The forecast calls for frigid temps and a chance of snow, so it’s best you bundle up and keep yourself busy so you don’t freeze to death. I promise all of this week’s picks are indoors where it’s toasty.
I know I’m repeating myself from last week, so here’s your bonus recommendation: the Spirit and Place festival continues through the weekend. This year’s theme is Intersections, and the aim is encourage participants to explore unique and even radical collaborative opportunities. I’m recommending Convergence, below. But visit the website here and browse through the list of remaining events to see if anything else catches your fancy.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY
The 18th annual LBGT film festival kicks off with Friday with a new documentary taking you inside the infamous Studio 54. Don’t miss it and 40+ other features, documentaries, and shorts over the weekend. Premier night tickets $15; full festival passes $50. Saturday and Sunday single film tickets $10. (indylgbtfilmfest.com
The annual Kurt Vonnegut-Centric event, sponsored by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, celebrates the Circle City’s most famous writer in a series of events this weekend that includes a reclamation of Armistice Day, conversation with author John Green at the Speakeasy, and a night of comedy. Ticket prices vary. Check website for more information (vonnegutlibrary.org)
The Indianapolis Ballet performed at the newly refurbished District Theatre during this summer’s IndyFringe. Going by that performance, and Balancing Acts performed at The Toby at Newfields last month, their New Works showcase series ought to contain surprises and delights, balancing both in equal measure. Tickets $25-35. (indyballet.org
NoExit Performance concludes its 2018 season with Tennessee Williams' darkly humorous Christmas drama, The Mutilated. The story of two friends making their way through the underbelly of New Orleans on Christmas Eve, local actors Gigi Jennewein stars as Trinket Dugan and Beverly Roche as Celeste Delacroix Griffin. Tickets $20. (themutilated.brownpapertickets.com)
If you’ve admired Indy-based Steve Paddack’s surrealistic paintings, which often have a strong narrative element, you’ve probably been frustrated that he doesn’t have solo shows around town as often as you might like. This is your chance to see one of Indy’s truly under-the-radar artists at one of Indy’s under the radar galleries. Opening reception Friday night. The show runs until Dec. 2. (stevepaddack.com)
The landslide winner of this year’s Best of Indy readers poll, Ballantine won Best Local Album of the Year, Best Local Instrumentalist, Best Local Jazz Artist, and Best Local Musician/Band (Overall). Check him out Friday night at the Chatterbox - another Best of Indy frequent winner. Ballantine will be joined by Amanda Gardier on sax, Jesse Wittman on bass, and Sam Bryson on drums. Show starts at 10:30
Spoken word, visual art, dance, and music converge to tell the stories of historically silenced communities and the power of unity. The vision of Stacia Moon, Convergence is part of this year’s Spirit and Place festival and serves to reflect on the convergence of artistry, culture, and tradition. Participating artist include Chris Pitts, Ess McKee, Uzuri Assad, and Mina Keohane. 3-6 p.m. Free.
Voted Indy’s Best Vocalist by NUVO readers this year, Asad is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and “a soul music warrior,” according our music editor Seth Johnson. “He just makes the world a better place with his warm, heartfelt music.” This weekend, come hear Asad’s tribute to Al Green at the Theatre at the Fort. $25. Two shows, 7 and 9 p.m.
In addition to being our music editor, Seth is also on the comedy beat these days, and he had nothing but great things to say about local comic Al Jackson after his recent interview. Jackson is a regular on the Bob and Tom show and “one chill-ass dude” according to Seth. Read the interview, and then check out Jackson’s set at Black Circle.
Join author/playwright/comedian and sometime NUVO contributor Lou Harry for a live taping of his podcast Lou Harry Gets Real. This week’s guests include actors/musicians Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas-Grimm. Comic Jason Adams serves as co-host. If you want a preview of the fun, check out past episodes featuring ISO pops conductor Jack Everly, and Sarah Urist Green, creator of The Art Assignment and subject of this week’s NUVO cover story. The fun starts at 6 p.m.; get there early to get a good seat.