Searching for something to do this week? There are plenty of options, among them:
Heartland Film Festival
There’s a lot to choose from at this year’s Heartland Film Festival, including some flicks you might not expect from Heartland, including “Drunktown’s Finest,” a stereotype-breaking look at the Navajo Nation, and “Off the Floor,” a documentary about pole dancers. You can find my picks from those I’ve pre-screened (including a terrific documentary about my hero, James Randi), here. Oct. 16-25 Various locations More info here.
Art in Odd Places Fest
I’m not sure how odd the stretch is from Monument Circle to Indianapolis City Market, but that’s the territory marked for this first-time-in-Indy event. One of the goals is to reimagine public space. To that end, a juried tribe of performing and visual artists will be creating free work that will only be accessible for a weekend. The theme: Free. Expect disco balls dangling from trees (feel free to dance), demonstrations of impractical products, your locked biked to be awarded a ribbon and bouquet, your comments on the artwork to be turned into music, and much more. All in all, it looks like a great excuse to take your time going home from your downtown job on Friday or heading toward the Circle on Saturday. Oct. 17-18 Various locations More info here.
Probably the most anticipated concert of the year for classic rock fans, Fleetwood Mac comes to the Fieldhouse largely intact with Christine McVie having rejoined the group in January. Oct. 21 Bankers Life Fieldhouse More info here.
Also this week
Jackson Browne, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer behind such hits as “Doctor, My Eyes,” “Running on Empty,” “Take It Easy,” and more plays the Murat Theatre Oct. 18.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, one of the leading chamber orchestras in the world, performs Oct. 18 at the Palladium.
Garfield Park Arts Center screens the silent movie classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” on Oct. 18.
Screenwriting team David Levien and Brian Koppelman (“Ocean’s 13,” “Runaway Jury,” and “Rounders”) speak about collaboration Oct. 21 at Butler University’s Atherton Hall.
Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks team up again for an Oct. 18 performance at Clowes Hall.
On Oct. 16-17, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto leads off an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concert at Hilbert Circle Theatre that also includes Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. The guest pianist is Kirill Gerstein.
TEDxIndianapolis returns to Hilbert Circle Theatre Oct. 21
The Jayhawks perform Oct. 18 at the Vogue.Carolina Chocolate Drops follow on Oct. 21.
On Oct. 17-18, the Indiana History Center hosts Big Draw Indy, turning Lilly Hall into a massive art studio for all ages.