This free edition of The $3 Indiana Pop Culture Newsletter includes five parts, beginning with a video conversation between The Film Yap co-founder Christopher Lloyd and me. We also have news about a genius presently living in Indianapolis and the latest teaser for “Stranger Things 4.”
The New Wave of arts coverage
Christopher Lloyd, one of my former editors at The Indianapolis Star, invited me to appear on a vlog episode produced by The Film Yap – his movie website that’s provided reviews, interviews and commentary since 2009.
Similar to The $3 Indiana Pop Culture Newsletter, The Film Yap now practices independent journalism through a subscription model at FilmYap.Substack.com.
Across a 25-minute YouTube video, Chris and I talk about our TV and radio gigs (his at the “Indy Now” show on FOX59, mine at 92.3 WTTS) and we discuss why newsletters are a good fit for film, music and pop culture coverage.
You can sign up for a discounted Film Yap subscription here.
The genius on campus
Congratulations to Hanif Abdurraqib, presently the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University, for being selected as one of 25 new MacArthur Fellows. Music critic, essayist and poet Abdurraqib will receive $625,000, a MacArthur Foundation prize informally known as the “genius grant.” On Dec. 2, Abdurraqib will speak at Butler’s Shelton Auditorium as part of the school’s visiting writing series. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. event is free.
The Hoosier nominated for two Latin Grammys
Omar Apollo, who grew up in Hobart, Indiana, is nominated in two categories of the Latin Grammys. The song “Te Olvidaste” is in the running for Record of the Year and Best Alternative Song. Spanish rapper C. Tangana and vocalist Apollo collaborated on the song, which translates in English to “you forgot it.” The Latin Grammy Awards telecast is scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 18 on Univision.
Remembering Dr. Lonnie Smith
Hammond B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith died Tuesday at age 79. I interviewed the keyboard player in advance of his Indy Jazz Fest appearance in 2015. Buffalo, New York, native Smith told me about “hiding out” in Indianapolis in the 1970s, an era in which he essentially put his career on hold after making four albums for Blue Note Records. He said he wore a cowboy hat during his time in Indianapolis and introduced himself as “the Buffalonian.” “I didn’t want to be bothered,” Smith said in the IndyStar interview. “I stayed hidden as much as possible.” When Smith left Indianapolis to resume his life in music, he loaded his 425-pound B-3 into a U-Haul by himself. “And a speaker,” he said. “It was cold and snowing. I went back to New York. ‘I have to go.’”
Welcome to Creel House
In a Sept. 25 teaser for Netflix series “Stranger Things 4,” flashback scenes introduce a new site in the set-in-Indiana story. Creel House may or may not be found in fictitious Hawkins, Indiana, but horrific things happened there in the 1950s. The teaser clip shows Hawkins residents Dustin, Lucas, Steve and Sadie looking for clues at Creel House in the 1980s. Previously revealed: Robert Englund (known for his portrayal of Freddy Krueger) will join the “Stranger Things” cast as Victor Creel. Englund is not seen, however, in the teaser video.
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