Priority List: A&E choices for Jan. 10-16

January 8, 2013
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Stuck for what to do this week?

Here's a select starter list:

Hairspray in Concert

Jan. 11

Hilbert Circle Theatre

In symphonic concert versions of musicals, the actors carry abridged scripts, which are read to give the whole piece a coherent narrative. Done well—as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has in the past—it doesn’t come across as an on-book rehearsal but, rather, as a delightful hybrid of concert and play. In the past, the ISO’s choices have been old-school classics “Guys and Dolls” and “Hello, Dolly!” This time, we have a show of more recent vintage: “Hairspray.” John Waters, who wrote and directed the original film, narrates for a cast that features former Monkee Micky Dolenz and a who’s who of Broadway talent, including Nick Adams (“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Beth Leavel (”Baby It’s You”) and NaTasha Yvette Williams (“The Color Purple”). Details here


Jan. 12-13


Emerging in the 1970s, this Swiss group became an unexpected hot property for its blend of crazy masks and props combined with non-verbal, music-free action. A Broadway run, lengthy world tours, and a spot on “The Muppet Show” helped seal the deal. Now celebrating its 40th year in the business, Mummenschanz has influenced many a contemporary performance art company but has still maintained its core “What-did-I-just-see?” charms. Details here.

Winter Nights Film Series

Through Feb. 22

Indianapolis Museum of Art

The theme for this winter’s cold-weather flicks at the IMA is “visual feasts.” That means those who attend the Friday night screenings will have an opportunity to see movies that, at least on their initial release, looked like none other. The range of films that fall into that category is wide. This week, it’s the graphic novel noir “Sin City” (2005), next week it’s the sumptuous “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) and, on Jan. 25, it’s the film I’d nominate for, frame-by-frame, the most beautiful ever—1978’s “Days of Heaven.” Also in the series: “Apocalypse Now,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Top Hat” and “The Night of the Hunter.” Details here.

Also this week

Dance Kaleidoscope restages its “Old Blue Eyes” Sinatra-inspired show at the Pike Performing Arts Center. Details here.

Footlite Musicals stages Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years,” a song cycle in which a relationship is chronicled by two characters, one from beginning to end and the other from end to beginning. Jan. 11-27 at Hedbeck Theatre. Details here

On Jan. 11, Pike Performing Arts Center hosts the Elvis Birthday Tribute Artists Spectacular, featuring Presley’s drummer D.J. Fontana. Details here.

On Jan. 11, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” the latest in the Great American Songbook Movie Series, plays the Palladium. Details here.

Jazz talent John Pizzarelli performs at the Palladium Jan. 10. Details here.

The Purdue University Varsity Glee Club performs Jan. 13 at the Warren Performing Arts Center. Details here.

  • Local vs. Professional
    It seems strange how you favor mentioning local, often sub-par productions and leave out others... My wife and I are really looking forward to seeing Hairspray at the ISO, though!

Post a comment to this blog

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
  1. Thank you to the scientists who care enough to find a cure. We are so lucky that their intelligence has brought them to these understandings because it is through these understandings that we have new hope. Certainly the medicine will be expensive, these drugs usually are, especially the ones that are not mass produced. If I know anything from the walks that my town has put on for FA it is this: people care and people want to help. Donations and financial support can and will come to those who need it. All we need is a cure, the money will come. I mean, look at what these scientists have done thanks to the generosity of donors. 30 million dollars brings us here where we can talk about a drug's existence! There is so much to be frustrated about in this world, but this scientific break is not one of them. I am so happy for this new found hope. Thank you so much to the scientists who have been slaving away to help my friends with FA. We wish you speedy success in the time to come!

  2. I love tiny neighborhood bars-- when I travel city to city for work, it's my preference to find them. However, too many still having smoking inside. So I'm limited to bars in the cities that have smoking bans. I travel to Kokomo often, and I can promise, I'll be one of those people who visit the ma and pa bars once they're smoke free!

  3. I believe the issue with keystone & 96th was due to running out of funds though there were other factors. I just hope that a similar situation does not befall ST RD 37 where only half of the overhaul gets built.

  4. It's so great to see a country founded on freedom uphold the freedom for all people to work and patronize a public venue without risking their health! People do not go to bars to smoke, they can take it outside.

  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.