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Mike Epps headlines Conseco on Saturday.
  • Mike Epps headlines Conseco on Saturday.

Our cover story this week, by David Hoppe, is on a brand new and totally exciting opera about the life of Vincent van Gogh called Vincent. IU School music brought together an all-star lineup of artists to create the work, and the performances start this weekend and go through next. I’ll be there on Saturday, and let you know what I think.

In town this weekend, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s (GHDT) latest show, Saints and Sinners, is an exploration of the light and dark sides of dance. Featuring a ballet inspired by Joan of Arc which creates a haunting web of faith and vision, the performance promises to enthrall. The other piece, entitled ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,’ explores the idea that the aforementioned sins are not singled out because of their own flaws but because they spawn other sins.

Can’t get enough ballet? Who can! The Joffrey Ballet’s reputation has preceded its arrival at Butler’s Clowes Memorial Hall. For more than half a century, the ballet company has showcased their deep commitment to spreading the beauty of ballet to a wide variety of audiences through their inclusive perspectives on dance and diverse repertoire of pieces. The Joffrey Ballet will be in town for one night only.

The Eiteljorg’s ‘Red/Black: Related Through History’ exhibit continues to spawn, bringing talented performers to the city. The latest addition is Blair Clark, a Chippewa and African-American musician who, along with his nine-piece band, will perform a fusion of jazz, blues and popular music inspired by African and Native American cultures. Clark’s 7 p.m. performance at the museum is in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.

The Circle City Derby Girls are at it again, and they aim to blot out the disappointing NCAA men’s final. In their first home match of the season, the undefeated roller rock stars are hosting a double-header against the Southern Illinois Rollergirls and the Lansing Derby Vixens. Royal Pain, a tongue in cheek nod to the royal wedding that will also take place in April, may lack crown jewels but it promises to make up for it with fishnets and sass. We’re sure the Queen Mother would be proud.

St. Pat's Day may be over, but don't let holidays constrain you. Celtic Woman—6 million CD/DVDs sold worldwide, seven consecutive No. 1's on Billboard's World Album Chart—has a powerhouse of talent that is said to be breathlessly dramatic and beyond captivating. Sounds intriguing. The lovely music of the Eire will be performed for one night only on April 9

Beth Horner's presentation may be entitled Love Lost, Found and Fumbled, but it promises to be much more than just a “kissing book.” Horner will deliver every type of love story, whether it's tragic, classic or laughable, such as her oft-requested spoof Encounter with a Romance Novel. Nationally acclaimed and having performed for over 18 years, Horner delivers a lively storytelling style to enchant her audiences.

Indianapolis native Mike Epps started off doing comedy in local places like Crackers and comedy competition. He also got boost on WTLC, before moving on and making his name as a standup comic and actor (Next Friday, The Honeymooners, The Hangover). Now, the Tech High School tells us he’s thrilled to be headlining Conseco Fieldhouse, though he does come to Indy often to visit his mom, seven brothers and one sister. Let’s give him a big, welcome home embrace on Saturday.

Finally, Stuart McLean may be Canadian, but don't let that stop you. His hit radio show "The Vinyl Cafe" premiered in 1994, offering audiences an eclectic musical journey and to hear about the life of Dave, married with two children and the owner of the world's smallest record store. His audience has only grown as he's taken the show to places like Seattle, Cleveland and Portland. He'll be here on Sunday at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

See you out there!



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