Dec. 19, 9 p.m. We follow the Tom Haverford Rule of Dating: If girl don’t even know who Ginuwine is, she (or he) goes on our Oh No No List. Ginuwine is the definition of the best. And if you haven't seen Parks and Rec, what are you doing with your life?
The Vogue, 6259. N. College Ave., prices vary, 21+
Dec. 18. A special competitive tapping of four beers representing the Galactic Empire and four representing the Rebel Alliance. Which side are you on? Sample them all with a Flightsaber (get it?) of the light or dark side brews, then vote for your favorite beer, name, and artwork. Each of the talented members of the Flat12 brewery crew created a beer with a Star Wars theme in celebration of the epic film premiere.
Flat 12 Bierworks, 414 N. Dorman St., 21+
Dec. 18-19, 8 p.m. LAUGHTER CURES (almost) EVERYTHING. Three Dollar Bill Comedy leaves nothing sacred in this hilariously irreverent perspective on all things Christmas.
IndyFringe Basile Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair St., $20 advance, $25 doors
Dec. 19, 10 p.m. I don't care what you say, this is awesome. Wear a onesie (why wouldn't you?) and get free cover. DJ Cory James and special guest Slater Hogan will be on the decks. Get your groove on.
Bartini's, 39 Jackson Pl., 21+
Dec. 20, 6 p.m. This show features Thyrsus and Lyre, John The Silent, Bradon Pfeiffer, Lucas Allen and One Wintered Life, and raises money for Exodus Refugee Immigration. That’s a name you should know, since they’re currently suing the governor for attempting to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana.
Player’s Pub, 424 S. Walnut St. (Bloomington), $10 suggested donation to Exodus, 21+
6. Mary Poppins
Dec. 18-20, times vary. From Lisa Gauthier Mitchison's review: "It’s unavoidable; I have to say it: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is practically perfect. (Saying it was perfect would give the cast and crew nothing more to strive for, something Mary Poppins would not approve of.)"
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, 3 Center Green #200 (Carmel), $48 Adult, $24 Students, all-ages
Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m. Not only do we love the name of this fest, but it features eight different groups for only $10. I'll do the math for you real quick: that's $1.50 per performance. Wait, that's not right. Anyways, note the early start time.
Hoosier Dome, 1627 Prospect St., $10, all-ages
Dec. 18-20, times vary. Like A Christmas Story, this film follows a dysfunctional family throughout the holiday season. But while that one focuses on the kids, Vacation is told through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase). In the process of trying to give his family the best Christmas possible, he misses out on all of the fun. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.
Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St. (Franklin), $5 adults, $4 students/seniors, all-ages
Dec. 19, 9 p.m. If you've followed local music at all over the past decade and a half, there's a good chance you've seen Peter King up on stage with one band or another. And if you haven't, take this opportunity to do just that.
State Street Pub, 243 N. State Ave., $5, 21+
Dec 19, 7 p.m. Whew, that's a title right there. This is a collection of short films that were shot at before mentioned fair. You'll see some unique films, including the Sinclair Dinosaur exhibit and footage of Sally Rand, who did the notorious fan dance and bubble dance. Neat.
Garfield Park Arts Center, 2342 Conservatory Dr., $5, all-ages