This weekend's top choices include a magic festival, a peep show, and the reopening of the Museum of Psychphonics—plus the ISO goes bananas for kids and it’s adults-only night at the Children’s Museum.
- In case you hadn’t heard, it’s Indy Taco Week. You’ve got through Sunday to take advantage of special taco creations and prices at restaurants all over town—including Chile Verde, La Mulita, Tijuana Flats, Raffi’s, and Tacos and Tequila. Head over to our Taco Week page to check the full list of participants and preview the specials.
- It’s closing weekend for the show. And if all you know of Anne Frank comes from watching the George Stevens dramatic film from 1959, which comes off like Leave it to Beaver in Amsterdam, you’re due for a re-see. This closer-to-the-truth version of Anne Frank’s coming of age while in hiding during the Holocaust is great material for contemporary stage. Indiana Repertory Theatre, $25+. And don’t miss Dan Grossman’s interview with actor Rob Johansen (Mr. Dussel) from early this week.
- A balance of humor and dance, Funny Bones presents two acts that are both charming and funny. Act one is a series of eight pieces choreographed by DK dancers. Act two is the playful “Merry Mozart,” choreographed by DK Artistic Director David Hochoy. IRT Upper Stage, $10+
- After a year-long hiatus and a move to a new space in the Murphy Building, Kipp Normand’s Museum of Psychphonics re-opens its cosmic doors this weekend. Described by Atlas Obscura as “a modern-day wunderkammer,” the museum’s small collection is an ode to the lesser-told stories of Indianapolis’ history and its connection to African-American music, as well more general themes of Afrofuturism. Stop in Friday night for the grand re-opening party 6-9; Saturday 12-5.
- The Winter Magic Festival will showcase “the best magicians in the world,” according to IndyFringe executive director Pauline Moffat. You’ll see magic by illusionists of all sorts, working with cards, assorted props and your mind. We’re talking stratospheric-level performances by the likes of Murray SawChuck and Gazzo. IndyFringe Basile Theatre, through Sunday, $15-$30.
- Classical pianist and 2019 Featured Artist, Joshua Thompson, performs as a part of Art & Soul 2019. The free concert will feature pieces from William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, and more, as he presents a program that ties into the celebration’s 2019 theme of “Black Migrations and Urban Realities.” Artsgarden, Noon; Free. And don’t miss Music Editor Seth Johnson’s recent interview with Thompson here.
- The Teddy Bear Series introduces preschool & kindergarten students (ages 3-7) to the orchestra through story, movement, and live music. This time, it’s “Monkey’s Jungle Jam” — the adventure-filled tale of a spider monkey's search through the rainforest for musical friends. Written and performed by written by ISO violinist Victoria Griswold, and five musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Central Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Free.
- Imagine getting to explore all the great exhibits of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis after hours, including the Dinosphere, and doing it with a cocktail in hand. You’ll have to leave the kiddies at home, of course, because this event is 21+. There’s also food from some of Indy’s great restaurants and dancing. Starts at 8 p.m. $85.
- Celestine Bloomfield recounts the history of the Town Clock Church in New Albany, a landmark on the Underground Railroad, through the voices of the women of church. Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Indiana Landmark Center, 4 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at door.
- It’s the 10 year anniversary tour for this one of a kind vaudeville variety revue After circling the globe performing stunts of skill and courage including sword swallowing, quick change magic, puppets, handcuff and straight jacket escape, sword ladder, the execution blade box, singing, comedy, and a talking dog—Pretty Things stops at White Rabbit on Sunday night. 21+, $10.