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January 2014: Best Bets

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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 January's Indianapolis Monthly Culture Calendar. The latest issue also highlights the best new comfort foods in the city. Enjoy!



Jonathan Batiste

1/15 Known for his fusion of New Orleans jazz and New York piano styles (not to mention stylish threads), Jonathan Batiste and his band should make for a handsome evening at the Tarkington.

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

1/16–17 The weather outside might be frightful, but Beethoven’s naturally inspired Sixth Symphony (otherwise known as Pastoral) will remind you of spring. Pieces by Mozart and Dvorak are also on the ISO’s program at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

The Best of France

1/24 Enjoy dinner while some of the top pianists in the region keep time at the American Pianists Association’s annual fundraiser in the home of Dr. Peggy Watanabe, complete with cognac and French wines.

Madeleine Peyroux

1/25 American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux meshes influences as far-ranging as Bob Dylan and Edith Piaf. Late this month, she’ll perform what can best be described as a night of modern lounge music at the Palladium.

This Is the End

1/17–19 It’s 1750, and the end is near. At least, the end of baroque music. At Trinity Episcopal Church, Ensemble Voltaire celebrates the work of Bach, Telemann, and Janitsch as they composed right up until the clock ran out for this musical epoch.

Strauss's Alpine Symphony

1/31–2/1 You might want to pack a pair of skis for this one. The ISO tackles one of Strauss’s largest compositions, taking the audience at Hilbert Circle Theatre on a trek through the Alpine mountains in an epic symphony. Liszt’s Totentanz is the warm-up.


First Friday at the Harrison Center

1/3 Don’t shave off your Decembeard just yet—local photographer Polina Osherov kicks off Manuary with an exhibition titled Beards at the Harrison Center. Also look for Bryan Enas’s sound installation (which takes up the entire gym) and David Hicks’s European painting parodies (pictured) in the main gallery.


American Rhapsody

1/9–12 Dance Kaleidoscope pairs the nostalgic classics Farewell and Rhapsody in Blue with a world premiere of David Hochoy’s An American in Paris this month at the IRT.


Indy Fringe Winter Magic Festival

1/17–1/19 The best young magicians in the country have packed up their doves and handkerchiefs and are headed to the Magic Fest at the IndyFringe Theatre. Behold the Action Brothers, Anthony the Great, and (apparently more modest) Eric Starkey performing everything from card tricks to mind reading.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/20 To celebrate the great civil-rights leader, White River State Park venues are opening their doors with free admission in trade for one canned-food item for Gleaners. From the snowy upper deck of Victory Field to the depths of the Dolphin Dome, let freedom ring.

Indianapolis Home Show

1/24–2/2 The oldest and one of the largest home shows in the nation invites you back to the neighborhood (Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds) where more than 200 vendors await. And if you fail to find inspiration at any of those, there’s an entire house built inside for your consideration.

Theater & Film

Intergalactic Nemesis

1/25 Alert! The aliens are coming, and they aren’t friendly. It’s up to intrepid reporter Molly and her loyal assistant Timmy to save the day in this show at Clowes Hall that combines a projected graphic novel with a radio play live on stage. Late Night with Conan O’Brien and NPR both thought it was out of this world.

Daniel Levitin

1/28 Part rock star, part neuroscientist, the New York Times bestselling author of This is Your Brain on Music visits Butler University.

Victor Hernandez Cruz

1/28 Bridging the gap between Hispanic and American culture with poetry, Victor Hernandez Cruz is a key member of the Nuyorican Movement. He will speak about his work in Robertson Hall as part of the Butler Visiting Writers Series.

Winter Nights

1/3–31 W.S. Van Dyke’s The Thin Man and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot warm up the IMA as its cold-weather film series drifts into The Toby.


1/9–2/9 The Phoenix Theatre’s latest production follows a deaf man in a loud family. Leaving New York with a bag of awards, this will be the Indiana premiere for Nina Raine’s hit play.

And Then They Came for Me

1/17–2/23 Part drama, part oral history, all based on real experiences from the Holocaust. Long-time playwright-in-residence James Still’s multimedia play at the IRT pairs video from survivors and friends of Anne Frank with live actors to deliver you to Nazi-occupied Holland.

Who Am I This Time?

1/28–2/23 Exploring existential questions with vintage sarcasm, the IRT presents three short stories from Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House.

Edited by Amanda Heckert and Jonathan Scott

Best of Indy: Ghost Story

Best Ghost Story

Leave it to John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and T Bone Burnett: Whether fact or fiction, the musical tale at the heart of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is scary good.


Best of Indy: Hoosier Collaboration

Best Collaboration

Lily & Madeleine's self-titled debut album stands as a testament not only to the girls’ enormous talents, but also to those of their numerous Hoosier collaborators.


Best of Indy: Playful Choir

Best Playful Choir

Another winner, the Indianapolis Men's Chorus, proved that they deserved that designation with superb holiday performances. Our review here:


John Green's book gets a movie poster

No Fault Here

Local author John Green's bestselling book-turned-film gets its first movie poster.


The Guiding Bite

Souper Events

Plan your meals out with The Guiding Bite, IM's calendar of foodie events, including the Jan. 25 "Souper Bowl" chef challenge to benefit Second Helpings.


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