Preview: Fortunate one 

A Series of Fortunate Events
Born Again Floozies, Ebenezer and the Hymnasters, The Lovemeknots, Arrah and the Ferns, Eric Kinsey
Radio Radio
Friday, Dec. 8, 9 p.m., $5

While literati are familiar with A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Lemony Snicket books concerning clever children and their unhappy circumstances, what many may not know about is the Series of Fortunate Events, an Indianapolis communitywide effort to raise funds for cancer warrior Lori Baumgarten.

Baumgarten, 37, a belly dance instructor and the mother of two, was recently diagnosed with a score nine tumor of invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer). When a tumor is “nine,” that means it is the most aggressive, but on the flip-side, as Baumgarten explains in her blog, “due to the amount of mytosis, there is more for the chemo to attack.”

Although cancer isn’t a blessing, and meeting a $10,000 deductible on a belly dance instructor’s salary is impossible, all is not lost. Luckily, Baumgarten’s friends and family have found a way to help support her cause.

Shauta Marsh, Evan Finch and others have organized the third installment of A Series of Fortunate Events. This time, they’ll take their fund-raising efforts beyond the realm of yard sales and pitch-ins. This Friday, they have the whole town booked.

A benefit dinner will kick off with a $7 pulled pork meal catered by J&D Meats and Catering and a silent auction at Halstead Architects (1139 Shelby St.) at 6 p.m. Up for bid, along with gift certificates from local businesses, will be original artwork from local and national artists, including rare Mark Ryden prints and a framed Nagel.

After the auction, the party will continue at 9 p.m. for a five-band concert at Radio Radio, featuring a performance by Baumgarten’s belly dance troupe, BellyBelly. For a $5 donation, you can bump and boogie to the upbeat tunes of the Born Again Floozies, Ebenezer and the Hymnasters, The Lovemeknots, Arrah and the Ferns and Eric Kinsey.

Of course, there are other ways to contribute, should your schedule be too hectic or your toes too tired to tap. Those interested in making donations to Baumgarten’s cause may do so online through PayPal at

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