Last year was different.
In 2012, as a jury member for the Broad Ripple Art Fair, I spent the day making notes on every one of the more than 200 artist booths filling the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center.
This year, without that duty, I took a more relaxed approach. I visited on Saturday, still appreciating the art but also enjoying the event for the wonderful social opportunity it provides, bringing together not just visual artists but also representatives from performing and visual arts groups from around the region. Here, then, are some notes taken while booth-hopping:
—The Indianapolis International Film Festival (which has been attracting sell-out crowds to its site-specific screenings throughout the year) will announce its lineup on June 13. Every year, I try to pre-screen as many as possible for a Best of the Fest column, so maybe I'm a little more anxious about this than most.
—"Smash" star Megan Hilty will be performing at the June 29 Encore Celebration Gala Weekend at the Palladium honoring Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Jimmy Webb. Before "Smash," Hilty was a highlight of the otherwise pretty unexciting Broadway musical "9 to 5." It will be interesting to hear what's next for her now that the show has been canceled. Rita Moreno will also be appearing, although no word if she's performing.
—Gallery 94, the popular First Friday stop that's part of the Arts Council of Indianapolis' offices, will have its first-ever two-month show. "The Self-Portrait Show," which opens June 7 and runs through July 26, will feature the introspective gazes of more than 37 artists.
—Buck Creek Players, the scrappy Southeastern Avenue community theater, will offer the local premiere of the recently revamped Broadway bomb "Carrie: The Musical" as part of its 40th anniversary 2013/2014 season.
—While the group wasn't represented at the fair this time, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra announced this weekend that it will be the first in-residence professional company at the new Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University.