It's not all creepy and altogether ooky as we enter Halloween month. But that's a good place to start for this week's A&E priority list.
“The Addams Family”
Say the name and it’s difficult not to think of finger snapping. In this musical, a growing-up Wednesday Addams’ interest in a “normal” boy stirs up problems in the creepy/kooky household. The notoriously troubled Broadway production has been rewritten and features some quite lively tunes. Don't judge it by the lackluster tour that came through town I have higher hopes for the work of the folks at Beef & Boards.
Beef & Boards Oct. 8-Nov. 22 Details
The wonderful old movie house in Franklin offers a weekend marathon that includes “Godzilla,” “War of the Worlds,” “Gila!,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Forbidden Planet,” “Planet of the Apes,” and “Night of the Living Dead.” Add in some fresh popcorn and you’ve got a terrific pre-Halloween weekend.
Artcraft Theatre, Franklin Oct. 9-10 Details
“The Last Five Years” in Concert
Songs from the two-character Jason Robert Brown musical have become staples on the cabaret circuit and in musical-theater auditions. Here, the two stars from the recent New York revival, Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, perform the entire piece.
Cabaret at the Columbia Club Oct. 9-10 Details
Indiana Authors Awards
A pair of poets took the national and regional author awards this year, with Marianne Boruch and Adrian Matejka being celebrated at this dinner event. Earlier in the day, an author fair includes lectures, signings and other activities with the honorees and other Indiana writers.
Central Library Oct. 10 Details
Also this week
On Oct. 10, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s season opener features 2015 IVCI Silver Medalist Tessa Lark on violin
From Oct. 9-24, the gutsy Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project offers the local premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ 2012 Pulitzer-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful” about a returning Iraq War veteran dealing with his splintered family. At the IndyFringe Basile Theatre.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir team up for a Beethoven concert Oct. 9-10.
Storytelling Arts of Indiana’s Halloween hit “Ghost Stories at Crown Hill Cemetery” returns for more appropriate-for-older-children stories Oct. 10.
The new Monument Circle Art Fair takes over Monument Circle Oct. 10.
The Children’s Museum’s “Pirate’s Revenge Haunted House” is open for business Oct. 10-31.