10 things to do this weekend

The first weekend of 2019 offers up a great variety of ways to recover from the holidays and stay ahead of any winter blues. From what promises to be a memorable night at the symphony with Harry Potter to a cooking class at Indy's favorite Honky-Tonk, we've got 10 things to get you out of the house and into some fun between now and Monday morning. 


Harry Potter and the ISO

  • Hilbert Circle Theatre
  • We were blown away when we saw the ISO play live to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope back in November, and we can’t wait to have a similar experience when the Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns. This time it’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, with the symphony orchestra performing Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat’s score live as the movie screens in one of the city’s most beautiful theaters. Performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30. Get your tickets here.

They’re Playing Our Song

  • Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
  • It’s the 46th season at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, and they are kicking it off with one of our favorite romantic comedies: They’re Playing Our Song by Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch. It’s the story of songwriting duo  Vernon Gersch and Sonia Walsk who may seem to go together like oil and water, but eventually figure out the happily-ever-after. The show runs through Feb. 3. Tickets range from $45 to $70 and include dinner.

Pillow Talk

  • Historic Artcraft Theatre
  • Head to Franklin this weekend for a screening of one the best romantic comedy films of all time in one of the best theatre revival houses you’ll find in the state. Starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson, the 1959 Oscar-winning Pillow Talk was the first of three comedies featuring Day and Hudson, as well as Tony Randall at his funniest. Screens at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Circus-style sideshow banner by Joe and Bess Lee

Circus-style sideshow banner by Joe and Bess Lee


Professor Animalia’s Menagerie of Struggling Species

  • Harrison Center for the Arts
  • According to a 2018 survey, the monarch butterfly population in California dropped 86 percent from the previous year. The monarch, it so happens, is just one of the subjects the Professor Animalia’s Menagerie of Struggling Species exhibition, a benefit for Earth Charter Indiana. featuring gorgeous circus-style sideshow banners. You can register for the VIP Preview event, which requires a donation, here.

Rob Dixon and Triology featuring Charlie Ballantine

  • Jazz Kitchen
  • 2018 NUVO Best of Indy winner Charlie Ballantine (in multiple categories) performs with Indy jazz legend saxophonist Rob Dixon (also a multiple NUVO Best Of Indy winner) and his quartet. If you have even the most remote fondness for jazz, this is show you are going to want to attend.

Tennessee Williams’ And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens

  • District Theatre
  • A brand new LGBT theater company, Be Out Loud, is performing a not-so-well known Tennessee Williams play (at least in comparison to A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) in a venue that has become an anchor for the Mass Ave theater scene. What’s not to love? (Through Jan. 20).



  • Circle City Industrial Complex
  • Tired of tripping over people stampeding to the wine and cheese table when you’re taking in the art on First Friday? Come to + Saturday when you can take in art at a more leisurely place and meet up with the many CCIC studio artists (who will also be displaying their work on First Friday) You can check out the Impromptu Prompt Show, a group show in the Schwitzer Gallery, and also check out the Growing Places Winter Farmers Market. Feasts for  your belly and your eyes!

Low Pone Queer Dance Party

  • Pioneer Indy
  • This month’s party features former Miss Gay Indiana Siniya Hall Harber and Bloomington’s own lounge lizard extraordinaire. Regular hosts Mary Fagdalane and Stevie Dicks will be on hand, as well as the sounds of DJ Little Town. Voted by NUVO Readers as the Best Dance Party in Indy in last years Best of Indy poll, head to Pioneer and join the fun. 21+; $5
Miss Indiana State Fair

Audrey Campbell, Miss Indiana State Fair 2018


2019 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant

  • State Fairgrounds Coliseum
  • Spend the afternoon at the fairgrounds witnessing the pageant that determines the lucky young lady who will wear the crown as this year’s Miss Indiana State Fair. Doors open at noon, pageant starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and it’s general seating, so get there early if you want a good seat. Sunday is the finals, the preliminaries will be held on Saturday.

The Perfect Winter Soup (Cooking Class)

  • Duke’s Indy
  • Karen Hewett, of Sprout Wellness, is hosting another cooking class. This time she’s taking over the kitchen at Duke’s Indy on the Southside. She’ll be working on what sounds like an amazing winter soup recipe starting from scratch with a basic chicken stock. The class is 2 hours, $35, and will definitely end with a delicious meal. Bring an apron and your appetite.

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