The experienced fancy footers at Arthur Murray instruct pupils in the art of coordinated rhythmic motion in 13 styles, ranging from the foxtrot to the mambo. During group lessons, sashaying students learn dance patterns and techniques to lead or follow steps through elegant waltzes, marching merengues, and shock-inducing electric slides. Sessions are tailored for all skill levels from experienced toe tappers to those with little or no dance experience. In each class, steppers pair up with classmates of their skill level to practice perfecting rhythm, movement, choreographed footwork, and synchronized blinking. Dance-persuasions change daily and weekly, providing toes ample variety throughout the monthly calendar.
The story of Mallow Run Winery reads like a Steinbeck novel with a happy ending—a tale of romance, music, and farm life. John Richardson grew up on the 600-acre plot where Mallow Run now resides, but left for 35 years to become a teacher. During this time, he raised his son, Bill, whose dream of following the pastoral path of his ancestors led him to pursue a degree in Agriculture at Purdue University. After he graduated and his father retired, they both returned to John’s stomping ground with the intent of growing grapes for various Indiana wineries. Bill would meet his wife, Laura, while playing music locally in the Carmel Symphony—the former on French horn and the latter on clarinet—and thus, the triumvirate behind Mallow Run Winery was born.
Between the bushels of corn and soybeans that spring from the verdant fields, eight acres of grapevines produce the plump fruit that goes into bottles of Chardonel, Traminette, Seyval Blanc, and other varietals, and the tailpipes of any double-parked cars on the estate. The winery has become a destination to listen to live music in addition to sipping wine with friends and family, as the winery’s spacious lawn is often used for concerts from local artists.
After continually traversing the globe since its breakout television performance nearly 18 years ago, Riverdance returns stateside for a last hurrah. A cast of six principal dancers will clobber the stage with the stomps, taps, kicks, and tackles of traditional Irish step dancing, which, when synchronized with a live band and 18 troupe dancers, sends waves of rhythm cascading over all 3,200 seats of the regal Indiana University Auditorium. The show’s 18 scenes break into two acts: the first depicting the mythical beginnings of the Celtic people as they hatched from a kelpie's head, and the second portraying the Irish famine and ensuing wave of emigration.
The Theater Within prides itself on putting on shows that challenge audiences with the toughest issues of the day, provoking their mental engagement in the performance and their own internal reflections on the state of society and the individual. David Auburn's Proof, the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, explores themes of madness, genius, and love with the story of Catherine, whose father is a famed but unstable mathematician. When her father dies, Catherine is plunged into her own maelstrom of emotions as her estranged sister arrives, as well as a former student of her father's who has interest in the late mathematician's 103 notebooks. As Catherine deals with these outside forces, she also struggles with her own concerns that she'll follow in her father's mental footsteps. Each of The Theater Within's performances of Proof are followed by a forum with the show's cast, the theater's artistic director, and the audience on the issues touched upon in the play.
A persevering force in Christian rock, the ever-evolving musical ministry of Hillsong United returns to the U.S. as part of the North American leg of the band's Aftermath tour. Fronted by worship leaders Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, and JD and joined by a pinwheeling cast of fellow musicians, Hillsong United raises spirits in transcendent performances that have earned it fans around the globe. Universally catchy, Hillsong United has topped the Billboard charts and hooked listeners of every stripe with its infectious anthems, infusing its work with unwavering faith and delivering it with the passionate gusto of a chef serenading his pet lobster.