Art

#Bars: The Evolution of Battle Rap in the Internet Age

As hip-hop culture has gradually become American culture over the past quarter century, battle rap has very much been a part of the takeover. The battle culture, however, has never properly been chronicled in print — until now. In #BARS, the history of the scene gets told by those who have lived it. The voices of nearly 150 rappers, league organizers, journalists and other figures in the scene have been pieced together to provide an oral history of verbal warfare through the Internet age, tracing its growth from a series of loosely organized local events in the 1990s to a...

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Clapping with One Hand

Poems Inspired by Zen, Mozart, and my Experience of India Over two thousand years ago, music and poetry were closely allied, if not considered to be one, the poet and musician both being inspired by the same muse. Musician, activist and author George Wolfe evokes the spirit of this ancient view in this collection of poems born from his study of Indian Classical Music, Mozart, and the philosophy of Zen. This volume expresses a synthesis of thought by someone who’s life experience stretches across the landscape of a life-long contemplative journey.

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Come With Me and Visit a Hospital Coloring Book

Come With Me is a growing series of children’s stories that answer questions about often misunderstood medical places and conditions. The books are written for preschool through middle elementary age readers. Children will learn about different diagnoses along with the main character, Laura Elizabeth Helper—whose mother is a nurse, and her five pound Yorkie, Abby—who helps Laura and her friends and family understand the difficulties faced every day by those afflicted with challenging medical issues. In Come With Me and Visit a Hospital, Abby and Laura learn about the main areas in a hospital and pieces of equipment used in...

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Dances in a West African Night

John Cardwell says he packed 30 years of living into his few months as a young visiting college teacher in Nigeria in the 1970’s, and the reader of Dances in the West African Night will know the feeling. This ambitious and evocative book weaves the bright threads of a Hoosier’s transforming experi­ence into a resplendent agbada of poems, photos, annotations and fact-based fiction. Through what is essentially an autobiographical novel, Cardwell walks and races us through the beauty, promise, danger, customs and commerce of a bellwether of modern Africa at a critical and tumultuous moment in its history. It’s an...

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Color Indy

Indianapolis’ coloring book features iconic Indianapolis landmarks including the Pacers, the Children’s Museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and much more. Color Indy provides companies the perfect opportunity to present their clients, employees or incoming visitors the perfect keepsake “Get to know Indy” guide.

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Spoon Lady

Spoon Lady is a heartwarming, hilarious memoir centered on an interesting and colorful group of individuals living in that invisible world of disabilities and one woman using her art as an avenue to bring the two worlds together. Deb Wofford, local woodcarver, owned and operated an art gallery in downtown Noblesville, Indiana for 20 years. Deb’s passion for the arts became a mission to combine both the world of artistic expression and the virtually invisible world of disability together. Her knowledge in both areas came more from life experiences rather than books and degrees. That being said, sometimes her decisions,...

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Sentimental Journeys

The photos in this book were taken from 1999 to 2009, while photographer Stuart Brafman was exploring remote corners of the developing world. While visiting major cities, his eye caught abstract images that are small parts of a large structure or different angles of existing art forms. Often times he was drawn to images of people and objects. His wife, Lotta, often called his attention to images that might have been overlooked. This book is a remembrance for the Brafman family, present and future generations. Stuart wants them to enjoy perusing the photos as much as he enjoyed taking them and to know that traveling with a loving partner who shares...

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The Carmel Arts Council 20th Anniversary: Supporting the Arts

This book commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Carmel Arts Council (CAC), including its fascinating stories over the years and a collection of photographs and newspaper excerpts highlighting various events. It also contains a list of presidents from 1993-2014, along with the Executive Director, Board Officers, Board Members, Associate Members, Auxiliary Members, and Honorary Lifetime Members. From the book: While Carmel has always had a culture of art, especially with a strong community symphony; like most Indiana cities and towns, there had been no concerted effort to cultivate, grow and support the overall local arts community in an organized fashion. In the early 90’s,...

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