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February 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 February's IM Culture Calendar. The latest issue also highlights the best new "must do" events in the city. Enjoy!

Plus, get a look at Lily & Madeleine and Tony Styxx joining Time for Three at ISO's Happy Hour.



Tarantino in Concert

2/15 In what will surely be one of the strangest events at Clowes Hall in 2014, this stage show will be part concert performance of Quentin Tarantino’s soundtracks and part live reenactment of the auteur’s famous scenes. The touring company is about to get medieval on your a—.

Andre Watts

2/20–22 One of the world’s greatest pianists returns to Hilbert Circle Theatre to tackle Brahms’s Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Urbanski. On the 21st and 22nd, Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony will follow.

The Temptations and The Four Tops

2/27 These two Motown supergroups will harmonize at the Palladium. Want tickets? We ain’t too proud to beg.

Gorecki's Third Symphony

2/28–3/1 It’s tissue time as the ISO takes on Gorecki’s Third Symphony, better known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Indie darling Shara Worden will join conductor Steve Hackman for the performance.

Romance and Riddles

2/7–8 The ISO’s annual show for sweethearts includes Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Violinist Stefan Jackiw will also serenade with pieces by Lutoslawski and Mozart.

Trey Anastasio Band

2/15 The Phish frontman will jam with his side project at the Egyptian Room. Hope you like the smell of patchouli.

The Gershwins and Me

2/16 Michael Feinstein will strike up the band for a night of music and personal stories at the Palladium honoring the Gershwins.

Concerto Competition

2/21 Who will be the baron of Baroque? At IU’s Jacobs School of Music, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra’s competition will separate the lutists from the losers.


Indiana Art Fair

2/15 The Indiana State Museum will bring together more than 70 Hoosier artists ranging from traditional to contemporary for the 11th running of this showcase, a rare winter art fair.

First Friday at the Harrison Center

2/7 The new Indy Eleven soccer team will host this exhibit at the Harrison Center, for which 11 local artists have created works related to the sport. It’s a free kick, if we’ve ever seen one.

Winter Nights Film Series

2/7–28 Sensing that we could use a laugh this month, the IMA will screen several early-20th-century comedies, including Charlie Chaplin’s Tillie’s Punctured Romance and Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. The films may be silent, but we don’t have to be.

Adult Swim

2/22 The grownups take over the Children’s Museum for this fete, and it’s finally our turn to twist the knobs and press the buttons. Grab an adult beverage and hitch a ride on the carousel until the water clock empties at midnight.


Allegra Kent

2/23 A former New York City Ballet principal and muse of George Balanchine, Allegra Kent will be in town to lead a class as part of the Indianapolis City Ballet Master Class series. Not feeling up for barre work? Snag an observer’s spot at The Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performers Edge.

Martha Graham Dance Company

2/7 After a weeklong residency at Clowes Hall (and a pre-show discussion with Dance Kaleidoscope’s David Hochoy), this world-renowned New York dance company will finally perform.


Laura Bush

2/24 From second-grade teacher to first lady of the United States, Laura Bush will speak at Clowes Hall about the progress of international women’s rights and AIDS awareness.


Steel Magnolias

2/7 More than hair gets processed at Truvy’s beauty salon. The Civic Theatre will work through life and relationships while staging Robert Harling’s play-turned-film, which runs through the 22nd at the Tarkington Theatre.

North of the Boulevard

2/7 Contemplating moral dilemmas in a dilapidated garage on the wrong side of the tracks, Bruce Graham’s latest play gives a blue-collar perspective on society’s problems. The Phoenix Theatre will add a bit of Indiana for the show’s Midwest premiere.

The Graduate

2/16 What better place for the visiting L.A. Theatre Works to present a radio-theater performance of Mike Nichols’s cult-classic film than a local college? Marian University is definitely trying to seduce you into attending.

An Evening with Groucho

2/21–22 Deemed “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material” by The New York Times, Frank Ferrante waggles that cigar and bushes up his eyebrows with the best of them. He’ll perform at the Palladium.

Comedy of Errors

2/28–3/15 At the Irvington Lodge, Q Artistry artistic director Ben Asaykwee will lead EclecticPond through what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most farcical play.

Edited by Daniel S. Comiskey and Jonathan Scott

Sarah Green's New Project

Green Machine

Former IMA staffer Sarah Urist Green makes her PBS debut with The Art Assignment.


First Look: The Fault In Our Stars Movie Trailer

Trailer: The Fault In Our Stars

John Green's best-selling book takes a big step toward its highly anticipated big-screen release. Grab some tissues and ...


"And Then They Came For Me"

IRT Review

The Indiana Repertory Theatre's third go at And Then They Came For Me focuses on the story of Anne Frank's closest companions. Plus: Its run was just extended for another week.


A Collaboration of Indy Museums

'60s Flashback

Local museums and archival institutions collaborate on a city-wide exhibit about that tumultuous decade in Indy.


Unscripted: Sasheer Zamata on Her Favorite SNL Moment

Sasheer Unscripted

A 19-second glimpse into the Indy native's natural charm reveals her favorite moment so far as a Saturday Night Live cast member. Was it hugging Leonardo DiCaprio? Nope.


Brooklyn Band Swear and Shake Ready to Play Radio Radio

Swear and Shake

The indie folk group has opened for the likes of The Lumineers and performs at the Fountain Square venue tonight. Snap yourself out of hibernation and warm up inside one of Indy's best bars and music venues.


Video: Paul George Visits Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night, Part 1

Before quipping about Larry Bird, Paul George—the Pacer freshly anointed as an All-Star Game starter, tells the host that his recently ballyhooed 360-degree dunk might have garnered more acclaim had he missed it. But did you miss that? See it here ...


Video: Local Skier Nick Goepper on The Late Show with David Letterman

Late Night, Part 2

Hoosier hospitality: Legendary Indy native David Letterman hashes out slopestyle skiing (a new Olympic event) with Nick Goepper, the Lawrenceburg export who will compete in Sochi, Russia, next month.


The Guiding Bite

Brews News

Plan your meals and beers out with The Guiding Bite, IM's calendar of foodie events, including Winterfest on Feb. 1.


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