Tim’s Picks: Back to School/Mosey edition
Your weekly dose of five choice ideas for the weekend and beyond in Lafayette/West Lafayette, for Aug. 10-16.
Thanks today to sponsor Wabash River Cycle Club, presenting the Wabash River Ride on Aug. 26. This ride offers both paved and gravel routes, all of varying length (32-, 62- and 100-miles in distance). The Wabash River Ride has well-supplied restock stops throughout all of its routes, provides roadside assistance for cyclists who need help and wishes to provide a supportive environment for all cyclists who seek to challenge themselves on whatever distance they choose. To sign up or get more information, go to www.wabashriverride.com or click the image below.
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By Tim Brouk / For Based in Lafayette
Jon Stickley Trio, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, People’s Brewing Company, 2006 N. Ninth St., Lafayette — Bluegrass guitar sensation Jon Stickley will bring his band to town for a rare Thursday night patio show at People’s. The Ashville, North Carolina, musician’s chops have been touted in Guitar Player magazine as “not your father’s acoustic-guitar music,” because Stickley draws from a deep well of influence beyond traditional bluegrass — rock ‘n’ roll, Celtic, jazz and pop. With excellent fiddler Lyndsay Pruett and percussionist Hunter Deacon, Stickley’s trio is a powerful force, which has only been emboldened by the guitarist’s recent rubbing of elbows with string music god Billy Strings. $15. Tickets.
Author readings with John Milas, Tamara Jerée and Eugenio Volpe, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, The Spot Tavern, 409 S. Fourth St., Lafayette — Purdue University creative writing alumni John Milas and Tamara Jerée will return to read from their debut novels, “The Militia House” and “The Fall That Saved Us,” respectively. Inspired by his military tour in Afghanistan as a young U.S. Marine, Milas’ debut book was published on July 11 to good reviews. Milas’ former Purdue colleague and famed author Roxane Gay called it “an extraordinary novel about the quiet and not so quiet horrors of war.” Before publishing their new novel, Jerée published poems and short stories in national anthologies as well as working as a writer for video game companies. Also, Eugenio Volpe will read from his latest book, “I, Caravaggio.” This historical fiction work focuses on the ups and downs of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the famed painter of the early 17th century. The artist is a baroque bad boy who fights, parties and develops a heated love affair with his sex worker painting model, Lena Antognetti, that would melt the oil paint right off the canvas.
Art, Bark and Brew, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th St., Lafayette — Art is for everyone, even those beloved four-legged members of the family. The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will welcome people and canines alike for an afternoon of beer, live music and local vendors in a dog-friendly outdoor setting — perfect for your favorite Frida Howlo, Salvador Doggie or Vincent Van Bark. This event is free but RSVPs are appreciated.
Mosey Down Main Street, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, Sixth Street to 11th Street, downtown Lafayette — The August edition of the monthly Mosey Down Main Street festival will feature the semiannual reunion of The Mixtapes, a longtime Lafayette cover band that earned my respect many years ago at the Lafayette Brewing Company (Yes, they used to have shows upstairs). On that night, the band not only took on Boston’s “Long Time” — a very challenging endeavor — but even did the super proggy instrumental intro “Foreplay.” Vocalist Ryan Strong nailed every high note. I was in awe. The ’Tapes will be rightly featured in the prime Sixth and Main stage this weekend and about a dozen other bands will be rockin’ into the night as well. Pardon the .38 Special reference.
For a lineup of bands on the three Mosey stages and the locations of vendors, click the interactive map below.
Comedy Night with Justin Seymour, Lucas Waterfill, Aisha Brown and Cavin Eggleston, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, Curley’s, 3269 Teal Road, Lafayette — The number of Lafayette bars embracing standup comedy continues to grow. Curley’s is now in the funny business, as it will welcome a quartet of comics from central Indiana. Justin Seymour draws from his experiences in dating, being a longtime Indiana musician and a former psychology and history high school teacher. You know he has some stories from such a resume. Aisha Brown is one of the top female comics in Indianapolis. For years, she has slayed audiences all around the circle city, often featuring for national talent. For more than a decade, her stage presence and material have made her a fan favorite. Cavin Eggleston is a big dude that earns big laughs in Indianapolis, Louisville, Kentucky, and everywhere in between. This weekend, he will give Lafayette comedy fans a go. Eggleston is another former schoolteacher and when dealing with the stress of his old profession, sometimes laughter was the best way to persevere. And making his return to Lafayette, Lucas Waterfill will bring his amazing show backed by his debut album, “Public Inconvenience,” and accolades as Indiana’s Funniest Person 2021. $10. Tickets.
Tim Brouk is a longtime arts and entertainment reporter. He writes here (almost) weekly, tracking things to do for Based in Lafayette.
OTHER LISTENS …
Thanks to Craig Martin and Brittany Rees, who produce the Art Tap Podcast in Lafayette, for the invitation and the conversation for an episode posted this week. I may or may not have held up my end of the bargain talking about Based in Lafayette, the local media scene and reporting in what I call a grocery store town. (There’s no hiding when you’re bound to run into someone you’ve quoted in the next aisle at Pay Less on Greenbush.) Here’s a link so you can decide. Or click the post below.
Thanks, again, to today’s sponsor, the Wabash River Cycle Club, presenting the Wabash River Ride on Aug. 26. For routes and registration for 32- to 101-mile rides starting at Fort Ouiatenon, click here.
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