Friday, October 3, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol. 11 no 20



[first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette]

Strugglers
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Aristocrat Pub and Restaurant
5212 N. College Avenue
all-ages, 6:00 – 8:30

Stanley Smith will be in town from Austin so it’s time for a Strugglers reunion show – and that is good news for all of the rest of us! The Strugglers are part of Indianapolis music history. They played from 1970 until Stanley moved away in 1985. They played the Vogue the first weekend it was a music venue, they were on the bill for weeks at a time at Crazy Al’s and the Hummingbird and they were the house band at the Patio. Band member, Scott Ballantine swears they invented ‘newgrass’ – progressive bluegrass and that Sam Bush stole it from them. 

Look for them to play a mixture of Chicago blues, Western swing, old country tunes and some jazz – dancing encouraged. 

All of the original-ish band members will be there – Stanley (clarinet/vocals), Scott (guitar), Jack Clarke (harmonica), Kevin Hughey (drums), Dave Langfitt (pedal steel) and Joe Langfitt (bass). Last year Andra Faye joined them and I’m hoping she will this year too. 


VOCAB – October 6th Edition
Monday, October 6, 2014
The Cellar at the Corner Wine Bar
6331 Guilford Avenue
21+, free, 7:00 – 10:00 PM 

VOCAB showcases spoken word and musical artists.  This version features music from Cicada Shells, the brainchild of emcee Lorax and producer Defame. Spoken word from Too Black, known as a poet’s poet. And of course the evening will have time for an open-mic session – be ready to jump in and show off your stuff.

CraigFest Open Stage
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Aristocrat Pub and Restaurant
5212 N. College Avenue
all-ages, 8:00 – 11:00, free

Craig Laflin was a mainstay in the Open Stage music scene in Indianapolis and Bloomington and gave many people the forum and courage to play their music in public for the first time. He was an award winning musician and songwriter in his own right.
He lost is battle with pancreatic cancer ten years ago and Murphy and Steve are dedicating the weekly open stage in his honor. Musicians are invited to share their favorite Craig stories or play their favorite Craig tune. And if you don’t know Craig come and play and hear all about him. Signup for performing slots starts at 8:00; music starts at 8:30. 


Mina and the Wondrous Flying Machine CD Release
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The Vogue Theatre
6259 N College Avenue
21+, door 8:00 PM, $5.00

The Vogue has been hosting #locallove for a few months now. Every Wednesday they feature a lineup of local musicians and bands. How cool is that? 

The talented Mina Keohane and her Wondrous Flying Machine are releasing their second album, Tigers, and this is the official release concert. The very talented Mina’s sound is a wondrous fusion of jazz, hip-hop and pop music. 

Also on the #locallove bill for the evening are the Landon Keller Band, Brandon Whyde, the Devil's Keep. It promised to be an epic evening of fabulous music. 


Trusted Mentors Open House
Thursday, October 16, 2014
826 Westfield Boulevard
free, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

We’ve all be lucky enough to have informal mentors in our lives. My list of mentors is too long to mention, but several are Broad Ripple based. 

I have seen the amazing work of Trusted Mentors up close through their work with the Second Helpings Culinary Job Training graduates.  The volunteer mentors work with adults that are overcoming the barriers of homelessness, re-entry, aging out of foster care, re-entering the workplace after a long gap, or entering the workplace for the first time. One of the coolest things I get to do in my job as director of programs at Second Helpings is to be there for the mentor match meeting. I love seeing the connections form and all of our graduates have benefited from having a mentor. 

This is a chance to hear from a mentee and to learn more about Trusted Mentors. The open house is in the building right next to Flatwater. Not only is the restaurant is kind enough to provide appetizers for the event, but they employ Second Helpings graduates – who have mentors. Full circle, folks! 

trustedmentors.org
flatwaterbroadripple.com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 11 no 18



[first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette]

Indy Jazz Fest
Thursday, September 11 – Saturday, September 20, 2014
All Around Town
some events all-ages, free shows, single event and ticket packages available 

How lucky are we to have a wonderful jazz festival right on our own backyard? Over 50 bands will be playing over the 10 days of Indy Jazz Fest, including our favorite American Idol winner, Josh Kaufman. The queue to meet Josh wound around the 4-H Buildings after he played at the Indiana State Fair – I was glad to see the line was gone when I went to the Fair the next morning! You can get a VIP ticket ($150) to Josh’s show at the Old National Centre which includes a reception and photo shoot before his concert Saturday, September 13. General seating tickets for his show start at $37.00. 

The Jazz Fest kicks off on Thursday, September 11 (7:00 PM) with a free show. The Indy Jazz Fest Band kick-off the festival at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on the campus of UIndy. The concert will celebrate the legends of Acid Jazz and Fusion - Bill Lancton (guitar), Allen Turk Burke (Hammond B3 organ and piano), Scott Pazera (acoustic and electric bass), Vince Jackson (drums), Mark Buselli (trumpet and flugelhorn), Tom Clark (saxes), and Rich Dole (trombone). They will be performing the music of Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Melvin Sparks, The Meters, Groove Holmes, Grant Green, Chick Corea, and many more jazz greats. 

The festival ends with a block party at the Jazz Kitchen (5377 N. College Avenue) on Sunday, September 20. There will be terrific music on both the indoor and outdoor stages. 

Check out the Indy Jazz Fest website for all of musicians, venues (including brewery shows), and ticket prices. 

 
Yoga-thon
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Broad Ripple Park
1550 Broad Ripple Ave
8:30-11:30, all-ages, $25 presale, $30 the morning of.  

Five yoga studios are participating in the yoga-thon to benefit the I.W.I.N. Foundation (based in Broad Ripple). The foundation provides personal grants to woman undergoing breast cancer treatment. The grants are used for things to make their life easier – transportation assistance, meals, child care, house cleaning, lawn care, massage, yoga, etc. Often times the group is referred to as the “neighbor next door” for those who are not comfortable asking for help from friends and family or those without a support system. 

Registration starts at 7:45 and the yoga-thon begins at 8:30. The first 75 participants will also receive a cute tank top. Teachers from each of the five yoga studios will present a 25 minute class, ranging from traditional yoga to yoga-with-a-twist. Actually all yoga seems to fold me into a twist! 

Anne Marie Tiernon will emcee the morning and there will be information about the I.W.I.N Foundation available. Visit www.iwinfoundation.org  for more information and to register. 

Marigold Silver 25th Anniversary Party
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Northside Social
6525 N. College Avenue
21+, 5:00 - 8:00, $25 suggest donation to BRVA Beautification Projects 

Marigold Clothing Store has been a beautiful part of Broad Ripple for 25 years. And did you know that I’ve been a proud “Marigal” for most of that time? I’ve worked there in some fashion for all but five (when I lived in the Philadelphia area) of the 25 years.  I can honestly say that I’m always wearing a piece of Marigold clothing – often pairing a lovely skirt with a band tee shirt for my waitressing shift. 

Marigold is celebrating with a fundraiser for the BRVA Beautification Initiatives, including the Bill Brink Memorial Garden. There will be a champagne toast, appetizers, and cake – of course every Marigold celebration involves cake! There will be raffle prizes and much more fun. 

Show off your vintage Marigold clothing– I still wish I had the first thing I purchased there, a pair of mustard colored balloon pants – for a special fashion contest. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that men are encouraged to join the party and there will be a cash bar. 

Visit www.marigoldclothing.com or call Marigold Clothing at 317-254-9939 for more tickets and more details.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette volume 11 number 9

First published in the Broad Ripple Gazette


Indiana State Fair Coliseum



Weeks ago I was thrilled to see the old Indiana State Fair sign hoisted to the top of the building replacing the Pepsi Coliseum neon (nothing against Pepsi – this column is fueled by diet Pepsi and popcorn) and I couldn't wait for the chance to peek inside the building.
I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the newly remodeled Coliseum a few days before the public opening and it is grand!  I tend to be suspicious of change and couldn’t imagine how the 75 year-old could be made better. I was wrong.

I was counting the hours until the open house for the folks that had worked on the building. While I didn't swing a hammer or run any wire, I do know the guys who installed the beer lines (yes, beer!) so I tagged along as their guest. I was so excited that I arrived before event started. You can ask the editor of this fine paper or any of my three employers – I’m never early for anything.  Ever.

 Wooden seats salvaged from the old Coliseum. 

The renovated Coliseum looks great, with several nods to the old building including a section of the original wooden seats, photographs from old concerts (Beatles!) and the brass deco ticket windows. I did my best to open all of the doors, sit as many places as I could – including the ice hockey penalty box and drink out of every water fountain. 

All I'm missing is the sash and crown! 

Speaking of drinking, I had a delicious locally brewed beer from Outliers. It would have been rude to not test the beer lines after all of Spencer and Schaun’s hard work, although I think they were pretending like they didn't know me when I walked down the runway like I’d just been crowned Miss Indiana State Fair. For the record, that was pre-beer sampling.

The Coliseum Concert Series at the Indiana State Fair has been announced:

-Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guests Jamey Johnson and Drake White and the Big Fire - July 31 at 7:30; $26, $36 and $60.50

-Robin Thicke with special guest Estelle - Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.; $35, $45 and $75

-Phillip Phillips - Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; $25 and $35

-American Idol Live! 2014 Tour – Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; $25, $39.50 and $59.50

-Pitbull - Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.; $35, $45 and $75

-Hunter Hayes - Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.; $35 and $45

-Jim Gaffigan - Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.; $25, $35 and $45

For more information, contact the Fairgrounds Coliseum Box Office at (317) 927-7601 or visit www.indianastatefair.com.



Mark Buselli Quintet CD release show
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave
21+, 5:00 – 9:00 PM, $12

Mark Buselli is celebrating the release of his newest album, Untold Stories. He as recorded several records with his orchestra over the last decade, but this is his first with the quintet in a few years. The record has six of his original songs and his take on Duke Ellington’s “Angelica.” I especially loved the song, “Claude” a tribute to the late Claude Sifferlen, Mark’s long-time collaborator and Indianapolis jazz piano legend. The record features Mark playing trumpet, saxophonist Danny Walsh, pianist Steve Allee, bassist Jeremy and drummer Steve Houghton.  

I have to share this review of the album by Chris Spector, Midwest Records: The unique thing this trumpeter brings to the bandstand is that he sounds like he could have been a student of Miles but he isn’t trying to ape Miles. What a cool fine line to be able to tread. One of those cats with a day job as an educator that doesn’t let the classroom interfere with his ability to swing, this is a sweet, straight ahead listening date that knows you want to groove even if you are sitting down. Well played throughout, this well decorated cat within the halls of academe is well deserving of some more love from the real world. Time to show this cat what Valentine’s Day feels like.

I need to start writing jazz reviews so I can throw around descriptions like “cats” and “ape” and “groove.”

thejazzkitchen.com 

Broad Ripple Village Gallery Tour
Friday, May 9, 2014
Various Venues
free, all-ages, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

This year’s Spring Gallery Tour features 20 venues filled with art and goodness. Start at the Broad Ripple Fire Station (6330 Guilford Avenue) to get your official map with the galleries and the artists they are featuring. Here is a sampling:  

Fine Estate Art – Gallery Two (5914 N. College Ave). Gallery Two is a brand new gallery space and is an extension of Fine Estate Art. The work in the new space features nine Indiana and regional artists.

Broad Ripple Magnet High School (1115 E. Broad Ripple Avenue). The works of middle school and high school students will be on display. And being in a school when you’re not required to be is extra fun!

Flanner and Buchannan Funeral Centers (1305 Broad Ripple Avenue). First of all pop in to thank them for being the sponsor of the Gallery Tour. Secondly, check out the work of painter John Reynolds work of farm animals. And thirdly, just like high school – it’s a great place to visit when you’re not required to be there!

VSA Indiana (924 E. Westfield Boulevard). The students of Very Special Arts have been making beautiful items for the Gallery Tours for years – I have a great collection of flower pots, candle holders, tiles, and bowls purchased though participating merchants. Their Urban Artisans interns work will be featured in this show.

The Bungalow (924 E. Westfield Boulevard). Artist Phil O’Malley’s bold work will be featured.

Marigold Clothing (6512 Cornell Avenue). The late-nature photographer Bill Brink’s work in the form of prints and notecards will be on sale to benefit his namesake memorial garden along the Monon Trail. Indianapolis jewelry artist Suzanne Bowles will be in the store with her one-of-a-kind textured pieces.

Broad Ripple Knits (6510 Cornell Avenue). The shop will be showing off their new space and yummy yarns.

Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Art (838 E. 65th Street). Editions Limited is hosting their annual group show, titled Fresh From the Studio.

Ashland Gallery & Stu’s Studio (6537 N. Carrollton Avenue). The Gallery is featuring the self-portrait of photography of local artists and photographers including Michelle Merle Pace, Erin Huber, Benaiah Cusak.

Indianapolis Art Center (820 E 67th Street). The Art Center is hosting their biennial Art from the Heartland exhibition, featuring work from some of the Midwest’s most exciting artists.

Before or after you visit all 20 galleries – you can do it, I just know it – please pop into the restaurant sponsors, Ambrosia (5909 N. College Avenue) and Corner Wine Bar (6331 Guilford Avenue) and thank them.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 11 no 9



first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Mark Buselli Quintet CD release show
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave
21+, 5:00 – 9:00 PM, $12

Mark Buselli is celebrating the release of his newest album, Untold Stories. He as recorded several records with his orchestra over the last decade, but this is his first with the quintet in a few years. The record has six of his original songs and his take on Duke Ellington’s “Angelica.” I especially loved the song, “Claude” a tribute to the late Claude Sifferlen, Mark’s long-time collaborator and Indianapolis jazz piano legend. The record features Mark playing trumpet, saxophonist Danny Walsh, pianist Steve Allee, bassist Jeremy and drummer Steve Houghton.  

I have to share this review of the album by Chris Spector, Midwest Records: The unique thing this trumpeter brings to the bandstand is that he sounds like he could have been a student of Miles but he isn’t trying to ape Miles. What a cool fine line to be able to tread. One of those cats with a day job as an educator that doesn’t let the classroom interfere with his ability to swing, this is a sweet, straight ahead listening date that knows you want to groove even if you are sitting down. Well played throughout, this well decorated cat within the halls of academe is well deserving of some more love from the real world. Time to show this cat what Valentine’s Day feels like. 

I need to start writing jazz reviews so I can throw around descriptions like “cats” and “ape” and “groove.”

thejazzkitchen.com 
Broad Ripple Village Gallery Tour
Friday, May 9, 2014
Various Venues
free, all-ages, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

This year’s Spring Gallery Tour features 20 venues filled with art and goodness. Start at the Broad Ripple Fire Station (6330 Guilford Avenue) to get your official map with the galleries and the artists they are featuring. Here is a sampling:  

Fine Estate Art – Gallery Two (5914 N. College Ave). Gallery Two is a brand new gallery space and is an extension of Fine Estate Art. The work in the new space features nine Indiana and regional artists. 

Broad Ripple Magnet High School (1115 E. Broad Ripple Avenue). The works of middle school and high school students will be on display. And being in a school when you’re not required to be is extra fun! 

Flanner and Buchannan Funeral Centers (1305 Broad Ripple Avenue). First of all pop in to thank them for being the sponsor of the Gallery Tour. Secondly, check out the work of painter John Reynolds work of farm animals. And thirdly, just like high school – it’s a great place to visit when you’re not required to be there! 

VSA Indiana (924 E. Westfield Boulevard). The students of Very Special Arts have been making beautiful items for the Gallery Tours for years – I have a great collection of flower pots, candle holders, tiles, and bowls purchased though participating merchants. Their Urban Artisans interns work will be featured in this show. 

The Bungalow (924 E. Westfield Boulevard). Artist Phil O’Malley’s bold work will be featured. 

Marigold Clothing (6512 Cornell Avenue). The late-nature photographer Bill Brink’s work in the form of prints and notecards will be on sale to benefit his namesake memorial garden along the Monon Trail. Indianapolis jewelry artist Suzanne Bowles will be in the store with her one-of-a-kind textured pieces. 

Broad Ripple Knits (6510 Cornell Avenue). The shop will be showing off their new space and yummy yarns. 

Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Art (838 E. 65th Street). Editions Limited is hosting their annual group show, titled Fresh From the Studio. 

Ashland Gallery & Stu’s Studio (6537 N. Carrollton Avenue). The Gallery is featuring the self-portrait of photography of local artists and photographers including Michelle Merle Pace, Erin Huber, Benaiah Cusak. 

Indianapolis Art Center (820 E 67th Street). The Art Center is hosting their biennial Art from the Heartland exhibition, featuring work from some of the Midwest’s most exciting artists. 

Before or after you visit all 20 galleries – you can do it, I just know it – please pop into the restaurant sponsors, Ambrosia (5909 N. College Avenue) and Corner Wine Bar (6331 Guilford Avenue) and thank them. 

Indiana State Fair Coliseum 

Weeks ago I was thrilled to see the old Indiana State Fair sign hoisted to the top of the building replacing the Pepsi Coliseum neon (nothing against Pepsi – this column is fueled by diet Pepsi and popcorn) and I couldn’t wait for the chance to peek inside the building. 

I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the newly remodeled Coliseum a few days before the public opening and it is grand!  I tend to be suspicious of change and couldn’t imagine how the 75 year-old could be made better. I was wrong. 

I was counting the hours until the open house for the folks that had worked on the building. While I didn’t swing a hammer or run any wire, I do know the guys who installed the beer lines (yes, beer!) so I tagged along as their guest. I was so excited that I arrived before event started. You can ask the editor of this fine paper or any of my three employers – I’m never early for anything.  Ever. 

The renovated Coliseum looks great, with several nods to the old building including a section of the original wooden seats, photographs from old concerts (Beatles!) and the brass deco ticket windows. I did my best to open all of the doors, sit as many places as I could – including the ice hockey penalty box and drink out of every water fountain. Speaking of drinking, I had a delicious locally brewed beer from Outliers. It would have been rude to not test the beer lines after all of the Spencer and Schaun’s hard work, although I think they were pretending like they didn’t know me when I walked down the runway like I’d just been crowned Miss Indiana State Fair. For the record, that was pre-beer sampling. 

The Coliseum Concert Series at the Indiana State Fair has been announced: 

-Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guests Jamey Johnson and Drake White and the Big Fire - July 31 at 7:30; $26, $36 and $60.50
-Robin Thicke with special guest Estelle - Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.; $35, $45 and $75
-Phillip Phillips - Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; $25 and $35
-American Idol Live! 2014 Tour – Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; $25, $39.50 and $59.50
-Pitbull - Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.; $35, $45 and $75
-Hunter Hayes - Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.; $35 and $45
-Jim Gaffigan - Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.; $25, $35 and $45

For more information, contact the Fairgrounds Coliseum Box Office at (317) 927-7601 or visit www.indianastatefair.com.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette volume 11 number 6

First published in the Broad Ripple Gazette. 

Byrd House Sound – Early Byrd Show with Steve Fulton
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Melody Inn
3826 N. Illinois Street
21+, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Jeff Byrd, Russell Birch, Steve Johnson are a  Heartland rock-n-roll band in the vein of Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements, Gaslight Anthem, and John Mellencamp.

I’ve been a fan of Jeff Byrd for years and have enjoyed all of his projects and this one sounds great too (you can listen to some of their songs on Reverb Nation). Shows at the Melody Inn are always a blast.
Put on your dancing shoes – or at least your swaying in place shoes – and rock out Midwest style to Byrd House Sound.


40th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Indy CD & Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Avenue
all-ages, free, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

D.J. Jewey Ramone is hosting a 40th anniversary to the day celebration of the Ramones first-ever show on March 30, 1974 in New York City.

I was lucky enough to first see the Ramones at the Vogue on May 24, 1982, just five days after my 21st birthday. I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate! Joey Ramone and I shared the May 19th birthday so I made a ‘Happy Birthday Joey’ sign and was thrilled when he nodded to me. In my mind our eyes met and he was conveying his everlasting love through a meaningful gaze. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. And since his hair was always famously in his eyes and he wore sunglasses, it could have happened!

I’ll see you there!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette volume 11 number 5

First published at the Broad Ripple Gazette. 

Trusted Mentors Marketplace
Friday, March 7, 2014
Fletcher Place Arts & Books
642 Virginia Ave
all-ages, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, free

As you’re out and about on what will hopefully be a snow-free First Friday, be sure and pop into the Trusted Mentors Marketplace at Fletcher Place Arts & Books.

I’m as impressed as I can be with the nonprofit agency, Trusted Mentors. They connect volunteer mentors with adults navigating the issues of poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the side effects of incarceration. How great is that? I've gotten to see the power of Trusted Mentors first-hand in their work with Second Helpings graduates.

Trusted Mentors is celebrating the talents from several of their mentors and mentees. Enjoy poetry and live music while checking out handmade arts and crafts by local artist. Items for sale include, fiber art, fragrant body butters, hand-crafted earrings and stone jewelry, pottery, photography, loose leaf teas, and more. Second Helpings mentees will pair up for a cook off, so I’m guessing there will be tasty samples.

I’ll see you there!


Edie Carey
Friday, March 14, 2014
Irving Theater, Second Stage
10 S. Johnson Ave
all-ages, $12 advance/$15 night of show, 8:00 PM

Edie Carey was a favorite performer at CATH coffeehouse (northeast corner of 54th and College Avenue, closed 2004). I always looked forward to her shows at the coffeehouse and our late night talks on my sofa. She was New York based and on the road so much she named her car.

Edie is now living in Chicago, has a family, and tours internationally. She just returned from Holland where juggled a guitar case and a baby. I can’t wait to hear the story about pushing a stroller through the Red Light District.

Edie has a poet’s sensibilities wrapped in a beautiful voice and charming stage presence. The lineup for the evening also includes Baltimore’s Heather Lloyd (ilyAIMY) and Indianapolis’ Briagha McTavish.


The Murat Highlanders Pipe Band
Monday, March 17, 2014
see below for schedule

The Murat Highlanders Pipe Band formed in 1949 – two years before Russel Settle purchased the Red Key. The Highlanders are a parade and performance band dedicated to entertaining the crowds and maintaining the Celtic pipe traditions, while promoting the worthy philanthropy of the North American Shrine. And having lots of fun along with way. You can catch them in the Broad Ripple area on Saint Patrick’s Day.  

7:00p.m. – JT’s Grille & Bar, 2210 E 54th Street
8:00p.m. – Pawn Shop Pub, 2222 E 54th Street
9:00p.m. – Twenty Tap, 5406 N College Avenue
10:00p.m. – Red Key Tavern, 5170 N College Avenue
11:00p.m. – The Sinking Ship, 4923 N College Avenue
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette volume 11 number 4

First published in the Broad Ripple Gazette


Ireland was beautiful and green…and damp. The rain couldn't dampen my spirits, even though Ireland was experiencing record storms; since none of them involved ice or snow so it was all okay with me.  

I was lucky enough to attend a traditional Irish music session at a hostel one evening and it was lovely. Everyone sat in a sort-of circle – as much as I tried to tuck into a corner, it would not be heard of – and traded songs and stories. There were accordion players and tin whistle blowers to accompany our songs.  My Indianapolis raised, County Kerry-living friend, Linda suggested that we sing Back Home Again in Indiana. I quickly pulled up the lyrics on my iPhone and we made it through the song. It helps that she has a beautiful voice. 

I especially loved one man’s recitation of a scene from Irish playwright, John B. Keane’s, play, Sive. The break for tea and biscuits with jam was delivered by a darling young man was delightful. The session ended with all of us singing all of the Pete Seeger songs that we could collectively remember.

 I realized that I am woefully unprepared in situations like that. I’ve made a promise to myself to learn a James Whitcomb Riley poem to recite from memory.  Suggestions?

Jenn Cristy Band
Friday, February 21, 2014
Sabbatical
921 Broad Ripple Avenue
21+, 9:30 PM, $5

Every time I see Jenn Cristy play I wonder why the world she’s not a household name and I’m convinced that we’ll see her on Jimmy Fallon soon. In the meantime, you should catch her while you can. Jenn has an amazingly soulful voice that she in grand rock and roll style. She’s talented, surrounded by a top-notch band, super-nice, and beautiful. If you’re not acquainted with her music, you need to be and now is the perfect time. Shake off those snow shoveling blues and enjoy a cozy evening at Sabbatical. The food is terrific and the drinks are lovely.

www.jenncristy.com
sabbaticalindy.com

ABC Paint Party with Travis
Monday, February 24, 2014
Union Jack Pub
924 Broad Ripple Ave
6:30 – 9:30 PM, $40

I always say that my creativity far outweighs my artistic talent. Here is a chance for people like us to create a painting. Travis will take you through the steps to create your own, “Starry Night Over Indy” masterpiece. Come dressed to paint, everything else will be provided. Register for the event at: www.nealartistry.net.

unionjackpub.co

Cultural Cannibals Brazilian Carnaval
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Avenue
21+, 10:00 PM-3:00 AM, $12 advance, $15 at the door.

Pry off your snow boots and put on your dancing shoes for a high-energy evening of Brazilian Carnaval. The event features the IU Brazilian Ensemble - a group of 40 drummers led by renowned percussionist Michael Spiro of the Carlos Santana band, Samba dancers and DJ Kyle Long playing a mix of Brazilian Carnaval music. Talented artist, Artur Silva will have Carnaval art on display. 

There will be a special menu of Brazilian food, including Feijoada (a savory stew of black beans, beef and pork), and of course there will be Brazilian beers and Caipirinha (the national drink of Brazil) available. And if that isn’t enough, big screens will display the Carnaval parade in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.


www.CulturalCannibals.com
thejazzkitchen.com
Advance tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/561751