Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.
The opera comes alive at Purdue this Saturday, April 2 as Mark Morris Dance Group presents Dido and Aeneas. American choreographer Mark Morris loves music. In fact, there are arguably no other “dancermakers” working today who have so successfully used their musical intellect to illuminate, transform, and even expand the greatness of each masterwork they’ve embraced. Landmark works by Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and more have captured Morris’s imagination and been given revelatory treatment with his singular vision, sprawling energy, and powerful expressions of both the human body and the human condition. Now, in the remounting of Dido and Aeneas— Virgil’s famous tale of Aeneas’s affair with Dido, the Queen of Carthage, en route to founding Rome— Morris has elevated British composer Henry Purcell’s famous 1688 opera into mythic love-story territory. This extraordinary production—which includes one of the greatest opera arias of all time, the haunting “Dido’s Lament”—brings the full baroque opera to life with a live chamber orchestra and vocalists under Morris’s baton, while the dancers reveal both the humor and the tragedy of the tale with Morris’s signature visual flair.
Celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday during the 2016 Festival of Quilts this Saturday, April 2, at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds – Home Economics Building. This special event will feature quilts made by the members of the Old Tippecanoe Quilt Guild, and will include a trading post, vendors, feature quilter Lois Collins, and special challenge “Take me to the River!” in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial. Happy Birthday Indiana!