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10 things to do this weekend

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1. St. Elmo's Shrimp Cocktail Eating Contest

Dec. 5, 3 p.m. It’s happening once again this weekend, and Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is in town to defend his title from last year. Word is also that an extremely good-looking and witty food writer from a local alt weekly is going to be competing in the media division AND she asks that you take AS MANY photos of her mid-bite AS POSSIBLE. See you on Georgia Street!

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2. Jon McLaughlin

Hometown boy Jon McLaughlin performs at Old National Centre Saturday
  • Hometown boy Jon McLaughlin performs at Old National Centre Saturday

Dec. 5, 9 p.m. Holiday traditions: Seeing the Nutcracker, shopping at Circle Center, seeing the lights go on at Monument Circle, seeing hometown boy Jon McLaughlin sing.

Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., $20

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3. MAZE

Dec. 5, 7 p.m. This highly anticipated event is the climax of Motus Dance’s year. Labeled as a “tango with identity, a puzzle of perspective, a date with distraction,” the show uses the work of seven modern choreographers. The visual interpretation of the idea of moving through a maze should make for some intriguing work. Performance opportunities for adults as well as ongoing classes and workshops.

Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road, $10 members, $15 non-members

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Motus Dance Company - MICHELLE CRAIG
  • Michelle Craig
  • Motus Dance Company

4. Cereal Cinema: Home Alone

Dec. 5, 10 a.m. If you don't like Home Alone we can't be friends. Sorry but I'm REALLY not sorry on this one.

Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., $5

5. Taps & Touchdowns

Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. Just because cold weather has arrived doesn't mean the beer tasting events have gone away. This event — in conjunction with the festivities surrounding the Big Ten Football Championship Game —will showcase 20+ local Indiana craft breweries and roughly 4-5 local restaurants. Get to sippin'

Pan Am Plaza, 201 S. Capitol Ave., $30 advance, $35 doors

6. A Tribute to the Music of Prince

How can we be more clear? It’s a tribute. To the music of the Purple One. Well, actually we can say some more, and we said it in Barfly down below.

Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St., $7

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7. Riff Raff

Dec. 6, 8 p.m. Hear me out for a second will ya? Yes, Riff Raff is one crazy dude. And with that craziness comes a show so hype he's willing to give away a free Spring Break vacation. At each stop throughout his tour Riff Raff is picking an audience member and giving them a free trip. So yeah, Sunday Funday fam.

8. TINY IV. A Really Big Show

Dec. 4. 6 p.m. Gallery 924’s annual show features over 100 central Indiana artists with more than 200 pieces of original art. The hook is they are all 6”x6”x6” or smaller. The artwork … not the artists. The small scale work can often hold as much detail as some of 924’s larger shows. TINY is the perfect opportunity to begin a collection of original art of your own, encourage a new collector with a gift of original art, or discover new artists.

Gallery 924 at the Arts Council, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., FREE

9. Kingly T Record Release Party

Dec. 6, 6 p.m. With the release of his fourth LP Life in the City, Kingly T is launching his most ambitious campaign yet to lure the ears of Indiana music fans to his classic reggae grooves. That push includes this album release party. Another great reason to partake in Sunday Funday ya'll.

Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St., $5

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10. Black Tie artist reception & open studio night

Dec. 4, 6 p.m. The Harrison Center for the Arts has its annual holiday Black Tie party. Feel free to dress the part. The show is actually a color-themed group show with over 75 local artists. That same night the City Gallery will be showing Genna Pianki; Religion, Spirituality & the Arts in Gallery No. 2; and the Abstract Group Show in Hank & Dolly’s; along with the 26 open studios throughout the Center.

Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St., FREE

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