Urban Element assembles scrumptious café fare while surrounding guests in an inviting wine bar atmosphere replete with art-adorned walls and live music. The menu abounds with fairly healthy fare, including homade roasted red-pepper hummus ($8) and grilled-pineapple-and-shrimp salad ($10). Patrons can coordinate outfits to match the blue cheese pasta with chickpeas ($10+) or sample a curried chicken-salad sandwich or wrap ($7). The prevalence of paintings at Urban Element allows guests to appreciate local art without the need to pay admission or ship themselves inside cardboard boxes to fancy museums.
When The Haunted Angelus House's monsters first come out in the evening, frightened guests can ward them off with glow sticks. The neon batons send a warning signal to the unseen horrors, letting them know the group contains children or timid souls who may not be ready for the full brunt of their fearsomeness. But as the night progresses, so does the terror, and once the clock strikes eight, nothing can hold back the monsters, demons, and zombies as they spill from the shadows to horrify unsuspecting visitors. The only hope left for the innocent victims is to navigate the 37-room haunt, which swarms with demon tenants, and then make it past the 3,000-square-foot outdoor black maze haunted by chainsaw people and souls willing to risk eternity for their chance at a rent-controlled apartment.
Though the event aims to scare, its real intent will warm visitors' hearts, as all proceeds are donated to The Angelus, a nonprofit that aids those with cerebral palsy.
The students of the Butler Ballet wrap up their season with Coppélia, a comic tale of love, wizardry, and perfectly lifelike dolls based on a lesser-known novel of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Pirouetting to Léo Delibes's sprightly, pastoral score—performed by the Butler Symphony Orchestra—the ballet navigates a love triangle between fiancés Swanhilde and Franz and the beautiful, mysteriously unflappable woman residing at the local mad scientist's house. As Swanhilde strives to prove the woman's unreality to her moonstruck, slightly dim husband-to-be, Dr. Coppelius reveals sinister designs for creating automatons that need only a soul and the ability to get hangnails to become fully human. Franz struggles to decide if he loves his human bride or the doctor's exquisite simulacrum, leading up to an ending that lands with unexpectedly humorous grace. Located on Butler's leafy downtown campus, Clowes Memorial Hall has been hosting accessible cultural events in its lavish red and gold auditorium for more than 40 years.
The staff at Hanna Haunted Acres knows that there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all nightmare. That's why they've curated a lineup of six different haunts, each with their own spine-tingly style. Four different haunted houses prey on deep-set childhood fears, including the Carnevil haunted house––a twisted, circus-themed fright, perfect for murderous clowns who are tired of blind dates. Other attractions include haunted hayrides around the farm and a twisty corn maze designed by a vengeful scarecrow. Those whose greatest fears including standing in line can skip straight to the screaming with a VIP pass, while snacks and mugs of steaming hot chocolate keep patient patrons warm between haunts.
At Lala Gallery & Studio, creative types collide, from local artists displaying and discussing their newest exhibits to kids and parents bonding over the clay wheel. Studio classes include afterschool programs for grades 1–12, adult classes geared toward clay throwing, and drop-in sessions for one-off lessons. Inside the gallery, work from regional artists dresses the walls, which inspires visitors’ art projects and gives people something to look at other than the backs of their weird, veiny hands.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s collection encompasses multiple continents and thousands of years of human artwork. Currently in the spotlight is the limited-time-only exhibit Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, a smorgasbord of formal and found-object creations representing the most extensive showing to date of Dial’s work, commonly labeled as outsider art. Time magazine has given Dial considerable acclaim for his courage in confronting homelessness, international politics, and the southern African-American experience. Meander through 70 works, including 25 previously unseen pieces, ranging from playful watercolors to inches-thick painted layers of found materials such as dolls, dried plants, and membership cards to defunct video stores. After taking in Hard Truths, art-history fans and symbologists on life-or-death missions can soak up the museum's well-established collection of everything from ancient Oceanic artwork to modern depictions of blurry water lilies and hyperfocused soup cans.