FestivalRita Kohn

Why are you here? Location is just one of the aspects explored during the 10th Spirit & Place Festival, Nov. 3-20. Pick up the 56-page program guide at any library (or any other gathering place) or log onto www.spiritandplace.org for a full list. Here are just some highlights.

* Ragtime, the award-winning musical based on E.L. Doctorow's novel set at the turn of the 20th century, addresses issues we still face today: social class, ethnicity, stereotypes, immigration, identity and politics. Indianapolis Arts Chorale's concert version is Nov. 5, 8 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 525 N. Illinois, 317-847-9673.

* A discussion, "1905 and 2005: Waltzing at the Edge of the Abyss," precedes the Indianapolis Opera's performances of The Merry Widow (Nov. 18 and 20) Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Meridian Music, 12725 Old Meridian St., Carmel, 317-283-3531.

* Other programs on immigration include: "Immigration in American Life: A Midwest Perspective," Nov. 7, 2 p.m., President Benjamin Harrison Home, 1230 N. Delaware St., 317-631-1888; "Moving & Staying in a Global Indy," Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Marion College, 3200 Cold Spring Road, 317-955-6213; "Generations of Immigrant Experiences," Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m., Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., 317-274-2330; "Climbing Your Family Tree," Nov. 13, 11 a.m., Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 5879 N. Central Ave., 317-251-0464.

Within the usual mix of discussions, some unique sessions include:

* Drama: Bound for Freedom, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m., Indiana Supreme Court, 200 W. Washington St., 317-233-8682; A Piece of My Heart, Nov. 4-19, 7:30 p.m., Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church, 6450 Oaklandon Road; 317-894-0818.

* Music: "Migrations of a Melody," Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Hebrew Hasten Academy, 6602 Hoover Road, 317-251-1261.

* Farming: "Where Have All the Farmers Gone?" Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Center for Agricultural Science & Heritage, 1201 E. 38th St., 317-255-7628.

* Families: "Families in Transition: Divorce," Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Bingham McHale, 10 W. Market St. Ste. 2700, 317-635-8900; "At Home Through Learning & Sharing," Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Sikh Temple, 10950 Southeastern Ave., 317-710-5433; "Stories & Images That Move Us," Nov. 13, 2 p.m., Indianapolis Museum of Art, 317-923-1331. "Turning Points," Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Ben Davis High School, 317-940-8463; "Creating a Community Where Dreams Come True," Nov. 19, 10 a.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Career Academies, 1635 W. Washington St., 317-822-0077.

* Education: "Moving into the Next Generation," Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Ivy Tech, 9301 E. 59th St., 317-558-3969.

* Architecture: "The American Front Porch," Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 University Ave., 317-353-2662.

* Film: The Pulpit Meets the Underground, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St., 317-924-2612.

* American Indians: "The Price of Choice," Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m., Children's Museum, 3000 N. Meridian St., 317-334-3821.

* Artists: "Gravitating Towards Indianapolis," Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St., 317-255-2464.

* Exhibits: Journey from Death Row and Back, Nov. 11-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Christian Theological Center, 1000 W. 42 St.

* Body, Mind, Spirit: "The Buddhist Spirit in Motion," Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., IMA, 317-923-1331; "Inner Art of Body Wisdom," Nov. 17, 7:15 p.m., St. Luke's, 100 W. 86th St., 317-850-5233; "Moving from the Center, Staying Grounded," Nov. 19, 1 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 615 W. 43rd St., 317-440-7665; "Transforming Your Spirit," Nov. 20, 10 a.m., Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Road, 317-327-7144.

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