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.
September 28, 2017
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September 30, 2017
7:00AM | 90.1 FM and HD1
October 5, 2017
8:00PM | 90.1 FM and HD1
October 7, 2017
7:00AM | 90.1 FM and HD1
Sep 23, 2017
Fat Turtle Theatre Debuts. Steve Archbold Writes About Poverty, Koganada's Film About Columbus, Vess Ruhtenberg, and Mandrell Photography
This week an in-depth conversation with the writer and director of the new film Columbus, we'll meet the Fat Turtle Theatre Company, and we'll preview Vess Ruhtenberg's Small Studio Session. We'll also learn about a new book about poverty, and meet a husband and wife photography team.
Sep 16, 2017
Nuts at Buck Creek Players, IDADA is Closing its Doors, Free Cultural Landscape Tours, 50 Cities of the USA, and Keith Hampton's Automatic Art
This week, a Buck Creek Players production about legal shades of gray, what life will be like for Indy galleries after IDADA's demise, and a weekend devoted to touring our city's greatest landscapes. We'll also check out a new kids' book that helps families explore cities, and discover automatic art with painter and sculptor Keith Hampton.
Sep 09, 2017
This week, we're revisiting some of our favorite recent interviews. Tune in for conversations with painters and friends Justin Vining and Benny Sanders, mother and son artists Sylvia and Sean Gray, The Geeky Press, and IRT Playwright-in-Residence James Still. And if you're at the Penrod Arts Fair at Newfields on Saturday, September 9th, come say "Hi" - we're broadcasting "The Art of the Matter" live next to the WFYI Blues tent from 11:00 to 2:00.
Sep 02, 2017
Jeff Byrd Performs, Columbus Holds a Scottish Festival, The Texas Tenors Come to Town, ATI Raises Eyebrows this Season, and a Classical Guitar Season Not to be Missed
This week, a sneak preview of Actors Theatre of Indiana's fall offerings, the Indianapolis Society of the Classical Guitar, and nearly 5,000 visitors celebrate Scottish heritage, music, and food in Columbus, Indiana. We'll also hear from one of the Texas Tenors about their upcoming performance in Indy, and get the skinny on Jeff Byrd's upcoming concert.
Aug 26, 2017
Butler Arts Center Fall Season, The Cabaret Gets a New Home, Rob Dixon's Small Studio Session, Carrie Newcomer's New Projects, And IUPUI’s Museum Studies Program
This week, the Butler Arts Center has some surprises planned, the Cabaret is no longer itinerant, and Rob Dixon recorded a Small Studio Session for us. We'll also learn why IUPUI is famous in museum circles, and get the latest update on Carrie Newcomer's career. Don't miss out - tune in!
Aug 19, 2017
New Book by Georgia Buchanan, Science Kits at the State Museum, Larissa Hammond at the Tube Factory, Start With Art, and Penrod
This week, How to Live Beyond 90 Without Falling Down - really, it's a new memoir by Georgia Buchanan - John and Sarah Lechleiter play with science kits at the Indiana State Museum, and Larissa Hammond is turns an obstacle into an advantage at the Tube Factory. We'll also get sneak previews of the Start With Art luncheon and the Penrod Arts Fair. Don't miss out - tune in!
Aug 12, 2017
Indy Fringe Fest, Carmel Celebration of Bands, Exhibit Columbus, Nickel Plate Arts, and Poet Adrian Matejka
It's nearly time for the Indy Fringe Fest, all the bands are coming to Carmel, and why you should visit Columbus, Indiana this month. We'll also get a sneak preview of Nickel Plate Arts' fall season, and meet poet Adrian Matejka. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 29, 2017
Indiana State Fair's Wonderful World of Food, Boogie-Woogie Piano Fest, Steampunk Art Show, Comedian Rick Garrett, and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Season
This week, a sneak peek at a highlight of the Indiana State Fair, a festival devoted to boogie-woogie piano, and some mad scientists stage an art exhibit. We'll also meet comedian, musician, and motivational speaker Rick Garrett, and learn how Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary season. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 22, 2017
Stutz Residents' Exhibit, The State Museum Celebrates Limestone, Yelp Indy's New Festival, DK's Summer Shows, and a Poetry Carnival
This week, Stutz Artist Resident John Klinkose can't escape water, the Indiana State Museum showcases the role of Hoosier limestone around the world and right at home, and Yelp Indy's creative new festival. We'll also get a peek at the inspiration behind two summer concerts by Dance Kaleidoscope, and find out what you can expect if you attend Butler's Divedapper Poetry Carnival. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 15, 2017
Great American Songbook Academy, Using Music to Help People with Alzheimer's Disease, Human Rites at The Phoenix Theatre, and The Band Eliot Bigger
This week, the Great American Songbook Academy, using music to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's Disease, the band Eliot Bigger, and a premiere at the Phoenix Theatre. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 08, 2017
Indy Urban Hardwoods, Indianapolis Ballet Inc., Contemporary Art Exhibit, Nickel Plate Players, and Photographer David Slivka
This week, we'll learn about a new professional ballet company, check in with a multimedia artist-turned-woodworker, and meet a pair of oncologists who have a secret identity as contemporary art curators. We'll also meet a local theatre company focusing on new works and a photographer whose work is inspired by travel. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 01, 2017
The Indianapolis Opera and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras Have New Seasons, a New Kind of House Concert, The Carmel Symphony has a New Music Director, and a New Take on an Old Friendship
This week, we'll get sneak previews of the Indianapolis Opera and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra's new seasons, learn how Sofar Sounds is reinventing house concerts, get insights into the Carmel Symphony Orchestra's music director search, and hear from David Amram about his long friendship with Dan Wakefield. All that and more, this week on "The Art of the Matter."
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.