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What is CreativeMornings?
An audience and a big screen displaying Creative Mornings' logo
Will we see you at the next event? | Photo by INDYtoday team
CreativeMornings is “the world’s largest face-to-face creative community,” but if you’ve ever attended one of its chapter events in Indy, you’ve probably found it to be a pretty niche community full of familiar faces.

Don’t get us wrong, this lecture series has a habit of selling out (though registration is free). For the uninitiated, here’s a rundown of what the organization does and how to participate.

What is it?

Each month, a different member of Indy’s creative community discusses their work in fields like science, art, music, and political organizing (read: pretty much everything). It’s essentially a TED talk, but with speakers you might already know from your neighborhood.

People inside Kan-Kan talking with coffee

This CreativeMornings lecture took place at Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie. | Photo by INDYtoday team

How does it work?

Before the lecture, you’ll have time to grab a coffee and donut while you chat with other attendees and organizers.

The talks often begin with “love bombs.” That’s where they feature a member of the community who deserves a little extra attention for their work. The Hoosier’s social media handle will pop up on the big screen and the audience is encouraged to share supportive words.

After that, it’s time to sit back and enjoy a lecture from a Naptown native. We were able to catch Oreo Jones’ talk about how he started his music career here. It’s also where we learned that the Chreece Hip-Hop Festival is coming back this year, which we shared with you earlier this month.

The next speaker hasn’t been announced yet, but if you sign up for its newsletterand we know you love newsletters — you can find out as soon as it’s official and sign up for tickets.

Got any pro tips?

  • Bring a mug with you. These gatherings usually feature Tinker Coffee. To cut down on waste, CreativeMornings encourages attendees to skip the paper cup.
  • Invite a friend. There’s nothing quite like a rehash of the event over brunch afterward.
  • Explore other creative communities. CreativeMornings has a chapter in 228 cities across the globe. What better way to understand a new place than by learning from the people in it?
  • Catch up on previous sessions. From Sampson Levingston to Ashley C. Ford, there are plenty of Hoosiers to learn more about.

Thursday, March 16
Friday, March 17
  • Wee Irish Mile | Friday, Mar. 17 | 11:15-11:30 a.m. | Downtown Indy, North Street and Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis | $10-$25 | Check in at the Parade Tent for this all-ages, mile-long run before the parade.
  • St. Paddy’s Comedy Party | Friday, Mar. 17 | 8-9:30 p.m. | District Theatre, 627 Mass Ave., Indianapolis | $20 | Join the audience for a night of Chicago-style improv with Red Curb Comedy, where nothing is pre-planned or rehearsed.
Saturday, March 18
  • Brickworld Indianapolis 2023 | Saturday, Mar. 18-Sunday, Mar. 19 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis | $14 | Explore 65,000 sqft of LEGO creations, interactive activities, and vendors.
  • “The Quiet Land of Erin: Celtic Harp Tunes and Tales from a Simpler Time” | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis | $20-$35 | See why musician Patrick Ball fell in love with the eloquence and fire of the Irish oral tradition and Celtic harp.

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News Notes

  • 56º | Afternoon showers | 62% chance of rain
  • Latea Lounge announced it has permanently closed its location on Mass Ave. after facing numerous challenges, including the pandemic, rising costs, and rent. We’ll miss its roasted brown sugar milk tea and made-in-house boba.
  • The Colts have been busy this week with several more team changes. The team released quarterback Matt Ryan, saving about $17 million in salary cap space. The Colts also agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract with defensive end Samson Ebukam. And then they traded cornerback Stephon Gilmore to Dallas for a fifth-round compensatory pick in the April draft. (FOX59)
  • $400,000. That’s how much money Coburn Place received from the Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative to address the mental health of Black domestic violence survivors over two years. The nonprofit plans to bolster its current programs and add an outreach and community education campaign. (WTHR)
Plan Ahead
  • The Indy Pride Parade is coming back to Mass Ave. this year on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There’s still time to register for participation — you have until Monday, May 15. The Indy Pride Festival will take place the following day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Military Park.
  • Looking for a new laptop that checks all the boxes without breaking the bank? Enter: the Acer Chromebook 311. This lightweight laptop is decked out with all the essential Google apps — like Google Chrome and Google Calendar — it’s quiet, and it has up to 10 hours of battery life.
This free fest is making a comeback
Crowd sitting in front of a stage with performers
Who do you want to see perform at this year’s festival? | Photo by Caleb John Smith via @bloombox_indy
If you’ve been looking for details on the next Independent Music + Art Festival, you won’t find anything.

But never fear — that’s only because the popular Old Northside fest has changed its name to Bloombox Festival. The 22nd annual outdoor event will be on Saturday, June 17 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Center.

Bloombox, which is co-hosted by INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, honors local musicians and artists who will perform and create original work at the event. You’ll be able to catch bands on two stages and browse DIY contemporary crafts like screen-printed posters and custom vintage-inspired western wear.

Did we mention it’s free to attend? Stay tuned for the event lineup, which will be announced in April.
The Wrap
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From the Editor
It’s not easy being green. However, several local eateries have been taking on the challenge by incorporating the St. Patrick’s Day color into their foods. From the The Luck of the Irish shake at Baby’s to Salamat Cookies’ green Pandan Macapuno blondies to Sun King Brewing’s spirited slushy, there’s a lot to celebrate this March.
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