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Featured Events

Stand4Peace - James Pate's "Kin Killin' Kin" Art Exhibit

Kin Killin KinIndividuals are invited to view a powerful and thought-provoking exhibit of images that reflect the growing concern for the epidemic of youth violence in the African-American community entitled, "Kin Killin' Kin," on display from August 11 - September 28 in the South Display Hall at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

This traveling exhibit by Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate is intended to serve as a visual call-to-action to find solutions to youth and gun violence, particularly black-on-black crime. According to Bureau of Justice statistics, of the 279,384 black murder victims in the U.S. between 1976 and 2011, 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Pate's series reveals a negative social reality that hopes to inspire dialogue for positive alternatives toward negative behaviors.

According to Pate, "The concept of visually comparing Black on Black terrorism to Ku Klux Klan terrorism came directly from conversations among us in the Black community. It is often said that we (African-Americans), in a 'strange fruit' kind of way, are doing the business of the KKK... so I was moved to use art as a means to illustrate this sentiment..."

The "Kin Killin' Kin" exhibit, sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee, is available for public viewing during regular Central Library hours.

As part of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate will discuss the motivation behind his national traveling exhibit, "Kin Killin' Kin", on Saturday, September 20 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. This event is part of the two-month "Stand4Peace" initiative presented by the Library's African-American History Committee. Following the presentation, Pate will participate in a meet-and-greet autograph session.


2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series

Individuals of all ages are invited to a series of performances inspired by American musical traditions when the Library's "2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series" continues at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series continues on Sunday, August 3 at 2:30 p.m. featuring three local songwriters who will share their original material. Myah Evans is a self-taught musician who has devoted herself to creating emotionally charged lyrics and melodies. Cara Jean Marcy, who will be joined by cellist Grover Parido, presents a unique style of songwriting that reveals a balancing act of personal experience and inevitable human truth. Luke Austin Daugherty believes in collaboration and improvisation while playing acoustic and electric guitars with harmonica and live loops. The diversity among these talented performers in the songwriter genre will make for a great afternoon of original music.

A returning crowd favorite will be featured on Sunday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m. when the high energy percussion ensemble CLANG! performs. Consisting of percussionists Michael Beck, Brian E. Paulson and Joe O'Connell, CLANG will perform on such instruments as Steel Pan drums, Cajon drums, Djembe drums, talking drums and more unusual percussion instruments from around the world. With an energy that makes your body shake in rhythm and a penchant for interacting and taking a wacky direction on homemade and exotic percussion instruments, CLANG will improvise on whatever they have at hand to set your feet a tappin' and make you smile!

This year's series concludes with an afternoon of jazz on Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m. It will feature a performance of selections from the American Songbook along with jazz standards by The Bruce Polson Quartet with saxophonist Rich Cohen. Then, contemporary jazz vocalist Cynthia Layne will perform with her band a mix of groove-based R&B with strong jazz undertones.

This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
For more information about this free Library series, call 275-4099 or visit


Beatlemania @ the Library!

Explore the evolution of what many consider to be the most influential band of the 1960's during a special series of multimedia presentations entitled, "Beatlemania @ the Library," presented in August at various Indy Library locations. Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz will lead attendees on a journey that begins with the Fab Four's visits to Hamburg and concludes with an examination of the album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Programs in the "Beatlemania @ the Library!" series include:

"The Beatles: Band of the Sixties"
Sunday, August 24 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue

Explore the music of the Beatles in this lecture covering the entire 1960's - from the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, Germany, through the Beatlemania years and concluding with "Abbey Road." This lecture will be supplemented with audio clips and interviews.

"A Hard Day's Night: The Music & the Movie"
Tuesday, August 26 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street

The only Beatles album to exclusively feature Lennon/McCartney songs, "A Hard Day's Night" is both the product of Beatlemania and the beginning of its end. This lecture analyzes the album and film, citing musical and historical precedents and illustrating their development through excerpts from interviews with band members and clips of discarded takes.

"The Beatles' Alter Ego: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Wednesday, August 27 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Irvington Branch, 5626 E. Washington Street

Since its release in 1967, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has often been regarded as the single greatest rock album and one of the first rock concept albums. The lecture explores the landmark album track by track, with the goal of explaining the stories behind the songs and illustrating how the music was developed.

For more information about this free Library series, call 275-4099.


Indy Jazz Fest @ Central Library: Musica Cubana!

As part of this year's Indy Jazz Fest, individuals of all ages are invited to a performance by Pavel & Direct Contact along with Sancocho Music and Dance Collage on Sunday, September 14 at 3 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

In a performance entitled, "Musica Cubana," those attending will be treated to a multi-media presentation with music, dance and video that will convey the profound connection between Cuban culture and jazz music. Included will be photography and narration by Indiana University Dean of Education Geraldo Gonzalez.

Known for his pyrotechnics on the piano, 2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee Pavel will join Direct Contact, known throughout the Midwest for its high-energy and challenging music, much in the vain of the modern pyrotechnicians of today's Latin Jazz. Sancocho and Dance Collage is an ensemble that focuses on music and dance traditions from the African diaspora that are Spanish-speaking and have strong African cultural retentions, such as Rumba and Bailes Orishas from Cuba and Bomba from Puerto Rico. Artistic director Iris Rosa and musical director Andre Rosa-Artis lead a group of drummers and dancers to combine a delicious concoction to satisfy anyone's musical appetite.

This program is sponsored by IndyGo, the Indy Jazz Fest and the Library.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.



Indianapolis: The Music City presented by author David Leander Williams

Indianapolis JazzAdults and families are invited to join author David Leander Williams as he charts the rise and fall of Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, which produced some of the nation's most influential jazz artists, during a program entitled, "Indianapolis: The Music City," on Tuesday, September 2 at 6 p.m. at the Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road.

Williams is the author of Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue, the "Black Broadway" of Indianapolis. During this program, Williams will discuss the city's place in the history of American music and the many performance venues that once lined the vibrant thoroughfare. Indiana Avenue was an important stop on the Chitlin' Circuit and provided platforms for jazz greats, including Freddie Hubbard and Jimmy Coe. Williams' biography of Indiana Avenue gives readers a chance to meet scores of other musicians who came to prominence in the Avenue's heyday, including trombonist J.J. Johnson and guitarist Wes Montgomery, as well as songwriters Noble Sissle and Leroy Carr.

Williams also is a collector of memorabilia, historical artifacts and information about African-American history, particularly slavery, but his first love is music. He holds a BA in Spanish and Portuguese from Colorado State University and an MA in International Studies & Middle Eastern Affairs from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

For more information about this free Library program, call 275-4340.