Emptying the notebook on arts news around the region:
—The Indianapolis Colts are giving local musicians a chance to reach a wider audience via its various platforms. Songs can be submitted via www.colts.com/music and, if selected, will be featured in hype videos, practice reals posted on Colts.com, and elsewhere with links provided to the artists' websites. “We are constantly integrating music with football – from gameday music to highlight videos and social media campaigns, music is a big part of our fan experience,” said Dan Plumlee, Colts Director of Digital Platforms. “We wanted to provide a way for the team to support local artists and share their music with our fan base. This open sharing model will give them the opportunity to expose our fans to their music in a new and exciting way.”
—Bloomington's Eskenazi Museum of Art will be closing for renovations in May, 2017 with completion not expected until 2020. New York-based Susan T. Rodriguez/Ennead Architects and Indianapolis' Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf are attached to the project, which will expand the gallery space, modernize the building, and create more event space. The Indiana University human resources department is working on temporary assignments for employees displaced by the move. A $15-million gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi makes the transition possible.
—The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Zach De Pue, formerly of the trio Time for Three, has joined a new quartet. The group, which also features violinist Austin Hartman, violist Michael Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington, will make its debut Nov. 7 at the University of Indianapolis' Ruth Lilly Performance Hall.
—The Phoenix Theatre has cancelled its announced production of Lucas Hnath's "The Christians." The reason? After the Phoenix announced the local premiere of the play for February, another production of the same play, being staged by Agape Rep, showed up on the October schedule at the Indy Fringe Building just down the block. The Phoenix, committed to presenting work that hasn't previously appeared in Indianapolis, has replaced the show with another religion-themed work, the comedy "An Act of God."