Tim’s Picks: Going Global, etc.
Global Fest, exhibit openings, a season opener for Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society and more. Five ideas for your weekend.
Thanks for support for today’s edition from Purdue Convocations, presenting the mainstage music talent for the 28th Annual West Lafayette Global Fest. The street festival in downtown West Lafayette is a celebration of community diversity with food, activities and live music from different cultures, including Jordanian vocalist Farah Siraj – performing Arabian Flamenco jazz – and Telmary & Habanasana, Cuban hip-hop artists who will top the night off with an epic dance party. Saturday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Learn More.
And thanks for support from Lafayette Urban Ministry, presenting Hunger Hike, a joint fundraiser with Food Finders Food Bank and the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas. Join them at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. The 1.5-mile walk is a family-friendly route with stops along the way for a boat demonstration, street magic show and live music. To sign up, go to: hungerhike.org
Here you go, five of the best ideas heading into your weekend …
By Tim Brouk / For Based in Lafayette
Roger Beebe, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, The Arts Federation, 638 North St., Lafayette — Roger Beebe, independent filmmaker and professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University, will display recent experimental projection projects in downtown Lafayette. Using up to six 16-mililmeter projectors, as well as live-narrated essayistic single-channel video, Beebe’s works take on a range of styles — from formalist investigations of the materials of film to essayistic explorations of popular culture. His films have focused on a range of topics — from “the forbidden pleasures of men crying” (“Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes)”) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (“Beginnings”), Las Vegas suicides (“Money Changes Everything”) and the real spaces of the virtual economy (“Amazonia”).
Exhibition openings, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, Bindery Artist Studios, 511 Ferry St., Lafayette — Be sure to include the Bindery Artist Studios during your Gallery Walk this weekend, because two new exhibits demand attention. “Interfacing” will feature new works from several area textile artists trying their skilled hands at quilting. “Breathe the Light” is a new solo show from young and versatile photographer Brittany Rachelle Smith. She captures images to pay the bills and express her emotions. She’s adept at real estate, senior pictures and headshots, but she can also take powerful portraits and moving nature images. New works from the Bindery’s resident artists will also be on display as will their working studios, which give art fans a glimpse to their respective creative processes.
Global Fest, 3-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, Chauncey Plaza, West Lafayette — For almost 30 years, West Lafayette has welcomed the new school year with exotic rhythms, colorful international art and crafts and delectable food dishes from around the world. Global Fest is a hit no matter where you’re from, and the city’s collaboration with Purdue University Convocations created a street fair environment that is lively and energized. While many come for food not found anywhere else in Greater Lafayette, many stay for the music, which can be found on the main stage and other parts of the event’s footprint. This year’s main stage performers are the Arabic flamenco jazz of acclaimed Jordanian singer Farah Siraj, who has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall and Lincoln Center. And fans of infectious Cuban rhythms must witness the poet, rapper and songwriter Telmary, as she showcases the talents that have made her an international sensation. Purdue student groups Dance 2XS, Black Voices of Inspiration and Purdue Chinese Performing Arts Troupe will entertain too. Free.
Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 600 Ferry St., Lafayette — Before those demanding music teachers barked at you to practice your scales over and over, they too were in the student’s seat at one time. After all the practice, one-on-one music educators and their students often develop a lifelong bond that sometimes spills onto a stage. This weekend’s Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society concert will feature three pairs of musicians each consisting of a former student-teacher combo. They will play string compositions before all joining forces for Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” sextet. Slated to perform are Jinty McTavish, Regan Eckstein, Clio Tilton, Amy Brandfonbrener, Bryan Park and Sara Wollan. The concert is dedicated to longtime local strings teacher Michelle Brooks. $15, $5 for college students, free for children K-12. Tickets.
Graveripper with Bloodletter and Echoes from Oblivion, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, North End Pub, 2100 Elmwood St., Lafayette — Lafayette/Indianapolis thrash masters Graveripper return for a classic metal matinee. The band is currently on a Midwest and Southern tour. So far, Graveripper has melted faces in Cincinnati, Nashville and Louisville, with Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit coming up. The band hit the road to support its new album, “Seasons Dreaming Death,” which is available now digitally and on vinyl in November. The new tracks are brutal and are powerful enough to wake the dead. Opening the show are tourmates Bloodletter, a fast yet melodic metal combo from Chicago, and Rochester, Indiana, metalcore act Echoes from Oblivion. $10.
Tim Brouk is a longtime arts and entertainment reporter. He writes here (almost) weekly, tracking things to do for Based in Lafayette.
Thanks, also, for support from Lafayette Urban Ministry, presenting Hunger Hike, a joint fundraiser with Food Finders Food Bank and the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas. Join them at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. To sign up, go to: hungerhike.org
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