The Performing Arts Series brings internationally recognized acts to dazzle Kansas City–based eyes and ears in the relatively intimate space of Yardley Hall. Lauded by the New York Times, choreographer Lar Lubovitch coordinates lithe bodies through the swift, public execution of modern dance. Greedy ears, meanwhile, can hoard the pleasures of Haydn, Mozart, Strauss, and the Beatles as performed by the renowned Vienna Boys Choir, whose top-secret youth serum has kept its carolers young for the 500 years of the organization's biblically long life. Viennese composers vie for your aural affections during the Philharmonic of Poland's first-ever U.S. tour, with arias spotlighting soprano soloist Izabela Matula as she sails her voice atop classic compositions by Lehar and Verdi. The New York Times has also given an appreciative nod to The Joffrey Ballet, whose classically trained foot workers leap and lunge to the orchestrations of Tchaikovsky, Richard Rodgers, and Philip Glass. Check out Johnson County Community College's website for more information about the series, and each individual performance.
The World Series of Comedy brings together a horde of more than 100 humorists from all over the country to compete for laughs and a grand prize of 37 weeks of work at comedy clubs across the nation. The competition gives audience members the pleasure of acting as judge and jury without the moral and legal gray areas of serving as executioner, allowing fans a say in which comics move on to the final showcase (panels composed of comedy bookers have the most influence in the judging process). Pick from 13 shows—three wild-card shows, eight preliminary shows, and two final rounds—each sporting a lineup of eight, 15, or, in the final showdown, three comics toiling for your approval. Call to reserve your tickets.
For the late Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes, the most important things in life were science and the arts. The good doctor wanted to share this devotion with the Indianapolis community, so he devised and funded Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. Completed in 1963, the hall shares Butler's gorgeous aesthetic with its arching stone façade and lush crimson interior, which has room for over 2,000 patrons. In addition to major touring productions and public speakers, Clowes Memorial Hall is also the home of the Indianapolis Opera, the Butler Ballet, and the Indy 500.
Bullfrogs Live Comedy separates itself from its less jocular siblings, Bullfrogs Live Sports Bar and Bullfrogs Live Dance Club, by presenting audiences with esteemed comedians and stepping back to listen to the crowd's cackle cacophony. Comics woo chuckles from throats and chocolate milk from noses every Friday and Saturday night with a mix of stand-up acts, such as cynical PJ Walsh, prop-coveting AJ Finney, manic Claude Stuart, and more. Jeremiah Bullfrogs Live lubricates its comedy congregation with daily drink specials, an outstanding bar-and-grill menu, and an easy-going atmosphere, perfect for catching up with friends or reading obituaries. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.
Gaslamp Grille & Lounge's expert flame wielders fire up a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastas within deco-inspired digs. Sink into the Grille’s signature seared tenderloin salad, which layers sliced tenderloin over mixed greens, crispy crostinis, and veggies beneath a canopy of blue-cheese dressing ($12.95), before moseying on toward meatier pastures with the Lamp Burger, a half-pound of port-wine-glazed ground tenderloin bookended by oven-dried tomatoes and an English stilton cheese ($10.95). The pork-belly capellini fuses pork belly with sautéed vegetables in a roasted-red-pepper sauce ($11.95), and the Cubano ($9.95) presses pulled pork, ham, and gruyere cheese in tin foil to seal in the juices and protect them from the invasive brain waves of extraterrestrials.
Roving Imp Theater & Coffee House—the only improv venue in Kansas—showcases the madcapped, off-the-cuff antics of improvateurs culled from across the U.S. and abroad. Comedic illusionists conjure one-act plays, making characters, scenes, and plots appear out of thin air using a complicated system of smoke, mirrors, and audience suggestions. The schedule changes as regularly as the star performer in a one-man adaptation of Cats, but recurring acts include Serial Cereal, an improvised sitcom that follows a family of wrestlers through weekly episodes, and RI Spectacular, a Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style game show.