“Frightful: A Silent Halloween”

Oct. 31

Indiana Landmarks Center

Yes, you could go to the multiplex for the latest sequel horror flick. Or you could go to the Indiana Landmarks Center and see some true originals. The Halloween double bill features Buster Keaton’s 1921 comedy “The Haunted,” followed by the expressionistic 1920 classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”—the latter with live organ music accompaniment. A cash bar helps lubricate the evening. Details here

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Indian Market

June 25-26

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

More than 150 artists, performers and vendors take to the grounds of the Eiteljorg for this annual event. Headlining the entertainment portion is Brule, one of the top-selling Native American bands in the country. Give a listen here.

And if you want to get an early look and spend more quality time with the artists, plan to attend the preview party on the 22nd. Details here.

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“God of Carnage”


Through March 24

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Showcase roles for a small cast of four. A single set. Issues that anyone with kids can relate to (two sets of parents try to civilly address a schoolyard fight between their children). Great New York reviews. A stack of awards. It stands to reason that Yasmina Roza’s “God of Carnage” is the hottest show in regional theaters right now. Roman Polanski’s film version (title shortened to “Carnage”) came and went without much of a blip, which may be a blessing, since audiences can come to the show with a sense of what-will-happen-next excitement. Constance Macy (see IBJ’s “Clutch Hitters” story and video here), Tim Grimm, Ryan Artzberger and Shannon Holt star. Details here

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Also this week

SFJazz Collective celebrates the music of Stevie Wonder in a Palladium concert Oct. 20. Details here

On Oct. 21, Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn performs a program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at the Palladium. Details here

Ben Folds joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a long-ago sold-out concert Oct. 26 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Details here

Huey Lewis and the News headlines at Clowes Hall Oct. 22. Details here

Soprano Marina Shaguch joins guest conductor Christoph Konig and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a concert that includes music by Humperdinck and Brahms. Details here

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers Friendly Feast with the Witches, offering a buffet, Halloween entertainment, and a ticket to the Vampire Vacation haunted house. Details here

“Let Freedom Ring: From Justice to Jazz,” Oct. 21 at the Indiana Landmarks Center, is a free concert (donation suggested) celebrating Juneteenth, freedom and jazz legends of Indiana. Details here.

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“Dial M for Murder”

Feb. 13
Central Library

It’s interesting how, with the passage of time, popular films can become “art” films. Consider two crime stories playing in alternative movie spaces this weekend. On Friday, The Indianapolis Museum of Art screens Robert Aldrich’s “Kiss Me Deadly,” featuring Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer. It’s part of the Winter Nights film noir series (and it includes a cartoon before the feature). Details here.

On Sunday, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art kicks off its series of films paired with a complementary book with “Dial M for Murder,” the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. Following the screening at the Central Library, Paul Katz of the Herron School of Art and Design discusses the film and the thematically related book “The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde. Details here.

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You-review-it Monday

I like to think of myself as a realist.

So I know that this is unlikely to have been the busiest weekend for arts activity. Still, there may be some of you who warmed themselves by the light of the ISO,…

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A Fink among Muppets

On Wednesday, “A Muppet Christmas–Letters to Santa” made its holiday debut on NBC.

Why am I mentioning that here?

Two reasons.

1. It was co-written by Indianapolis native Hugh Fink, a former SNL scribe and very funny man. (Check out some funny business…

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NY notes: Jazz at Birdland

The last time I was in New York City was about a year and a half ago. I was doing a story on things to do when you are in town on business and you find yourself with a few…

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