As we round the corner into this long, final stretch of winter (thanks, Phil), I have two primary methods for keeping the blahs at bay this season.
One is to remind myself of how this year’s winter is 4,000 times better than last year’s (4,000 being the approximate number of degrees we are warmer this year, rounded up). Another is to surrender to the weather, cozy up, and stream a marathon of Cheers episodes, because even though they are in the heart of New England where I imagine West Coast-ers like me instantaneously freeze and shatter into tiny pieces, no one is ever seen outside in that show, and that’s comforting.
But sometimes even that fails. Fortunately, in the next six weeks, there are also a number of inspiring and reinvigorating events popping up around Indy. From fashion to iPhone photography, there’s something for everyone looking to warm themselves by Indy’s creative fires.
Feb. 6: iMOCA Gallery Opening
6pm – 11pm. Murphy Art Center, 1043 Virginia Ave., Suite 5. Free.
Philip Campbell returns to the Murphy Art Center more than 15 years after he began revitalizing the old five and dime building as an arts hub. His 26-panel, floor-to-ceiling carved mahogany installation Your Catfish Friend will give gallery goers the opportunity to experience “work that people can touch.”
Feb. 7: InstaMeet #circlecitysesh24
3pm. Historic Union Station, 123 W. Louisiana St. Free.
If you’re on Instagram, you may have seen the impressive work of local Igers—Instagrammers—and their artistic shots of Indiana life. Grab your camera and join them for an afternoon of photography and getting to know Indy from a new vantage point.
Feb. 8: Periodicals Club
6:30pm. PRINTtEXT, 652 E. 52nd. St. Free.
Like a book club but with fewer pages, Periodicals Club welcomes readers to discuss their favorite magazine, journal, and zines, although this month’s meeting will take a break from their literary leanings to feature a screening of the film Lotus Eaters.
Feb. 17: Copywriters United
5:30pm. The Brass Ring, 1245 Shelby St. Free.
Finally, Pivot’s own Christopher Newgent is pioneering a new meet-up for professional copywriters in Indianapolis. Join fellow wordworkers for drinks, discussion, and mutual support.
Feb. 20: Creative Mornings
8:30am. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, 1029 Fletcher Ave. Suite 100. Free.
The next Indy speaker in this incredible series is Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. Nationwide, Creative Mornings will explore the environment’s impact on how, what, and why we create.
Mar. 5: Teague: Design & Beauty
7pm. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd. $6-$12.
Pivot Art Director and AIGA Indy President Melissa Martin invites you to get cultured with The Design Arts Society of the IMA, AIGA, IDSA, and a screening of Teague: Design and Beauty, a documentary on the life and work of American designer and Indiana native, Walter Dorwin Teague.
Mar. 6: Khaled Hosseini
6pm. Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave. Free.
Acclaimed author of The Kite Runner (2003) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) comes to Indy to present the 2015 McFadden Memorial Lecture and discuss his work.
Mar. 14: IndeTale
9pm. Hotel Tango Whiskey, 702 Virginia Ave. Free.
IndeTale’s next storytelling event, “I Thought It Was a Good Idea at the Time,” will feature Indy’s most creative storytellers spinning their yarns live, and if you’re quick, you could be one of them!
Mar. 14: Pattern Launch Party & Fundraiser
6pm-10pm. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets on sale Feb. 16.
Start dreaming now of this event’s chic scene celebrating local fashion, the debut of Pattern’s Performance Issue, and the season’s newest stylings. More details to come.
Mar. 19: Yelp Paints the Town Red
7pm. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 123 W. Louisiana St. Free (21+).
Graffiti painting. Cocktail sipping. Morsel munching. Get ready to bid winter goodbye at this scarlet soiree, and watch Yelp for more details to come.
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