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5/30/2018
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Summer Concert List

  • The Four Horsemen: the Ultimate Tribute to Metallica - June 2, 9:00 pm Vogue Theatre  
  • Lea Michele and Darren Criss - June 5, 7:30 pm Murat Egyptian Room at Old National Theatre
  • Post Malone and 21 Savage - June 6, 7:00 pm Lawn at White River State Park 
  • The Killers - June 8, 7:30 pm Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 
  • Hayley Kiyoko - June 8, 8:00 pm Murat Egyptian Room at Old National Theatre
  • Keith Urban - June 16, 7:31 pm Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 
  • Imagine Dragons - June 22, 7:00 pm Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 
  • ZPL Birthday Bash - June 23, 8:00 pm Indiana Farmers Coliseum 
  • Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony, Niall Horan, James Arthur, Liam Payne, Aaron Carter
  • Paramore - July 1, 7:00 pm Lawn at White River State Park 
  • Logic - July 1, 7:00 pm Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 
  • Panic at the Disco - July 13, 7:00 pm Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
  • Halsey with Jessie Reyes - July 17, 8:00 pm Lawn at White River State Park 
  • Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson - July 18, 7:00 pm Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 
  • Warped Tour - July 24, 11:00 am Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
  • Asking Alexandria, Mayday Parade, We The Kings, Motionless in White, Falling in Reverse.
  • Walk the Moon - August 1, 7:30 pm Lawn at White River State Park 
  • G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert - August 17, 6:30 pm Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 
  • Niall Horan - August 26, 7:00 pm Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center  


Featured Concerts

  • June: Imagine Dragons 

With the 2012 release of “Night Visions,” Imagine Dragons officially introduced the world to their inventive, truthful brand of alternative rock. The Las Vegas-based quartet formed in 2009, quietly touring and releasing numerous singles as they found a foot hole in the music business. Over the years, the drive to create an adventurous, honest sound has never left Imagine Dragons, their 2017 “Evolve” being no exception. As a part of their global tour, Imagine Dragons will pay Indianapolis a visit on June 22 at 7 p.m., at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center.  

  • July: Warped Tour 

The Warped Tour has been a cultural sensation and an artistic launch pad ever since it was created in 1995 by Kevin Lyman. At last year’s Tour, however, Lyman announced that Warped Tour 2018 will be the last year of operation. The lineup is extensive, including a wide variety of artists and music genres. Some of these artists include: Asking Alexandria, Mayday Parade, We The Kings, Motionless in White, Bowling for Soup, Sum 41, 3OH!3 and Falling in Reverse. The last Warped Tour will come to Indianapolis on July 24 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, with the gates opening at 11 a.m. 

  • August: G-Easy and Lil Uzi Vert

G-Eazy is a rapper and producer from Oakland, California. His genres include hip hop, pop-rap and hyphy, giving him a strong skill set to make him stand out as an artist. His first major-label album, “These Things Happen,” was released on June 23, 2014, officially launching his music career. His single, “Me, Myself & I,” reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2015, adding to his fame. 

G-Eazy is teaming up with Lil Uzi Vert, a hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia. He gained recognition after releasing his debut single, "Money Longer,” and several mixtapes. In 2017, Lil Uzi Vert released his debut studio album, “Luv Is Rage 2”, which reached number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Many say that the rapper is one to watch, with his signature rapid delivery. Both artists will be in Indianapolis on Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center.

5/30/2018
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Blue Water-Lines mannymua

Like many trends, this one originated on the runway. Lately, many fashion runways have chased after the disco theme, which triggered the makeup trend of placing a blue color on the bottom lashline. The color was found to work with a variety of other colors, despite the vibrancy of the blue. Many people are picking up on this trend for summer, hoping to match the blue of the ocean. 

Floral thebeachcompany 

After pastel colors made their appearance in New York FashionWeek, everyone relied on floral printsto help stay trendy without being toobold. It is a pattern twist that manypeople have not seen in a while,and it mixes pastel with small print.Many people enjoy this trend becauseit is fashionable without being too flashy. Usually trends are bold fashion statements, but floral prints are a pattern that can work with almost anything. 

Sheer Tops emmacloth

These tops originated in workout apparel and gym attire, but they made their way into everyday fashion and even the New York runway. With summer coming up, sheer tops give the wearer a cool mesh material to ensure air flow in the hot temperatures. 

Velvet soaesthetic

This soft fabric material became popular in late 2017, becoming a regular in closetsin 2018. Before it was a fashion trend,velvet was usually known because it isthe material that the famed Red Carpetis made out of and found at awardshows and elegant events. Since then, people have taken it up as a fashion trend for everyday life. 

Graphic Button-Ups thefreshyard 

Harry Styles began the trend of print-on button-ups in 2015. Initially, this trend was inspired by and resembled Hawaiian shirts printed with native flowers all over it, but now, button ups can be bought with almost any pattern. 

Face Jewels sparkledust 

This trend began at Coachella, one of the biggest music festivals in the country. Introduced by Vanessa Hudgens in 2011, this trend took several years for people to pick up. Beauty gurus finished their makeup looks with these jewels in 2017, making it common for people in 2018. 

Dad Caps adidas 

In 2018, people have been sporting dad caps because of their simplicity and the laid-back vibe they give off. Usually, tossing on a hat signifies a bad hair day or a lazy day, which is how the trend quickly grew among teenagers. The caps have soft fronts as opposed to the hard ones that snapback hats have. 

Golden Highlighters sephora                                               

This makeup trend recently blew-up with the release of singer Rihanna’s beauty line. Her “Fenty Beauty” makeup line releaseda golden highlighting shade called “Trophy Wife,” meant for deeper skin tones. This started a lot of social media commotion after many beauty gurus tried it out to discover the amazing pigmentation and gorgeous shade of it. Since then, Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with their own golden highlighter called “Amrezy” in collaboration with a youtuber named Amra Olevic. With summer coming up, this golden highlighter is increasingly popular with people wanting to show off the ‘sun-dipped’ look. 

5/30/2018
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Shoot Dance

The Shoot dance that went viral in 2017 continues to have a strong influence on dance styles today. Rapper Blocboy JB released a song with Drake that featured the new dance which caught the attention of many. This dance involves hopping on one foot and kicking with the opposite foot while vertically moving the arm that corresponds with the kicking foot. This dance was so popular that it even erupted into the #Shoot Challenge that trended on Twitter and Instagram. 

Yodeling Walmart Boy 

Who would have thought that someone could become famous just from yodeling in a Walmart? Eleven-year-old Mason Ramsey went viral after a video was posted of him yodeling a 69-year old song “Lovesick Blues” by Hank Williams Jr. Ramsey caught the attention of many celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, who invited him as a guest on her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ramsey also performed at Coachella with DJ Ethan Snoreck and spent time with Justin Bieber. On April 27, 2018 he released a country song, “Famous” which has received more than 600,000 streams on Spotify. 

Fortnite 

Fortnite, developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, is a survival game based in an imaginary world. Players create avatars and are dropped from a parachute in a desert island which has a range of tools and weapons. They use the weapons to kill their enemies and also collect materials to build their own weapons, buildings, and vehicles. The objective of the game is to be the last person alive. The game releases challenges that allow people to level up to different tiers which show their skill level. Players can also purchase battle passes which increase the amount of tiers a player has. 

Royal Wedding 

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry of the United Kingdom and film star Meghan Markle tied the knot with a fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. According to Nielson data, about 29 million people in the U.S tuned in to watch the couple make their relationship official. The wedding was noted for its inclusion of an African-American pastor and choir, a wedding party with children under 10 years old, and the simplicity of Markle’s wedding gown. Many were concerned that Markle, having been previously divorced, was not the “typical” person who would be married into the royal family but she brushed those rumors aside and married the love her life. As it is tradition in a royal wedding, the Queen anointed Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex which would make Markle an official royal as she was given the title of “Duchess of Sussex.”

Cardi b 

On June 16, 2017 the entertainment world was gifted with Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow, influenced by the original Kodak Black song “No Flocking.” Since then, Cardi B (Belcalis Almanzar) has gained a large fan base and collaborated with artists such as Migos, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars. She also joins The Beatles and Ashanti as the only artists to have three songs on the Hot 100. Cardi B has risen in fame over the past year, being nominated for the Grammy’s and guest starring on talk shows such as Ellen and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Cardi B is also well known for her outgoing and boisterous personality and has influenced the trend of “Okurr.” In October 2017, she was engaged to Migos member Offset, and they are expecting their child in the summer of 2018. 

Black Panther 

Black Panther, released on February 16, 2018, introduced the world to phrases “Wakanda Forever” and “Hey Auntie.” This movie was the first of its kind to feature an entire cast of Africans and African-Americans. Black Panther, a Marvel superhero movie, included popular traditions and customs from many African countries. For example, the Dora Milaje who protected the king of Wakanda (Chadwick Boseman) lead by Okoye (Dania Gurira) was inspired by the real life “Dahomey Amazons,” an all female army who fought in present day Republic of Benin during the 19th century. The film also influenced the increase of African pride among African-Americans. Many were pictured attending the movie premiere in clothes, shoes, and accessories from different African countries. Black Panther was seen by many as progress for minority representation in the film industry. 

Fenty 

On Sept. 8 2017, after two years of development, pop-sensation Rihanna released a line of beauty products that caught the attention of many. The makeup line, named Fenty Beauty, was appreciated for having multiple variations of shades of colors for different skin complexions. The line includes palettes, mascara, lipstick and eyeshadow with the main focus of creating products that are inclusive to all people with unique skin tones. 

Beychella 

This year, Coachella, an annual music and arts festival in Indio, Calif., made history and became even more popular when people found out that the one and only Beyonce was going to be a headliner. Beyonce was the first African American female to headline for the festival. Her two-hour long HBCU inspired performance featured some of her most popular songs such as “Crazy in Love” and “Formation.” The performance included African American dancers, violinists and drumlines who all wore a Greek crest made specifically for Beyonce. She also had collaborations with her husband Jay-Z, her sister Solange and her former group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child. 

5/23/2018
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       Comic books have changed rapidly since their creation, but now authors and readers have moved on to various internet platforms instead of buying books. This change poses the question: why artists are preferring the internet over traditional print?

       “Younger people generally can’t buy series as often, but younger people are a big source for consuming content. So keeping them involved on a free to read platform is nice for thoughts and ideas,” said author Alyssa Orange. 

         Alyssa Orange is the author of “Satan and Me,” a comic about a girl who accidentally summons Satan and befriends him. Orange is a popular author with over 20.6 million views on her comic and has a large following on Tapastic and Tumblr. Follower interaction is a key part of how she decides the path of her comics.

       “There is a lot more follower interaction. Sometimes I can map out ideas based on readers reactions since nothing is set in stone. It gives me a broad spectrum,” Orange said.

        Orange is dedicating her time to her latest comic “Here it Comes,” a comic about a boy who has cursed hand. The comic has gained 799 thousand views since its initial release in May of 2016. Both her comics are published online on Tumblr and Tapastic, and both have a growing and fanbase. Online publishing is one of the biggest steps in her creative process. 

        “If I didn’t put them online, I’d have nowhere else to put them! Putting them online and seeing the response is the only thing that gave me motivation to pursue publishing options,” Orange said. Online publishing has more freedom than traditional print. There are no deadlines, and publishers cannot set strict guidelines on what the author can make.

        “Websites like Tapastic and Webtoons allow me to create comics that are longer form and don't have to fit into the normal 4, 6, or 8 panel comic structure that I normally use. This works well for comics that are shared on social media,” said artist Christopher Grady. 

         Grady publishes cartoon strips narrating his life in his comic “Lunarbaboon.” Christopher Grady has been publishing comics on Tapastic since April of 2014 and his comics have been viewed over 7.5 million times.

         The limitless possibilities allow authors like Orange to deal with darker subjects in her comics like death, religion and war as well as lets Grady create comics about lighter subjects such as the ups and downs of life and parenting.

        Webcomics have grown successful and are always changing the definition of what a comic should be. Artists have freedom and access to create ideas that they could have never dreamed of before. These free to read websites like Webtoons and Tapastic have made a platform where everyone can share their stories, art and ideas with like minded authors.

        Having these open platforms have created a whole new community that opens up doors for creators that they would not have access to if they followed through traditional print. It does more than offer a place to spread stories, but also a place where people can make a living doing what they love.

5/23/2018
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      Indy PopCon is an annual event that hosts actors, cosplayers and gamers that come together to celebrate their common interest in pop culture will be held on June 8 to June 10. This convention, located in the Indiana Convention Center, has a variety of events held in its halls that brings people from all over to participate and experience the convention.

      PopCon has a variety of events that anyone can participate in. This June, attendees can expect to see the annual Cosplay Championship. This is an event where participants create their best costumes and present them to judges. If the Cosplayer has shown both skill and creativity, they have a good shot at becoming the Cosplay Champion.

      This year there will also be new competitions such as the Esports tournament. Each player will demonstrate their gaming dexterity and battle in online competitions.

       In addition, there will be a Podcast Marathon and award ceremony. This year’s most popular podcasts will be voted on by attendees and will each get a shot at winning an award.

       There will also be a new addition to the main floor. Now there are Escape Rooms where players will be locked inside a room with a theme and must escape in a short amount of time by following clues and hints inside the room. 

       Along with these, there will be over 250 vendors selling merchandise and other treats on the main floor.

       PopCon also invites special guests to visit Indianapolis every year and participate in events. This year the convention can expect to see gamers, actors and voice actors walking the floor and speaking in panels. 

       This year, there are two special gamers who are attending PopCon. Ray Narvaez Jr, twitch streamer and an Ex Achievement Hunter, will be speaking during the event and doing autographs. Along with Narvaez will be Ethan Nestor, CrankGamePlays, the famous YouTuber known for starring in videos and traveling with Markiplier.

       Also attending will be famous actors Isaac Hempstead Wright and Pom Klementieff.

       Wright is known for his role as Bran Stark, the youngest of the Stark children in “Game of Thrones.” Klementieff is famous for her role as Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Infinity War. Both actors will be doing autographs and taking pictures with fans during the duration of the event.

        The last guest is Lucie Pohl, the voice actor for Mercy in Overwatch. Pohl’s character is a fan favorite among overwatch players and she will be seen walking around the floor meeting cosplayers. Pohl will also be at several panels and signing autographs at her booth.

         PopCon is a spectacular convention that hosts a variety of events. Attendees will want to spend all three days competing in competition and shopping in the vending alleys. Along with the events, PopCon also invites a variety of people from cosplayers to famous youtubers. All these special guests will be seen around the convention meeting fans and participating in panels. PopCon is an inclusive and fun event for every one and should be on everyone’s summer to do list. 

5/23/2018
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       What if you could write an entire world into existence? With a certain pen and a certain book, a person can create new worlds through the science of scriptology. Elsa lives in Veldana, one such scribed world created by her mother, a renowned scriptologist who constantly alters their reality. 

        But when her mother is kidnapped and Veldana disappears, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to save them both. She travels to an alternate 19th century Italy, where she discovers a society of young mad scientists who each practice one of three sciences: alchemy, mechanics or scriptology. There she meets Leo, a handsome mechanic with a smart mouth and a secret past, as well as his group of eccentric friends. While Elsa prefers to work alone, she must enlist the help of her fellow scientists to find her mother and stop a sinister plot in the works. 

         In the beginning of “Ink, Iron, and Glass,” Elsa seemed like any other teen heroine. She read like every other character of the fantasy genre and nothing she did set herself apart. However, as the plot threw her in the deep end and forced her to swim for herself, she broke out of that stereotypical mold. Elsa found herself at the same time that the reader did. Her personality is rather amusing, as she does not really feel all that comfortable around people and their odd customs. Her frustration with the vexatious Leo and his charm is hilarious, adding a certain harmony to her spirit. Seeing Elsa come into her own and embrace her skills is the best part of traveling through this adventure. 

         Leo had similar, stereotypical beginnings. He seemed like that one charismatic, handsome guy with a thing for sarcasm, featured in almost every teen novel that ever existed. Once the plot divulged into his tragic past, however, his character split into something much more unique. Readers see Leo struggle with figuring out who he really is and how he will navigate his family’s dark legacy. 

        “Ink, Iron, and Glass” has an elegant, eccentric harmony. It’s base in 19th century Italy is a lovely backdrop for the story, with smooth accents and descriptive architecture. 

         Clare really lets her voice shine in this tale, with vivid style and an eloquent tone. The way she designated and brought together the three sciences: alchemy, mechanics, and scriptology is genius. Each of these elements have been focal points in teen literature before, but rarely do readers see them used to this amazing affect. 

         Overall, “Ink, Iron, and Glass” is a peculiar read for those who enjoy the unparallel. It has interesting characters, an intricate plot and elements that really tie together this amazing novel.