Start the New Year off right at Clowes Memorial Hall with dozens of Indianapolis events on stage in January 2012. From the perfect afternoon at the theater with your Indianapolis kids to harmonious Indianapolis music performances, Clowes Memorial Hall attracts a range of touring and local performances. See some amazing Indianapolis art as you wander the lobby before the show. Learn a lesson from hip-hop artist Common, or join in a discussion about religion and spirituality around the world. Plus, take in an exciting performance from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. All this and more is in store for Indianapolis people at Clowes Memorial Hall this January. Located on the campus of the celebrated Indianapolis college, Butler University, Clowes Memorial Hall is a renowned venue for music, dance, theater and more!
January Events at Clowes Memorial Hall
A Brown Bear, A Moon and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle – Eric Carle changed the face of children’s books with his colorful tissue paper collage illustrations. His imaginative stories open up a whole world of creativity for kids. See three of his most beloved books come to life on stage at Clowes Memorial Hall. This all new production presents old favorites and new friends. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is joined by a whimsical cast of characters including animals from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See? Plus, enjoy the tender story of a young girl’s unusual wish in Papa Please Get the Moon for Me. This triple-header performing arts events features evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry.
Gayla Hodson Gallery Tour – Meet Indianapolis artist, Gayla Hodson, as she takes interested art lovers on a tour of her new exhibit on display in the lobby of Clowes Memorial Hall. The recipient of a Creative Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, this painter sees art as essential as air and water. An alum of the Herron School of Art and Design, where she received her Masters in Art Education, Hodson is also a respected teacher at the Indianapolis Art Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Take a walk through her imagination as this artist puts her creative mind at your disposal.
Virtually Me! – This Indianapolis kids event is a rockin’ new musical that encourages students, teachers and parents to dialogue about cyber bullying and technology abuse. This live musical production features hot music, cool choreography, characters that are easy to identify with and more. Take a trip to “Wi-Fi High,” where the cast of Virtually Me! tackles appropriate usage of blogging, emailing, facebooking and texting. Use this innovative production as an entry point for conversation with your kids about how they use the Internet and other technologies.
Common, “Lessons of Life: One Day It’ll All Make Sense” – Common is hailed as one of hip-hop’s most prolific musicians. He delivers messages of self-respect, love and activism in both his music and his speech. A star of stage and screen, Common has topped almost every avenue of the entertainment industry. But it is his philanthropy that makes him such a unique presence. His Common Ground Foundation is dedicated to empowering urban youth by helping them reach their full potential. His latest book Someday It’ll All Make Sense offers an inside look at his life and childhood. Hear him speak about his experiences in this lecture event at Clowes Memorial Hall presented by the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.
Street Drum Corps presents “BANG!” – For four years, Street Drum Corps has been a phenomenal presence in the percussion world. They’ve spent time refining their sound on the road and have blown audiences away at nearly every major United States festival. Their combination of thunderous percussion and visual stimuli offers a primordial, stomping blast of energy charged with a passion for theatricality. They’ve played with heavy hitters like No Doubt, Bad Religion and Revolution. Enjoy an eclectic mix of tribal, rock, punk, dance and industrial music.
Global Christianity in the 21st Century: Christianity in China Today – Join an enlightening discussion about religion and spirituality a world away. The house-church movement and the role of Chinese Christian intellects have made an impact on human rights and democracy in China. Join expert speaker Lian Xi, professor of history at Hanover College and author of the 2010 book Redeemed by Fire, as he shares his research on Christianity in China today. Then hear a response from Fenggang Yang, professor of sociology at Purdue University. This free lecture event is sponsored by the Butler University Seminar on Religion and World Civilization.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff 2 – The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra welcomes conductor Rossen Milanov and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili to the stage at Clowes Memorial Hall. Plagued by depression after the poor reception of his First Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff was determined to make his Second Piano Concerto a success. Enjoy an evening with this respected Indianapolis musical organization.
Before you head to the Butler University campus and Clowes Memorial Hall, check out the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner from any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, head back for drinks and discussion at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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Clowes Memorial Hall
4602 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208