Without theaters, comedians would wander the streets wittily berating the hairstyles of passersby, and price checks would interrupt grocery store jazz concerts. Enjoy entertainment in its proper outlet with today's Groupon: $20 gets you $40 worth of tickets to any show or event at the Madame Walker Theatre Center, named Best Theater of 2010 by TheIndyChannel.com A-List.
A woman entrepreneur and self-made millionaire who began work on the building before her death in 1919 lent the Walker her name and her favorite stuffed animal, only one of which was ever returned. As an eclectic cultural center, its schedule of regular programs includes bi-monthly visual art exhibitions, jazz, gospel, and comedy shows, as well as more community-oriented events such as Soul Food Sundays. Come sweat on the same stage Louis Armstrong did with weekly workout classes, or get down with dance lessons co-sponsored by Dance Indy Swing. The theater is also set to begin screening films both new, old, and middle-aged this spring.