For the third weekend in a row, winter weather is flexing it's muscle and keeping us all on our nearly-frostbitten toes. It is January, after all, so bundle up and head out to something that will take your mind off of your frozen extremities. We've got 10 things for you do this weekend, other than gripe about the weather.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25
Robert Indiana Exhibit
- 10th West Gallery
- It’s always LOVEly to see work by Robert Indiana, the late Indiana-born artist who was made famous by his “LOVE” painting. Among the works on display will be some signed, limited edition lithographs. On opening night, Friday, Jan. 25, from 5-9 p.m. you’ll have a chance to meet Martin Krause, curator emeritus of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields) who knew the artist well. Exhibition runs through Feb. 15. (10thwest.com)
- Winter Nights Film Series At Newfields
- A classic Audrey Hepburn film that tells the story of fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) plucking bookshop clerk Jo (Audrey Hepburn) from obscurity for his next fashion shoot in Paris. Hepburn is at her finest here, even if the romance with much-older Astaire feels weird fifty years later… Movie starts at 7 p.m. $8 members, $12 non-members.
The Bad Plus
- Jazz Kitchen
- Over the course of their decades-spanning catalog, this exploratory Minnesota jazz trio has become known for covering all sorts of artists, including everyone from Aphex Twin to Prince. Having recently gone through their first-ever lineup change, The Bad Plus now features Orrin Evans on piano. The group visits Indianapolis in support of a 2018 album titled Never Stop II, which is comprised of entirely original music. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. (two shows), $25 - $35, 21+ Don’t miss Music Editor Seth Johnson’s interview with the band ahead of the shows.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26
East Meets West: Wu Man & Indy Chamber Orchestra
- Butler University
- A sovereign musician and ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man makes her Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra debut at Schrott Center for the Arts on Saturday. She’s traveling to Indianapolis to perform Tan Dun’s concerto—one which reflects a global view of music. With sounds of Eastern Europe in the Armenian Rhapsody, the first use of percussion by Haydn in a symphony, and Debussy’s distinctly French style in a suite that features Clair de Lune, it really is a cultural mash-up. Music writer Esteban Meneses interviewed Man ahead of her performance in Indianapolis.
- Winter Nights Film Series At Newfields
- In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to "Look at the pictures," while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism — and ignited a culture war that rages to this day. This HBO documentary takes a look at the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe, who pushed the boundaries of what was socially acceptable. Movie starts at 4 p.m. $8 members, $12 non-members.
Room Service (The Marx Brothers)
- Vintage Movie Night at Garfield Park
- Film historian and preservationist Eric Grayson hosts the monthly Vintage Movie night at Garfield Park Arts Center, presenting a series of unique and rare vintage film titles. This month it’s the 1938 classic Room Service starring the Marx Brothers. 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $5 on the night of the film. Popcorn, candy, and drinks are available for $1.
Spellbound DJ Dance Night at Pioneer Indy
- Taking place on the last Saturday of every month, Spellbound features A-Squared DJs and DJ Evil Twin dropping the darkest in New Wave, Industrial, Goth, and Post-Punk. Dust off the black fishnets and wear your best mascara because goths get down too.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JAN. 25-26
- IndyFringe Theater
- Queen Day is what happens when rock and punk meet musical theater. During IndyFringe this past summer, this sold old show received rave reviews and it is now back for repeat performances. Bohemian Rhapsody this ain’t! (indyfringe.org) Arts Editor Dan Grossman has a preview of the show here.
Apples in Winter
- Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre
- In this world premiere staging event, Jan Lucas stars in the one woman show that will get you hungry for theater and, well, just get you hungry. That is, you get to see her prepare an apple pie live on stage, in absolutely real time, while relating the lessons of her life while savoring the scent of her pie. It certainly sounds tastier than your typical Ted Talk. Through Jan. 27 (phoenixtheatre.org).
Every Brilliant Thing
- Indiana Repertory Theatre
- As our stage reviewer Lou Harry writes, “There’s beauty—and big laughs—throughout Every Brilliant Thing. Lovely human connections are made, both between the Man and others in his life as well as between actor and audience.” But he also had some issues with the play, which engages with the problem of suicide. Read his review and see what you think before deciding whether or not to go. (irtlive.com)