10 things to do this weekend 

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1. Fantastic Food Fest

Jan. 16-17, 11 a.m. Guests include Carmel native and Purdue grad Ted Allen — for more on Ted, see our interview. Along with Allen, "Hugh Acheson will headline Indy’s biggest-ever food-and-beverage event, Fantastic Food Fest—an all-out, interactive experience ... Fine food, breweries, wineries, restaurants and select vendors will come together to share mouth-watering food and drink, shopping, and cooking demonstrations and classes."

2. 2016 MLK Community Festival

Jan. 16, 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Planting Seeds of Peace” and will have a focus on environmental justice. Celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy with social justice workshops, art, music, dancing, and a community fair featuring more than 30 local organizations.

Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd St.

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3. There’s a Starman Waiting in The Sky

Jan. 15, 8 p.m. This badass event at State Street honors all things Bowie. On the docket to play Bowie tunes: Dan Snodgrass, Aaron Miller, Jared Birden, S.M. Wolf, Bob Barrick, Joy in the Sulks, Tanner Standridge, Sugar Moon Rabbit, Michael Brewer, and many more. Rest in peace, Starman.

State Street Pub, 243 N. State Ave., 21+

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4. Austin Filmore, John Stamps & Friends, Flaco and Tag

Jan. 16, 9 p.m. Ever since Chreece slapped me across the face with its sheer awesomeness, I've been paying close attention to the local hip-hop scene. This showcase features some of Indy's best: DJ Knags, Mathaius Young, Drayco McCoy, Indiana Chief & Blu, Flaco & Tag, John Stamps and Friends — plus headliner Austin Fillmore (Chicago).

Birdy's Bar and Grill, 2131 E. 71st St., $5 Ladies, $5 Gents til 10pm then $10, 21+

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5. The Wizard of Oz

Jan. 15-17, times vary. Broadway Indianapolis is dropping a house on us. (I blame arts editor Emily for this one). Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is just as an enchanting as you remember from childhood: Red shoes, flying monkeys, the whole shibang. I've included a very odd, yet very intriguing video about this below.

Clowes Memorial Hall 4602 Sunset Avenue, $28-82

Of Oz the Wizard from Matt Bucy on Vimeo.

6. Flat 12 5th Anniversary Celebration

Jan. 16, 11 a.m. The festival will feature more than 30+ beers including barrel-aged, sour, cask, specialty brews and bombers, live music from Midtown Madmen, and Hoagies & Hops $5 food specials.

Flat 12 Bierwerks, 414 N. Dorman St. FREE

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7. Old Soul Icon Party

Jan. 15, 10:30 p.m.

Old Soul’s Icon Parties are some of the best dance parties in Indy. This month’s features DJ Limelight and MetroGnome spinning the music of New York City’s finest. Expect plenty of Nas, Jay-Z, and much more. Yes it's at the Jazz Kitchen. No it's not jazz. Deal with it.

The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave., $10, 21+

8. Avant Brunch with Daniel Wohl

Jan. 16, 10 a.m. Avant Brunch, inspired by an album or live performance, sends local chefs to craft an exclusive menu, served inside the museum. The quarterly series has already hosted some of Indianapolis’ most well known chefs.

Tobias (Toby) Theater at the IMA, 4000 Michigan Road, $35 Members / $50 Public

9. Moscow Festival Ballet

Jan. 15-17, times vary. This is the stuff of legend. Sergei Radchenko, the principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989 to merge the classical elements of Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet. The merge has created a blend of dance that exemplifies the principles upon which ballet was built. They will perform two ballet classics, Giselle and Cinderella, while in Indy. Giselle will be January 15, 8 p.m.; and Cinderella will be January 16-17, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, 3 Center Green Ste 200, prices vary, all-ages

10. Angela Brown

Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. Despite her pedigree – top reviews for her renditions of Verdi heroines with operas across the globe, recitals at Carnegie, a Grammy nod for recent release Ask Your Mama, by Laura Karpman – she's a regular in churches around here, including “almost weekly” performances at her home congregation, Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E 56th St, FREE

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