Friday, October 17, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 11 no 21

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette 

Pints for Half Pints
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Speak Easy
5255 N. Winthrop Avenue
21+, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, $10 (+ beer tickets)

The Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club is hosting their third annual Pints of Half Pints fundraiser to help equip IPS schools in the Broad Ripple and Midtown communities with teaching tools to linked to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. 

Proceeds from last year’s event raised $9,300 and helped sponsor robotics and LEGO clubs at IPS Schools 91, 55 and Sidener Academy; supplies and volunteer support for School 55’s annual science fair; special school wide Mad Science event at School 55; science club at School 91; and 13 laptops designated for STEM afterschool programming.

Pints for Half-Pints will include craft beer from six local breweries, available in a tasting size or by the pint. One brewery team will take home the trophy from the event’s Broad Ripple Brewers Throw Down, a hilarious Family Feud contest, brewery style. Food trucks will be onsite and Big Bill Taylor (blues/acoustic rock) will be entertaining everyone. The first 300 attendees will receive a souvenir pint glass. 


Shiny and the Spoon
Monday, October 20, 2014
Indy Folk Series
615 W. 43rd Street (Unitarian Universalist Church)
all-ages, 7:00 PM (doors 6:15), Adults: $15; Students/Age 65 and up: $10; Age 12 and under: free

I first saw Shiny and the Spoon at the Indy Hostel Folk Fest a few years ago and was immediately smitten. The band has a great front porch folkie/bluegrassy thing going on. 

The Indy Folk Series is always excellent – here is the schedule for the rest of the concerts in the series.  

November 29, 2014: Open Mic Night to benefit WITT Community Radio
December 14, 2014:  The Good Bad Luckys: Tim Grimm, Krista Detor, and Joe Crookston
January 17, 2015: Emerging Artists: Ladies Night - Adrienne Frailey and Briagha McTavish
February 21, 2015: The Accidentals
March 14, 2015: Carrie Newcomer
April 18, 2015: Harpeth Rising
May 9, 2015: Billy Strings & Don Julin

Check the website for further details and advance ticket sales. 


Melody Inn Annual Halloween Show
Friday, October 31, 2014
Melody Inn
3826 N Illinois Street
21+, Show 8:00, doors 7:00, $10.

The Melody Inn’s Halloween show is always not-so-scary fun. Expect great costumes and awesome music. Local bands will morph into versions of Velvet Underground, Steely Dan, The Cars, Duran Duran, Jeff Buckley, and Hank III.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol. 11 no 20

[first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette]

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!