New 'Clowes Off Center' series part of 2011/12 lineup

May 5, 2011
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I was expecting to see the Clowes Hall mainstage lineup this week. What I wasn't expected was that Clowes had a fringe-y surprise up its programming sleeve.

While the announced-today mainstage season looks very promising (Grammy-winning Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding, rockers Huey Lewis and the News, Luna Negra Dance Theatre with Turtle Island String Quartet, vocal group Naturally 7, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" from the hilarious Mike Birbiglia), I'm most excited about a trio of shows under the new banner "Clowes Off Center."

What's that banner mean?

Well, for 2011/2012, that means Henson Alternative's "Stuffed and Unstrung," an adults-only show improv-based puppet show from The Jim Henson Company. (Let us not forget, folks, that the Muppets were part of the first season of "Saturday Night Live.")

It also means Street Drum Corps' "Bang!" (take a look here), which has been called a "punk rock 'Stomp'."

And it means a show by Playing for Change, featuring street musicians who were featured in the PBS documentary "Playing for Change: Peace Through Music."

More details on the schedule can be found here.

Your thoughts?

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  • Birbiglia
    We saw Birbiglia's earlier show, "Sleepwalk with Me," and he is a great storyteller -- the audience is totally with him from the very start. But that was in a fairly intimate Soho theater -- I can't imagine seeing him do the same thing at a huge venue like Clowes Hall.
  • NICE line up!
    three words: eat that palladium!
  • Um....you might want to...
    Check out The Palladium's new line up, it will take the wind out of your sails over Clowes!

    Not sure why people want to make this a competition. The Palladium is a world class concert hall with no rivals in the midwest. While I wish Clowes, the ISO, and other smaller regional theaters much success, there is no need to try to compete with The Palladium, because they simply can not. People need to be proud that Indiana, and not just Carmel, has The Palladium. I guarantee you The Royal Philharmonic nor the Munich Symphony would never play at The Hilbert Circle Theater.
    • i bet you they would
      most traveling groups will play wherever pays them the most - thats the wonder of booking anything from a re-united punk band or an international classical recording artist. and the reviews are in that the Palladium is by far not "the best" performance hall in the state, and thats fine. neither is Clowes - the sound sucks there, but the point is that competition IS good for live entertainment: if the people go to the shows more shows with better acts get booked. seeing stage singers play with Feinstein once a month for six months isn't as exciting as Mike Birbiglia one weekend and Huey Lewis the next if i can go see Urbanski tear it up downtown, catch shows at RadioRadio, the Mel, and the White Rabbit: Carmel is still boring.

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