Arts bargains everywhere

May 12, 2009
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It's not just houses that are going cheap right now. So are tickets to some of Indy's prime arts events.

--At the Indianapolis Opera site, you can land a 50% discount on tickets to this weekend's epic collaboration between IO and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Wagner's "Das Rheingold." Find it here. And say hello if you see me there on Sunday.

--At the Phoenix Theatre, $15-a-ticket Wednesday performances have been added for the hilarious, who-thinks-of-these-things? musical comedy "The Zippers of Zoomerville." You can see my comments on the show a few blogs back here. FYI: The same discount ticket price works on Thursdays as well. For more on the show and deal, click here.

--The Cabaret at the Connoisseur Room is hoping to introduce first-timers to the art of cabaret through a two-for-one ticket deal. It's only available for those who have not been to the new space on Ohio St. Info on upcoming shows can be found at -- but don't look for the deal there. You can only get it by calling the box office at 294-7005.

So, do any of these inspire you to sample the work? And do you know of any other major discounts available this week? (If you are a PR person for such an organization, feel free to post -- but make sure you identify your affiliation.

Your thoughts?
  • Laura Pinegar with the Indianapolis Museum of Art here. Lou, thanks for giving we PR folks the opportunity to chime in!

    The IMA is offering online discounts for its current exhibition European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century (through June 21)--a show The Wall Street Journal recently hailed as a tour de force.

    Visitors can purchase their tickets online and save $2 off admission for adults and $1 off admission for children. All ticketholders also receive 10% off at the IMA Store, the IMA Gallery Shop, and the IMA Design Center.

    (And, as always, admission to the IMA galleries is absolutely free!)
  • Karen Knotts, marketing director, Dance Kaleidoscope here.

    DK has added a value priced ticket of $20 (in addition to the regularly priced $35 & $37 adult tickets) for the upcoming World Premiere of the dramatic Rite of Spring, June 4-7 at IRT. Other discount options are on Thur., June 4: Mini-Matinee (1 hour only at Noon) for just $6 or the evening Preview Performance -- all tickets $21. (Show is recommended for mature audiences)
  • I just bought discounted opera tickets today. I'm a subscriber, but didn't want to pay for the fourth show as a part of the season. After enjoying the season, the discount prompted my to buy. Without it, I wouldn't have gone. So, it works in this case, but I'm concerned that too much discounting, or doing so for too long, could devalue tickets, which are already fairly priced. Catering to the economy could be beneficial now, but could have negative implications down the road.

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