This week, the Indiana Repertory Theatre opens its latest production. From the creator of TV's Brothers & Sisters, the IRT brings Other Desert Cities, to the OneAmerica stage. IRT's Playwright-in-Residence, James Still, returns to Indianapolis to direct the play. Lawrence Pressman, best known for his roles in TV's Doogie Howser, M.D., is among the cast. The story is about a daughter, returning home for the holidays. She announces she is about to publish a controversial memoir of her family that digs up a family tragedy. As the family struggles to come to terms with the past, betrayals are unmasked as well as unconditional love. The play runs from March 12 - April 5 and may contain strong language. Tickets are $25 - $55.
Check out the March 2014 Calendar of Events for more fun events, including theatrical performances.
What do The Chieftains, Flogging Molly, and Eunan McIntyre all have in common? These Irish bands are all coming to Indianapolis this month in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy all kinds of Irish sounds from traditional Celtic music to heavy rock. Check out this list of Irish Events that take place throughout the month of March. And make your plans early to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day Celebration in downtown Indy. Enjoy the greening of the canal, a 5k race, parade and much more!
He is by far Indiana's most famous living artist. Robert Indiana has had an amazing career that includes his world renown sculpture, LOVE, which is a permanent piece on the Indianapolis Museum of Art grounds. Now through May 4, 2014, the IMA will feature its first major exhibition of his original prints. The Essential Robert Indiana explores the stories behind many of the artist's most iconic works for the first time, using material drawn from extensive interviews with the artist to uncover new meanings and complexities. Tickets for this special exhibit are $12 for adults, $6 for children 7 -17 and free for children under 6. Regular admission to the IMA is free.
It has been a long, hard winter and some days, it's hard to believe that spring will ever arrive. But, it will and in honor of the coveted season, Hamilton IMAX 16 will begin its free spring movie series on March 1. Enjoy free movies such as Barnyard, Chicken Run, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots, Rango, Shrek and Spongebob Squarepants. The movies are offered every Saturday and Sunday morning through April 27 at both 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. In addition to free admission, concession specials will be offered. While the movies are free, space is limited. Arrive early in order to ensure you can get seats for your entire family.
Well the guys from Duck Dynasty might not be interested, but when it comes to attracting "yuppies," Indianapolis is apparently the place to be. That's according to a recent poll by Locality.com. The poll cites Indianapolis as the most inexpensive place for young urban professionals to live, according to the typical expenses they spend excess income on.
If you're confused about what defines a "yuppie", here's what the website has to say, "To set the record straight - when we say yuppie, we're referring to an urban professional in their 20s and 30s who is in a high paying field like finance, consulting, or law. These yuppies have higher than average disposable income and spend it in ways that could be viewed as frivolous by others. This includes paying up for conveniences, indulging in self-pampering, and a greater focus on self-maintenance and looking good."
The categories included such luxuries as haircuts and blowouts, massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, gym memberships, pet services, yoga classes, laundry and dry cleaning. Indianapolis ranked cheapest in the nation for these expenses.
USA Today announced today that The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has received top honors in its recent poll. The museum won in the "Best Museum for Families" category. The museum competed against other highly respected museums such as the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the Children's Museum of Houston. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis was selected by voters for its interactive exhibits which promote learning, creativity and quality family time. With five floors of interactive and educational fun, the museum is 472,900 square feet and has 120,000 artifacts in its collection.
See the other museums that topped the list at the USA TodayTravel Ten Best site.
In a few short months, Indy's newest professional team, the Indy Eleven, will take the field for its inaugural season. The NASL soccer team will play its first game against the Carolina Railhawks on April 12. The team will play all home games at the newly renovated Carrol Stadium, located on the IUPUI campus. Check out the Indy Eleven Spring and Fall Schedule and make plans to attend a game this season!
For years, efforts have been discussed to raise more participation during the Indianapolis 500 Festival on days other than Carb Day and Race Day. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced earlier this week that country music star Jason Aldean will perform on Saturday, May 24 the day between Carb Day and Race Day. The Aldean concert, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. inside Turn Four at the track, is billed as the inaugural Legends Day concert sponsored by Firestone. Ticket holders to any upcoming Indianapolis Motor Speedway events are eligible to receive discounted general admission tickets for $25 or VIP tickets for $40. General admission tickets, $35 or $30 if purchased in advance, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Some of Aldean's hit songs include "Hicktown," "Don't You Wanna Stay" and "Fly Over States."
If you're looking for something fun to this month, check out the list of February 2014 Calendar of Events!
I recently had the opportunity to review two theatrical performances which would make excellent Valentine's Day dates. If you don't know what to do this weekend for the special day, consider taking in one or both of these performances. And remember, you don't have to be in a couple to enjoy these. I took one of my friends with me to one and it was spectacular! Here's the rundown:
Be prepared to laugh at the difference between men and women at Defending the Caveman, currently running at the Theatre on the Square. Resembling a comedy routine, this one-man play will keep you in stitches. Indiana native, Kevin Burke performed this show in Vegas over 3,000 times. Read my Review of Defending the Caveman to decide if this performance is up your alley. Theatre on the Square is located at 627 Massachusetts Avenue. Performances will be held Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. on the TOTS Mainstage. Tickets are $30. For reservations and information phone the theatre Box Office at Call the Box Office at (317) 685-TOTS (8687) for tickets.
If you're looking for a sweet, old-timey romantic play with lots of comedy, I highly recommend Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love). The play is a compilation of three of Hoosier native, Kurt Vonnegut's short stories. Set in small town Indiana in the 1960s, these stories of love will touch your heart - without being too mushy. Read my Review of Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love). The IRT's production of Who Am I This Time (& other conundrums of love) runs through February 23, 2014. It is 2 hours, with one intermission. Tickets range in price from $25 - $45. For more information, contact the IRT at 317-635-5252.