Priority list includes a Bean Blossom fest, dance meets sports, more

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"Dance is a Contact Sport”

I was lucky enough to have a sneak peek at part of Dance Kaleidoscope’s new program and was awed by both the silly and the sublime elements in “False Start, Pass Interference,” a new piece choreographed by Stephanie Martinez. In it, sports are blurred with spectators, with marching bands, and even with commercials into a playful, athletic, moving and wildly original dance piece. The program also includes pieces by David Hochoy and Keisha Lelama. June 1-4  Indiana Repertory Theatre  Details

“Spring Awakening”

For years, Summer Stock Stage has been offering local students a chance hone their theatrical skills with full productions of popular musicals. Now, it’s exploring new territory with a programming using local pros teamed with college-aged performers. First up: the edgy Broadway hit featuring troubled youth, sexual exploration, and song titles that would get caught in your internet content filter if I included them here. June 1-18 Indy Fringe Building. Details

John Hartford Memorial Festival

The laid-back festival, named in honor of the “newgrass” singer/songwriter, returns with music on three stages. Headliners this time around include Steep Canyon Rangers, The Travelin’ McCourys, and the Jeff Austin Band. May 31-June 3 Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, Bean Blossom  Details

Also this week

Stelth Ulvang of the Lumineers performs at the Vonnegut Library June 1.

Cathy Morris performs in Garfield Park June 1.

IDADA First Friday, June 2, features gallery openings throughout downtown.

Nora Jones plays the Murat May 31.

Foster the People stops in at the Egyptian Room June 2.

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