Well-known actor and comedian, Kevin Pollak, is in town through Saturday, performing stand-up at Crackers. The star of A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and Casino, Pollak is currently in The Big Year, featuring Steve Martin and Jack Black. Here’s your chance to rub elbows with the cultural elite, and have a delightful time doing so!
The beloved and bewitching Brenda Williams is performing on Friday at the swanky-but-cozy Cabaret at the Columbia Club. If you’ve never seen this local singer, who’s opened for the likes of Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood and Chuck Mangiore, you’re missing out on a true talent.
Speaking of talent there four — count ‘em, four! — openings at Herron School of Art and Design, starting on Friday. The newly named Dorit and Gerald Paul Gallery will feature 16 works by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Susan Tennant. Also featured will be Randolph Deer in An Uneven Symphony, Robert B. Berkshire in Best of Berkshire and New Works by Valerie Eickmeier.
Raymond Leppard returns to the ISO podium on Friday and Saturday, conducting Beethoven's 9th Symphony, one of the most beloved works of all time. Best known for the final movement featuring Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” the performance will feature Leppard as conductor, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and soloists Sara Jakubiak, Sean Panikkar, Michaela Martens and James Westman.
Saturday is the Summer Solstice and where better to spend it than at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. By celebrating the Summer Solstice you are also marking the one-year anniversary of 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park with the IMA. The scheduled events include yoga at dawn, information about Andrea Zittel’s Indianapolis Island, a drumming circle with Steven Angel (founder of the Drumming for Life Institute) and art making at the Visitors Pavilion. Be sure to stop by the “Align” sculpture; each year on the solstice, the two components of the sculpture align to create one single, solstice-y shadow.
House shopping on Saturday? Even if you aren’t, it’s fun to dream. The 38th Annual Home & Garden Tour in the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood means select residents open their homes for public tours, promoting the history, beauty and unique architecture of the area. This year’s tour, titled “Real Homes. Real Neighbors. Real Ideas,” honors the authentic character of this historic neighborhood.
Some dance opportunities for you this weekend. On Saturday night, you can support our local dance company, Motus, with an Evening of Wine and Dance at the White Rabbit Cabaret. Pair together an evening of wine tasting and watching six newly choreographed dances at the White Rabbit Cabaret. American Culinary Federation's Gold Medal Winner, Chef James Chantanasombut, will be preparing six delicious courses complete with the perfect wine pairings.
The Aphasia Dance Company performs at the IMA. The Belgian troupe will have two performances of Rencontres des Imbéciles (Under Erasure) at 5 and 7 p.m. Indy native and North Central graduate Craig McCormick will perform with the group as they feature surrealistic images in a memorable stage performance that challenges the perceptions of audience members.
Fun for your head: Dr. David Linden will speak at the Center for Inquiry on Saturday night. Dr. Linden’s from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and specializes in what does and doesn’t light up the pleasure centers of your brain. Linden, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology, has published two books about the science of the psyche, from love and religion to addiction and comfort foods. Seating is limited.
Finally, on Tuesday night you can check out the Circle City Chamber Group with their Heavy Metal gathering, showcasing all the fun ways to use metal in art. With metal sculptures from Carol Tabac-Shank, a performance from the Drum Corps International and tons of food and giveaways, there won't be any shortage of things to do. Plus, proceeds from ticket sales go to IPS.