–After doing booming business with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the Indiana State Museum IMAX will be closing for renovations and additions Jan. 25. It's scheduled to reopen Feb 10 with a new screen and sound system as well as digital IMAX capability. And don't worry, Jedi knights: The Star Wars sequel will be back in its IMAX 70mm film version.
–The Indianapolis Opera will be staging a world premiere next season. Details to come on Jan. 28.
–The annual Spirit & Place Festival has forged a partnership with Indiana Landmarks. While events will still occur at many locations, the Nov. 4-13 fest will be anchored at the Indiana Landmarks Center at 1201 Central Ave., which will also serve as a venue for planning and wrap-up meetings. The them this year is "Home."
–Also partnering with Indiana Landmarks, Carmel-based Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, which will offer satellite classes and workshops at Indiana Landmarks Center.
–WFYI will be rerunning its broadcast of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's original, made-in-Indiana musical "La Casa Azul" on Jan. 21 at 9 p.m.
–Five-foot fiberglass bison statues will be the canvas on which Indiana artists create as part of the United Way's Bison-tennial project, which uses the beast from the state seal to help celebrate the state's 200th birthday.
–Badge registration opens Friday, Feb. 22, for Gen Con with housing registration opening Sunday, Feb. 24.
–ISO artistic leader Krzysztof Urbanski earned a colorful rave review for his San Francisco Symphony debut Jan. 14. Said a scribe for SFGate, "…he makes use of every bodily resource available – not just hands and arms, but also shoulders, hips, knees and feet (his left instep in particular gave some notably eloquent cues). The result is that Urbanski, like a 12-fingered pianist, seems to have more tools available for shaping an orchestral texture than many conductors do. And the remarkable performance of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony–fervent, full-bodied and poignant–that occupied the second half of Thursday's concert showed what he could accomplish with that interpretive arsenal."
–Positive out-of-town words, too, for local writer Larry D. Sweazy and his latest novel "A Thousand Falling Crows." "…he knows everything there is to know about hope and hopelessness in 1934 Texas" according to Kirkus Reviews.
–And, finally, here's the latest music video from Lily and Madeleine.
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