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The Art of the Matter - A Creative Chamber, Winter in Summer, and a Poet's Prose

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is exploring the roaring '20s, Christoper O'Riley, and contemporary composers — and that's just this fall! Sharon Gamble invited the ICO's Music Director Mathew Kraemer and executive director Elaine Eckart to tell her about the start to the orchestra's season and a special contemporary music festival this fall. Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre, or HART, is producing The Winter's Tale for their annual free Shakespeare in the Park – the White River Park, that is. Travis DiNicola spoke with actors Ryan Artzberger and Rob Johansen, and Director Robert Neal about the show. Writer Chris Forhan is primarily a poet, but a couple of years ago one of his poems made him realize that he needed to write prose to help him untangle a mystery at the center of his family life — the suicide of his father when Chris was just 14. My Father Before Me is the resulting memoir, and Sharon Gamble invited Chris to read from and talk about the process of documenting the dynamics of his family.

The Art of the Matter - A Creative Chamber, Winter in Summer, and a Poet's Prose

The Art of the Matter - Author Susan Neville, Shrek on Summer Stage, and At the Cabaret

Award winning author Susan Neville is known for her creative non-fiction as well as her short stories. Travis DiNicola recently sat down with her to chat about her work. Housed at Park Tudor School, Summer Stock Stage brings together musical theatre students from all around central Indiana to collaborate with adult theatre professionals in two summer productions each year. Sharon Gamble invited artistic director and founder Emily Ristine Holloway and John Collins, star of Shrek the Musical to tell her about why Summer Stock Stage exists. The Cabaret at the Columbia Club continues to bring some of the top cabaret, jazz, and musical theatre stars to its intimate venue downtown. Travis DiNicola spoke with the Cabaret's director, Shannon Forsell, about their upcoming season.

The Art of the Matter - Author Susan Neville, Shrek on Summer Stage, and At the Cabaret

The Art of the Matter - Mark Zelonis from the IMA, Food First Documentary, and 200 Years o...

For nearly two decades Mark Zelonis served as the Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental and Historic Preservation for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Mark has recently retired from that position, and Sharon Gamble invited him in to learn what he's most proud of and what his next chapter is. Travis DiNicola spoke with filmmaker Hanna Myers Lindgren about the new feature documentary "Food First", that looks at how the nationwide food movement is impacting Indianapolis. 19 Stars of Indiana Art is the Indianapolis Museum of Art's tribute to our Bicentennial. The exhibit will take visitors through 200 years of our state's visual art and present the accomplishments of 19 artists who were born in Indiana, such as T.C. Steele, Robert Indiana, Michael Graves and Bill Blass, along with many other artists who were raised or worked in Indiana.

The Art of the Matter - Mark Zelonis from the IMA, Food First Documentary, and 200 Years o...

The Art of the Matter - A Listening Room in Carmel, German Artist at the Athenaeum, & Land...

The Warehouse in Carmel has become known as a small "listening room" that features some pretty big names in the music industry, including Josh Kaufman, Judy Collins, Joan Osborne, Leon Russell, and many more. Travis DiNicola spoke with Heather Ramsey Clark to find out how she is bringing such big names to this intimate venue. For "You Have Ten Minutes," visual artist Katherine Hilden's new exhibition of prints at the Athenaeum in July, she drew on a remarkable chapter of history and her own German heritage. Here's Katherine's conversation with Sharon Gamble. Landscape painter Nancy Maxwell has a show of her work at the Speedway Center for the Arts in July. The show, called "Nostalgic Impressions" is her first solo show in the Indianapolis area, though she has been promoting other artists for quite a while as Travis DiNicola found out.

The Art of the Matter - A Listening Room in Carmel, German Artist at the Athenaeum, & Land...

The Art of the Matter - Indiana Essays, Vonnegut on the Move, and Billy Elliot Dances

Douglas Wissing writes essays about what makes Hoosiers special, and now his distinctive pieces have been collected in IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State. Sharon Gamble invited Douglas to our studios to hear about how he got interested in a wide range of topics including Bedford Limestone, modernist architecture, and a world-renowned cheese artisan. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library has some big plans, including a new building on Mass. Ave. Travis DiNicola spoke with the Library's Chief Operating Officer Matthew Altizer about everything Vonnegut. Billy Elliot loves to dance, but he's surrounded by people who think he should take up a more traditional form of exercise. Billy's journey makes for a poignant and joyful musical, and local nonprofit theatre BobDirex is taking us on that trip over the next three weekends. Sharon Gamble invited director and producer Bob Harbin in to talk about Billy Elliot.

The Art of the Matter - Indiana Essays, Vonnegut on the Move, and Billy Elliot Dances

The Art of the Matter - Art in Trees, 20 Years at the IRT, and Best of the Midwest

Primary Colours annual Installation Nation show is back at the Indianapolis Art Center ArtsPark this year, filling the grounds, and trees, with temporary outdoor installations. Travis DiNicola spoke with co-chairs Sarah Brodbeck and Megan Reinhardt. The Indiana Repertory Theatre's Janet Allen is celebrating 20 years at the IRT. Sharon Gamble invited Janet to tell us how she landed in Indy and how she keeps her vision fresh. Last week the Indianapolis Art Center's biennial Art from the Heartland exhibition opened, featuring work from contemporary Midwest artists. Travis DiNicola spoke with the Art Center's director of exhibitions Kyle Harrington and art consultant Mindy Taylor Ross.

The Art of the Matter - Art in Trees, 20 Years at the IRT, and Best of the Midwest

The Art of the Matter - 50 Festivals, 17 Syllables, and 200 Objects

Travis DiNicola spoke with the Indianapolis Early Music Festival's Sylvia Scott to find out more about a celebration of Shakespeare with the Baltimore Consort, and the entire Early Music Festival summer series. Sharon Gamble invited the Writers Center of Indiana instructor, Kyle Craig, to our studio to learn about a two-session class about the Japanese art form of Haiga ("HY-guh"), which combines haiku and visual art. Travis DiNicola spoke with Indiana State Museum Chief Curator, Dale Ogden, to learn about the Indiana's Bicentennial exhibit there.

The Art of the Matter - Park's Paintings, Churchill's Musings, and Rao's Creations

Indiana has a stellar collection of state parks and recreational areas, a fact that was not lost on Richmond Art Museum Director Shaun Dingwerth and plein-air painter Rick Wilson. Originally from Indiana, actor Ron Keaton has been working in Chicago for a number of years, but his one man show about Winston Churchill will bring him back home this weekend. Travis DiNicola spoke with Ron about his play, Churchill. Gautam Rao has been teaching art and design at Butler University for a dozen years. School's out for the summer, but Gautam's busier than ever. Sharon Gamble invited this multi-media artist to talk about his work.

The Art of the Matter - Park's Paintings, Churchill's Musings, and Rao's Creations

The Art of the Matter - A Food Film, The Museum's Horticulturalist, and Hinkle's Story

Travis DiNicola spoke with filmmaker Hanna Myers Lindgren of Deliberate Media about the documentary "Food First" that looks at how the nationwide food movement is impacting Indianapolis. Sharon Gamble invited the Indianapolis Museum of Art's new Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources, Jonathan Wright, to tell us about his previous gigs at Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens, why he was attracted to his new job. Travis DiNicola talked with storyteller Sally Perkins, and Mark Szobody from Indiana Landmarks to learn about story of "Keeping Hinkle 'Hinkle'", for the If These Walls Could Tell series.

The Art of the Matter - A Food Film, The Museum's Horticulturalist, and Hinkle's Story

The Art of the Matter - Garden Walk, Opera Outside, and 1950's Shakespeare

The Indianapolis Garden Club is getting ready for its annual Garden Walk and Sharon Gamble invited Mary Grein of the organizing committee to tell us about the featured gardens. The Indianapolis Opera and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra are presenting CRESCENDO at White River State Park to kick of the Indiana summer with a fun, family party! This FREE community concert features music ranging from opera's greatest hits, Broadway standards, orchestral gems, and tunes from the American Songbook. Like countless theatrical companies before them, Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project and Indy Shakes have found new meaning in Shakespeare by changing up the era of the action. Sharon Gamble invited the Merry Wives of Windsor's - Mistress Ford, Amy Hayes - Master Ford, Rob Johansen - and Falstaff, Adam Crowe - to talk about why they've set their production in the 1950s.

The Art of the Matter - Garden Walk, Opera Outside, and 1950's Shakespeare

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