Go & Do: Full body suit edition

"Denny and Carlene in the Garden of Eden" by John Ross, part of "Unclothed: Exposing the Art Nude," opening today at the Stutz Art Space gallery

  • "Denny and Carlene in the Garden of Eden" by John Ross, part of "Unclothed: Exposing the Art Nude," opening today at the Stutz Art Space gallery

This weekend, my friends, we consider the body; we sing the body electric; we rotate the body in all its planes; we pinch, poke and examine our meat suits, wondering just how we got here. For, verily, Spirit & Place kicks off today, with a schedule of events focused on the body, from a nude art exhibition at The Stutz, to tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle's talk at the IMA, to next week's public conversation between Thomas Lynch, Anita Diamant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (all of whom I've chatted with recently; look for Q&As in print and online next week). Mobilize your body to check out all of this weekend's events, which also include an exemplary Butler production and plenty of First Friday fun. Here's the rundown:

On the First Friday front, you've got:

Our Do or Die pick, "Unclothed: Exposing the Art Nude" at the Stutz Art Space Gallery, featuring work in the art nude tradition by local artists, about half of whom have space at The Stutz. Tonight is the soft opening; the official, Spirit & Place-approved opening is next Friday, with a panel discussion about the place of the art nude in public spaces.

Not to mention:

Bodies of Water, a collection of new work based on the films of John Waters, opening tonight at Big Car (keep an eye out for a piece from the show on next week's NUVO cover);

3 Windows at wUG LAKU's Studio and Garage, which is your chance to pick up prints of Wug's Super Bowl murals currently gracing the windows of the Arts Council space on Penn;

The Wood Show at Gallery 924, which is what it sounds like — a show featuring wood-inspired and/or -based artwork;

Kyle Ragdale's Costumerie at the Harrison Center (not to mention all the other shows at the Harrison, including a Herron exhibition and a Spirit & Place kickoff shindig in the gym);

The Experience of Gold at Indy Indie, a collection of artwork by a couple folks who've made their names in film and music: set designer and stylist Lena Bussman, and record producer Michael Clark;

the Fountain Square Don't Care artist's book launch at Shared Heritage (at the Murphy);

and sundry other events we didn't mention at length in our print Go & Do, like Mike Graves's train paintings at Pure Eatery.

As for the rest, you've got a couple Spirit & Place events we've singled out (check out the whole schedule here):

Tattoo legend Lyle Tuttle will speak Saturday at the IMA; a celebrity artist during his San Francisco days (he's now basking in Ukiah), he inked Janis Joplin and Cher, among plenty other regular folk (find out more in our interview with Tuttle);

and Sunday's Day of Wellness at the JCC is chock-ful of activities devoted to improving your mind-body help, including a yoga workshop led by Meta Chaya Hirschl.

It's also a good week for lectures and like:

Atheist songwriter and activist Dan Barker is at the Center for Inquiry-Indiana Saturday night, where he'll sing tunes along the lines of his musical tributes to Margaret Sanger and Robert G. Ingersoll;

and Clockers author Richard Price, the "best writer of dialogue since Plato," according to New York, will close out the Fall lineup for Butler's Visiting Writers Series Tuesday.

Check out our A&E calendar for more picks and see you out there!