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In The Limelight For February 22, 2011: Local Arts News

A look at what's in the limelight for the week of February 21 in local arts news.

Diana Ross

Photo: Harry Wad (Creative Commons)

Diana Ross, pictured here at the Nobel Peace Prize Awards Concert in 2008, was a surprise guest at the opening of Indianapolis's new downtown Marriott.

Here’s a look at what’s in the limelight for the week of February 21 in local arts news.

Lil Wayne To Perform At IU For Little 500

Tickets go on sale this week for IU Bloomington’s annual Little 500 concert on April 12, which this year headlines the rapper Lil Wayne, whose multiplatinum 2008 album sold more than 10 million copies in its first week. The show, which is co-sponsored by the Indiana Memorial Union Board and IU Auditorium, is the only student-presented show on Lil Wayne’s North American “I Am Music” tour, which also features the hip-hop artists Nicki Minaj, whose debut album recently went platinum, and Rick Ross, whose latest album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. A portion of the concert’s proceeds will go to Malaria No More, an organization working to end malaria-related deaths in Africa by 2015.

Jazz Week In Indy

It’s Jazz Week at the University of Indianapolis. Performers who will play this week at the University’s Lilly Performance Hall at the DeHaan Fine Arts Center include the tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and the alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, who toured with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and Brazilian-born trumpeter Claudio Roditi, who was a founding member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra. The Midcoast Swing Orchestra will perform on Friday night.

Jacobs School Takes Practical Approach To Graduates’ Futures

Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music is teaming up with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, of the Kelley School of Business, and independent music career specialist Angela Myles Beeching for a year-long program they’re calling Project Jumpstart, a series of workshops, lectures, and ‘schmoozathons’ that aim to offer student musicians an alternative approach to entrepreneurial and career development. Angela Myles Beeching is the author of “Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music,” a practical guide to developing an independent career as a musician; her book been used as a textbook in more than twenty schools.

Diana Ross Surprises Guests At Opening Of Downtown Indianapolis Hotel

The thousand-odd guests at the opening of the new JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis had a musical surprise last week: Diana Ross. The legendary singer, whose appearance was kept a secret from her audience, performed a number of her most well-known songs, including “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” “Baby Love,” and “Love Child.” At 33 stories tall, with more than a thousand rooms, the new hotel is the last building to be constructed in the $450 million dollar Marriott Place complex in downtown Indy.

Rachel Lyon

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Rachel Lyon came to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing at IU. At WFIU, she is an announcer for All Things Considered and classical music, and she produces features for Artworks. Rachel's glad to be working in radio again after a long drought since her undergraduate years, when she was a DJ for WPRB, the independent station in Princeton, NJ.

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