10 things to do this weekend


1. Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon

Dec. 13, 9 a.m. So it's a little warmer than expected in mid-December but you won't see me complaining about that ANYTIME soon. Anyways, this event is awesome. How can one dislike a bunch of Santas running through the streets? Yeah, not possible. Jingle your way through the course with candy and cookies, festive music, creative Christmas images and more. And to make this possible, participants will receive a dri-fit half-zip, along with the Santa Hat and Beard. Oh, there's an after party with a FREE BEER at the Indianapolis Colts Grille too. Ho ho ho happy holiday.

Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., $35-50

2. 12 Chefs of Christmas

Dec. 12, 7 p.m. On the twelfth day of Christmas / my true love sent to me: one Ricky Hatfield, one Paul Haveck, one Cindy Hawkins, one Roger Hawkins, one Braedon Kellner, one Eli Laidlaw, one Craig Mariutto, one Ian Phillips, one Percy Romo, one Alan Sternberg, one George Turkette, one Ty Wald and a City Market on Market Streeeeet. Each chef named above will prepare a dish to complement one of 12 seasonal beers brewed by Flat12. We’re salivating just thinking of it.

Indianapolis City Market, 222 E. Market St., $50-125

3. The 8 Reindeer Monologues

Dec., 11-12, times vary. Watch your back Santa. All those rumors you’ve heard about the bearded man and his elves? About Rudolph’s not so little secret? Yeah, they're true, and the reindeer don't hold back. Leave your little children at home.

Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., prices vary.

4. Berning Down The House

Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Art enthusiasts and actual art-making folks will come together to raise money for The Bernster at this donations-based show at the Back Door. Featuring Dietrich Jon, Thee Auqaholics, Vista Kid Cruiser and Blind Uncle Harry, it's sure to get you #FEELINGTHEBERN

The Back Door, 207 S. College Ave. (Bloomington), $5 donation

5. Holidays On The Rocks

Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from this tasty five-course CNO meal benefit NUVO’s downstairs neighbor — literally, their offices rest below our feet — the Hoosier Environmental Council. And oh, the chefs that will prepare them! Dustin Taggers (The Diner, Ten Tables, more); Neal Brown (Libertine, Pizzology); Craig Bakers (Plow & Anchor, The Local, Bent Rail); Chris Benedyk (Love Handle); and Pat Dennis (Three Floyds Brew Pub) will take on a course. Yay, Chefs Night Off!

Brugge Brasserie, 1011 E. Westfield Blvd, $85

6. Greg Warren

Dec. 11, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m.; Dec. 12, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m. Warren has names under his belt like Comedy Central and The Late Late Show. His Midwestern upbringing and bits about going to West Point are killer. Greg labels his standup as “an honest mix of self-deprecation and other people deprecation.” Get your laugh on Indy.

Crackers Comedy Club, 6281 N. College Ave., $12.50-22.50

7. Straight No Chaser

Dec. 11 8 p.m., Dec. 12, 3 p.m. ALL HAIL THESE IU A CAPPELLA LEGENDS.

Murat Theatre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Prices vary.

8. ISO Classical Christmas

Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. Join ISO conductor Raymond Leppard in this intimate setting for Classical Christmas. It's everything you love about a classical performance during the most wonderful time of the year!

Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 W. 46th St., $45, $15 students

9. White Christmas

Dec. 11-12, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 2 p.m.

This is the film Chevy Chase is talking about in Christmas Vacation when he says, “We’re going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced with Danny fuckin’ Kaye!” This 1954 musical is a fun time for the whole family. Now you can see this dazzling dancing spectacle on the big screen!

Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St. (Franklin), $5

10. Decembersongs

Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. This holiday show showcases tunes by and from Nashville singer-songwriters Amy Speace, Rod Picott, and Doug and Telisha Williams. Organizers say: “Decembersongs is a bit of The Grand Ole Opry, a bit of Prairie Home Companion, a handful of gorgeous Christmas classics and a few gritty East Nashville troubadour originals.”

The Warehouse, 254 1st Ave. SW (Carmel), $30 doors


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