Joshua Bell performance to be featured on ‘America’s Music Festivals’

I’ve wanted to see violinist Joshua Bell perform for years but always seem to be just behind the eight-ball when it comes to getting tickets. But while I wait for the day I’ll see him live, I enjoy listening to Bell on CD, video or online whenever I get the chance. His performance at last […]

The business professor and the jazz musician

There’s an ongoing argument about where the arts fit into today’s society, so I’m always thrilled to see the arts cropping up in unexpected places. And unexpected is definitely the word I’d use to describe my colleague George Vlahakis’ recent story about the longtime relationship between jazz cornetist Reuben “Ruby” Braff and Thomas P. Hustad, […]

IUPUI alum helped create Pixar’s latest animated film, ‘Brave’

If a female heroine — with red, curly hair! — isn’t enough to make you want to watch Pixar’s latest animated movie, “Brave,” maybe this news will: An IUPUI alumnus worked on the film. As a sets modeler and dresser in Pixar’s sets department, it’s quite possible Frank Tai has the coolest job ever. For […]

IU = traditional + high-tech

It’s fitting that both the traditional and the high-tech will be on display at IU’s booth at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held on the National Mall around the July 4 holiday. Part of this year’s festival recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. […]

Old-time music and dance award supports research, preservation

Fiddler conventions in North Carolina. Music and cultural heritage archives and special collections. Self-representation and sociopolitical change. And a type of the Latin American folk music known as “nueva canción.” What do these things have in common? They’re among the diverse research interests of Indiana University graduate student Kaitlin Justin, the 2011-12 winner of the […]

When Jared Lee picks up a pencil, millions of children laugh

If you know a kid who loves the Scholastic “Black Lagoon” book series, then you’ve likely seen an illustration by IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design alumnus Jared Lee, who earned a BFA in visual communication in 1966. Below are highlights from a Herron blog post featuring Lee’s reflections, 46 years and 27 million […]

Creating the perfect crime (on paper) at IU Writers’ Conference

Post by Bethany Nolan of  IU Communications: My first byline appeared in a college newspaper way back in 1993. Four jobs later, I’m intimately familiar with the rush that accompanies staring at a blank computer screen filled only with a blinking cursor, an unbreakable deadline looming on the horizon. Nevertheless, I immediately started sweating when novelist and […]

IUPUI’s Bradbury center director mourns loss of ‘mythmaker’

The real power of Ray Bradbury’s writing, according to IUPUI professor Jonathan Eller, comes from his “vision as a mythmaker, the edginess and the emotional impact and the rich metaphors of the earlier work.” News of Bradbury’s death spread quickly earlier this week, with many — including the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Lou Harry and The […]

Kinsey Institute show highlight of 113 Days of Art

During a recent visit to the Grunwald Gallery of Art, I found the breadth of media used in the Kinsey Institute’s juried art show pretty astounding. Wood, digital photography, metal, fabric, video, food — it’s all represented. Entries included embroidered panels depicting the Grim Reaper’s difficulties finding a girlfriend; a shapely high-heeled shoe carved from […]