Spirit & Place: Picks for Nov. 8-11 

Dan Axler
  • Dan Axler
  • Pierre Bastien and his musical machinery last week at the Central Library, where he performed during the kickoff weekend to Spirit & Place.
Starts Thursday, Nov. 8
Ashes to Ashes @ IndyFringe Theatre

“What happens when a career-locked man visits his aging hippy father to help spread the ashes of his deceased mother?” we asked in a 4.5-star review of Ashes to Ashes, when it was first staged, by Twilight Productions, at the 2010 IndyFringe Festival. “In this case, really solid drama ... Some of the play’s best moments arise when the two men are simply sitting and remi- niscing, borne on waves of remembrance into the past.” Nov. 8, 7 p.m.; Nov. 9 and 10, 8 p.m.; Nov. 11, 2 p.m.; $10

Continues Friday, Nov. 9
Insert Coin to Play @ Stutz art Space

Insert Coin to Play, a show of video game-inspired art, has been open since First Friday at Stutz Art Space, but the opening reception proper is this Friday, when four interested parties will gather to discuss the relationship between gaming and visual art. On the panel are Greg Phillips, partner at Plow Games, a developer of computer, console, mobile and online games for the consumer and educational markets; Barry Geipel, founder of Mantid Creative Studios and a creator of iPhone and iPad games; and Joseph Crone, an artist and Stutz Artists Association Resident. Andy Chen, the show’s curator, will moderate. Nov. 9, 6-9:30 p.m. (open Thu and Fri through Nov. 30), free

Continues Friday, Nov. 9
Bali Dream @ Butler University Theatre

This year’s Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist, Ida Nyoman Sedana, hails from Bali and is an expert on his country’s performance traditions, including the warrior dance and shadow puppetry. He concludes his residency with a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream incorporating Balinese performance elements and presented by a student cast. Last year’s VITA program (featuring Indian classical drama) proved consciousness-expanding for both students and audiences. Nov. 9 and 10, 8 p.m.; Nov. 10 and 11, 2 p.m. @ Butler Studio Theatre, Lilly Hall 168, Butler University;
$15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students

Saturday, Nov. 10
Laughter: The Universal Language @ congregation Beth-el Zedeck

One wonders what’s the tougher crowd for a rabbi-comedian: A full synagogue during a lovely summer morning when to stay inside seems something of a sin, or a comedy club in, oh, say, Atheistsville. Rabbi Bob Alper began performing comedy in 1986, and is now up to 100 shows per year. He’ll be joined on a cross-cultural bill by a Muslim comic, Mohammad Amer, who’s been compared to Sinbad and Lee Evans (the British comic, not the wide receiver). 7:30 p.m., $15 (253-3441 for tickets)

Sunday, Nov. 11
The Great Pumpkin Fling @ Garfield park arts center

We dare you to resist the lure of the Great Pumpkin Fling. There will be trebuchets. And catapults. And many pumpkins, intricately carved by Ivy Tech culinary students before being ruthlessly hefted, jettisoned and smashed. Little ones will have a chance to create their own miniature catapults and trebuchets. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free


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