Priority list: A&E choices for Jan. 24-30

January 16, 2013
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Stuck for what to do this week?

 Here's a select starter list (much of which I discuss Thursday mornings on Fox 59's morning news and Friday mornings on WIBC):

Tiempo Libre

Jan. 26

Clowes Hall

What happens when Bach gets a Cuban beat? Give a listen here or catch Tiempo Libre when it visits Butler’s campus as part of the Clowes Off Center series. But that’s just a hint of the range of this Miami-based, Grammy-nominated band. I could tell you about its collaborations with Joshua Bell on “Para Ti,” James Galway on his “O’Reilly Street” disc, or appearances on “Live from Lincoln Center,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or at jazz festivals around the world. But it might be sufficient to say that when a group is named “Best Latin Band” in Miami, that means something. Details here

“Next to Normal”

Jan. 24-Feb. 24

Phoenix Theatre

Plan a musical-theater-with-strong-female-characters weekend by pairing the IRT’s “A Little Night Music” (previewed here last week) with this more recent award-winner about a bipolar mother and the impact of her illness on her family. Details here.

 

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Jan. 24-Feb. 9

John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington

…or, for a very different strong female character, add in this production of Edward Albee’s classic, featuring one of the region’s finest actresses, Diane Kondrat. This being her farewell performance in Bloomington, you can expect some tears among audience members thrilled to see her in this dream role but sad to see her go. Details here.

 

Chuck Klosterman

Jan. 31

Butler University Atherton Union

One of the distinct honors of my book-writing career thus far has been having Chuck Klosterman trash my work in a major national magazine. But enough about me. The take-no-prisoners pop culture scribe best known for such essay collections as “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” will be in town as part of Butler University’s Visiting Writers series. Need a sample? Here’s one from his essay on the Harry Potter phenomenon: “…the fact that they’re written for British thirteen-year-olds probably means they’re precisely the right speed for 90 percent of American adults.” Details here.

Also this week


The Indiana State Museum unveils the skeleton of a three-ton mastodon, which will be on display beginning Jan. 25. Details here.

The American Pianists Association presents classical fellowship finalist Andrew Staupe with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Jan. 27 at the Indiana History Center. Details here.

Storytelling Arts presents “The Charm, the Harm and the Daring of Dillinger,” Jan. 25 at the Indiana History Center. Details here

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s weekly celebration of visually stunning movies continues on Jan. 25 with Terrence Mallick’s “Days of Heaven.” Details here.

Pianist Chuchito Valdes performs at the Jazz Kitchen Jan. 25. Details here

Artist/novelist Alison Bechdel (“Fun Home,” “Dykes to Watch Out For,” speaks as part of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Lecture Series at the Indiana State Museum Feb. 28. Details here.

Rapper Common lectures Jan. 24 at Clowes Hall. Details here.

The Museum Studies Program at IUPUI presents an “Art, Race, Space Symposium” featuring artist Fred Wilson Jan. 25. Details here

 

More A&E from IBJ

Review: Three novels by Hoosier writers

News: Lawmakers aim to shore up riverboat casinos

Blog: Chesney, Shelton, Lambert among summer country concerts

Blog: You-review-it Monday. 

 

  

Joshua Radin [with photo]

Jan. 17

Hilbert Circle Theatre

If you aren’t familiar with Joshua Radin’s music, that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard it. His first break was having a song used in the TV series “Scrubs” (aided by pal Zach Braff), and his tunes have since been heard on “Brothers and Sisters,” “Bones,” “Gossip Girl,” “Gray’s Anatomy” and many more. You also might have heard him play if you were a guest at the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. OK, so that’s unlikely.

Fans, of course, know Radin from his four albums, including last year’s “Underwater.” He’ll be playing a special Happy Hour concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which also includes performances by Time for Three as well as the now-requisite complimentary food and drink samples in the lobby. Info here. www.indianapolissymphony.org

 

“A Little Night Music” 

Jan. 23-Feb. 17

Indiana Repertory Theatre

The anchoring theaters in most cities (The Walnut Street Theatre in Philly, the Goodman in Chicago, La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, etc.) usually have at least one musical as part of their annual schedule. But our own IRT has gotten tuneful only twice this decade, and neither of those shows come close to the challenge of Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler’s “A Little Night Music.” Known by many only for its song “Send in the Clowns,” it’s a delightfully adult comedy about romance, sex and missed connections. A potential bonus: Here it will be anchored by opera star Sylvia McNair, better known to audiences at the Metropolitan Opera than to those here in Indiana, where she teaches at Indiana University. Personally, I’d see it if for no other reason than just to hear the song “The Miller’s Son,” one of the best minor-character songs in musical theater history. Info here. www.irtlive.org

 

The Harlem Globetrotters  [with photo]

Jan. 21

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The gimmick—well, the new gimmick—this time out for the famed basketball clowns is that fans will have a hand in rewriting the rulebook. That could mean 4-point shots (from 35 feet out), a penalty box, a 6-on-5 game or double points. Whatever rules get modified, know that a Harlem Globetrotters experience should be on everyone’s (peach) bucket list. Info here. http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/

 

Also this week

 

Kurt Elling performs “1619 Broadway, the Brill Building Project,” Jan. 19 at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Info here. www.thecabaret.org

 

IndyFringe and IndyMagic Monthly present the 3rd Annual Winter Magic Festival Jan. 18-20 at the Indiana Landmarks Center featuring prestidigitators from Pittsburgh, Indy, Louisville and more. Info here. http://indyfringe.org/winter-magic-festival-2013

 

The Purdue Jazz Festival, Jan. 17-19, includes performances by the Delfeayo Marsalis Octet, Jeff Coffin and Lennie Foy. Info here.http://www.purdue.edu/bands/jazzfest/schedule.php [Link TK]

 

More from this week’s IBJ A&E Priority List

 

[Do not include the Also this week items below. For blog only]

 

IUPUI hosts an “Art, Race, Space Symposium,” Jan. 25. Info here.http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/artracespace/

 

Wisdom Tooth Productions presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night" Jan. 17-26 at the Indy Fringe Building. Info here. http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/Search.action?query=twelfth+night+indyfringe

 

Joshua Radin [with photo]

Jan. 17

Hilbert Circle Theatre

If you aren’t familiar with Joshua Radin’s music, that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard it. His first break was having a song used in the TV series “Scrubs” (aided by pal Zach Braff), and his tunes have since been heard on “Brothers and Sisters,” “Bones,” “Gossip Girl,” “Gray’s Anatomy” and many more. You also might have heard him play if you were a guest at the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. OK, so that’s unlikely.

Fans, of course, know Radin from his four albums, including last year’s “Underwater.” He’ll be playing a special Happy Hour concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which also includes performances by Time for Three as well as the now-requisite complimentary food and drink samples in the lobby. Info here. www.indianapolissymphony.org

 

“A Little Night Music” 

Jan. 23-Feb. 17

Indiana Repertory Theatre

The anchoring theaters in most cities (The Walnut Street Theatre in Philly, the Goodman in Chicago, La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, etc.) usually have at least one musical as part of their annual schedule. But our own IRT has gotten tuneful only twice this decade, and neither of those shows come close to the challenge of Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler’s “A Little Night Music.” Known by many only for its song “Send in the Clowns,” it’s a delightfully adult comedy about romance, sex and missed connections. A potential bonus: Here it will be anchored by opera star Sylvia McNair, better known to audiences at the Metropolitan Opera than to those here in Indiana, where she teaches at Indiana University. Personally, I’d see it if for no other reason than just to hear the song “The Miller’s Son,” one of the best minor-character songs in musical theater history. Info here. www.irtlive.org

 

The Harlem Globetrotters  [with photo]

Jan. 21

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The gimmick—well, the new gimmick—this time out for the famed basketball clowns is that fans will have a hand in rewriting the rulebook. That could mean 4-point shots (from 35 feet out), a penalty box, a 6-on-5 game or double points. Whatever rules get modified, know that a Harlem Globetrotters experience should be on everyone’s (peach) bucket list. Info here. http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/

 

Also this week

 

Kurt Elling performs “1619 Broadway, the Brill Building Project,” Jan. 19 at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Info here. www.thecabaret.org

 

IndyFringe and IndyMagic Monthly present the 3rd Annual Winter Magic Festival Jan. 18-20 at the Indiana Landmarks Center featuring prestidigitators from Pittsburgh, Indy, Louisville and more. Info here. http://indyfringe.org/winter-magic-festival-2013

 

The Purdue Jazz Festival, Jan. 17-19, includes performances by the Delfeayo Marsalis Octet, Jeff Coffin and Lennie Foy. Info here.http://www.purdue.edu/bands/jazzfest/schedule.php [Link TK]

 

More from this week’s IBJ A&E Priority List

 

[Do not include the Also this week items below. For blog only]

 

IUPUI hosts an “Art, Race, Space Symposium,” Jan. 25. Info here.http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/artracespace/

 

Wisdom Tooth Productions presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night" Jan. 17-26 at the Indy Fringe Building. Info here. http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/Search.action?query=twelfth+night+indyfringe

 

Joshua Radin [with photo]

Jan. 17

Hilbert Circle Theatre

If you aren’t familiar with Joshua Radin’s music, that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard it. His first break was having a song used in the TV series “Scrubs” (aided by pal Zach Braff), and his tunes have since been heard on “Brothers and Sisters,” “Bones,” “Gossip Girl,” “Gray’s Anatomy” and many more. You also might have heard him play if you were a guest at the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. OK, so that’s unlikely.

Fans, of course, know Radin from his four albums, including last year’s “Underwater.” He’ll be playing a special Happy Hour concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which also includes performances by Time for Three as well as the now-requisite complimentary food and drink samples in the lobby. Info here. www.indianapolissymphony.org

 

“A Little Night Music” 

Jan. 23-Feb. 17

Indiana Repertory Theatre

The anchoring theaters in most cities (The Walnut Street Theatre in Philly, the Goodman in Chicago, La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, etc.) usually have at least one musical as part of their annual schedule. But our own IRT has gotten tuneful only twice this decade, and neither of those shows come close to the challenge of Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler’s “A Little Night Music.” Known by many only for its song “Send in the Clowns,” it’s a delightfully adult comedy about romance, sex and missed connections. A potential bonus: Here it will be anchored by opera star Sylvia McNair, better known to audiences at the Metropolitan Opera than to those here in Indiana, where she teaches at Indiana University. Personally, I’d see it if for no other reason than just to hear the song “The Miller’s Son,” one of the best minor-character songs in musical theater history. Info here. www.irtlive.org

 

The Harlem Globetrotters  [with photo]

Jan. 21

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The gimmick—well, the new gimmick—this time out for the famed basketball clowns is that fans will have a hand in rewriting the rulebook. That could mean 4-point shots (from 35 feet out), a penalty box, a 6-on-5 game or double points. Whatever rules get modified, know that a Harlem Globetrotters experience should be on everyone’s (peach) bucket list. Info here. http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/

 

Also this week

 

Kurt Elling performs “1619 Broadway, the Brill Building Project,” Jan. 19 at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Info here. www.thecabaret.org

 

IndyFringe and IndyMagic Monthly present the 3rd Annual Winter Magic Festival Jan. 18-20 at the Indiana Landmarks Center featuring prestidigitators from Pittsburgh, Indy, Louisville and more. Info here. http://indyfringe.org/winter-magic-festival-2013

 

The Purdue Jazz Festival, Jan. 17-19, includes performances by the Delfeayo Marsalis Octet, Jeff Coffin and Lennie Foy. Info here.http://www.purdue.edu/bands/jazzfest/schedule.php [Link TK]

 

More from this week’s IBJ A&E Priority List

 

[Do not include the Also this week items below. For blog only]

 

IUPUI hosts an “Art, Race, Space Symposium,” Jan. 25. Info here.http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/artracespace/

 

Wisdom Tooth Productions presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night" Jan. 17-26 at the Indy Fringe Building. Info here. http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/Search.action?query=twelfth+night+indyfringe

 

Joshua Radin [with photo]

Jan. 17

Hilbert Circle Theatre

If you aren’t familiar with Joshua Radin’s music, that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard it. His first break was having a song used in the TV series “Scrubs” (aided by pal Zach Braff), and his tunes have since been heard on “Brothers and Sisters,” “Bones,” “Gossip Girl,” “Gray’s Anatomy” and many more. You also might have heard him play if you were a guest at the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. OK, so that’s unlikely.

Fans, of course, know Radin from his four albums, including last year’s “Underwater.” He’ll be playing a special Happy Hour concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which also includes performances by Time for Three as well as the now-requisite complimentary food and drink samples in the lobby. Info here. www.indianapolissymphony.org

 

“A Little Night Music” 

Jan. 23-Feb. 17

Indiana Repertory Theatre

The anchoring theaters in most cities (The Walnut Street Theatre in Philly, the Goodman in Chicago, La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, etc.) usually have at least one musical as part of their annual schedule. But our own IRT has gotten tuneful only twice this decade, and neither of those shows come close to the challenge of Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler’s “A Little Night Music.” Known by many only for its song “Send in the Clowns,” it’s a delightfully adult comedy about romance, sex and missed connections. A potential bonus: Here it will be anchored by opera star Sylvia McNair, better known to audiences at the Metropolitan Opera than to those here in Indiana, where she teaches at Indiana University. Personally, I’d see it if for no other reason than just to hear the song “The Miller’s Son,” one of the best minor-character songs in musical theater history. Info here. www.irtlive.org

 

The Harlem Globetrotters  [with photo]

Jan. 21

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The gimmick—well, the new gimmick—this time out for the famed basketball clowns is that fans will have a hand in rewriting the rulebook. That could mean 4-point shots (from 35 feet out), a penalty box, a 6-on-5 game or double points. Whatever rules get modified, know that a Harlem Globetrotters experience should be on everyone’s (peach) bucket list. Info here. http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/

 

Also this week

 

Kurt Elling performs “1619 Broadway, the Brill Building Project,” Jan. 19 at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Info here. www.thecabaret.org

 

IndyFringe and IndyMagic Monthly present the 3rd Annual Winter Magic Festival Jan. 18-20 at the Indiana Landmarks Center featuring prestidigitators from Pittsburgh, Indy, Louisville and more. Info here. http://indyfringe.org/winter-magic-festival-2013

 

The Purdue Jazz Festival, Jan. 17-19, includes performances by the Delfeayo Marsalis Octet, Jeff Coffin and Lennie Foy. Info here.http://www.purdue.edu/bands/jazzfest/schedule.php [Link TK]

 

More from this week’s IBJ A&E Priority List

 

[Do not include the Also this week items below. For blog only]

 

IUPUI hosts an “Art, Race, Space Symposium,” Jan. 25. Info here.http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/artracespace/

 

Wisdom Tooth Productions presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night" Jan. 17-26 at the Indy Fringe Building. Info here. http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/Search.action?query=twelfth+night+indyfringe

 

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