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Working for NUVO is opening up cultural doors that I had woefully been ignoring. In the past few weeks, I’ve been to two art exhibits and two poetry readings, events that I probably would’ve read about but not attended. Not for any good reason, you understand. Events are often free and in easy-to-find places with adjacent parking. I’ve just become a homebody with a renewed interest in watching Golden Girls reruns. Lame, I know. No longer.

On Tuesday, April 20, I’ll be at the Bonnie Maurer and Rusty Moe poetry reading. The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (6701 Hoover Road). Both poets will read from their recent works. You’ll likely find me near the back of the room, smiling and potentially clapping with glee. Not the television show, which I’ll be sure to watch on Hulu sometime on Wednesday.

Bonnie Maurer
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Wednesday evening will lend itself to a reading by National Book Critics Circle Award winner Edward Hirsch. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in IUPUI’s Lilly Auditorium. The auditorium is located on the lower level of University Library (755 West Michigan Street). The auditorium gets chilly; bring a sweater. And chocolate.

On Friday, I plan to take in Name Change, an exhibition at the Herron School of Art and Design (735 W. New York Street). Featured artists include Irby Benjiman Roy, Euri Ignatius Everpure, and Ed McGowin. Read more about the exhibit, open through Saturday, April 24, at http://www.edmcgowin.com/namechange.html. Gallery hours are Friday, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm and Saturday, 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm.

On Saturday, I’ll be at the Stutz Artists Open House. 70-or-so artists will be selling their works, which include sculpture, paintings, drawings, and photography, for prices ranging from $12 to $10,000. (I’ll be looking at the, uh, $12 stuff.) Advance tickets are available for $10 at Old National Banking Centers and the Stutz Business Office. Admission at the door will be $12. Hours are Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.stutzartists.com.

To recap: Me. Three free events, one low-cost event. Bring a sweater. Don’t forget the milk chocolate.

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