Weekend Update: Into the Woods and Jazz Festival

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

Into the Woods runs at the Lafayette Civic Theatre this lovely weekend! Have you ever wondered what the lives of your favorite fairytale characters were really like? James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim bring together these characters for a timeless yet relevant piece and a modern classic. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood… Everyone’s wishes are granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show and an enchanting dark comedy. For tickets and more information, please visit their website here.

Photo from a previous production by the Lafayette Civic Theatre!

The 29th Annual Purdue Jazz Festival is this weekend on January 19th! From 8:30 AM to 6 PM, high school and middle school instrumental jazz ensembles from five states will arrive early on Purdue’s Campus for the Purdue Jazz Festival. It will stretch throughout the day in nine performance venues in the Purdue Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union, and Pao Hall. You will love enjoying the amazing talent that these students have! For further details, you can check here. These events will be free and open to the public in addition to clinics provided by all of the festival guest artists on Saturday.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Artistic Entertainment Abound this Weekend!

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Barefoot in the Park

Artistic entertainment abound! 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.

Be prepared for laughter during Barefoot in the Park, presented by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.

More entertainment abounds during the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s performance, The Present of the Past. This Saturday, May 20, the night is all about inspiration and progress, showcasing 20th century works motivated by the people, places, and music of a rapidly changing world. They will uncover the next generation of musical talent as the winners of the 42nd Keller Competition take center stage. And, to enhance your symphony-going experience, they’ll be unveiling their “Pop-Up Program” feature: a real time multi-media guide to portions of the evening’s performance.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Perfectly Paired & John Lennon and Me

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Wildcat Creek Winery

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy decadent chocolate and sweet wine during Wildcat Creek Winery’s “Perfectly Paired” event this Friday, February 17.  The popular Steuben is back on the shelves, and will be featured during the month of February and during this evening of fun and romance.  Wine and chocolate pairings from Wolf’s Chocolates will be offered. Relax, sip wine and let your taste buds rejoice!

John Lennon and MeThe Civic Youth Theatre Production presents “John Lennon and Me”, this February 17-19. In this play, Hollywood-wannabe, Star, the ultimate Beatles fan, spends most of her time in the hospital, where she confronts cystic fibrosis with her imagination. Star’s new roommate, Courtney, is Star’s opposite—a pretty cheerleader and apparently not very sick. Eventually they come to understand each other, and ultimately, themselves.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Weekend Update: 200 Candles: A Hoosier Birthday Bash & The Addams Family

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Randy Salman – 200 Birthday Bash

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

We are celebrating Indiana’s birthday all year long. On November 5, you are invited to a musical party, 200 Candles: A Hoosier Birthday Bash, for Indiana’s Bicentennial! The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is honoring the big 2-0-0 with a lineup of local talent, Hoosier songwriters and composers, and an audio-visual presentation of historic homegrown artwork in collaboration with ArtSmart: Indiana and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Come out and enjoy this night of Indiana musical entertainment.

addams-familyThe classic, The Addams Family, is being showcased this Friday, Saturday and Sunday by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.  That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their spooky mansion in Central Park. Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love – a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family. When her new boyfriend and his “normal” family come to meet the Addams household, comic chaos ensues. Laugh and be entertained this weekend during this fabulous comedy.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Weekend Update: 41st Annual Keller Concerto Competition & Anything Goes

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 winners of the 41st Annual Keller Concerto Competition take the stage to share their extraordinary talent this Saturday, March 5 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Along with this exhibition of the finest young musicians in the area, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will offer up a performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. You’ve heard this instantly recognizable masterwork in movies, cartoons, and television shows – now you can experience it live and in person!

The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES. This show, taking place at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette on March 4 and 5, is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Two versions of it are available for presentation. The 1962 version and the 1987 Beaumont version are each based on the same story. Both may be accompanied by a piano, a small instrumental combo or a full orchestra. The 1987 Beaumont version has twice as much dance music as the 1962 version, and the orchestration features a shipboard sound derived from the utility band and less-than-ideal acoustics on board. Terrific Cole Porter songs in both versions include It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, and Blow.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Purdue Jazz Festival & Rainmaker

RainmakerWeekend 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.

We are so excited! This weekend is Purdue Jazz Festival! Purdue University Bands & Orchestras will be featuring jazz ensembles all weekend long.  One special musical event taking place at Purdue Convocations is DIVA Jazz Orchestra on January 22.  This 15-woman big band is pushing traditional boundaries of jazz and swing to their outermost limits and “transcending boundaries of time and style” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Led by drummer and music director Dr. Sherrie Maricle—who has kept a brisk pace for the New York City-based ensemble since it was founded in 1992—the DIVA Jazz Orchestra has held court everywhere from clubs to Carnegie Hall, dazzled international crowds in Paris, Rome, and Berlin, fired up audiences at Tanglewood and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and now makes a very special return engagement to the Purdue Jazz Festival. With its signature blend of musical genius and bold personalities, DIVA is inspiring a new generation of young, female jazz musicians and reconstituting Songbook standards—from a stunning half-time appropriation of “What the World Needs Now” to “76 Trombones,” spun out from a show tune into a showcase for smoking solos. With roaring sound, tight pockets, a sublime swing, and chops for days, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra lets its music do the talking.

Across the Wabash River, more arts abound in Lafayette. The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents Rainmaker on January 22-24.  At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West you will discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. For the truth is, she is indeed a plain girl. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off, but without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat, when suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a “rainmaker,” the man promises to bring rain, for $100. It’s a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents, banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky. Meanwhile the rainmaker also turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father believes the fellow can actually bring rain. Rain does come, and so does love.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: In Mo Yang Performs & Lafayette Civic Perform Doubt, a Parable

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.

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In Mo Yang

This Friday, November 13, In Mo Yang performs at Purdue University. With a heartfelt desire to communicate through his music—whether in a fiery, passionately rendered passage or in a soaring-yet-tender lyrical turn, Korean violinist In Mo Yang reaches for the most expressive dimensions of the human spirit. Hailed as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi” (The Violin Channel), the 20-year-old earned First Prize at Italy’s 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini”—the only First Prize awarded by the competition’s jury in nearly a decade. Do not miss this world-renowned performance we are so excited is performing at Loeb Playhouse!

DoubtMore artistic special events take place this weekend at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Doubt, a Parable, is performed on Friday, November 13, Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. What will happen?? Make it a date and come and see!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & “Oliver!”

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SONY DSCIt’s St. Patty’s Day Weekend! Join the fun for what very well may be The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14, at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Brown Street in West Lafayette, Indiana!  This all-volunteer walking parade kicks off a great day of festivities at both Nine Irish Brothers. At the West Lafayette location, stop in for Irish coffee and breakfast at 10am, join in the parade right outside Nine Irish Brothers doors at 11am, and then come back for an afternoon and evening of great music that includes Lachlan, Shawn Fitzpatrick and Brendan Loughrey. The Lafayette location is hosting some pretty amazing musical groups starting at 1pm. Enjoy Highland Reign, Brendan Loughrey and/or Brothers of the Sea as they perform throughout the day.

In the mood for more arts and entertainment? The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents “Oliver!” on March 6 and 7 at Sunnyside Intermediate School- Loeb Theatre. Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and “OLIVER!” is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it will engage the audience with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. Food, Glorious Food, I’d Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics. Dickens’ characters are brought to life-perhaps larger than life-with all their facets glowing in this production.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Musical Weekend Update: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. & Shaken, Not Stirred (James Bond)

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The Long Center for the Performing Arts

A musical 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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Welcome to Agrabah, city of enchantment, where we’re about to begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more – are at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in Disney’s ALADDIN JR, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. Check out the daring fun this Friday, November 14, Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16.  Enjoy songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me!”

Music abounds! On Saturday, November 8, be prepared for some suspense and excitement as the Lafayette Symphony performs Shaken, Not Stirred at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Whether your favorite Bond actor is Sean Connery or Daniel Craig, there is no debate that the LSO’s Shaken, Not Stirred will leave you on the edge of your seat! The action-packed musical set will feature pianist, Thomas Pandolfi performing the James Bond Concerto and Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto as he and the orchestra take you through a symphonic adventure full of espionage and mystery.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: The Dixie Swim Club & Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy a night of laughter and camaraderie at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 during the play, The Dixie Swim Club. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Visitors will laugh at this hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

It’s the event we have been waiting for all fall season; the Indiana Ceramics Celebration at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2. An amazing array of ceramics will be displayed, including about 50 pieces over 20 inches and several more over 4 feet tall. There’s a huge variety of ceramic forms, including tables, a rocking chair, a saddle, figural work, buildings, and much more. You’ll find teapots, platters, and assorted vessels in a wide array of styles. Featured artists include Marvin Bartel, Bing Davis, George Debikey, Lenny Dowhie, Scott Frankenberger, David Gamble, Bill Griffith, Dick Hay, Bill Kremer, Dick Lehman, Les Miley and many other nationally known artists with Indiana connections. Glass works by Lisa Pelo, Sharon Owens and Kokomo Opalescent Glass are also part of the exhibition. Deceased potters represented in the collection include Laura Fry, Karl Martz, The Overbeck sisters, Richard Peeler, Paul Soldner, Richard Tuck and others. Works by important Japanese potters (some of whom are Japanese Living National Treasures) who influenced the work of current clay artists will also be shown.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.