Lots to do this week. Here's a start for your planning.
Stephen Lang might be best known as the villain in “Avatar,” but he is also a strong stage actor who adapted Larry Smith’s book into this stark one-man play that looks at eight military veterans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Nov. 6 Emens Auditorium, Muncie Details
The music legend—and 25-time Grammy winner—performs his entire “Songs in the Key of Life” album Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Nov. 7 Details
“Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1”
Dejan Lazic joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for back-to-back Brahms weekends. Krzysztof Urbański conducts. (For more on Urbanski, now in his fifth season with the ISO, click here.) Hilbert Circle Theatre Nov. 6-7 Avon High School, Nov. 8 Details
“The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”
No, it’s not the recent film. Mike Daisey’s monologue/play exploring where our technological gadgets come from gets a local premiere courtesy of Cardinal Stage. It will be performed in repertory with the comedy “Buyer & Cellar,” which means times aren’t consistent from day to day. Make sure to double-check dates and times before you hit the road for Bloomington. Nov. 5-22 Waldron Firebay, Bloomington Details
Spirit & Place Festival
The theme is “Dream” for this year’s wide-ranging event. Programs include an opening night celebration stressing the surreal at the Glendale Library, a conversation with NY Times bestseller author David Brooks at the Christian Theological Seminary, a program on the science of sleep at the Indiana Medical History Museum, and much more. Nov. 6-15 Various locations Details
Also this week
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir and the New World Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras team up for a program of Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky at the Palladium Nov. 5.
The Indy Jazz Fest Tribute Series continues with a celebration of the Music of Stanley Turrentine featuring the Rob Dixon Quartet Nov. 6 at the Jazz Kitchen.
Gordon Lightfoot plays the Palladium Nov. 5.
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy double up at the Murat Nov. 6.
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