10 things to do this weekend 

[Editor's note: We're leaving Winterfest off the list since it sold out Wednesday night. If you were one of the lucky ones who bought a ticket, peep our preview here.]

1. Rock Paper Scissors City Championship

Jan. 30, 8 pm. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS INDIANAPOLIS. Get your right (or left) hand ready for the ultimate RPS battle. $500 cash and a RPS City Championship Trophy to the winner — like we said, serious business.

White Rabbit Cabaret, 1116 E. Prospect St., $5

2. Souper Bowls

Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. So the Colts missed the playoffs — yes we're all sad about it — and won't be playing in this year's big game. But this local event will ease some of that sadness. Local chefs will gather to compete for a "trophy and bragging rights" while local artists will be selling hand crafted bowls. As the name suggests, the focus of the food is on warm, soothing dishes that take the edge off winter cold. And the money raised goes to help pay for Second Helpings' meal delivery program and their culinary training program. It's a win-win folks.

3. Cosmos in Music: The Planets

Jan. 29-30, times vary. Gustav Holst’s series The Planets has captured the attention and imagination of many. Even brewers at Bells in Michigan. They chose to release a series of beers based on each of the planets and each of Holst’s works. Badass beer and badass music — I'm sold.

Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, $15-85

RELATED: Q&A with Urbanski on the Cosmos Music Festival

4. Hillbilly Happy Hour ft. Kelly Pardekooper

Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. This former NUVOian was our cover star last week, cause we wanted to chat him up about his newish career placing music on TV shows and in film. Pardekooper’s tracks grace Sons of Anarchy, True Blood, Justified, Jerseylicious and many, many more. He’ll record in L.A. a few times a year beginning in March – plus return to Europe for a short tour – but we’re most excited about the team of locals he assembled to play this comeback show at the Mel.

Melody Inn, 3826 N.Illinois St., $5

5. Indy's BaconFest 2016

Jan. 30, noon. A festival all about bacon. I don't need to explain it.

The Crane Bay, 551 Merrill St., prices vary.

click to enlarge Yi Li will perform at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts as part of the Opera's Rising Stars program
  • Yi Li will perform at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts as part of the Opera's Rising Stars program

6. Opera's Rising Stars

Jan. 30-31, times vary. The Indianapolis Opera and The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra are joining forces this weekend to feature four artists who are just beginning to make their mark in the opera world, achieving acclaim through artist competitions around the country.

Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 W. 46th St. prices vary.

RELATED: The Chinese tenor coming to Indy Opera's Rising Stars

7. Winteractive Tour Launch

Jan. 31, 9 p.m. Ghost Gun Summer dudes are on the move again, and this time they’re bringing Dylan Prevails and Business Casual out with A.C.E. O.N.E. to kick off another winter tour. Show up to send them on their way.

The Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 4, $5

RELATED: A look at Ghost Gun's 2014 tour

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8. Vikki Carr

Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Pop crossover artist Vikki Carr has had an incredible career. Kyle Long interviewed her last week and got into some great stories about her early recording career, plus tons of other good stuff. Read the full interview before catching her at the Palladium.

Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 355 City Center Dr., prices vary

9. Indy's Lip Sync Battle

Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. Do you have what it takes to be Indy's Lip Sync Champion? I certainly don't so that's one less person you have to beat.

The District Tap, 3720 E. 82nd St., $10 advance, $15 doors

10. Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival

Jan. 28-30, times vary. A three-day celebration of the LGBTQ community, complete with live performances, public discussion and though-provoking films. Now in its 13th year, the festival features 32 films showing through six screenings. Viewers will get the chance to meet the filmmakers and actors and vote for their favorite film in the festival.

Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, 114 East Kirkwood Ave. (Bloomington), prices vary.


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