A&E priority list for Feb 28-March 6

February 27, 2013
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There's no shortage of stuff to do this week. Here are some events at the top of my priority list.

“The Whipping Man”

March 5-24

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Think there’s nothing new to say about race in America? Well, consider this play set just after the Civil War during a Passover meal between two former slaves and their former master. My colleagues in other cities who have seen the show say brace yourself for the amputation scene. David Alan Anderson stars. Details here.

Caswell Sisters 

March 1

Jazz Kitchen

Rachel is a vocalist who has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Billy Taylor Trio. Sara is a violinist who has toured with Esperanza Spalding and recorded with Skitch Henderson and Charlie Byrd. Together, they make beautiful music—as typified in a stunning version of Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” on one of Sara’s discs. But the sisters haven’t collaborated on a full album together. That changes with this event, where the Caswell Sisters launch their new recording, “Alive in the Singing Air,” which includes standards “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and “Bye Bye Blackbird,” along with less-familiar material. Details here.

First Friday 

March 1

Various locations

Heard about—but haven’t seen—the art at the new Alexander Hotel? Stop in on First Friday, when tours are offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Of course, that shouldn’t be your only stop. While you are out, visit the Harrison Center, where the work of Herron professor Linda Adele Goodine and her studio assistant, Kyle Channing Smith, are featured. Meanwhile, at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, film historian Eric Grayson shares WWII military training films. No matter where you go, consider stopping at the Indiana Landmarks Center for Night Cap, featuring music by Monika Herzig, Heather Ramsey and more. Galleries are free. Night Cap admission is $7. Details here.

Also this week

Fiddler Natalie MacMaster headlines at the Palladium March 3. Details here.

Kryzsztof Urbanski and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offer a concert featuring music by Karlowicz, Chopin and Tchaikovsky March 1-2. Details here.

Midtown Men—composed of original cast members of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”—sings songs from the Four Seasons era March 2 at Clowes Hall. I’ll be offering a pre-show discussion. Details here

Christopher O’Riley, host of NPR’s “From the Top,” performs at the Tarkington March 1. Details here.  Speaking of NPR, the popular radio game show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” gets a “live” broadcast in movie theaters, including the AMC Indianapolis 17, Regal Galaxy 14, and Goodrich Hamilton 16 and Brownsburg 8 on May 2. Details here

Roving Cinema, the Indianapolis International Film Festival's series of on-location screenings, show "The Neverending Story" surrounded by the stacks of volumes at Indy Reads Books on Feb. 28. Details here.

Circus Oz, Australia’s national circus, performs at Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music March 3. Details here.

The Asian Art Society Film Series offers the first of three screenings March 1 with 1985’s “My Beautiful Laundrette” starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Upcoming films include “In the Mood for Love” and “Lost in Translation.” Details here

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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