This week of events leading to the world premiere of Indianapolis Opera’s “Happy Birthday, Wanda June” includes a panel discussion, movie screening, play reading, concert, and a “Brunch of Champions” (at Bluebeard, of course). Sept. 7-15 Various locations Details
In India, the National Film Awards give prizes for Best Playback Singing. What’s a playback singer? That’s the person who records soundtrack music so movie actors can lip-sync it. While there would be limited use for such talents in Hollywood, there is huge demand in Bollywood movies, where musicals remain a staple in the cinematic diet. Shreya Ghoshal, with scores of such credits, also has shelves of awards to show for her mostly anonymous efforts. But with playback singers treated as stars rather than secrets, Ghoshal has earned a strong following. She’ll be front and center—and joined by a band and backup singers—at this concert stop on her U.S. tour. Sept. 9 Butler University Clowes Memorial Hall Details
“Quest for the West Art Sale and Show”
There are two very different ways to experience this annual presentation of work by contemporary Western artists from around the country. One is to simply go see the show. The other is to join the artists on opening weekend, as serious buyers stake claims on the work (to the tune, over the last 10 years, of more than $10 million). Sept. 9-Oct. 9 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Details
“Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King”
The comedic correspondent for “The Daily Show” and a featured storyteller on “The Moth Radio Hour,” Minhaj crafts a stage show from his life as a first-generation Indian-American. Sept. 11 Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, Bloomington Details
Also this week
Eli Young Band headlines the Colts Kickoff Concert Sept. 9 on Georgia St.
The Penrod Arts Fair sets up shop at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Sept. 10.
CSz adds “That ‘70s Game Show” to its improvisation repertoire Thursday evenings Sept. 8-29.
Theatre on the Square opens its season with Terrence McNally's comedy "It's Only a Play" Sept 16.-Oct. 1.
R. Kelly comes to Bankers LIfe Fieldhouse Sept. 8.
Scotty McCreary plays the Palladium while Toby Keith takes over Klipsch Music Center Sept. 9.