Here's my priority list for new A&E events this week. If you see any of these (or anything else), chime in with your thoughts on the You-review-it Monday blog at www.ibj.com/arts.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Few names are as synonymous with modern dance as Alvin Ailey, who founded his company in 1958. Now under its third leader, Robert Battle, it continues to inspire, awe and awaken audiences to the joys of movement. The program includes Paul Taylor’s “Arden Court,” Robert Battle’s “Takademe,” Rennie Harris’ “Home” and the Alvin Ailey staple “Revelations.” Details here.
Wheeler Art Center
It’s still Olivia … but she’s a mobster’s daughter. It’s still Orsino … but he’s a crime boss. Welcome to the world of William Shakespeare circa 1930, and if you don’t remember an assassination early in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” well, at least you can be comforted knowing that all of the words belong to the Bard. Acting Up Productions’ take on the romantic comedy features Sam Fain, Lauren Briggeman and Jaddy Ciucci. Details here.
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
IU Auditorium, Bloomington
Some background: The Silk Road Project was founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 using the famed Eurasian Silk Road of yesteryear as a metaphor for cross-cultural sharing. The Silk Road Ensemble is the international touring arm of that group. Featuring artists from about 20 countries, it approaches music with a spirit of collaboration, risk and experimentation. Give a listen here. Concert details here.
Also this week
Dance Kaleidoscope offers “Piaf Plus” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre March 14-24. Details here.
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2010 gold medalist Clara-Jumi Kang performs with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, March 15, at the Indiana History Center. Details here.
A Parade Festival takes over Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets March 15 before, during and after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Details here.
Indianapolis Early Music presents The Tallis Scholars, March 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Details here.
The Leipzig Quartet plays the Palladium March 15. Details here.
The Music for All National Festival features a steady stream of concerts March 14-15 at Clowes Hall. Details here.
Ukulele/guitar duo Victor & Penny play music of the 1920s at the Jazz Kitchen, March 15. Details here.
George Street hosts Blarney Bash March 16, featuring My Yellow Rickshaw and Flatbed Twitch. Details here.
The Indy Folk Series presents Hogeye Navvy March 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis. Details here.
Don't forget these still-running shows:
MUSEUM REVIEW: “Guitars” at the Eiteljorg.
THEATER REVIEW: “The Lyons” at the Phoenix Theatre.
And join me on the next A&E ROAD TRIP: The pre-Broadway musical “Big Fish.”