 in a single year to serve as artistic director of the Regional Performing Arts Center that’s still under construction in Carmel, officials confirmed this morning.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Searching for the best in Eiteljorg's West 'Quest'

September 26, 2009
Lou Harry
This year's edition of the annual show and sale offers variations on familiar themes.
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LOU'S VIEWS: City Ballet off to stunning start

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The would-be Indianapolis City Ballet raised the bar high with a star-studded gala that brought together some of the top young dancers in the world.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A strong 'Wind' in Bloomington

September 12, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, three plays add up to a terrific start for the central Indiana performing arts season.
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Civic Theatre considering move to Carmel

September 11, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Civic Theatre, one of the city’s oldest and largest cultural organizations, is considering a move to Carmel’s new performing arts center. Civic informed its current host, Marian University, yesterday of pending negotiations with the Carmel Performing Arts Foundation.
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Backstagers play big role in what you'll see in coming arts season

September 5, 2009
Whitney Smith
As part of this year's A&E Season Preview, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the people behind the people on our cultural front.
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