Priority list includes poison at the State Museum, a justice at IRT, more

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“The Power of Poison”

The American Museum of Natural History shipped in this show that looks at poisons, venoms and toxins in nature. Oct. 21-Feb. 11  Indiana State Museum  Details

Yaa Gyasi

Gyasi won the National Book Critics Circle award for best new book and the PEN/Hemingway Award for best new fiction book for “Homegoing,” about two half-sisters, one sold as a slave, the other married to a British slaver. She’ll be at Butler University as part of its visiting writers series for a free reading and discussion. Oct. 16 Schrott Center for the Arts Details

“The Originalist”

Polarizing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the subject of John Strand’s play, which pits Scalia against a liberal clerk in a play that, in previous productions, has impressed critics by being surprisingly funny—and not alienating to those on either side of the political aisle. Oct. 17-Nov. 12  Indiana Repertory Theatre  Details

Also this week

The Central Library opens its Center for Black Literary and Culture on Oct. 21.

Dance Kaleidoscope moves to the music of the Beatles in “Magical Mystery Tour,” Oct. 19-22 at Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Chris Botti plays the Palladium Oct. 19 and Chris Isaak takes the Murat stage Oct. 17.

Bands of America holds its regional competition at Lucas Oil Stadium Oct. 20-21.

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