Weekend Update: Curious George & Triptych

image_533Lafayette-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.

image_535On Sunday, March 4, Curious George—that lovably inquisitive little monkey and icon of books, movies, and an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series—comes to the stage at Purdue University in a delightful new musical from TheatreWorks USA. Each year, George eagerly awaits the only day more important than his birthday: All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day, when he helps his friend Chef Pisghetti cook and serve delicious meatballs to a hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished—lured away by Phineas T. Lightspeed and his Meatballs O’Matic 9000 machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. However, his buddy George decides to enter the chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest to prove they’re the best. Can a determined little monkey make it all the way to Rome and win the big prize? With every swing and flip, George leads the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Italy’s capital, friendship, and the “secret ingredient” to cooking! Curious George: The Golden Meatball delivers a can’t-miss recipe the whole family will enjoy!

More entertainment to be enjoyed this Sunday is Triptych at Carnahan Hall. The Jazz Club presents Triptych, featuring violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jon Deitemyer live at Carnahan Hall. As a compositional collective they are creating new repertoire through an unorthodox combination of jazz, post-Romantic classical and Appalachian dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. This event starts at 3:30pm.

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

Weekend Update: Mamma Mia & Polar Plunge

Mamma MiaWeekend 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.

Mamma Mia! is at Purdue this Friday, February 24! This event is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. On this 10th anniversary tour, it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’S greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!

poolTake the chilly plunge this Saturday, February 25, at the 2017 Polar Plunge! Yes, you read correctly! A group of brave people will jump into water in the middle of winter! Join hundreds of Hoosiers to help support sports training and athletic competition for more than 12,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes by jumping in the West Lafayette Polar Plunge. Friends don’t let friends plunge alone!  Encourage a family member, school group, civic group or co-worker to participate with you at the event!  The 2017 Plunge season promises to have lots of magical moments from crazy costumes to super splashes.

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: Dirty Dancing & Germanfest

Germanfest

Germanfest

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  This is the weekend we have been waiting for in Lafayette-West Lafayette because it is full of exciting, entertaining festivals that will bring joy and laughter to so many people.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

On Saturday, September 10, bring back memories of romance during Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story On Stage at Elliott Hall of Music. Dirty Dancing brings the classic story to the stage in an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Enjoyed by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 10, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls!

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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Arts and Entertainment Weekend Update! The Motet, Meklit Hadero and The Liar

Meklit

Meklit

Arts and Entertainment 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.

2 fabulous events are taking place this weekend at the Lafayette Theater! On Friday, February 26, the world-class improvisational funk band, The Motet, performs.  This band has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.

The following evening at the Lafayette Theater, enjoy a totally different style of music as Ethiopian-born, Brooklyn-raised, and Bay Area-nurtured, Meklit Hadero performs. Meklit describes herself as an in-betweener living along musical hyphen lines. She is a folk-jazz-global roots singer, musician, and cultural activist. San Francisco Chronicle describes her, “Meklit is an artistic giant in the early stages… She is stunning.”

More arts abound in West Lafayette! On Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday, head to the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts to enjoy a The Liar. Hours after arriving in Paris, the charismatic Dorante is smitten by a pair of comely young ladies and confounded by a case of mistaken identity. Not to worry, this scoundrel is handsome, charming and a pathological liar. He wins admirers wherever he goes so long as he never has to tell the truth! Misunderstandings, secret agendas, and witty wordplay abound in this delightfully ingenious and irreverent update of a classic French romp.

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

Weekend Update: Tian Jianan Performs and Wolf Howl Nights

Tian

Tian Jianan

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.

On January 30, Purdue Convocations is excited to welcome visitors to come and listen to Tian Jianan, a 21-year-old virtuoso from Beijing. Accordions may be among the most misunderstood and unnecessarily maligned instruments known today. But in the hands of an expert, this instrument of great expressive potential reveals the riches of a highly internationalized collection of artists, composers, and traditions. Tian Jianan plays the bayan, a special chromatic-button keyboard accordion developed in Russia, and the international instrument of choice for accordionists performing classical or contemporary classical music. Using a free bass accordion allows for full two-handed counterpoint instead of melodies played with the right hand against predetermined push-button chords in the left. Under Tian’s hands, the bayan is transformed into a structurally complex, robustly symphonic, and emotionally engrossing instrument of astonishing possibilities. Still a student at the Central Conservatory of Music, China’s leading music school. Tian has nonetheless accumulated no fewer than 31 first-place finishes worldwide at competitions in Italy, Germany, Russia, New Zealand, and Canada. At the 2013 Coupe Mondiale, a premier international accordion competition, Tian took the top prize for Best Original Solo Work. Be a part of this evening that is also part of a collection of campus activities in celebration of the Chinese New Year at Purdue.

Fiona & Kanti Howling on the PondIn the mood for outdoor wilderness fun this weekend? Visit Wolf Park in the evening on January 30, and see the animals in a whole new light. As the night falls and the air cools, the wolves get frisky. Guests will have an opportunity to hear a more in-depth discussion of the wolf’s “trademark” behavior — the howl. You will have front row seats to a sing-along as Wolf Park’s expert wolf handlers enter the enclosure and interact with the main pack of wolves. Visitors are encouraged several times during the performance to howl, and will be able to see and hear the wolves return the call.

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: The Cumbia All Stars & Betty’s Diner, The Musical

Cumbia All Star

Cumbia All Star

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.

Have you heard of the Cumbia? The Cumbia is a music genre popular throughout Latin America. The Cumbia causes dancers to rush to the dance floor nearly everywhere it is heard. With an infectious beat and beckoning vocals, the cumbia was born from a diverse collection of African, Spanish, and Central American Indian influences as it merged and morphed its way through the Caribbean and Central America in the late 1800s. As with any folkloric tradition, each nation infused its own identity into the cumbia sound. In 1960s and ’70s Peru, the “golden age” of cumbia distinctly evolved to embrace a wide swath of musical history and heritage—from colonial-era huaynodance to contemporary surf-rock with psychedelic flourishes. The Cumbia All Stars, a supergroup comprised of luminaries from Peru’s legendary cumbia bands, majestically resurrect the classics of their heyday and honor that legacy with innovative new compositions. And they are performing at Purdue in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms on Friday, September 25!  With a propulsive beat driven by sparkling guitars and bold percussion, these then-teenaged musicians planted the roots of their sound in Lima’s urban bustle and saw it spread to remote cities of the Amazonian Jungle. As the Cumbia All Stars, they’ve reunited to resurrect an important piece of Peru’s sonic soul, and their performance will have you moving all night on the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms’ big dance floor to their transfixing, transcendent grooves!

More musical entertainment takes place at Purdue this weekend! Betty’s Diner, The Musical with music & lyrics by Carrie Newcomer is being performed at the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre on Friday, September 25, Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Betty’s Diner might be one of those diners along US 231 or any of those roads that pass through small towns in the Midwest. It’s a place that’s been there forever, a place that feels like home, a place where they remember that you like your coffee black and your eggs over easy. But the new highway is opening up and business is slowing down. Miranda puts a For Sale sign up in the window and a stranger by the name of Gabriel wanders in, and that’s where their story begins.

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

Weekend Update: Friends of Bob presents Robbie Fulks and Friends & ETHEL’s Documeria

ETHEL's Documeria

ETHEL’s Documeria

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 music as Friends of Bob presents Robbie Fulks and Friends on Friday, January 23 at Duncan Hall.  Robbie Fulks along with Don Stiernberg, Shad Cobb, & Chris Scruggs will provide a night of honky night greatness. Check these reviews, “Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer.” -New York Times. “Fulks’ voice has a ringing power he’s a casually amazing singer. The songs are filled out with acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. It partakes of folk, country, bluegrass and honky-tonk.” -NPRs Fresh Air. “The Yankee singer whose country songs have seemed as much genre satires as reverent craft exercises makes what might be his most seamlessly integrated set. It’s mostly unplugged, rooted in bluegrass and old-timey styles, and beautifully sung.” -Rolling Stones Top Country Albums of 2013.

Do not miss on Saturday, Jaunary 24, ETHEL’s Documeria, at Purdue University. In 1972, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency commissioned Project DOCUMERICA—a five-year mission that sent 70 photographers across the United States to document “subjects of environmental concern.” The result was more than a staggeringly diverse collection of 22,000 images—it was a modern portrait of America’s soul in the ’70s. Visions of rugged natural beauty, machines of industry, candid snapshots of everyday life, and images of car-centric communities were all captured on film with equal photographic finesse. The DOCUMERICA collection, now resurrected through a recent digitization, inspired the latest project from ETHEL—a boundary-free string quartet whom TimeOut New York calls “fearless and pioneering” and who has performed alongside David Byrne, Kaki King, Andrew Bird, and more. ETHEL’s Documerica is a multimedia feast of panoramic projections and newly commissioned works from contemporary American composers that The New York Times described as “a stylistic continuum from Dvorak to Steve Reich by way of Copland, with sidelong nods toward the blues, funk and Radiohead.”

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

Weekend Update: Hamlet & Wine-Beer and Food Pairing

Hamlet

Hamlet

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.

“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” And that is why, for the first time in its storied history, the Acting Company will present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Purdue University on Saturday, March 29. Arguably the Bard’s magnum opus, this tale of Prince Hamlet’s pursuit of revenge for his father’s murder plumbs the depths of grief, rage, retribution, danger, and moral corruption. With human themes that span time immemorial, Hamlet is one of the world’s most retold tales. Plus, the global lexicon has absorbed its rich rhetoric—which the Acting Company’s expert performers will bring to riveting, vivid life at Purdue.

Wine-Beer and Food Pairing! What could be better? This Saturday, March 29, visit Main Street Cheese and Wine to enjoy an evening of delicious food, wine and beer. Shaun Slinkard from Southern Wine will be bringing in some very special elite wines from his private selection for visitors to taste and pair with food. Also, Chris from Peoples Brewery will be speaking about locally produced beer along with a special food pairing. Experience the balance of a tasting with food, beer and wine.

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

Music & Entertainment Weekend Update: Lucky Plush & Fatoumata Diawara

Cinderbox

Cinderbox

Weekend Update!  It’s a music and performing arts weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  Whether you live in this area or traveling from afar there are endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Is “reality TV” really real? How much is scripted? How much is truly spontaneous? How can you tell? Chicago-based dance theatre company Lucky Plush dives headlong into the question with Cinderbox 2.0, “a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater” (Chicago Sun Times). Purdue Convocations presents Lucky Plush this Friday, February 7, at Loeb Playhouse.  In 2007, Lucky Plush artistic director Julia Rhoads created the distinctive and critically acclaimed world of Cinderbox 18 to explore the comedy and anxiety created by our media’s voyeuristic approach to “reality.” Now, fast-forward to 2014, where such shows haven’t faded away but rather multiplied, so Rhoads has rebooted her investigations with Cinderbox 2.0. In a performance that blurs the distinctions of dance and theatre, the observer and the observed, and the scripted and the off-the-cuff, Rhoads has created a fresh and unflinching, yet deeply comical, view of the virtuosity and failure we simultaneously love and hate.

afrique-cest-chic-150x150Looking for more entertainment this weekend?  On Friday, February 8, head to the Lafayette Theatre for Fatoumata Diawara to enjoy the sounds of song to promote political change and human rights. The power of “three chords and a guitar” has long been celebrated for its persuasive potential, and 31-year-old singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara (or “Fatou,” for short) joins that great tradition, lifting the human spirit out of war-torn Mali. Singing in Bambara, the principal dialect of southern Mali, Fatou wraps messages of support for women, orphaned children, and the cessation of war inside songs of extraordinary beauty and rhythmic delight that easily transcend worldwide language barriers.

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