Zoom, in my word-definition memory, is connected with aviation, as a loud, low register hum of a short-term maneuver when the airplane begins its amped-up trajectory into flight.  I’m also recalling a slang imperative, as in ‘zoom right over, I can’t wait to show you the bargain I found;’ and then zoom found its way into photography as a lens to capture a sight far off.  Now Zoom is immediately present as a different kind of energy surge to deliver stay-at-home programs. 

The Indiana Historical Society is delivering History Happy Hours via Zoom as, “a series of insightful online conversations with some of Indiana’s most interesting historians,” reports IHS Manager of Public Programs Callie McCune. And, by the way, “bring your own beverage.”

Here’s what’s coming up; and in case you can’t make the live event, McCune said the hour-long programs are recorded and will be posted to the IHS website.

Register for a History Happy Hour here: indianahistory.org

To view past History Happy Hour programs, visit indianahistory.org/virtual-resources/video/.

For more information, visit indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-1882.

May 21 at 5:30 p.m. fashion historian Karen DePauw unfolds the intimate relationship between our unmentionables and fashion as she leads us through dramatic changes during "Underwear Through the Ages.”  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson and IMS President Doug Boles are addressing “Racing Rivals and Track Talk” on May 23 at 2:00 p.m.  

Author/historian Charlie Dehan focuses on Indiana’s early recording studios and the music icons “who passed through the doors” of Starr-Gennett Records on May 28, at 5:30 p.m.   

June 4, at 5:30 p.m. historian James H. Madison, shares his research on Indiana's home front during WWII. 

Indianapolis Writers Center is Live via Zoom and Facebook for a streaming session on May 23, at 8 p.m. For full details, email  Mary Karty indianapolism@gmail.com 

Facebook and youtube continue as the virtual delivery platforms for Carmel Symphony Orchestra.   Visit Carmelsymphony.org to learn more.  

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is replacing its annual summer concerts with a newly launched Virtual Performance Series that features Maestro Matthew Kraemer and musicians of the ICO on its social media channels each Monday and Thursday. Mondays with Matthew appears at 1 p.m., where he previews that evening’s ICO Radio Broadcast on WFYI 90.1 FM at 10 p.m. Every Thursday at 6 p.m., Kraemer hosts a 20-minute Mocktails and Masterpieces program via the ICO YouTube channel. It will include video clips of ICO performances and a mix of “live” events with musicians and guest artists. Kraemer provides background commentary for context. Updates to next season’s concert plans will be posted on the ICO website. Questions may be directed to the ICO office via email at info@ icomusic.org or by calling 317-940-9607.

May 21 at 7 p.m. the JCC is presenting “all-around funny guy Alan Zweibel right as his new memoir, Laugh Lines, is being released. “ Registration is complimentary or you can purchase a Virtual VIP ticket or donate a "ticket" via Facebook Live OR Virtual VIPClick Here to read more about the event. 

June 1, with a time to be announced, the JCC gallery will be on Facebook Live with a virtual gallery tour of Sofiya Inger's new show, "Breathing Space.”  WFYI’s Jill Ditmire will host.  In an email, Inger commented: 

"I have a long and happy history with Indianapolis JCC, having exhibited there several times over the years. So when I was offered a solo show for the year 2020, it was a” yes, of course.”

At the time, some new ideas and techniques were growing in my work, and I was anticipating, planning, painting, thinking...

Then came this year, and everything shifted.

We are divided as never before, and connected as never before; enclosed in small bubbles of air, reaching out to each other without permission to hug…

Breathing space-for each of us a safe measure, but also a pause, and clearing of the head…"

Indianapolis Public Library branches will be closed Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, including those that are offering curbside service. Curbside service will resume at Central Library, East 38th Street, Glendale, Pike, and Southport branches on Tuesday, May 26. All other branches will remain closed to the public until further notice. To learn more visit indypl.org/curbside and  indypl.org/ematerials.

Registration is open online at indypl.org/srp  for the Indianapolis Public Library’s 101st Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” that runs June 1 through August 1.

“This year’s program for the first time will allow participants to track the amount of time spent reading, instead of the number of books read, in order to receive prizes. They can choose their own adventures by reading library books, books from home, e-books, magazines, graphic novels, or listening to audiobooks. Prizes are awarded at one-hour, five-hour, and 10-hour levels of achievement,” informs the news release.

What’s not happening at all in 2020? Indiana Grown’s Monumental Marketplace June 26 on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis is canceled. “This was a great way for attendees to sip, sample and shop from over 100 Indiana Grown members - all in one place,” said Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman. “We will not be rescheduling to a later date in 2020, but are full steam ahead on a new and improved Summer Market plan for 2021!”

What’s still being pondered?  “As Heartland Film continues to program films and special events for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as strategize for what lies ahead, we are examining our options as we look forward to the 29th Heartland International Film Festival,” reads the news release. “While we are hoping for a return to normal operations, we recognize that this may not be safe or possible.” 

Indiana’s Natural Resources Commission, during its bi-monthly meeting on May 19, approved the creation of Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest Nature Preserve in Greene County. No roadway designation was given.  Greene County, which already has two state fish and wildlife areas, is in southwest Indiana, east of the Wabash River, west of Brown County.  

“The new nature preserve protects 68 acres that contain 1.6 miles of moderate trails, as well as upland forests, scenic ravines with large sandstone outcrops, intermittent creeks, and several waterfalls,” reads the description.  Closer to home, The  Indianapolis Cultural Trail the newly arrived newsletter invites a safe walk of discovery. To learn about the beds of petite, elegant Iris in bloom, a sculpture to discover, go here https://indyculturaltrail.org/

At https://www.indplsartcenter.org/body_building_exhibition_gallery the Indianapolis Art Center offers a dazzling zoom in -zoom out an eye-boggling display of the human body. Whoa.

And, in the mantra of vaudeville, “Always leave ‘em laughing when you say good-bye,”  connect with “Vonnegut’s Oldest Living Friend” [drum rollllll…] “the blog of Dan Wakefield, "  danwakefield.com & tell Dan ‘Rita sent you…’ According to Vonnegut’s note, ‘wear your hat, you never know where you' end up’

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