The Art of the Matter
Explore what "art" means within the city's vibrant cultural scene. Uncover new genres, discover new perspectives, and celebrate the wide diversity of the arts in central Indiana.
Each week, you'll hear from an array of fascinating guests who examine the cultural community from the perspective of who, what, when and where, while exploring the broader effects the arts have on our lives.
Each weekly episode airs Saturdays at 7 a.m. on 90.1, then repeats on Thursdays at 8 p.m.
June 29, 2017
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July 1, 2017
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July 6, 2017
8:00PM | 90.1 FM and HD1
July 8, 2017
7:00AM | 90.1 FM and HD1
Jun 24, 2017
Celebrating Zines, Self-Evident Tunes, a New Small Studio Session, and a Long Partnership at the IRT
This week, we'll learn about The Gluestick Festival and a Herron Galleries art show that celebrates all things "zine," learn why Gail Payne pairs country songs with Gershwin for her new cabaret show, discover how tribulations helped Richard Edwards create a solo album, and understand why Janet Allen and James Still can finish each other's sentences. All that and more, this week on "The Art of the Matter".
Jun 17, 2017
Cantor Janice Roger, Artist Jenny Montgomery, Singer Jackie Evancho, an Israeli Film Festival, and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
A conversation with Janice Roger, who's retiring after nearly four decades as a cantor. Next, meet the "antidamsels" drawn by artist Jenny Montgomery, who'd like young people to have strong and resilient role models. We'll also learn what makes singer Jackie Evancho tick, get a sneak peek at the JCC's second annual Israeli Film Festival, and get some insights into the Indiana premiere of the stage musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. All that and more, this episode of on "The Art of the Matter."
Jun 10, 2017
Herron School of Art's Summer Vacation Projects, a Museum Collaboration, a New Theatre Company, Outstanding Hoosiers, and Singer Roger Schmelzer Tries His Luck in NYC
This week, three summer exhibitions at Herron School of Art & Design, the National Art Museum of Sport collaborates with The Children's Museum, we meet The Storefront Theatre, we learn about dozens of Hoosier Beacons, and we find out if Roger Schmelzer has any jitters ahead of his New York City debut.
Jun 03, 2017
Indianapolis Hosts a Long-Running Early Music Festival, A Longer-Running Art Fair, A Night in India, A Conversation With Jazz Great Christian Mcbride, and An Atypical Bassoon Ensemble
This week, travel back a few centuries via early music on period instruments, check out a 62-year-old free art fair, and listen in as Christian McBride lauds Gary Burton. Then it's on to even more exotic aural destinations: A night in India courtesy of modern dance, and a rock ensemble made entirely of bassoons.
May 27, 2017
The Great Bike Race on Stage at TOTS, Indiana Artists' Board Exhibit, The Geeky Press, Prince's Drummer, and Cabinets of Curiosities
This week, the Indiana Artists board members have their annual exhibit, the Great Bike Race wheels into Theatre on the Square, and a chat with Prince's drummer, Bobby Z. We'll also learn about The Geeky Press, about which you should know if you're a writer, and peek inside artists' curio cabinets.
May 20, 2017
The Cabaret's New Season, Summer Stock Stage's New Company, a Walk Through Five Gardens, an A.J. Foyt Exhibit, and Baby Animals at the Indy Zoo
This week, Summer Stock Stage has given birth to a grown-up company, we'll visit the A.J. Foyt Exhibit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and we'll get to know some baby animals at the Indianapolis Zoo (everybody say "aww" now). We'll also stroll through five private gardens, and get a sneak peek at The Cabaret's new season.
May 13, 2017
Justin Vining & Benny Sanders Paint Outside, Big Foot Yancey, The Phoenix Theatre, The Museum of Miniature Houses, and Salvador Dali Etchings
This week, painters Justin Vining and Benny Sanders egg each other on, Big Foot Yancey pays a visit, the Phoenix Theatre's new dark comedy, the Museum of Miniature Houses presents free creativity sessions, and a chance to see a collection of copper etchings by Salvador Dali.
May 06, 2017
Broad Ripple Art Fair, Hart Becomes Indy Shakes, Antique Private Train Car, Onyx Fest and Virginia Avenue Folk Fest
This week, we warm up for three festivals: The Broad Ripple Arts Fair, Onyx Fest, and the Virginia Avenue Folk Festival. We'll also learn about Heartland Actors Repertory's new identity, and take a tour of a Gilded-Age train car.
Apr 28, 2017
Theatre Manager Steve Ross, Artist Hughey, the Winner of the Library Week Teen Poetry Contest, Gene Stratton-Porter, and the IMA's New Director of Festivals
This week, the Vogue Theatre's Steve Ross talks about his decades with the club, we'll meet the IMA's new Director of Festivals, Performance, and Public Programs, and we'll hear the winner of the National Library Week's Teen Poetry Slam. We'll also meet the creator of a one-woman show about naturalist and author Gene Stratton-Porter, and chat with artist Kevin Hughey about his exhibit at Clowes Memorial Hall.
Apr 22, 2017
Stutz Artists Open House, Author Christina Baker Kline, Wife Patrol, and Ken Scott Plays with Skulls and Claws
This week, Christina Baker Kline talks about Orphan Train and how Andrew Wyeth inspired her new novel, and Ken Scott crafts hunting pouches that look centuries old, as well as creating fraktur and talismanic art. Local alt-rockers Wife Patrol get their groove on, and we get a sneak preview of the Stutz Artists Open House. While we're on a roll, have you renewed your WFYI membership? It's the perfect time, and you can do it quickly and safely right here at wfyi.org!
Apr 15, 2017
New Plays at TOTS and ATI, New Staff at Indy Fringe, New Novel by Jim Naremore, and New Beats at Rhythm Discovery Center
We’re on a theatre binge this week on The Art of the Matter! You’ll hear about Theatre on the Square’s new show, the Indy Fringe’s new creative team member, and Actors Theatre of Indiana’s play about Judy Garland. We’ll also explore the Rhythm Discovery Center with Kids, and meet Jim Naremore, whose debut novel is called The Arts of Legerdemain, as Told By Ghosts. Don’t miss this episode!
Apr 08, 2017
This week on The Art of the Matter, we meet a painter who's inspired by science and a painter who's inspired by words. We learn about an Indy theatre company that pioneered theatre for seniors, get a sneak preview of Comic Con, and find out how Butler ArtsFest helps students connect with world-renowned performers.
Apr 01, 2017
Princess Diaries' Author's New Novel, Kids Dance Outreach, Vess Ruhtenberg Launches a Solo Album, APA Finalist Alex Beyer, and You Are There 1943
This week on The Art of the Matter, we'll talk with The Prince Diaries' Indiana-born author about her newest novel, go on-site with Kids Dance Outreach, and meet APA Fellow Alex Beyer. We'll also learn why local music veteran Vess Ruhtenberg finally cut his own album, and discover the Indiana Historical Society's new You Are There exhibit, focused on Italian POWs at Camp Atterbury.
Mar 25, 2017
Ricardo Returns, We Remix the Symphony, Find out what's New with Drew, Listen in on Tyron Cooper, and Anticipate the Indiana Artists' Exhibit
This week on The Art of the Matter, Dance Kaleidoscope alum Ricardo Melendez brings his current company to town; Ball State students lend their skills to remixing the symphony, and we meet APA Fellow Drew Peterson. We'll also learn about Tyron Cooper's latest projects and get the story in the Indiana Artists' Centennial Exhibition.
Mar 18, 2017
Artist Boxer - This is My Parkinson's, Larry Sweazy's New Novel, Meet the Next APA Finalist, Tattoo Artist Shadow, and The IMA Goes to the Birds
This week on The Art of the Matter, we'll meet a visual artist who lives and creates with Parkinson's Disease, and discover why John Jacob Audubon could easily be a contemporary self-made man. We'll also discover how Larry Sweazy's fictional characters introduce themselves to him, check out tattoo artist Shadow, and meet APA Fellow Sam Hong.
Mar 11, 2017
Star Trek Tech, Bail on Straws, Meet the Next APA Finalist, Go to the Circus, and get a Sneak Peek of Indiana Artisan Marketplace
This week on The Art of the Matter, we'll meet an American Pianists Award finalist who played a Haydn sonata right through a magnitude 6.1 earthquake. We'll hear why you should refuse a straw with your soft drink. We'll meet a glass blower and a barbecue sauce master whose work will be featured in the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, and we'll discover how Start Trek's creators got a lot right about modern technology. Last but not least, we'll visit a virtual circus with kids Veronica and Max.
Mar 04, 2017
If Britain's Prince Charles were King, a Peanut-Roasting Facility-Turned-Art-Gallery, Intimate Opera Partners with Philharmonic, Encore Vocal Arts Gets a New Leader, and Meet The First APA Finalist
This week on The Art of the Matter, we'll check out a play that imagines Prince Charles as King of England, visit Big Car's Tube Factory, and learn how an orchestra changes when it accompanies singers. We'll also meet the colorful new music director of Encore Vocal Arts and meet the first APA Classical Awards finalist.
Feb 25, 2017
The ICO Accompanies City Lights, Fort Wayne Project is a Knight Cities Challenge Finalist, Ella Fitzgerald Gets an Art Exhibit, The House Life Project, and Ballet Theatre of Indiana Dances Beauty and The Beast
This week on The Art of the Matter, we’ll learn how hard it is to provide a movie soundtrack live, how a Fort Wayne collective is using artistic front porches to get neighbors to know one another, and visit an art exhibit dedicated to the great Ella Fitzgerald. We’ll also see how abandoned houses on the near eastside are being reborn as art hubs, and go behind the scenes at the creation of a new setting of Beauty and the Beast.