Welcome to April, art and culture lovers. This is a time for new sensations and fond farewells, suspense and celebration, closing the circle and exploring the unknown. Be there for the “Super Bowl of jazz,” bid farewell to lost love, and connect with the sacred in its many forms.
As part of their multi-year thematic experience “Unearthed,” Indiana Humanities has organized simultaneous community dinner conversations at eight restaurants in Evansville, Indy, Jasper, Madison, Terre Haute, Valparaiso, and Wabash. What do we owe to future generations? And how do we make decisions affecting a future we cannot know? Dig in and discuss. $30.
As we celebrate Women's History this month, join us for an art exhibition featuring work by the women of the XVIII Art Collective. This exciting display will be available to view on the 4th floor of the Madam Walker Legacy Center. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy their artwork in person! FREE.
Try your luck at the 13th annual Bigger Picture Show, featuring reimagined movie posters conceived by more than 95 of Indy’s best designers (all poster up for auction). This year’s theme is Lucky #13, all about bad luck and its many harbingers. FREE.
Get swept up in this tale of love and redemption featuring a literary editor and a young soldier, set in the American South of the 20s and 40s. With a Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. $18, discounts for children, students, and seniors.
When David Hochoy, legendary artistic director of Dance Kaleidoscope, retires at the end of DK’s 50th season, "Scheherazade" will serve as his grand finale with the organization. First staged in 1995, this dynamic take on the story of “A Thousand and One Nights” embodies the magic of storytelling and the imagination. $35 and up. Discounts for youth.
The Ensemble Music Society presents a weekend of music by, and in conversation with, avant-garde composer György Ligeti, with Third Coast Percussion (pictured) presenting in collaboration with singer Rachel Calloway on Monday night and Takt Trio on Tuesday. $40 each evening.
April brings four new exhibits to the art center, including works by twin brothers Joe and Will Lawrance, a series exploring the stations of the cross by David DeCesaris, sculptural objects by Rob Millard-Mendez (pictured), and work by Elise Howell’s independent study students. FREE.
Among the many exhibits opening this month: “Recuerdos de Papel” by Beatriz Vasquez in the Harrison Gallery. The artist’s contemporary papel picado or “perforated paper” storytelling celebrates humanity, migration, identity, ancestral, indigenous art, and creative skills. FREE.
Explore an array of open galleries this First Friday including, in the Schwitzer Gallery, “Escape Artists: Departures from Everyday Life through Imagination, Color, and Light” (pictured) by the duo of Sarah Love and Sylvia Gray, an exhibit including both paintings and wearable art. FREE.
` Andy Brown, Petra van Nuis, and the Steve Allee Trio bring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, and J.J. Johnson to life. Come early and enjoy a Good Friday fish fry before the show. $24.75, $32.75 with the fish fry. Free for club members.
Rooted in faith, love, connection, and hope, the works collected in this showcase explore our common spiritual search for the divine. Find your way to awakening, belonging, and peace through movement and music. $49 and up. Discounts for students.
Celebrate traditional Mexican folk traditions with some of the foremost exponents of mariachi in the Midwest. While you listen, enjoy craft activities, community booths, and food by Garnacha Spot food truck. FREE.
Summit Performance, a women-focused theater company, presents Jessica Dickey’s provocative play about five modern women attending a spiritual retreat in a medieval convent. $25
The original entry in the “Uncharted” series returns, blending Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with works by The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Steve Hackman once again joins the ISO to reimagine the relationship between hip hop and classical music. Caution: explicit content included. $35. Discounts for students.
Photographer, producer, and Central Indiana Community Foundation ambassador Wildstyle Paschall shares his perspectives on photography and social change and what it means to be both an observer and a participant in social justice movements. $15, $10 for members.
Prepare to be dazzled as Indy Men’s Chorus sings highlights from director Baz Luhrmann's Hollywood body of work, such as “Moulin Rouge,” “Strictly Ballroom,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “Elvis.” $25. Discounts for youth.
Take a ride with storyteller Don White as he shares tales of the adventure and excitement that ensued when he traded his hometown for a young adulthood spent on the road in the 1970s. This annual fundraiser for Storytelling Arts includes a dessert bar and mission-bid event at intermission. $35 and up.
Take a musical journey through Europe and the Americas with Falla’s “Three-Cornered Hat Suite 1,” Ligeti’s exotic and unexpected “Concerto Romanesc,” and “Salón Buenos Aires” by Uruguayan-American composer Miguel del Águila. Plus, the award-winning Demarre McGill joins the ICO for Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto. $35 and up. Discounts for students.
Explore works by local and national artists and spend the afternoon getting acquainted with Broad Ripple galleries, boutiques, restaurants, offices, and shops. Take a map-guided tour or just go where your whims carry you. FREE.
The wife of William Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway, has the starring role in this witty and speculative drama about a woman whose life has been understood, to this point, within the long shadow cast by her playwright husband. $30 and up, discounts for youth.
When it’s time to sell their family home, Patricia and Julia turn to an HGTV-style show for help. As they perform for the camera, one sister struggles with the family’s ancestral past while the other struggles with concerns that she may be selling out. $20. Discounts for seniors, students, and neighborhood residents.
Get ready for a night of song, dance, drama and theater to raise money for The Indiana AIDS Fund, a fundraising program of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. Spotlight performers include Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Butler Ballet, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. $25 and up.
Four stars who’ve portrayed the phantom of the opera—Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio, and John Cudia—are joined by Kaley Ann Vorhees, one of the youngest sopranos to sing the role of Christine. The ensemble sings hits from the Lloyd Webber songbook and more. $35 and up. Discounts for students and military.
Pianist Zoltán Fejérvári explores the lyrical depths of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, left incomplete at the composer’s death. Plus, conductor Markus Stenz leads the ISO through Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, and the concert concludes with the brightness and warmth of Schumann’s Second Symphony. $16 and up. Discounts for students.
Explore the forlorn mysteries that linger in the objects and stories that remain when relationships end. This exhibit is a collaboration between the IUPUI Museum Studies Department and Croatian artists Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, who conceived the Museum of Broken Relationships in 2006 after their breakup. FREE.
This exhibition of works by Queer-identifying Herron School of Art and Design alumni features work that expands the conversation of queer identity. The participating artists span a variety of media and artistic practices, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and performance. FREE.
After more than a year of solo and trio performances by finalists Caelan Cardello, Esteban Castro, Paul Cornish, Thomas Linger, and Isaiah J. Thompson, this “Super Bowl of jazz” culminates in a gala showcase, with the winner announced at the end of the evening. $20 and up.
Take one last look at the exhibition before it closes and participate in “Heart Swap,” a special program pairing visitors and prompts for interesting and unexpected conversations about object stories and experiences of love, loss, and growth, or “Artful Activism,” a drop-in poster-making activity. FREE.
Join young cellist and Julliard fellow Sterling Elliott and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for an evening of masterpieces, including Saint Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and “In Rowan Oak” by John Berners, professor of music at the University of Indianapolis. $25 and up.
The elements of “The Sleeping Beauty” are timeless, and its magic and romance across three dazzling acts are always enchanting. For a time the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, it’s an elegant fusion of music, movement, and story. $35 and up. Discounts for seniors, students, military, and frontline/healthcare.
Curious about the mysteries of printmaking? See works by 20+ central Indiana artists, join in free demos, and see tools of the trade–including a printing press that’s shorter than a can of beer. The First Friday reception is 6 to 9 p.m. April 7. FREE.
Steel yourself for an evening of suspense featuring a trilogy of one-act plays based on the writings of three masters of mystery: Agatha Christie, Shirley Jackson, and Edgar Allan Poe. Each play is presented in a different room of the presidential site. $27. Discounts for members and students.
Catch the world premiere of composer Augusta Read Thomas’ “Toward A Secret Sky,” featuring soprano Christina Pier, with text by the Persian poet Rumi. This will be just the third major commission for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir in 20 years, so don’t miss it. Plus, Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.” $16 and up. Discounts for students.
Take a trip through an immersive, theatrical recreation of Alice’s Wonderland—with cocktails. Solve puzzles and riddles as the evening gets curiouser and curiouser. Family-friendly matinée experiences, with mocktails only, are held on Sundays. Otherwise, this is a 21+ event. $28, drinks not included.
In this comedy by playwright Leah Nanako Winkler, a wealthy white family portrayed by a BIPOC cast gathers to unveil secrets and drink wine at their Hamptons estate before the home is sold. It’s a pointed satire that turns the “white people on the water” genre on its head. $25 and up. Discounts for students.
Where else can you go to hear classical music jam sessions? On the first Tuesday of every month, freelance musicians and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra play their favorites or work out new pieces in a casual atmosphere. FREE.
When a young trans woman named Aerith (Heiress) uncovers her identity, she begins a project to catalog the ways that LGBTQ+ youth create their sense of self from the ground up. Part of DivaFest 2023, an annual IndyFringe tradition recognizing female-identifying local playwrights. $20. Discounts for students.
When Eleanor Roosevelt announces that she will be going on tour to support public libraries and the packhorse librarian project, four charming Appalachian librarians and their mule, Nellie, work to bring their little library up to snuff. Part of DivaFest 2023, an annual IndyFringe tradition recognizing female-identifying local playwrights. $20. Discounts for students.
This immersive installation explores the stages of the artist’s grief through archival imagery and sound. Chelsea Flowers is a Detroit-based artist whose work explores subversion to popular culture and the creation of “otherness.” Flowers will perform live at the opening on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. FREE.
Bob Harrison created Confidential Magazine in 1952 on the pillars of gossip, humor, sex, and the truth. It quickly became the #1-selling magazine in America. Catch the World Premiere of "Mr. Confidential"—based on the amazing true story!—this April and May at ATI. $30 and up. Ask about discounts for students, seniors, and military.
This festival presents Blackness in bloom: performers, artists, vendors, and a Black-owned food truck battle royale. “Any festival that’s celebrating Blackness unapologetically is a festival I want to attend. I’ve supported creator Dominic Dorsey for years, so I know this festival will have the best local music, food, and all around vibes.” FREE.
This Lanham Gallery exhibit explores the work of 12 influential Hoosier authors, such as Ernie Pyle, Mary Ritter Beard, and Etheridge Knight. The exhibit includes books written by these Indiana authors along with documents and photos displaying their careers. Included with general admission tickets, FREE for members.
Leading up to the 99th annual exhibition by the Hoosier Art Salon next year, this exhibit features work from each of 18 Best of Show award winners over the past 27 years, plus work from six Indiana artists who have received significant awards. Guests of the symphony may view the exhibit. Cost varies by event.
During the 1930s, American photographer Dorothea Lange documented the realities of people suffering from hunger, economic depression, and migration. Her intent was to spark social change, and she tended to dismiss her photographs’ importance as art. Still, her work continues to resonate today. Admission $18, discounts for seniors and youth. Members FREE.
Experience the work of eight women artists who were part of Atelier 17, an experimental print shop in 1940s-50s New York. Despite their significant contributions toward midcentury Modernism, these women's achievements were often undervalued and misunderstood by critics. Included with general Newfields admission, FREE for members.
In 2020, these 18 Black artists painted a Black Lives Matter mural on historic Indiana Avenue. Their artworks for this exhibition address themes like religion and spirituality, queer identity, materiality, nature, and social justice. “I walked through this exhibition with my daughter and was able to show her an example of what she could be in life.” General admission $20.
“Influencing Lincoln: The Pursuit of Black Freedom” is an exhibition that explores the Black community’s fight for freedom and equal rights during and after the Civil War at the national level and in Indiana. Visitors will learn how members of the Black community influenced the President as he moved toward ending slavery and advocating for greater rights.
Tulsa-based Sall’s big, bright canvases are undoubtedly fun to look at, but they’re also records of a journey: from intuitive abstract gestures to representational forms and recurring motifs. The result? A lively tension between addition and subtraction. Viewing at times limited by private events; call 317-624-8200 for availability. FREE.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of revolutionary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery's birth all year long in Indy!
Explore the story of basketball legend Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, the man behind the name on the Converse All-Stars. The exhibit features immersive experiences (including a VR time-travel experience!) as well as artifacts and images, many of which have never been exhibited before. Included with general admission, FREE for members.
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