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Radmilla Cody (Navajo/African American) was the first biracial Miss Navajo crowned in 1998. Photo courtesy of John Running.
  • Radmilla Cody (Navajo/African American) was the first biracial Miss Navajo crowned in 1998. Photo courtesy of John Running.

I’m still recovering from the skate-rink slipapalooza of trying to catch everything I could during First Friday last week. See my slideshow this week for more on the ice. If you didn’t get to everything — how could anyone in one evening? — then get out there and see the exhibits this month. Check out our web site for scads of visual arts reviews, most of which contain slideshows to further titillate you.

In the mood for MORE visual arts? Our top pick this week is the Eiteljorg’s Red/Black, an exhibit that explores the interwoven history of the Native Americans and African Americans as both friends and enemies. Opening day is Feb. Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., replete with a bunch of events.

If you missed her opening lecture on Wednesday, you can still see Darlene Delbecq’s wonderful photography (see the slideshow, dude), presented by the Franklin College Fine Arts Department, it will be held in the Elba L. & Gene Portteus Branign Atrium of the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, 101 Branigin Blvd.

In the performing arts this week, opening Friday is Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s Fiesta. Drawing heavily from Mexican and Puerto Rican influences, the performances will reflect Hispanic culture and heritage; think exciting and fun!

A reprise of a popular Fringe show, Boy in the Basement will be staged on Saturday at White Rabbit Cabaret. Here’s the plot: When a thief attempts to burglarize an apartment while the four roommates who live there are inside, chaos ensues. Rather than turning the hapless thief over to the police, the four women - described as the hippie, the cynical sexpot, the dominatrix, and the Christian pig farmer’s daughter - decide to hand down their own form of punishment with each of them dreaming up ways for the thief to make amends. Like I said, this one was a hit at Fringe last summer.

The Indiana Repertory Theatre is bring back their popular Going Solo Festival, featuring one-person performances in a rotating format. This festival was popular with us last year because it featured a play by one of our own, David Hoppe: After Paul McCartney. This year, the shows are Neat, a sequel to Pretty Fire, performed at last year's festival, is a vivid tale of a not-so-typical teen; Fire in the Garden goes through the complexities of becoming a father for the first time; and In Acting Shakespeare explores a Shakespearean actor's relationship with old Billy S. himself.

This is just the goods opening this weekend, like I said you’ve got numerous visual art exhibits going on all month. I’ll select out a couple, simply because they have gotten a lot of attention in NUVO, for exemplary reasons. Make sure you make it to the Artsgarden to see Lobyn Hamilton’s work, and also get to the Murphy Arts Building to see Christos Koutsouras; he’s all over the building, from iMOCA to Big Car to Mount Comfort.

As for theater, I’ll be seeing Young Hamlet at IndyFringe, but you’ve also got the Phoenix’s new show, Goldie, Max and Milk, to catch.

See you out there.



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