Arts rally on the Circle

April 19, 2009
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Monday is/was (depending on when you are reading this) the Indy Culture Matters Rally on  Monument Circle. Music starts/started at 11:30. Speakers at noon. I will be/was there. And I suspect many of you will/were be, too.

Enough of that. So share your thought on the event and what it may mean for the arts in Indy.

 And, yes, this is usually when I post You-review-it Monday so go  ahead and let us know what you saw this weekend. For me, the events included "Crowns" at the IRT (I always count Thursday as the weekend), the Spark a Revolution happening at Earth House and the Campus Super Star competition at the Madame Walker.

Your thoughts?
  • I would be at the Circle but have an art class at the Indianapolis Art Center starting at 12:30. I'm hoping somebody will be inspired to be there for me. If you weren't planning on going but ended up finding yourself there anyway, please let me know!
  • I'll be there, too, but you already know what I look like, Lou.

    I thought about getting a shirt that says I'm blogging this! in large letters on one side and Indy Theatre Habit on the other, but didn't have time. Maybe I'll do that for the Indy Fringe Festival this summer.

    Dan, I can't be your sub at this event because I have been planning to go since I first heard about it, but I'm glad you would be there if you could. Have a good class!

    As for my arts activities this past weekend, my friend Adrienne organized a goddess outing for several women to go see Juli Inskeep in Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat? at Theatre on the Square. We had a lot of fun. The show is sold out through May 2 or 3, but has been extended a bit to try to accomodate everyone who wants to see it, so if you have been thinking of going, don't be discouraged. Give TOTS a call.

    I also have been casually telling lots of people how much I enjoyed Crowns at the IRT and Treasure Island at Beef and Boards, rather than writing about it on my blog. I wouldn't call my procrastination writer's block, but...

    Lou (and any other artists who might be reading this) do you ever just get too antsy to complete your assignments? If so, what do you do?

    Anyway, this past week I also judged one Encore community theatre show and read and enjoyed two novels:

    HUMPTY DUMPTY WAS PUSHED, by Marc Blatte (Schaffner Press 2009) is a murder mystery set in New York's hip-hop world. This is a more violent read than I usually like, but I could not put it down. Also I am now completely smitten with the main character, Detective Salvatore (aka Black Sally Blue Eyes) so I will probably have to read the next book in this new crime series, too, when it comes out.

    THE MYSTERY OF GRACE, by Charles de Lint. (Tor Books 2009) This urban fantasy by one of my favorite authors is a lovely stand-alone novel set in the southwestern United States (a new location for him.) It is about love, faith, tattoos, cars, and what happens, maybe, after we die.

    Okay, now I'd better go get dressed and head downtown for the Indy Culture Matters rally.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • It worked! Lots of good press, including a Star editorial, before the event and one assumes after, too -- a format that the mayor couldn't refuse to state his supportof the arts -- a crowd that the noon-hour traffic couldn't ignore.
  • I was there and was glad to see so many people come out to support the arts and cultural destinations. It was a little disappointing to hear Mayor Ballard say that we have to get out and tell everyone, when it seemed like everyone who was there already does that. Seems like the city government needs to figure out how to promote the city to their own people. Looks like they're doing a decent job outside of the city, but it's time to reach out within our boundaries more.
  • I was impressed to see the number of people - using the same counting methods used for the Tea Party event last week, anywhere from 1,000 to 50,000 attended.

    I agree with Ray about the Mayor's comments. He kept saying YOU must tell others, YOU have to get out and promote it. Not WE. Subtle but important.

    As always, Frank Basille was enthusiastic and got big responses in return from the 1,000 to 50,000 attendees. The mayor, on the other hand, received polite applause.
  • I loved that there were SO MANY people there! I saw lots of theatre people, lots of storytelling people, lots of museum people...and lots MORE people that I didn't recognize. AND I couldn't even see a lot of the people that I KNEW were there, somewhere in the crowd. Yay!

    (I know I'm using a lot of caps today. I just feel like it!)

    So now I have participated in a political rally.

    If I ever do it again, I will bring a sign. Shirts don't grab camera attention when you have to bundle coats, gloves, and hats over them.

    I agree with Ray and A Ball about the Mayor of Indianapolis. I was delighted and touched that he was there...but then very disappointed that he said something like, Your mission is to get the word out about all of the great arts that this city has to offer.

    I growled, That's why we're here, bub! and the man in front of me turned around and smiled. Still, I didn't mean to be disrespectful. I hope no one else heard me.

    Because the good thing is, the Mayor of Indianapolis seemed sort of dazed, as if he had never expected to see so many people at a rally in support of the arts. Maybe the rally will be the wake-up call that its organizers hoped it would be.

    I hope that the Mayor of Indianapolis will soon change his you to we.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • And can I also just say that I loved the band! Especially that sax player. Steamy hot, even in the frigid weather.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Rob Dixon is the sax player, often at the Jazz Kitchen. Good guy, great player.
  • Granted I thought there was a fair amount of press for the event, but I was never sure what the message was. It seemed to be the same message the Arts groups have been using for a long time, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to catch on. The Arts may be an economic power house. Unfortunately most people are getting the message. I would much rather discuss just what kind of society we would have with out them.

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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

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  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.