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A&E priority list includes PopCon, an original musical, more

June 22, 2015

Need some starting points for planning your A&E week? Here goes.

“La Casa Azul”

Ambitious isn’t quite the word for Gregory Hancock, whose self-named theater company will be presenting his long-in-the-works new musical based on the life of artist Frida Kahlo. Hancock not only wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics, but also choreographed (of course), created the costumes, and is directing. To be clear, this is not your typical Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre show but a complete sung-through, original musical. The company has even put together a cast recording, which will be available at the performance and on iTunes.

June 25-June 28. Tarkington  Details

Indy PopCon

“But what can I actually do?” you might ask if you’re a borderline pop culture fan who hasn’t been to a convention such as this. Well, for starters, you could fill your weekend by listening to Geek Standup Comedy, sit in on a discussion on Gender Identities in Media, watch “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” have your art portfolio reviewed by a former Marvel talent manager, visit the Museum of Geek History, sit in on a podcast, and be a part of a starship crew by taking a seat in the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator. Then again, you could just play Mario Kart 8 and try to get a glimpse of Zach Galligan (“Gremlins”), Sam Jones (“Flash Gordon”) or Edward James Olmos (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

June 26-28 Indiana Convention Center Details

“Pictures at an Exhibition”

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs Mussorgsky’s “Picture at an Exhibition,” which isn’t something all that unusual. What is unusual is that 30 artists will also be at Conner Prairie painting during the performances, with the work to be displayed in April during the ISO’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” weekend. Also on the bill: Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto Concerto No. 1.”

June 26-27  Conner Prairie Amphitheatre Details

Also this week

The Eiteljorg Museum’s annual Indian Market and Festival, June 27-28, includes sketch comedy group The 1941s, the Leaf Arrow Storytellers, and percussion/vocal group SouthEastern Waterspider Drum.

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club hosts Broadway and television star Linda Lavin June 26-27.

Flogging Molly plays the Lawn at White River State Park June 23. David Gray and Amos Lee follow on June 27.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs “Picture at an Exhibition” June 26-27 at Conner Prairie Amphitheatre.

Darius Rucker headlines at Klipsch Music Center June 27.

Teen talent is showcased in Summer Stock Stage’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” June 25-28.

Julie Taymor’s version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” gets staged at IU Cinema June 25 and 17.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform June 25 at the Muncie Canan Commons.

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