10 things to do this weekend

1. Circle of Lights

Nov. 27, 6 p.m. Traditionally one of the best events of the holiday season, The Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m. 4,784 colored lights, one grand time. Get there early if you want a good view.

2. Pacers vs. Bulls

Nov. 27, 8 p.m. The big bad Bulls are back in town for another edition of this rivalry. Why burn those extra Turkey Day calories when you can watch other people burn those Turkey Day calories? Right? RIGHT?

3. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Nov. 27, 9 p.m. NUVO’s February cover stars of the Big Damn Band obsessed us with new album So Delicious, a delightful pack of country blues that features the Rev’s rip-roaring finger-picking, plus thundering drums courtesy of Ben Bussell and inspired stylings and vocal contributions from Washboard Breezy. The trio has spent most of the summer and fall touring that new release, but they’ll come back for their annual Black Friday show at the Vogue this November, which is still hands down the best way to detox from turkey and sales. The Easthills and the Stampede String Band open.

RELATED: Announcing Big Damn Advice with Reverend Peyton

4. Turkey Legs Trifecta

Nov. 28, times vary. “Chet,” the dude behind this race tells us there’ll be “three trail Runs -15K total. 4K at 10 a.m., 5K at 11 a.m., 6K at 12:15 p.m.” If enough of us are still around at 2:00 or so and want to run another, I’m game.” OK, Chet! Plus: “Alcohol? We’re working on this. We might have beer there. It will likely not be included with your entry. Parking? $5 parking charge. You may pay when you register, or when you arrive. If you have an Eagle Creek parking pass, no charge. Dogs? Heck yes! We love dogs. … Food? We will have bananas & turkey hot-dogs for sure, and maybe a snack. Bring a picnic and hang out. We have a nice pavillion rented.” Running or not, we kinda want to hang out with Chet.

5. Lil BUB’s Science & Magic Record Signing

Nov. 29, 10 a.m. WE LOVE LIL BUB. That's why we’ll be at Lil BUB’s Record Signing Event, where ticket holders will receive: a signed copy of Science & Magic (vinyl or CD, a signed, numbered and personalized print of BUB on a turntable by Justin Santora; a chance to meet and pet BUB; a photo with BUB; and the good feels of knowing $20 in your name is going to animals in need at Bloomington Animal Care and Control and Lil BUB’s Big Fund.

6. Small Business Saturday

Nov. 28, ALL DAY So you've recovered from your extensive food coma and need to get a start on holiday shopping. Well here's a great opportunity to support local businesses and get a head start on that gift list.

RELATED: NUVO's holiday gift guide

7. Highlife at The Hi-Fi

Nov. 28, 8 p.m. Why is Kyle Long excited about this month’s edition of Highlife at the Hi-Fi? He says: “In addition to being Sweet Poison Victim’s 100th show, we’ll also be joined by special musical guests Moor and the Northmen. And we’ll be starting a new local vendors area with Vibress Custom Jewelry, Alchemia Bruja, and Lux & Ivy.” Sounds sweet to us. Go dance off some of them turkey calories, buddies.

8. Miracle on 34th Street

Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Described in its debut trailer as “a film that has it all,” this holiday classic follows a trial to prove that a department store Santa Claus is the real deal. Released in 1947, the film stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle and a young Natalie Wood as a sweet but skeptical second-grader who befriends him during his quest to confirm his identity.

9. Turbo Suit ft. Joel Cummins, Exmag

Nov. 27-28, 9 p.m. Two nights of Turbo Suit. Do we need to say more? Fine we will. Turbo suit is the band formerly known as Cosby Sweater, and Joel Cummins is the man currently playing keyboards with Umphrey’s McGee and featuring at this jamtronica show. Add Exmag to the event and you got the perfect post-Thanksgiving party to rid yourself of any unwanted calories.

RELATED: Review: Cosby Sweater, 'Party Dad'

10. Elf

Nov. 27-28, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Although it’s only a little over 10 years old, this film is a holiday classic. And it’s back on the big screen for the holidays at the Historic Artcraft Theatre.


Engagement Editor

Former NUVO Engagement Editor. Proud cat dad. Fan of craft beer, parks and Indy's sports teams.