March 19, 9:15 p.m. Cancer Support Community Central Indiana welcomes the “Late Night” host Seth Meyers as headliner for the 16th annual comedy fundraiser Laughing Matters. Laughing really does matter, y'all.
Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, $45.50
2. Lea DeLaria
March 18-19, times vary. You probably know DeLaria from her role as “Big Boo” Black on Orange is the New Black. But what you should know is how the broadway star cut her teeth as a singer. She will be singing a jazz tribute to David Bowie, one of her iconic influences as a young artist.
The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Ste. 516, $35-65
March 18, 10 p.m. The absolutely legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff did scratch overdubs for Straight Outta Compton – and yes, it was a travesty that soundtrack wasn’t nominated – and that’s hardly the only thing he’s been up to in the last few years.
The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., prices vary, 21+
4. Muncie Gras
March 19, 7 p.m. Your friendly Engagement Editor is a proud Ball State alum, making this event dear to my heart. Let me list the badassery that takes places at Muncie's biggest party: a mechanical bull,stunt jump, human orbs, oxygen bars, belly dancers, fire spinners, drag show, plenty of live music, MICRO WRESTLING, and lots and lots and lots of alcohol. #ChirpChirp.
Downtown Muncie, $15 advance, $20 doors, 21+
Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., $15
March 19, 9 a.m. Dress the kids/grandkids in their Easter best and enjoy vintage fun with spirited egg rolling, stories, crafts and a continental breakfast. Plus, they’ll get to make their own keepsake wooden Easter egg. And if they're lucky, a special visit from the Easter bunny!
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N Delaware St, prices vary.
March 18-20, times vary. The opera is based on the novel by Jane Austen. Mansfield Park details the journey of Fanny Price and her family conflict, self-discovery and romance in the Bertram family household. This is the American premiere.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 W. 46th St. prices vary.
March 19, 10 a.m. Run — or walk —those beer calories off.
Monument Circle, prices vary
March 19, 2 p.m. Wagner shares readings and insights as a guest of Indianapolis NLAPW. Her talk: Through the Sycamores: Exploring the Hoosier Landscape with Indiana's Poet Laureate.
Spades Park Branch Library, 1801 Nowland Ave., FREE
10. Janiva Magness
March 18, 7:30 p.m. Let Mavis Staples tell you why blues singer Janiva Magness’ album Original is so great: “Sista Janiva’s robust and soulful voice is showering each cut with determination to make us all fall in love. Her delivery is as always sincere and straight from the heart. Soul music is alive and kicking.” Mmmm. Take it from Mavis. Magness' newest album is Love Wins Again.
The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave, $20