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October 2013: Best Bets

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Ready to fill in your calendar? This month's best theater, music, festivals, museums, films, and more can be found below, an expanded version of October's Indianapolis Monthly Culture Calendar. The latest issue also highlights the best 15 meals worth the drive in our Destination: Dinner cover feature. Enjoy!

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Now, is that Stephen King we spot down there?



Bruce Hornsby

10/3 The Grammy-winner won’t be bringing The Range to the Palladium, but his musical companion that evening, bluegrass virtuoso Ricky Skaggs, more than makes up for it.

Arlo Guthrie

10/2 A child of the ’60s, folk singer and activist Arlo Guthrie epitomizes that socially conscious era. And while the Palladium isn’t exactly Woodstock, it almost certainly has better acoustics.

Jack Johnson

10/5 Touring in support of his latest album, From Here to Now to You, the Hawaiian surfer-turned-songwriter-turned-multimillionaire will visit the Murat Theatre.

100 Years of Broadway

10/6 Composer Neil Berg put together this touring concert in 2010, and the curtain still hasn’t fallen on it. The Palladium will host some of Broadway’s biggest stars singing some of its biggest tunes.

Verdi's Requiem

10/11–12 Urbanski and the ISO will tackle Giuseppe Verdi’s most famous choral work at Hilbert Circle Theatre with the help of soprano Twyla Robinson and tenor Dimitri Pittas.

Gloria Gaynor

10/18 “I Will Survive” reached the top of the Billboard charts in 1979 on two different occasions, and it proved to be absolutely correct. Gloria Gaynor visits the Palladium this fall, still magnificent at the age of 64.

Singing in the Rain

10/18–19 At Hilbert Circle Theatre, the ISO presents a throwback to the days when movies, or should we say talkies, were accompanied by live orchestras. Jack Everly will conduct the ISO through a full-length screening of the American Film Institute’s top musical movie of all time.

Merle Haggard

10/31 A father of country music and the Bakersfield sound, Merle Haggard just can’t stop making music and winning awards for it. This month, the legend will visit the Palladium.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

10/25 You may not have heard of this Latin band that has been shaking San Francisco’s hips since 2010, but you’ve almost certainly heard of the man touring with it: Tito Puente Jr. There will be no shortage of horns or maracas at the Palladium.

The Eagles

10/18 One of the best-selling bands of all time, Don Henley and the boys visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse on their History of the Eagles tour. Not exactly the new kid in town, but destined to sell out just the same.

Pixar in Concert

10/27 The ISO will perform hits from Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and other Pixar blockbusters at Clowes Hall.


Matisse: Life in Color

10/13–1/12/14 Henri Matisse was not only a painter but also worked in sculpture, drawing, and paper cutouts. The only thing he failed to accomplish, it seems, was to have an exhibition in Indy. That changes this month as the IMA presents a showcase of nearly 100 Matisse works.

Fearless Furniture

10/8–5/27/14 None of it looks particularly comfortable, but the unusual furniture exhibited at the Indiana State Museum this fall has a higher calling: art. And as a bonus, Hoosier craftsmen made every table and chair.

Jan Ruhtenberg Exhibit

10/4–30 A champion of Bauhhaus architecture and a student of Mies van der Rohe, Jan Ruhtenberg settled in Indy at the end of his life. The master of midcentury-modern style finally gets his due in an exhibit at iMOCA, organized by his grandson and local rockstar, Vess.

Broad Ripple Gallery Tour

10/11 Munch, sip, and admire your way through this artsy self-guided tour of Midtown. From the Indianapolis Art Center to Fine Estate Art and Rugs, galleries and shops will keep their doors open late. Just follow the smell of appetizers and creativity.


Heartland Film Festival

10/17–26 Spanning 10 days and more than 100 flicks at various locations throughout the city, Indy’s largest film fest returns with a crop of independent movies.

Midwest Fashion Week

10/14–19 Apparel designers from around the Midwest will strut their stuff—or models will, anyway—at the Artsgarden. Start planning your outfits now.

TEDx Indianapolis

10/22 “Mix it Up,” the theme of this year’s TED speaker conference across the city, refers to cross-pollination. The diversity of the organizations putting on the event certainly exemplifies that: Big Car, the ISO, the International School, and Indiana Humanities.



10/12–13 An Indiana Ballet Company original, this contemporary, percussion-filled production follows a young boy and girl who dream of
becoming famous artists: the boy a drummer, the girl a ballerina. The Toby is about to get loud.

New Dimensions

10/24–27 Dance Kaleidoscope kicks off its 2013 season at the IRT with this show, which will include a revival of David Hochoy’s “IconoGlass,” inspired by the music of Philip Glass.


Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

10/10 Remember that weird dream you had where John Mellencamp and Stephen King wrote a musical about a dysfunctional family living in backwoods Mississippi in the 1960s? Turns out it was real, and you can see it at the IU Auditorium.

Whoopi Goldberg

10/26 One of only five people ever to receive an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy, Goldberg joins the parade of stars making their way through Clowes Hall for its 50th season.

An Iliad

10/16–11/16 Based on the work of Robert Fagles, a classics scholar who translated both The lliad and The Odyssey into accessible modern language, the IRT’s interpretation of Homer’s first epic will be brought to life by a single actor.

Alicia Ostriker

10/8 A Jewish feminist poet, Ostriker has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. She’ll speak at Butler this month as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Headless Horseman

10/11–27 The legend of Sleepy Hollow rides again at Conner Prairie, and if you’re brave, take the hayride for an up-close encounter. For the timid, puppet shows, scary-oke, and hot cider will also be available.

Edited by Amanda Heckert and Jonathan Scott

We imagine arts trucks

Let's Hit the Road!

This caravan was inspired by the campaign to build an IndyFringe Truck to bring theater to festivals across the state.


Grace Hartzel hits the runways

Sashay! Shante!

Grace Hartzel, the hottest new face in fashion, hails from Zionsville—but what does it mean to give up the last bit of childhood for a dream?


History at Clowes

Clowes Encounters

Clowes Memorial Hall turns 50 this year. And while the theater has hosted some big names over the decades, the backstage stories steal the show.


Imagine Dragons concert review

Imagine the Fun

Imagine Dragons, the pop-rock band responsible for guitar-heavy aural candy such as "Radioactive," brought their catalog to The Lawn at White River State Park on Sept. 16.


The Guiding Bite

What's Cooking?

Plan your meals out this month with The Guiding Bite, IM's calendar of foodie events, including the Oct. 12 Oktoberfest at Traders Point Creamery.

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