Weekend Update: Haan Mansion 115th Anniversary Celebration & Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

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.

Great Hall at the Haan Mansion

This Friday, January 25, experience a small slice of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair at the Haan Museum, as they celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Fair. The Colonial Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building, and now houses major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited there by Weller Pottery, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold medal for the Arts, are always on display. You’ll also find works by T.C. Steele and Charles Conner that were on display in the Fine Arts Palace at the Fair. Featured paintings from the Indiana Building include works by William Forsyth, John Elwood Bundy and Frank Girardin. Other major Fair souvenirs in the exhibition include andirons, a mandolin, zither, accordion, telephone, a Majolica statue, a 1760 candle stand that was displayed in the building at the Fair, a blow gun, stereopticons, and a wide variety of smaller objects. The World’s Fair was where nations, states and companies showed off the very best products and technologies of the time. Enjoy free admission, music, and refreshments.

Purdue Convocations bring to its guests Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! this Sunday, January 27. Based on the #1 PBS Kids series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! has delighted audiences nationwide for years. Now, this grrrr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-new show featuring your favorite characters! In King for a Day, Daniel learns just what it takes to be the King of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. In this event filled with tiger-tastic fun, Daniel Tiger learns the importance of being a kind and helpful friend. Meanwhile, you can sing along to new songs, enjoy magical moments, and meet some surprise guests! Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!: King for a Day is a royally great time!

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

Weekend Update: Winter Wolves & Cinderella

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.

Winter Wolves is back at Wolf Park this January 12, 2019! Join everyone for a day of fun as the wolves explore and are in their glorious full winter coats! Hot drinks are available indoors so that visitors can warm up in between activities, which often include talks on how animals survive the winter, outdoor games and sometimes a demonstration of how Wolf Park cuts up road kill deer to feed to the wolves. Winter is a great time to see the wolves, since they love the cold and tend to be active and howling all day long, unlike those long hot summer afternoons which they spend napping. When the pond is frozen over, the wolves skate and play on the ice. Winter Wolves is a great time for families to come visit — there is something for everyone.

Guess what Disney classic is taking place at Purdue Convocations this Saturday, January 12? CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Bring the family to enjoy this wonderful production and enjoy an evening of merriment!

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

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.