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APRIL 2014

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Ready to fill in your calendar? The coming month's top theater, music, festivals, museums, films, and more can be found below, an expanded version of April's IM Culture Calendar. Enjoy!



Stars of the ISO

4/4–5 Showcasing the best of the ISO’s in-house talent, this event at Hilbert Circle Theatre will feature star players such as Ryan Beach and Diane Evans performing works by Stravinsky, Strauss, and Debussy.


4/11 On the road for the first time in nearly a decade, the Goddess of Pop will visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse on her Dressed to Kill tour. Buy your ticket online and snag a free copy of Closer to the Truth, her highest-charting solo album.

Mandy Patinkin

4/11 Hello. My name is Mandy Patinkin, and I am a Tony Award–winning singer as well an accomplished actor. You will hear me perform at the Palladium. Prepare to be entertained.

Ensemble Voltaire: Late Bloomers

4/13 Not every man finds his calling early. Indy Baroque’s final concert of the season at the Athenaeum celebrates the work of Jean-Philippe Rameau and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, neither of whom began composing until after age 40. So there’s hope for the rest of us.



4/1–6 Based on a true story, this Broadway hit tunes into a 1950s radio station and follows the career of a white DJ bold enough to fall in love with black music and a black singer. The Best Musical of 2010—with the Tony to prove it—rock ’n’ rolls its way to Clowes Memorial Hall.

The Mountaintop

4/1–27 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sits in a motel room in Tennessee the day before he will be assassinated. He orders room-service coffee. The ensuing conversation between King and the maid separates the man from the myth in this award-winning breakout play from Katori Hall, starring David Alan Anderson, at the IRT.


4/4–19 In the spirit of Our Town, Will Eno’s latest play explores small-town life and the existential yearning that lies just under the surface. It’s a surprisingly traditional choice for the avant-garde theater group NoExit, which will perform the work at the Indy Indie Artist Colony.

Blue Man Group

4/11–13 For a show that leaves Clowes Memorial Hall covered in toilet paper and paint splatter, Blue Man Group certainly gets invited back frequently. The mimes must be on to something.


4/17–5/11 Hailing from the Bloomington Playwrights Project, the Phoenix Theatre’s latest show amounts to a series of witty barbs from estranged siblings. It will be interesting to see what spin the Phoenix gives it.

One Slight Hitch

4/18–5/10 Set in 1980s suburbia, this play opens with preparations for a perfect wedding day. But with comedian Lewis Black as the playwright, that doesn’t last long. Theater on the Square brings this hilarious romp to Indianapolis for the first time.

The Game's Afoot

4/23–5/18 Part comedy, part whodunit, the IRT’s latest play unites old friends for the holidays at a castle, where they find more homicide than holly.

Albert Herring

4/25–5/4 Nothing boosts a guy’s confidence like spiked lemonade. Albert Herring is the shy, lonely shop boy in his small British village until he finally rebels, with a little help from his friend’s rum bottle. The Indianapolis Opera will perform this comedy at the Basile Opera Center.


Butler ArtsFest

4/3–13 Apparently, 2013’s inaugural Butler ArtsFest called for an encore. Among other things, this year’s event will include storytelling by Deborah Asante accompanied by a Cirque du Soleil aerialist, a night of jazz gospel with the Blind Boys of Alabama, and a sci-fi operatic comedy by the Butler Opera.

Indy Sound Map

4/4–25 This month at the Harrison Center, local artist Stuart Hyatt will present what he calls the first “sonic map” of Indianapolis. Hyatt walked the 20-mile length of Washington Street and recorded the sounds of the city, from everyday conversations to footsteps.

Art from the Heartland

4/11–6/8 The Indianapolis Art Center always finds great work for its biennial regional competition, and this year, Sarah Green will jury the exhibition and its $2,500 prize money.

Stutz Studio Open House

4/25–26 It’s the 21st-annual running of this downtown studio tour, a stint almost as long as some of the bohemian painters and potters in the Stutz building have been alive.


Jesamyn Ward

4/8 Writing about her experience as a Hurricane Katrina survivor, Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones. She’ll speak about poverty in the South when she visits Butler this month.

Bob Knight

4/10 For a guy who claims to be sour on Indiana, Bob Knight certainly returns a lot to collect a check. The General will pack the Palladium again this year for stories of the IU glory days.

Gabriel Iglesias

4/11 “Fluffy” brings his signature fat jokes and Hawaiian shirt
to the Old National Centre.



4/2–13 The blue and gold close out one of their best regular seasons in decades with three games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They’ll welcome the Pistons on April 2, the Hawks on April 6, and the Thunder on April 13 for the home finale.


4/10–29 At long last, Rowdie pulls his costume out of storage as baseball season begins. The Indians open the 2014 home schedule against the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field.

Indy Eleven

4/12–19 For the first time in years, the city has a soccer team. On April 12, the Indy Eleven will debut at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium against the Carolina RailHawks.

Edited by Daniel S. Comiskey and Jonathan Scott

Laverne Cox of 'Orange Is the New Black' Speaks at Purdue

Laverne Cox Graces Purdue U

The Orange Is the New Black actress, transgender advocate, and style-icon-in-waiting talks about her difficult past and encourages students to embrace their diverse surroundings.


IU Releases Book of Stunning Images of Bloomington Campus

Stunning Photos

Each of IU's key landmark receives striking image treatment in a new collection excerpted here—and it's out just in time for graduation and incoming freshmen.


Indy Men's Chorus Presents Songs 'From the B-List'

Indy Men's Chorus

The gents of the IMC staged cagey two-hour shows at Marian University Theatre last weekend, with selections plucked from the songbooks of the Beatles, Bacharach, Barbra, Bette ... and The Book of Mormon.


Award-Baiting Play 'I and You' Now at Phoenix Theatre

You + Me = Us

Playwright Lauren Gunderson brings a rolling world-premiere play to Indy that takes a cue from a literary favorite. Here, the show's two cast members talk roles and growing pains.


GROUPLOVE Brings Raucous Neo-Hippie Rock to Old National Centre

Feeling the Love

See photos of high-energy indie band GROUPLOVE rocking The Egyptian Room during a raucous live show that left attendees panting for more.


Indy's Josh Kaufman Finds Himself in Front of Millions on 'The Voice'

He's 'The Voice'

The singer-songwriter was poised and ready for his battle round a week ago—and he isn’t worried about losing credibility by appearing on a TV reality show.


Former Purdue Star Katie Douglas Leaves Indiana Fever

Goodbye, Katie

Perhaps bookending her career in the league, Douglas, a former Purdue University standout before she became a Fever star, will return to the WNBA squad that drafted her.


Can All-Star Paul George Become a Bona Fide Celebrity?

PG Strikes A Pose

“I can’t hide anywhere,” says King George. That's even less possible now that he's got a Gatorade endorsement, joining big-timers like Peyton Manning (heard of him?), Dwyane Wade, and Serena Williams.


The Guiding Bite

Somm Like It Hot

Plan your meals out with The Guiding Bite, IM's calendar of foodie events, including a screening of Somm on April 3, as the film follows four young sommeliers as they prep for a grueling master sommelier exam.


Indy Monthly: April 2014 Contents

April Is Here

See Deborah Paul's thoughts on same-sex marriage and parenthood, plus new columns from Amanda Heckert, Philip Gulley, and Sam Stall. Our latest issue is on newsstands now!


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