• eighth blackbird will perform at The Toby this weekend.

Sheesh, how diverse can one weekend be? You can celebrate the Baroque music, the '50s at Clowes with Grease, the 80s at HorrorHound Weekend and immerse yourself in the racial strife of Indiana’s history.

First off, we’re so excited about the world premiere of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s The Gospel According to James, we published a cover story about it. Why do we like this? First off, it’s a social justice-oriented play about our fractious racial history, exploring a real-life event, the last lynchings to take place in the Indiana. Secondly, this play is a world premiere, written for the IRT, and destined to go on to Victory Gardens in Chicago after its Indy run. Great actors, great subject, go see it!

You know who you are if you are dying to see this one: Grease at Clowes Hall. Don’t count me among them. One of my kids LOVED Grease and I swear I saw the video (yes, it was video in ye olden days) a hundred times. I think that’s plenty for me.

Come to think of it, I’m not much into horror films either. I guess this raises the ethical specter of “what’s-this-blog-for”? Well, dear reader, I mean user, it’s for YOU. It’s for you to learn about cool shit going on in town, whether I think it’s going to be cool shit or not. It’s big of me, then, to pick something I am not raving about right? So here you go, you’ve got the HorrorHound Weekend, to slake your 80s slasher film appetite. Once again, you know who you are; and if you’re not sure, then read Sam Watermeier’s story.

Our comedy correspondent Andrew Roberts loves B.T. and that’s enough for me. I laugh at whatever Andrew laughs at, except when he’s laughing at me, because my mismatched outfit or I slipped and fell on a banana peel that he surreptitiously placed in front of me. So who’s B.T.? He’s a comic and he’s funny, and he’s performed in 43 states and 3 countries and he's coming to Morty's this weekend and Andrew Roberts thinks… oh, I said that already.

Going to B-town? Missed Sarah Silverman ‘cause it was a Thursday and you were watching the Butler game, and now you want to see something in B-town ‘cause it’s the weekend? New York, New York! features three choreographies by leading 20th century choreographers: “Cloven Kingdom,” by Paul Taylor, focuses on animal nature in civilized society, the performance is said to be very physical, hope those fancy costumes don't get in the way. Antony Tudor's “Lilac Garden” is set to Ernest Chausson's “Poem for Violin and Orchestra,” the most dramatic of the few with a tender violin solo. One of George Balanchine's most playful and energetic choreographies, “Who Cares?,” completes the spring ballet with an infusion of traditional ballet with jazz.

Right here at home is the now regular installment of DivaFest at IndyFringe. DivaFest last year was a triumph, by box office and critical standards, and apparently the female playwrights didn’t mind being referred to as “divas.” This year’s show includes ONEymoon, by Christel Bartelse; commencement, by Clay McLeod Chapman; and FUNNY, a trunk show by Denmo Ibrahim. All three shows will be performed each day back-to-back.

You know what? You can make Saturday your “I will care about the environment” day, and maybe you’ll like it and then you’ll want to do it every day. Hey, maybe you already do care about the environment, and this is how you can show your love. First off, love your river with the 12th Annual Fall Creek Cleanup. The event, sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Exploration Academy, is set for Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. Then that night, you’ll want to celebrate Earth Hour, in which you turn off all your friggin’ electricity for one hour, 8:30-9:30 p.m., and maybe you’ll like that so much you’ll decide to reduce your electricity use every day, because the majority of it comes from coal-fired plants and coal is killing us, and politicians will never do anything about it, because business and government is in collusion here, placing profits over people. So fuck it. Turn off your electricity, go meet your neighbors. Share a candle.

Me likee the parties, and Crawl for a Cause is always a great party. Beginning at 6 p.m. you can check-in at the Slippery Noodle Inn, pick up your free t-shirt (woo-hoo!) and Upland beer (woo-hoo-hoo!) and from there continue the evening at Howl at the Moon at 7:45 p.m., then Kilroy's at 9 p.m., the Pub at 10:15 p.m. and wrap up the evening at Taps and Dolls by 11:30 p.m. The event officially ends at 12:30 a.m., at which point you will crawl home.

Our classical music reviewer, Tom Aldridge, who friggin’ was here when I started at NUVO umpteen million years ago, has been looking forward to this all year: a performance by eighth blackbird. I don’t blame him and not just because they have a cool, sporty, lower-case name. We’re especially excited to see them in the acoustically-sublime Toby at the IMA. Part of Ensemble Music Society’s season, eight blackbird’s lineup includes a top-tier list of composers, including Stephen Hartke, Philippe Hurel, Missy Mazzoli, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Their program, entitled Still Life, will be preceded by a pre-concert chat in the Toby lobby, at 6:30 p.m.

To reward yourself for turning off the lights and caring for the river and enjoying DivaFest or eighth blackbird or whatever, take yourself out for some Baroque music on Sunday, courtesy of world-renowned flutist and conductor, Barthold Kuijken, who is performing multiple times over the next couple of days. I guess since he’s in town, we better get everything out of him while we can!

If you have juice after all this goin’ & doin’ you’ll want to see, on Monday, Marilyn Chin, author of four books of poetry — Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty, and Dwarf Bamboo — and published her debut novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, in 2009.

Next weekend is First Friday, so get your classical music and theater appetites sated while you can! See you out there.

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