Feb. 12, 6 p.m. Mmmmm, they've got a rye whiskey porter and coconut porter on tap, plus some traditional luau fare. Party Lines and Nashawti will perform. Plus body painting, Hula dancers, hoopers, fire performers and more.
Fountain Square Brewing Co., 1301 Barth Ave., FREE
2. Lupe Fiasco
Feb. 13, 9 p.m. After canceling his Indianapolis show in 2015, legendary hip-hop lyricist Lupe Fiasco returns with latest album Tetsuo & Youth in store. With three more projects set for release in 2016, Lupe is poised for a breakout year —cross your fingers he’s in the giving mood Saturday night. Local support from Oreo Jones and DJ Topspeed provide a great reason to arrive early.
The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., $37.50+, 21+
Runs through Nov. 27, times vary. His subjects range from a girl on a beach adjusting her swimming suit to the gyrations of the galaxies, while his fusion of narrative and painterly abstraction recalls the work of Jackson Pollock and Stanley Kubrick.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, included in GA
ICON: J. Dilla Tribute
Feb. 12, 9 p.m. Going to steal from Seth Johnson's preview: "While Indiana musicians made their mark on J Dilla, it also goes without saying that Dilla’s music made a mark on Indiana musicians as well. With this in mind, local promotion company Old Soul Entertainment will present another J Dilla tribute, moving from last year's Jazz Kitchen location to the Hi-Fi. Friday's show will feature appearances from several local emcees, including Ace One, Tony Styxx, Rehema McNeil, New Wave Collective, Maxie and more. All of these artists will be rapping over J Dilla tracks, which will be played by a live band of local jazz wizards. DJ Metrognome will man the decks."
The Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave Suite 4, $10 advance, $15 doors, 21+
Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. 2015 Best Local Soul/R&B vocalist Asad returns to The Jazz Kitchen to celebrate the Season of Love with a tribute to soul icon Marvin Gaye. This is the perfect pre-Valentine's date.
The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave, $20, 21+
Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. The day before Valentine's Day the Palladium features works by Beethoven and Brahms with the Scott family. Waldteufel's playful "España" Waltz rounds out this ecclectic program.
Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 355 City Center Dr., prices vary.
Feb. 13, 10 a.m. Enjoy fine art and crafts by over 60 Indiana artists in the warmth (key info folks) of the State Museum. Support talented local artists and the museum at the same time.
Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., included with GA
Feb. 12, 7 p.m. This annual event comes back to Birdy's courtesy of the delightful Craig Brenner, with sets from him, Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine and Dwight Edwards Band.
Birdy's Bar and Grill, 2131 E. 71st St., $15, 21+
Feb. 12-13, times vary. Can you guess what this event features? Beer and ballet. CRAZY! The Ballet Theatre of Indiana partners with Sun King for a series of contemporary works — and beer — it's really the best of both worlds.
Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St, prices vary
Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Jenn Cristy, Jamie Taylor and Brandi Nicole do everything from Janis to Aretha at this rock revue; plus, there's tasty chocolate and love-themed cocktails. Mmmmm.
Barrio Taco & Tequila Bar, 3855 E 96th St., $22.50