A&E priorities for May 30-June 5: Urbanski, ‘Zanna,’ gospel brunch and more

Stuck for something to do this week? Look no further. Here's a rundown on some of the more interesting A&E events scheduled for the next few days. And don't forget to let me know what you saw on my You-review-it-Monday blog.


Urbanski Conducts Gershwin

May 31-June 1

Hilbert Circle Theatre

The show is billed as a Gershwin celebration—and with “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris” on the menu, that stands to reason. But the program also includes Leonard Bernstein’s rousing “Overture to Candide” and the world premiere of William Bolcom’s “Games and Challenges: Something Wonderful Right Away,” written for the ISO’s strings-in-residence trio, Time for Three. It could be the most eclectic—and one of the most pleasing—concerts of the season. Details here.

“Zanna Don’t!”

May 31-June 29

Theater on the Square

In a contemporary musical-theater world where edge is a prime virtue, the most shocking thing about “Zanna Don’t!” isn’t its subject matter but its goofy gentility. In a world where gay relationships are the norm, the hunky head of the chess team at Heartsville High writes a shocking play about heterosexuals in the military and the love that dare not speak its name occurs between a boy … and a girl! All of this is overseen by Zanna, a spirited matchmaker who puts his own love life on the back burner. The tuneful off-Broadway show has had an extended life in regional theaters, getting its local premiere courtesy of Theatre on the Square. Details here.

House of Blues Gospel Brunch

June 2

Old National Center’s Egyptian Room

After a sold-out Mother’s Day event, the House of Blues Gospel Brunch returns for more. This time, the all-you-can-eat food (biscuits and gravy, omelets, shrimp, etc.) and music program features Rodnie Bryant, founder and director of the Christian Community Mass Choir. Details here.

Also this week:

Of Monsters and Men gets the season rolling at the Lawn at White River State Park on May 30. Details here.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band plays the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art on June 1 in conjunction with its “Guitars” exhibition. Details here.

They Might Be Giants plays the Vogue on May 30. Details here.

Tim McGraw plays Klipsch Music Center on May 30. Details here.

The two-actor dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” returns to Clowes Hall on June 1. Details here.

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club hosts Indianapolis Men’s Chorus’ “A Night at the Cabaret” on May 30-31. Details here.

"Great White Shark 3D" opens May 31 at the Indiana State Museum's IMAX Theatre. Details here.

Jennie DeVoe, Josh Gracin, and Carl Ray entertain at the Vintage Indiana wine and food festival on June 1 at Mlitary Park. Details here.


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