A grand, elegant oasis for all art aficionados, the recently christened Center for the Performing Arts houses several exquisitely designed stages, including a classical Palladium dome in the main building and, just across the green, the new Tarkington Theater and the intimate black-box Studio Theater. Fans of show tunes, timeless melodies, and old-fashioned sly innuendo will get their kicks as the swinging musical Cole enchants the Studio Theater with a swansong performance. Like a biopic with human actors, Cole tells the rollicking tale of Cole Porter, a songwriter synonymous with romance, America, and ascots. From hits such as “Anything Goes,” “Night and Day,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Cole Porter’s perpetual knack for song-crafting gave pep to countless Broadway and Hollywood productions, simultaneously inventing whistling and Harry Connick, Jr. Through song, dance, and intertwining narration, Cole briskly whisks audiences along the jolly tune-aholic’s life journeys, as his humble Indiana beginnings, Parisian blossoming, and triumphant tinseling of Tinseltown binds the Great American Songbook in titanium lace.
Wafford Theater brings movies of years past to the screen again. Audiences can enjoy black-and-white, color, and sepia-tone films such as 1944's Arsenic and Old Lace and 1965's The Sound of Music. On Wednesday, the theater projects reels of old Westerns featuring Ken Maynard and John Wayne.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum showcases the state’s art, science and cultural history from the prehistoric era to now. The museum’s permanent collection tells Indiana’s story, from glaciers to the first settlers, with a Native American exhibit that highlights the various cultures of local and regional tribes. The first floor showcases the state’s natural history while the second floor has its cultural history, with exhibits like The Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Crossroads of America and Global Indiana. Each year, several traveling exhibits pass through the museum, allowing visitors to see something new with each trip. During Christmastime every year, part of the museum’s third floor transforms into Santa’s home, and children can ride the Santa Claus Express train. The museum also contains an IMAX theater, showing documentaries and family-friendly movies.
It seems fitting for the Indiana Repertory Theatre to be housed in such a dramatically beautiful 1927 multi-story concrete building. With its white terra cotta façade, emphasized by the Spanish-baroque style triangular curved arch, the building draws attention to the theatre troupe’s glowing marquee in downtown Indianapolis. Inside, the cadre of actors pull crowds in further, showcasing classic productions and newer works with seeming ease. A marble-floored grand lobby welcomes in theatergoers looking to catch one of their nine annual productions, while the sweeping staircase shows mezzanine level patrons to their plush seats. The not-for-profit Indiana Repertory Theatre, founded in 1972, is the only League of Resident Theatres entity in Indiana, sporting more than 100 seasonal and full-time staff.
In this day of DVDs and in-home, on-demand options, drive-in theatres are a rarity. But Tibbs Drive-In Theatre continues to provide what’s generally considered to be an old but cherished way to watch movies, particularly around Indianapolis. From early spring through mid-fall each year, Tibbs visitors can enjoy large-screen movies from the comfort of their own vehicles, or pull together an array of lawn chairs and other foldable furniture for strategically-positioned seats inside the facility’s parking lot. A variety of movies run across the four screens, usually as double-headers, making Tibbs an all-night destination. Concession stand options are plentiful and varied, and a large, grass-covered area is available near the main screen, where younger moviegoers often gather and play.