10 things to do this weekend 

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1. Bloomington Craft Beer Festival

April 9, 2-6 p.m. Whether or not you celebrated #NationalBeerDay on Thursday, this is sure to be a great event down in B-Town.

Woolery Mill, 2200 W. Tapp Road (Bloomington), $60 early bird, $40 GA, $10 DD, 21+

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2. Indy Eleven Home Opener

April 9, 7:30 p.m. Indy’s love affair with soccer continues, and so does NUVO’s — your Friendly Neighborhood Engagement Editor is penning weekly personality profiles of the players that run both in the print pages and online editions of NUVO. Forecast looks to be quite chilly so grab your Eleven scarf and read up on your chants before heading to The Mike.

Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, 1000 W. New York St., prices vary

3. Culture Shock

April 9, 1-10 p.m. One of the best free, all-ages events of the entire year in the state of Indiana is WIUX’s Culture Shock. WIUX was the beloved home of your Friendly Neighborhood Music Editor and a very special space and place indeed. This year the student radio station (which is racking in the college radio station awards) brings Neon Indian, Whitney, White Reaper, Hoopers, Bernda’s Friends, Spissy, Dasher, The Underhills and Brownies in Cinema to play. We love you, WIUX.

Dunn Meadow, N. Indiana Ave., (Bloomington), FREE

4. Indiana Artisan Marketplace

April 9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; April 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This market features nearly 150 artists and foodists recognized by the State as an "Indiana Artisan" for their extraordinary work in painting, pottery, wine, wood, paper, chocolate, fiber, sauces, glass, popcorn, metal, and more.

Indiana State Fairgrounds Exposition Hall, 1202 E. 38th St., $10 at the door, 14 and younger admitted free

5. CSO Plays Sports

April 9, 7:30 p.m. Dress up in your favorite jersey: Former Indy Star current WTHR sports columnist Bob Kravitz “color commentates” this collection of sports theme favorites, including John Williams’ music for the Olympics, music from movies like Breaking Away and Rocky, plus all kinds of other surprises. Take me out to the ball game, indeed.

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

IU African American Dance Company
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6. IU African American Dance Company's 43rd Spring Concert

April 9, 8 p.m. Exemplifying keen vigorous expression, eloquence, and class, the African American Dance Company  captures and conveys the spirit of dance styles of the African Diaspora.

Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, 114 East Kirkwood Ave. (Bloomington), $10-20

RELATED: A chat with AADC's Director Iris Rosa

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7. The Mountain Goats, William Tyler

April 9, 8 p.m. Allow Kat to recount a tidbit of her adorable interview with Mountain Goat John Darnielle: the folkie, who put together most of his early recordings on a beloved boombox, now has a new engineer: his four-or-so-year-old son Roman. Darnielle says that most of his new demos start out with him asking, “Roman, you ready to demo this jam?” If Roman answers in the affirmative, Darnielle instructs him to jam the big button that starts his metronome and they get recordin’.

The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., prices vary, 21+

RELATED: Darnielle at the Crossroads of America

8. White City Murder

April 9-10, times vary. Q Artistry’s latest musical has been so popular they decided to extend it for another weekend. Read up on our earlier story then head to the Historic Irvington Lodge for a great night.

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9. The Sword, Royal Thunder April 8, 9 p.m. Austin musicians JD Cronise, Kyle Shutt and Trivett Wingo formed a heavy metal band primed for Black Sabbath lovers; got nabbed for a tour with Metallica, signed to heavy metal label Kemado Records, cut a couple records, placed a track on Guitar Hero, made a hot sauce, etc., etc.

The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., $20 doors, 21+

RELATED: The Sword owes a debt to Danzig

10. X Ambassadors

April 10, 7:30 p.m. Count X Ambassadors as one of those bands you’d be doing a big “who?” about — until the last half of 2015 when their song “Renegades” broke out in a big, big way.

Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., $22 advance, $25 doors


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