When Steven Stolen sent us word a couple weeks ago that he was performing Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters, I just about fell out of my chair. I adore that composition by Costello, who worked with Brodsky Quartet in its creation. The fact that one of the best vocal artists in the city is tackling this complex, evocative work means a great deal to me. It’s a free show, too, presented Sunday at 4 p.m. at Trinity Church at 33rd and Meridian. Check out the interview with Stolen by Rita Kohn as well as the event information.
We’re also excited this week about the opening of Art and Soul 2011, the annual event that showcases extraordinary African-American artists. We’re so excited in fact, that next week, check out our cover story about Art and Soul visual artist, Lobyn Hamilton. The artwork and live performances go on all month long in the Artsgarden, so check out our coverage all month.
Also of empyrean interest this week is the opening of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. The still extraordinarily-popular Indiana native author is honored with this library, just shy of four years after his death. So it… you know. There’s lots of fun in store on Saturday, from 12-5 p.m.
The popular Paul Mecurio returns to Indy, performing at Crackers in Broad Ripple through Saturday night. He used to be a Wall Street lawyer who did stand-up at night then left the lawyer biz for a career in stand-up. If you don’t like it, he can sue you! Mecurio has worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has been featured on Comedy Central many times.
Speaking of funny, you must go to IndyFringe this weekend to see Screwged, featuring entertainment legend Wayburn Sassy and his vixen girlfriend Miss Didi Panache in a struggle between holiday spirit and old-man grumpiness. Wayburn and Didi wowed Fringe fest-goers last year — people LOVED them, I’m sayin’ and I hung out with the two, and they never broke character the entire time, on stage and off. They’re teamed up with Paul Strickland in a double bill, so you’ve got plenty of Fringe fun awaiting you.
The Palladium gets super-red-carpet fancy at their continuing festivities, celebrating the opening of the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel. The bigwigs come out on Saturday, from Chris Botti to Dionne Warwick to Neil Sekada to Cheyenne Jackson. Lots of performance, then you can do a pubcrawl inside, since there are five nightclubs housed within the Palladium roof. Five nightclubs!
We’ve got a lot of film festival action this weekend, too, from Shorts In January, a back-to-back screening of four films from three Indiana-based filmmakers: Josh Etter, Matthew Beikes and Joe Leavell. Then there’s the LGBT PRIDE fest in Bloomington, featuring Closing night party where erotic attire is encouraged.
This town is getting so busy these days with events, even on a Monday, you’ll have a bit of a conflict, since bicycles and literature go together so well:
Michael Dahlie is Butler’s first Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence. In addition to that, he recently won the Whiting Writers Award, a $50,000 prize that recognizes 10 young writers each year for their extraordinary talent and promise. And his novel, A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living, won the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Award in 2009. Holy shit is this guy heralded or what? So you’ll probably want to see what all the accolades are about and attend his reading.
The other Monday movie event is Ride the Divide, about The Tour Divide, which traverses over 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide, is considered to be the most extreme bike race on the planet. You can watch the film with all your biking buddies.
Speaking of film, I’d be remiss if I did not mention Peter Weir’s The Way Back, which I stumbled onto this past weekend, when I was going-and-doing myself. Check out my review.
Gotta mention this as well: Continuing on stage this week is the IRT’s Diary of Anne Frank. Our reviewer, Josefa Beyer gave it a whopping 4.5 stars. Check out her review.
See you out there!