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Go & Do: Your arts weekend, May 20-22

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Joshua Carroll gives a fantastic performance as Thom Pain.
  • Joshua Carroll gives a fantastic performance as Thom Pain.

First off, whatever else you do this weekend, I hope you Biked to Work today (Friday)!

I want to begin this weekend’s go&do cavalcade with a nod to a production that is ending its run tonight, Thom Pain (based on nothing). I caught the show last weekend and was greatly impressed by its sole actor, Joshua Carroll, under the direction of Mike Hosp, as the monologue, in turn, managed to mess with the mind while breaking the heart.

As I said, it’s ending its run, but many many arts offerings are opening this Friday:

Though he won’t officially take over the proverbial reins until fall, new ISO musical director Krzysztof Urbański conducts this weekend for the first time since his initial guest appearance in April, 2010. Urbański i, if you haven’t heard is, at 28 years old, the youngest musical director of a major orchestra in the United States. Way to go, ISO! Urbański will lead the ISO in Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. Bravo, ISO! Check out Tom Aldridge’s interview with Urbański .

Dance Kaleidoscope features an evening of electronic music entitled The Body Electric, featuring David Hochoy’s In the Moog — i.e. choreography set to Bach played on Moog synthesizer, and Skinwalkers with a score composed by T.H. Gillespie and L.E. McCullough, and played live by jazz violinist Cathy Morris. Most exciting is Hochoy’s world premiere of Electric Counterpoint, set to a jazz score by Steve Reich. Riches galore! And what a way to celebrate DK’s cusp-of-40th anniversary, along with artistic director Hochoy’s 20th. Check out Rita Kohn’s story about Hochoy.

The work of rock n’ roll photographer Harry Sandler is taking the iPhone to new heights. Sandler’s work with the iPhone involves manipulating images taken on said phone on his travels to places like Iceland, Spain, Scotland, Canada and around the United States. The exhibit runs now through June 24, and features over two dozen artists.

If you’re headed to Bloomington because you’d rather spend the Rapture there (see below), you’ll want to check out the Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show at IU’s SoFA. Addressing such topics as reproduction, sexual politics, romance and the human figure, the Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show will open on Friday (6-8 p.m.) at IU’s SoFA Gallery. In conjunction with the show, the Kinsey Institute will have an open house on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The art show is free and will run until Saturday, July 30.

One of my favorite spots in town is Earth House, and tonight (Friday) they are throwing themselves a benefit called [Re]sonance, featuring visual arts and a silent auction. Music will be provided by Good News/Bad Wolf, Dead Birds Adore Us, and DJs from Twin Peaks and DJ Ryan Lee. Proceeds from the evening will go toward upgrading the sound facilities and general operating costs for the Earth House Collective. The party begins at 7 p.m. and a donation of your discretion is needed prior to entry.

Right up the block is yet another must-see show: Very Big Laughs at IndyFringe. This is your first opportunity to see Phil the Void on stage, since his recent move from LA to Indianapolis. You read that right. One of the world’s funniest comics decided to move here, because he thinks Indianapolis is a great town. Welcome, Phil, we completely agree. Tonight and Saturday, and next weekend, Phil will host an improv and sketch comedy show featuring the comic stylings of VINCSANITY, The Belmont Transfer, Douchejax, JAKE, Matt, 4 Days Late and more. With names like that, how could it possibly not be funny?

On Saturday (and running on Sunday as well) is the venerable Broad Ripple Arts Festival, wherein you can see a couple hundred artists, a bunch of great bands, eat food, drink beer and see so many people it will boggle your mind. In its 41st year now, BRAF is a family-friendly event as well. Don’t miss it!

Okay, so the great folks at the Center for Inquiry decided that if the Rapture does happen, they’d like to all be together, listing to the hilarious satirist Roy Zimmerman. Confused? According to some Christians, the Apocalypse will begin by the time this party starts. The “true Christians” will be “raptured” while the rest of us are at the Center for Inquiry listening to comedian and singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman! Presumably, the “looting party” can start after his show.

At the IMS, the fun continues with Pole Day/Tom Carnegie Day. Races on this day determine the first 24 grid spots, with the fastest driver gaining pole position on race day. Gates open at 6 a.m., practice starts at 8 a.m. and the qualifying races last from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The nine drivers who proved their racing mettle by leading the pack will return to best their earlier times at 4:30 p.m. This of course, further prepares you for the big day, next weekend, the Indy 500 race itself — the 100th anniversary in fact! See our cover next week for everything you need to know.

See you out there!




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