With prime Indianapolis real estate on the Butler University campus, Clowes Memorial Hall offers Hoosiers fun all February long. Celebrate Indianapolis arts at Clowes with performance from students of the Butler Ballet and the Butler School of Music. Bring your Indianapolis kids to the Magic School Bus Live. Get down with Indianapolis music events including a Super Bowl Gospel Celebration and a performance from Playing for Change. Or Hear lectures from a celebrate author theological experts. Clowes Hall programs exciting events for all interests this February. Here is a preview of what to expect!
Music Events at Clowes Memorial Hall
Super Bowl Gospel Celebration -With Super Bowl XLVI rolling into Indianapolis early this February, there are plenty of events peppered throughout the city to get hosting Hoosiers excited. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is an electrifying performance that expresses the excitement of the Super Bowl through the soothing sounds of soul. Featuring the NFL Players Choir, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Natalie Grant, Hezekiah Walker, NFL Player Choice: Wess Morgan and your host Wayne Brady, this Indianapolis music event is hot. Enjoy the rich culture of gospel music in a star studded music event at Clowes Memorial Hall.
Butler Wind Ensemble and All Star High School Band -The Butler University School of Music’s Wind Ensemble takes the stage at Clowes Memorial Hall alongside the winner of the Butler All Star Band Weekend. Plus a featured soloist, the winner of the second annual Kappa Kappa Psi Concerto Competition, will perform with the Wind Ensemble.
Cool Drumming: The Distinctive Rhythms of World Cultures – Feel the power of percussion at this high-energy, interactive music performance from the Butler Percussion Ensemble. Travel around the world with drums. Smell the cherry blossoms of Japan during a Taiko drumming experience. Feel the tribal rhythm of the West African djembe. Experience Samba Batucada from Brazil. Listen to Calypso, Reggae and Soca music from the Caribbean and more. With plenty of opportunities for audience participation from drumming on stage to dancing in the aisles, this music event is not to be missed.
Playing for Change -What began as a PBS documentary has turned into a global phenomenon. Inspired by the passion of street musician Roger Ridley, filmmaker Mark Johnson set out around the world to discover the most incredible journeys in modern music, most of which happen on our very own city streets. Now a collection of musicians from the film come together in the Playing for Change Band. Their fervent delivery of blues, gospel, reggae and Afropop has enthralled audiences around the world. See what the fuss is all about!
Butler Symphony Orchestra – Richard Auldon Clark conducts the Butler Symphony Orchestra through a program of classical music. Presented by the Jordan College of Fine Arts School of Music, this is a free performance.
Performance Events at Clowes Memorial Hall
Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam – As one of the most outrageous NBA players, Shaq has an outstanding reputation as both a player and an entertainer. His entertainment company has launched an All Star Comedy Jam tour featuring up and coming comics. For the last four years, Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam has introduced television specials, a DVD series and catapulted comics to the top. Enjoy this installation hosted by DeRay Davis.
Midwinter Dance Festival -Butler Ballet explores a repertoire of choreographic masterpieces from the 20th Century presented by a new generation of dancers. See dance history in the making as the ballet stars of tomorrow strut their stuff on stage in this unique showcase.
Lecture Events at Clowes Memorial Hall
Simon Armitage -Poet Simon Armitage does more than spin lyrical observations about the world. He also writes fro radio, television, film and stage. The winner of numerous awards for his poetry, his mantle includes prizes like The Sunday Times Author of the Year, a Forward Prize, a Lannan Award and the Ivor Novello Award. In 2010, he took home his most impressive accolade, the Keats-Shelly Poetry Prize, for his poem inspired by the search for icicles. Hear him speak about his life and read his favorite selections.
Global Christianity in the 21st Century: A Concluding Discussion -The Butler University Seminar on Religion and World Civilization has hosted an ongoing series of discussions about Christianity in the 21st century. This last event in the lecture series will offer final thoughts and reflections on previous conversations. Join speaker Philip Jenkins and respondents Angelique Walker-Smith and Michael Miller in the final discussion. Expand your Indianapolis education at this engaging conversation.
For Indianapolis Kids at Clowes Memorial Hall
Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge -For decades the Magic School Bus cartoon on PBS has been educating children about science. Now this celebrated kids show comes to life on stage. Staring Ms. Frizzle and the whole gang, buckle up for an exciting adventure about the telltale signs of climate change. Plus, learn how you can make a difference through recycling, conservation and alternative energy.
Freedom Train – The remarkable story of Harriet Tubman lives on in this theatrical presentation. Though she was born a slave destined to live in a dire situation, she took control of her fate and the fate of those around leading more than 300 runaways to safety. Her incredible story as a conductor of the Underground Railroad has inspired generations of children to greatness. Hear an account of her self-sacrifice, dedication and endurance.
Visions and Voices Gallery Tour -Central and Southern Indiana’s most talented teens come together for a group art show in the lobby of Clowes Memorial Hall. The exhibit features the best work of young artists in the region, which is then sent on for adjudication in New York City. Since 1923, this program has inspired more than 13 million art students by awarding more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. Celebrate these young Indianapolis artists.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Ceremony – Celebrate award winning young writers and artists, who will be recognized before their parents, peers and teachers at this nearly century old award ceremony. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards intend “to give those students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind at least a fraction of the honors and rewards accorded to their athletic classmates for demonstrating their bodily skills.” The awards have recognized some of the most influential artists of the 20th century including Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote, all before they could even vote.
Enjoy these events at Clowes Memorial Hall; then head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. With plenty of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars to choose from, Broad Ripple serves up fun all night long.
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Clowes Memorial Hall
4602 Sunset Avenue
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