Places of art and music begin to reopen
Almost 16 months after the start of the pandemic, many places of entertainment are about to open their doors.
INDIANAPOLIS – It may seem like everything is back to normal, but the reality is that this is far from the case, especially for some concert and art venues.
Almost 16 months after the start of the pandemic, some are just getting ready to open their doors.
This includes the Chatterbox Jazz Club on Mass Ave. It closed on March 16, 2020 and has remained closed since. Owner David Andrichik said given the bar’s small size, imposed capacity limits and social distancing rules, it was impossible to open without losing money.
Until Wednesday, his business was the last on Avenue Mass still closed. That’s when Andrewick pulled out the ladder and began to carefully remove the mural that had covered the front of his bar for over a year.
“It feels good,” he said. “We can let in daylight to start the cleanup, then open for jazz.”
Ezi Underwood, the artist who painted the mural, was on hand to take possession of the piece.
“I’m super excited to see it unfold because it means we’re ready to start over and go full blast,” Underwood said. “It’s good to say” things have happened and now we can move on. “”
Several passers-by stopped to comment.
“I’m so happy you’re reopening,” said one woman. “It’s an anchor and I really missed it.”
Andrichik has said he will be presenting live music again by the end of the month, initially it will start with shorter hours and end on Sunday.
The new KanKan Cinema and Brewery, just northeast of downtown, is also set to open for the very first time.
The grand opening scheduled for March 16 was canceled the day before due to the pandemic.
“We were waiting for this, but not with folded arms,” said Louise Henderson.
Henderson said they were able to offer several virtual and outdoor events. Plans now call for restaurants and theaters to open on August 18. She said they chose to wait to “make sure all restrictions are relaxed enough to fully open to the public.”
It also gives them time to recruit, hire and train new employees.
The Cabaret also pivoted to live streaming and virtual shows when it closed. The first in-person performance is scheduled for August 13 downtown.
“The sales went well, really well,” said Britnee King, Director of Marketing. She said clients seemed hungry for live and in-person performances.
“It’s an energy that you can’t get anywhere else,” King said. “It’s a shared experience and I think more than ever people realize how valuable a shared experience is.”
The Cabaret is also inaugurating a new outdoor performance space this weekend. It’s called The Alley and will feature local musicians performing live every Friday through July with limited Friday performances also scheduled for August and September.
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