by Justin Brady
As much as I love celebrating the local talent found in Indianapolis, one of the treasures of any arts community is a performing art center that presents a diverse array of world-class talent. In the Indianapolis area, we are lucky to have three. Every month Clowes Memorial Hall, Old National Centre, and the Center for the Performing Arts mash up a festival-worthy lineup. This November is an exceptional example of this contribution to Indy's cultural landscape.
Celebrating it's 50th anniversary season, no one can argue that Clowes Memorial Hall isn't a cultural rock of our community. To celebrate this anniversary, Clowes has commissioned a new work by frequent guest Béla Fleck. Arrive early to hear a conversation on the composition of the original piece lead by Dr. Frank Felice, Butler University professor of composition. This month you can also catch award-winning actor John Lithgow's one-man theatrical memoir, Stories by Heart on Nov. 9, a Vocal Jazz Festival on Nov. 16, and avant-garde poet Tomaz Salamun on Nov. 19.
For those Indy urbanites like me who can be a bit reluctant to head north to Carmel, this month demonstrates the spectacular programming it has brought, that makes it worth the drive. In the span of one week at the Palladium, you can see Broadway legend Patti Lupone on Nov. 3, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Nov. 6, and country superstar Gretchen Wilson on Nov. 7. On the other stages, check out the Rioult Modern Dance Company from New York City perform with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra at the Tarkington Nov. 15 - 16 and Actors Theatre of Indiana presents The Odd Couple in the Studio Theatre Nov. 1-17.
Old National Centre distributes its talent across three stages. In mid-November, the Murat Theatre gets taken over by the return of popular Broadway show Wicked. An array of eclectic music choices defines the Egyptian Room and Deluxe. The Egyptian Room will be filled with the sounds of country (Lee Brice, Nov. 2), rap (YoGotti, Nov. 7) rock (MGMT, Nov. 15), and '90s nostalgia (Third Eye Blind, Nov. 29). Meanwhile, quirky British singer-songwriter Kate Nash visits the Deluxe on Nov. 3.