October means fall in full swing, including seasonal celebrations and brand-new offerings in galleries and on stage. Enjoy spooky storytellers, family-friendly fests, plays by local playwrights, and high-energy musical performances that'll rattle your skeleton bones.
With the goal of creating space for reflection, Taylor Bamgbose will debut a new collection, Deal With It, in a solo exhibition at Lost Dog Gallery. These new works explore the habitual strategies we use to regulate the big, difficult emotions we encounter in life. FREE.
It’s peak EEK! season, so pack your scary-on bag and make sure you bring plenty of sun-scream. You’re in for a ghastly getaway at this night of ghost-themed art. FREE.
Enjoy an outdoor screening of “The Wiz” as well as pumpkin painting, giant yard games, and food trucks and beverages by Teas Me cafe. Young filmmakers from 40 West Digital, a project of MLK Center Indy, will premier their short films before the feature, at 7:45 p.m. FREE.
Join ISO and guests Dance Kaleidoscope who will perform renditions of Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Johann Strauss’ “On the Beautiful Blue Danube.” Also on the bill, dynamic orchestral works programmed by ISO Artistic Advisor Jun Märkl. $25 and up.
This deliciously wicked Sondheim musical won eight Tony Awards for its Broadway premiere. The talented cast puts their all into both the story and the songs to bring this production to life—and maybe death. $15 to $25.
This two-day jazz celebration welcomes world-renowned superstars, including Tank and the Bangas and Robert Glasper (pictured), as well as local jazz heroes. One day, $50 and up. Two days, $90 and up.
Explore Donna Jo Monroe’s collection of “flow” or “fluid” paintings on various surfaces. Monroe was 64 when she completed the first of her flow paintings, demonstrating that creative adventures can begin at any age and take on many forms. FREE.
In Emma Overman’s acrylic paintings, gentle spirits and seasonal friends celebrate the wonders of autumn. Plus “Limbo” by Courtland Blade, “Lauren and Friends” by Two-Thirds Studio, “Shadow Hands” by Beth Guipe Hall, and more. FREE.
“Prost!” See the steins created and interpreted by the studio potters and celebrate Oktoberfest in First Friday style. Just be mindful of all the artful crockery. FREE.
Art meets numerology at Color Theory 111, an "intuition exhibition" featuring artworks by 16 artists with vibrant, distinctive styles, including curator Gary Gee. Meet the artists during First Friday receptions from 6-9 p.m. October 7 and November 4. FREE.
Experience a public photo projection of Rebecca Norris Webb’s photo series “Night Calls”—an homage to the house calls Webb’s father made on his rounds as a doctor in Indiana’s Rush County. Poetry voices by Webb accompanies the display. FREE.
Highlighting talented leading men of the stage, Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly leads well-known singers from the theater world and the Indiana Men’s Chorus in showcasing Broadway classics such as “Les Misérables,” “Hamilton,” ‘Ragtime,” and other hits. $19 and up.
In this stage adaptation by Jessica Swale, three sisters and their widowed mother lose their family home and create new lives in a seaside cottage. What will lead to lasting happiness and true love: practical good sense or following the sensibilities of their hearts? $25 and up.
Enjoy seven short, un-produced plays in one all-too-brief evening, each by an Indiana playwright. These plays have been blindly selected to receive a fully staged performance led by one of seven unique theater organizations in Indianapolis. $20.
Are your thoughts an indication of what you want or of what you’re afraid of? A daring exploration in breaking free from limiting rules imposed by childhood indoctrination, authority figures, social proof, a need to belong, and internal insecurities. $32.
It's fall in full swing at this family-friendly outdoor afternoon in the center’s ARTSPARK. Enjoy artwork, wares, and artisanal goods from 25 local and regional artists, plus art activities, food, beverages, and Broad Ripple's autumnal beauty at its peak. FREE.
The ICO kicks off their 39th season with a piece by a living female composer of color, Jessie Montgomery. The featured work, “Banner,” deconstructs the National Anthem. Also, Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and American Pianists Awards winner Kenny Broberg. $35 and up.
Seven Hoosier storytellers spin spine-tingling tales as you sit under the tent or the stars. A night of urban legends, folk tales, and stories from literature for the whole family. Adults $20, kids 6 and up $10, kids 5 and under free, prices increase on day of event.
In 1920, school teacher Gwendolyn Harris voted for the first time, the third generation of women in her family to fight for women’s suffrage. This one-woman show shines a light on the battle for women to gain their rights at the ballot box. $25 and up.
Heartland’s 31st annual festival features more than 115 films over 11 days, including 11 world premieres, three U.S. premieres, 17 special presentations from major distributors, and 11 films spotlighting Indiana. It will close with “The Whale,” starring Indianapolis native Brendan Fraser. Individual tickets $8 to $14.
The men are always at war; the women have had enough. Will the fighting stop if the women deny them sex? This adaptation of Aristophanes’ satire “Lysistrata” takes place millennia after the original, but the story, which includes adult situations, is much the same. $15 to $20.
From the New York City subway to Manhattan’s legendary Blue Note and New York Philharmonic, The Queen’s Cartoonists provide live accompaniment to video projections from the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, modern video pieces, comedy, and elements of a musical circus. $35 and up.
It’s 1878, and less than 20 years after “Jubilee,” some of the most progressive Black minds of the day have convened a fictional gathering to assess slavery’s aftermath, specifically the rise and fall of Reconstruction. FREE.
A Halloween-themed extravaganza with electrified arrangements of spooky classical masterworks by composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Prokofiev. Guitarist Neil Zaza leads a six-piece band accompanied by vocalists, actors, narration, and multimedia. $25 and up.
Learn basic slab and coil building techniques and be guided through the process of creating a piece from start to finish. Brand new to clay or looking to try something different from wheel throwing? This class is for you. Includes tools, clay, glaze, and firing. $35.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, emerging and established Mexican and Mexican-American artists exhibit works inspired by cultural Identity, the immigrant dream, and marches. Meet the artists during a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 9.
Lose yourself in this juried exhibition of two-dimensional abstract paintings from around the United States. Explore a wide variety of media and techniques. Winners will be presented during the opening reception on First Friday. FREE.
Creep through the museum on a flashlight-led tour to some of the spookiest artifacts in the collection, as staff share connections to supernatural rumors and Indiana folklore. Flashlights provided. Ages 15+; minors must be accompanied by an adult. $20.
It’s a day of celebration and a time to gather and remember and celebrate friends and relatives who have passed on. Enjoy performances, art-making, Mercado vendors, and a community-curated art and altar display, plus free admission to the museum. FREE.
In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered while visiting his uncle in Mississippi. This exhibit, created by the Children’s Museum in collaboration with Till’s family, tells his story and explores its impact on history and the nation. Museum admission: $19.50 to $38. First Thursdays, $6.
Wander through fog-filled forests of glowing jack-o-lanterns galore in the Pumpkin Path of Peril, feel the Ghost Train rumble beneath your feet and witness The Three Graces come to life in the party of the century at Mischief Manor. It’s spooky, not scary family fun. $25 and up.
Get in the mood to trick-or-treat with this multicultural celebration of ghostly stories, chilling thrillers, and creepy histories. Enjoy a variety of stories and songs, maybe even a dancing skeleton or two, and let the spooky spirit move you. $25.
Feel the sound of your soul within this guided drum circle, surrounded by the artworks at Kuaba Gallery. The vibrations and sensations of indigenous African instruments such as the kora, mbira, and marimba, as well as clapping hands, connect participants to one another and to themselves. $25.
Recreating three-dimensional characters, products, and popular culture from the past, Indy-based painter and sculptor Will Woodrow’s recent work involves digital design modeling, 3D printing, and techniques from auto-body finishing to cast figures from the nostalgic past in new light. FREE.
Through an open call beginning in 2018, Miguel Casco has invited people to share their nudes with him. He then translates them to gouache and watercolor paintings, “to see through the eyes of the person who sends them and portray the intimacy they share.” FREE.
In the summer of 2020, 18 Indianapolis-based Black artists were commissioned to paint a 30-foot-long Black Lives Matter street mural on historic Indiana Avenue. Their artworks address religion and spirituality, queer identity, joy, hip-hop culture, materiality, art history, nature, and social justice. General admission / $20.
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