Thursday, March 22

Holy Rosary Parish Cancels Italian Street Festival 2012

The Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival, held annually, will not be serving up gelato and cannoli this year. According to sources at Holy Rosary Parish, on Indianapolis' Southside, and per a press release sent out by the church, the action comes as a result of staff needs.

The 2012 Italian Street Festival is being reluctantly canceled for one year only. Its chief organizer, David Page, feels it necessary to step down from the huge undertaking. In the meantime, the church's volunteer committee is planning a smaller, Italian-themed event for this August or perhaps in October to coincide with Columbus Day celebrations.

“We want to assure the public that this much-loved civic event has not seen its final days,” Fr. Michael Mageria, parish administrator, said. “It will return in all its glory to its rightful place on the calendar in June 2013.”

The mid-June event has been held on the corner of East and Stevens streets since 1983. From its inception it was apparent the event would be popular and has grown to welcome tens of thousands of visitors yearly. The festival combines authentic Italian food, such as gelato, cannoli and pasta. with a midway, games and entertainment. Wine and beer are also served at the parish's fundraiser.

“The festival had grown so large, it had become, in its way, a small business enterprise that consumed much of David’s time throughout the year,” Fr. Magiera explained. “No one individual — or even a group of individuals — was immediately ready to take over such a large undertaking."

The church will announce the exact dates for the temporary festival slated for later this year. It is tentatively called "Taste of Italy," and will serve as a transitional festival until the return of the Italian Street Festival in June, 2013.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church was founded in 1909 to serve Italian immigrants in Indianapolis. Located at 520 Stevens Street. It is the only parish in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to offer both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of Mass under one roof.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published on www.BroadwayWorld.com and in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Wednesday, March 21

Theater Review: IRT: Noel Coward's Fallen Angels

Julia and Jane                                                                              Image/Curry
Noel Coward's Fallen Angels opened on the upper stage at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, to a nearly full house this weekend. The British farce, although originally set in the 1920's, was updated to the '50s by the playwright for this modern version.
The two main characters, Julia Sterroll (Cristina Panfilio) and Jane Banbury (Kelsey Brennan), are the closest of friends, and housewives to the dull, settled men who keep them in an upper-middle class lifestyle. Until, of course, they are contacted by a former flame who scorched both ladies with his Frenchman's manières romantiques. Then the fur flies (in this case a pink wrap) drinks are spilled, and insults and secrets are flung as each is positive the other is conniving and manipulating in an effort to get back in the bed of Maurice Duclos (Martin Yurek).
Julia and Jane                                    Image/Curry

No longer young and vamping around Europe, the girlfriends desperately wish to keep scandalous experiences in the past and their lavish lifestyle intact. Comedy sets in as the women attempt to keep themselves, and each other, from meeting up with the Ladies Man and keep the secrets of their past lives from their boring spouses and nosy housekeeper.

The dullards, portrayed with absolute dryness, are Fred Sterroll (Steve Haggard) and Willy Banbury (Eric Parks). Unaware of, well, pretty much everything, the husbands take their wives for granted and go off on a golf outing.

Julia and Saunders                           Image/Curry

While the spouses are away, the wives are at play ... with martinis, Champagne, and various smart cocktails in an attempt to numb their deepest romantic desires for heartthrob Maurice. Panfilio and Brennan play off each other with all the timing, self-deprecating antics and finesse as Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance in television's I Love Lucy. 

Saunders, the housekeeper, is portrayed brilliantly by Susan Felder as the always-one-more-surprise up her sleeve mystery under-appreciated maid. An expert at many things, including French, guitar playing and etiquette, among other topics, Felder elicits many of the countless rounds of laughter from the audience as she attempts to keep the drunken females from committing permanent damage to the crystal stemware, their reputations and their livers.


Bottom Line: IRT's Fallen Angels is easily the funniest theater offering yet this season and an absolute must-see for everyone.

A Coward Cabaret
Stay after the play (check IRT schedule for specific dates) for a cabaret performance by Steven Stolen and special guest Shannon Forsell, which demonstrates what most in Indianapolis already knows. And, if you don't know, maybe you should.
Stollen                                     Image/Lee
Cabaret is coming around again in a big way. Fans of the Great American Songbook will appreciate this performance as two of Indy's favorites (for good reason) pair up for approximately 90 minutes of standards.
Keeping the theme of the evening, the after-hours show continues the fun by featuring songs of Sir Noel Coward, along with Cole Porter (always a hit in Indiana), Burton Lane and Harold Arlen.

It's rare to find a singer so completely comfortable with himself, his vocal range and his surroundings as Stolen. As if entertaining at home, the host of Stolen Moments on WFYI-FM 90.1 draws the audience into his world, opening up as if sharing his deepest intimate thoughts via a strong tenor channel.
Whether listening to Stolen share his beloved songs or speaking to him afterward, you feel as if he is focusing completely on you ~ right here, right now, in this moment ~ as if nothing else exists. A pleasant feeling indeed. Perhaps what is truly remarkable about the managing director of IRT's talent, beyond his obviously soothing bedtime vocals, is the seemingly innate ability to choose songs which best showcases his passion, voice and style.

Bringing on stage Indy's darling, Forsell, Stolen once again chooses wisely as the couple is a perfect match for duets, such as Coward's Mad About the Boy. Forsell, the managing director of The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, treats the audience to her slightly smoky, slightly naughty style of singing. Her old-Hollywood glamour looks while retaining the girl-next-door under-image is further enhanced by her tickling-of-the-ivories-meets-brandy-snifter vocals.

Bottom Line: Steven Stolen and Shannon Forsell are the perfect choice for anyone wishing to get lost for a few moments meandering along the lovely path known as Memory Lane.

Photo credits: Mark A. Lee GreatExposures.net; JulieCurry.com
The two hour and fifteen minute performance includes two intermissions and runs through April 15 on the Upperstage at IRT. For tickets and details, visit IRTLive.com. 
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published on www.BroadwayWorld.com and in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Monday, March 19

Kendal R. Miller of Photography by Kendal wins 2012 Hoosier Women Artists Award

Kendal R. Miller receives Hoosier Women Artist Award

Dillsboro, IN -- Kendal R. Miller of Photography by Kendal in Dillsboro, IN had a piece of artwork chosen as a winner of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman’s 2012 Hoosier Women Artists competition.

Miller’s work, “Garden Door” — along with the other winning works — will be on display in the lobby of the Lt. Governor’s office and on the office’s website until the end of 2012.

During Women's History Month, Lt. Governor Skillman acknowledges the contributions Hoosier women artists have made to our state. Female artists from across Indiana were invited to submit original artwork for consideration.

Miller’s photograph, along with 10 other winners, was selected from 110 submissions. Winners will be recognized at a reception Wed., March 28, in the Statehouse.

An Indiana Artisan, Miller will remain in Indianapolis March 29-April 1 while participating in the second annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace to be held at the state fairgrounds.

Miller is a member of the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana and was recently selected to the Woman's Press Club of Indiana Education Fund Board of Directors. She is also a curator partner of the Community Art Center in Vevay.

Miller can be contacted at 812-667-4835, kendal@photographybykendal.com or visit photographybykendal.com. She is also on Facebook at Photography by Kendal-Kendal R. Miller and Twitter (@PhotosbyKendal).

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published on www.BroadwayWorld.com and in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Sunday, March 11

Concert Review: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and John Denver Tribute Singer Jim Curry

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra teams up with Jim Curry, a tribute singer for one of the country's most beloved singers and songwriters: John Denver.
Performances are on stage at The Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, and The Palladium, Carmel, March 9-11. Curry and wife Anne perform the top hits of the folk singer with passion and genuine deep-rooted appreciation. Accompanying guest conductor Richard Kaufman worked with Denver for more than 24 years giving an added layer to the production.

Surely one of the greatest aspects of the music of John Denver (nee Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.) is the symphonic sound injected into his songs throughout his career. Whether heard live in concerts, taped on albums or televised with The Muppets, Denver was able to reach down into the deepest part of your heart and verbalize those hidden feelings of love, wonder and happiness, as well as sadness, friendship and respect for nature.

Denver's songs made it okay to love, jump for joy and ... care.

The song list was extensive, bringing tears, laughter and a sense of wonderment and appreciation from the multi-generational audience. The performance opened with "Rocky Mountain High," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Wild Montana Skies," and, naturally, Denver's signature tune, "Annie's Song."

Bottom Line: The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Jim Curry fill up your senses with cherished memories of John Denver.

For tickets, click here.
For more information on John Denver (Dec. 31, 1943 - Oct. 12, 1997) visit JohnDenver.com.
Photo furnished by ISO
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Thursday, March 8

Theater Review: Broadway Across America Fiddler on the Roof

It’s good to revisit a classic every once in awhile. A meandering stroll along the path of nostalgia…
It’s good for the soul. It gives a little perspective. Broadway Across America’s “Fiddler on the Roof” provides that opportunity.

On stage in the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, March 6 – 11, the tale takes us to a village being thrust into a future of unknowns. Starring John Preece as main character Tevye, the show wraps around a family with five daughters, all of whom are at, or near, marrying age.

Comedic touches, along with a tremendous voice, keep this story of being uprooted by war and hatred from becoming too dark. It does bring into focus how the unwillingness to accept differences results in destruction of families, villages and countries.

Preece’s soothing vocals were strong throughout his performance as the patriarch of the family. His confidence on stage may come from the 1,780 performances of portraying the Jewish dairy farmer and currently in his 10th tour in the program. The shots at gruffness were belied by vulnerable undercurrents and love for his daughters.
Attempts to point to just one song showcasing his talent more than any other is futile, but audience, and personal, favorites would include “To Life” and “Sunrise, Sunset” with wife, Golde.
Playing matriarch Golde is Gerri Weagraff giving as much spunk and feistiness as she was getting….and then some. Her sparring matches with Tevye, and Yente the Matchmaker, played admirably by Pamela D. Chanora, are pure enjoyment.

Vocals, acting and dancing stayed at a high range with the Bottle Dance by the entire company the preeminent scene of the evening.
The most satisfying factor of the performance is the fabulous energy and strong talent of the entire cast. It truly is the highest level of showmanship seen this entire season from BAA.

Bottom Line: Broadway Across America’s Fiddler on the Roof gives a great opportunity to revisit or share the classic with a whole new generation.

For tickets, schedule and information, visit OldNationalCentre.com
Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Monday, March 5

Northside Nights: March 8-18 Restaurant List

NORTHSIDE NIGHTS RESTAURANT WEEK
MARCH 8th – 18th 2012
If you are looking for Northside Nights 2013 Click HERE
Mini indulgences/Seasons 52                  Image/IzzyEvans
What: Northside Nights Restaurant Week
When: March 8-18
Who: 27 northside Indianapolis restaurants
Where: Various northside Indianapolis restaurants-see list below
Cost: 3 courses: $30 per person or $30 for two people

Website
For a complete list of menus, visit NorthsideNightsIndy.com

Participating Restaurants
Arni’s
Bonefish Grill
Chef Mike’s Charcoal Grill
Cobblestone Grill
Eddie Merlot’s
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Hall’s Castleton Grill
Harry & Izzy’s
Hellas Café
Kincaid’s
Michael’s Southshore
Mitchell’s Fish Market
Oakley’s Bistro
Peterson’s
Pizzology
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Sahm’s Bar & Grill
Sahm’s Restaurant & Bar
Sangiovese Ristorante
Seasons 52
For a review of Seasons 52, click here.
Stone Creek Dining Noblesville
Stone Creek Dining Zionsville
Sullivan’s Steak House
The Melting Pot
For a review of The Melting Pot chocolate martini, click here.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Saturday, March 3

National Maple Syrup Festival March 3-4, 10-11

First tree of the sugaring season to be tapped at National Maple Syrup Festival

*** News Release ***
MEDORA, IND. – When Indiana’s top ag man taps the ceremonial sugar maple, noon, Sat., March 3 at Burton’s Maplewood Farm, he’ll christen the fourth annual National Maple Syrup Festival. Joe Kelsay, director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture, also will signify the first tree in the U.S. to be tapped for the 2012 maple sugaring season.

“Indiana is the southernmost state in the U.S. Maple Belt,” said Tim Burton, co-owner of Burton’s Maplewood Farm and co-founder of the festival, “so as far as we know, the first trees are tapped here.

Though there are about 100 maple syrup producers in Indiana and countless festivals, this is the first and only national maple syrup festival in America. It’s held the first two weekends in March at Burton’s Maplewood Farm and Medora Community School.

Visitors can expect to learn about the modern-day maple sugaring process once the sap rises up out of the trees, as well as the history of maple sugaring from Native American and French historic encampments. There’s also live music, booths from Indiana Artisans and food ranging from pancakes and sausage to maple pork chops and maple baked beans.

The festival starts at Medora Community School, where pancakes and sausage are served and the Sweet Victory Challenge baking and cooking competition takes place. The competition is sponsored by Vermont-based King Arthur Flour, the oldest flour company in the U.S. Judging takes place on March 3 for the youth division and March 10 for the adult division. For details, visit www.SweetVictoryChallenge.com.

Then visitors ride shuttle buses from the school to Burton’s Maplewood Farm, where they’ll see the more than 700 sugar maple trees, Pat’s Snack Shack and the famous Mellencamp Maplehouse. In the Maplehouse is a large evaporator that boils down the tree sap to syrup; it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup. The Maplehouse also features the country’s largest Rumford fireplace, making it a warm and cozy stop.


Children’s activities include a farm animal petting zoo, rope-making demonstrations by Cowboy Ron, a ventriloquist, face painting, crafts and more. Live music is located in Pat’s Snack Shack and will include a variety of bands.

New this year is a Dutch Oven Cookoff organized by Lesley “Dutch Oven Diva” Tennessen, and church services by the Christian Country Cowboy Church on March 4 and 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mellencamp Maplehouse.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Heads Up!!! Foundation, which will use the money for the Riley Hospital for Children’s “Camp About Face” at Bradford Woods, a summer camp for youth with craniofacial anomalies.

WHAT: National Maple Syrup Festival

WHEN: March 3-4 and March 10-11
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Burton’s Maplewood Farm and Medora Community School
Medora, Ind. (20 minutes west off I-65 between Louisville and Indianapolis)
Parking is at Medora Community School, 82 S. George St., Medora, Ind.

COST: $10 for adults

$8 for seniors 65 and older

$6 for children ages 5 to 15

Free for ages 4 and younger

(Bring a canned good for local food pantries, and get $2 off admission.)

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGO and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Friday, March 2

Symphony on the Prairie 2012 Lineup Includes Debuts of Don McClean, Motown & Disco

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Symphony on the Prairie 2012
Don McClean

~If you are looking for 2013 Schedule click here~
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces its 31st season, June 16 - Sept. 2. The summertime Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Series features a broad mix of classical and pops symphonic music performed at Conner Prairie Ampitheatre in Fishers, Indiana.

Debuts include
Folk music icon Don McLean
award-winning country music band Diamond Rio
legendary Motown group The Contours.
Returning favorites include
The Music of Queen,
The Classical Mystery Tour Beatles tribute,
jazz swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

2012 Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Schedule

June 16
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Guest conductor Ryan McAdams will open the 2012 summer season with classical favorites such as Elgar’s "Enigma Variations" and Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" featuring Stephen Beus, the winner of the 2006 American Pianists Association Max I Allen Fellowship. 

June 22-23
Heroes & Victors – Music from Sports Greatest Films
Conducted by Alfred Savia, Heroes & Victors features the clips from classic sports films such as Chariots of Fire, Breaking Away and Hoosiers shown on large video walls near the stage as the ISO plays excerpts from the scores.
June 29-30
The Music of Queen
Conductor Brent Havens and his tribute band join the ISO to perform the many hits by legendary 1970s and '80s rock band Queen.

July 2-4
Star-Spangled Symphony
The ISO celebrates Independence Day with three concerts featuring many patriotic favorites including the 1812 Overture with live artillery accompaniment and Stars and Stripes Forever with a spectacular firework display.

July 6-7
Disco Night at the Prairie – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
Tribute band Stayin’ Alive joins the ISO in a Disco-style program highlighted by the many hits from The Bee Gees.

July 13-14
The ISO Goes Global – The Music of our Sister Cities
ISO Assistant Conductor David Glover takes patrons on a world tour of celebrated classical works representing Indianapolis’ sister cities in Germany, Italy, and China, among others. Guest violinist Stefan Jackiw also pays homage to Indy’s sister city of Cologne with Bruch’s glorious "Scottish Fantasy." 

July 20-21
The Best of Broadway
Noted pops conductor Stuart Chafetz and a talented cast of New York City’s best vocalists put the hits of Broadway’s greatest musicals on center stage.
July 27-28
The Glenn Miller Orchestra with the ISO
The renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra and band leader Nick Hilscher return to join the ISO in performing the ensemble’s most recognizable works such as "Moonlight Serenade" and "In the Mood."

August 3-4
An Evening with Don McLean
Legendary folk singer and songwriter Don McLean joins the ISO’s string section in an evening of his enduring hits such as “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).”

August 10-11
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
The ISO’s string players will be this weekend’s star performers as they bring classical favorites – such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to the stage, led by 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Gold Medalist Barnabás Kelemen.

*August 17-18
Classical Mystery Tour – A Tribute to the Beatles
For a fifth consecutive summer season, the members of the Broadway cast of Beatlemania will perform many Beatles hits such as "Hard Day’s Night," "Twist and Shout," "Yellow Submarine" and "Here Comes The Sun"  in an authentic tribute to Liverpool’s “Fab Four.”

*August 24-25
Diamond Rio
Four-time Country Music Award-winning band Diamond Rio will showcase its inventive country style and superb vocal artistry by performing many hits such as “Meet in the Middle,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” and “Love a Little Stronger” in its Prairie debut.

*August 30-31
The Contours – 50 Years of Motown!
The legendary Motown vocal quartet The Contours will perform many of its favorites such as “Do You Love Me,” “Can You Do It” and “Can You Jerk Like Me” in their first-ever appearance.
*September 1-2
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to bring its blend of jazz, swing, Dixieland and Big Band music.

* The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra does not perform in these concerts
Check back on GottaGo.us for review of artists throughout the season.

DIRECTIONS
For directions to Conner Prairie Ampitheatre, click here-->> Directions


TICKETS
10-ticket value packs, full season table subscriptions and group reservations on sale March 19; single tickets and single reserved tables go on sale April 23.

From March 19 through May 4, patrons can purchase Value Packs (10 concert tickets) for $155, which is a savings of 40 percent off of single ticket prices. From May 5-June 16, Value Packs are $180. Season table subscriptions may be purchased (seating up to 10) for $479 for 14 tables. Groups of 30 people or more may save at discounts up to 30% off the admission price at the gate.

Orders for Value Packs and season table subscriptions may be made in person at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office, by phone by calling (317) 639-4300 or (800) 366-8457 outside of Indianapolis, or online at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org. For group sales, contact ISO Group Sales Manager Jeff Johnson at (317) 231-6788 or email jjohnson@IndianapolisSymphony.org.

Single Tickets On Sale Beginning April 23
Single tickets for Marsh Symphony on the Prairie concerts will go on sale Monday, April 23. For more information on all Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra indoor and outdoor presentations, contact the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (217) 639-4300, toll free (800) 366-8457 outside of Indianapolis, or at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org.


Marsh Supermarkets is the Title Sponsor of the entire 2012 Marsh Symphony on the Prairie season and St. Vincent Health is the Premiere Sponsor for the summer series.


Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.