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):
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
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.
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.
Blog: You-review-it Monday.