Drew Petersen

Drew Petersen 

While so many winter events are geared towards the holidays in December, longtime arts contributor Rita Kohn has found there's still a lot to do in Indy once those decorations come down.

Here are 10 arts-related events to look forward to between now and the arrival of Spring!

Paris Festival/A Night in Paris

Hilbert Circle Theatre
Jan. 11, 12, 18,19

Don’t wait for April in Paris! You can experience the City of Lights delights here and now (and the weather’s pretty April-like too, come to think of it.) Jan. 11-12 Krzysztof Urbanski conducts a Paris Festival of Classics. Then, the following weekend, pops conductor Jack Everly takes us by the hand through A Night in Paris which includes performances by Dance Kaleidoscope.

Unspoken Truths: Two takes on American History

Indiana History Center
Jan. 12

Find what’s been left out of the history textbooks when Storytelling Arts opens us to hidden truths. Anne Shimojima brings us into her family’s WWII experiences in U.S. incarceration camps. Dovie Thomason shares her personal Lakota/Plains Apache narratives in their historic context. It’s a truism "what you don’t know can cause you harm." With truth-speaking vs historical amnesia, gaining the facts can get you out of harm’s way.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Indiana History Center
Jan. 21

Come to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration centered at the Madam Walker Legacy Center (while the historic Walker Theatre Center undergoes renovation) where you can enjoy a full day of free hands-on events. Bring new or gently used winter clothing items to benefit HealthNet's Homeless Initiative Program.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 8-23

Chosen the Great American Read of 2018, Harper Leek's classic novel, springs to life in this adaptation by Christopher Sergel. Civic Theatre’s production at the Tarkington, at the Center for the Performing Arts, will remind us that every generation has to face its own sense of what “Liberty and Justice for All” means. Scout is our witness for things falling far, far short of everything this motto represents.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds

The Children’s Museum
Feb. 2 - April 7

Explore new worlds with your favorite Star Trek crews, worlds that span 50 years of TV series production. Star Trek has been inviting us into a future of working together for a better world: “To boldly go where no one has gone before...” The operative need has never been as urgent as now. Launched Sept. 8, 1966 when society was in midst of eruptive social change, the message of hope resonates throughout this immersive exhibit aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Concertmaster Celebration

Indiana History Center
Feb. 25

Celebrate the violin! Maybe you haven’t remotely wondered what happens to the winners of the Quadrennial IVCI, or even ever thought about four top players from four nationally lauded orchestras coming together as second string, so to speak. Lack of curiosity in this case is no excuse to absent yourself when 1986, 1990, 1994 and 2002 medalists prove their staying power as winners in concert with ISO principal bassist Ju-Fang Liu. This is when ‘bow’ and ‘bow’ take on fuller meaning.

Ronan Chamber Ensemble presents Endowed with Dance

Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, UIndy
Feb. 18

Dancer/choreographer Angela Agresti “explores the human experience of spiritual development” within the space of “A Liturgy of the Hours,” Frank Felice’s first violin sonata, stretching dawn to dusk along measured touchtones; Schumann’s Frauenliebe und-leben; and Aaron Copland’s original 13-player version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Free and open to the public.

Atomic Movie Night

IMAX at Indiana State Museum
Begins March 7

Kicking off with Buck Rogers in the 25th Century this new every-other month [first Thursday] movie series offers a time-traveling adventure from a different decade. Each viewing is preceded by a conversation with local experts to lead us to explore the film’s impact. The series includes Back to the Future, May 2, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, July 11, Twelve Monkeys on Sept. 5, and Interstellar on Nov. 7.

Myths, Fairy Tales, and Legends

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, University of Indianapolis
March 18

Mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra and pianist Gregory Martin time travel through Greek mythology, heroes and heroines of folklore and fairy tales and legendary figures of American musical theatre for an enchanting evening of the super and supra/natural. Free and open to the public. 

Drew Petersen with The Indianapolis Quartet

University of Indianapolis, DeHaan Center- Ruth Lilly Performance Hall
March 22

Drew Peterson closes out his fourth semester as UIndy artist-in-residence, joining Zachary DePue and Joana Genova (violins) Michael Isaac Strauss (viola), and Austin Huntington, (cello), in a new exploration of Robert Schumann’s storied Quintet for piano and strings, Op.44. Free and open to the public.


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