Tim’s Picks: Stuff you can do, too: Feb. 2-8
Five choice ideas for the weekend and beyond in Lafayette/West Lafayette: Feb. 2-8
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By Tim Brouk / For Based in Lafayette
Five choice ideas for the weekend and beyond in Lafayette/West Lafayette.
Michael Kelsey, 8 tonight, Feb. 2, Walt’s Pub, 1050 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette — Lafayette’s guitar maestro found a new home for his monthly concerts. Michael Kelsey and his talents for squeezing astounding sounds from his acoustic guitar have been realized for decades now. These days, Kelsey and his guitar can be seen and heard every first Thursday of the month at Walt’s Pub. No Kelsey show is ever the same. The guitarist’s improvisational prowess, his unique percussive style and his interaction with audiences has made Kelsey a top talent here and far beyond. Open to all ages.
TAF First Friday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, The Arts Federation, 638 North St., Lafayette — The Arts Federation will display four fresh shows starting Friday. A solo exhibition from Abby Pendleton, a versatile talent who works on canvas and glass, will feature new glass works as well as abstract acrylic pieces in poured and mandala styles. Marta Istok’s “See It Through My Eyes” documents two years of travels through her paintings. “Abstract + Pop Art: Flowers” is the new exhibit from Jennifer Hoewe. Her colorful pieces are bold and bright “to represent the vividness and joy of nature.” And lastly, art history fans know and love The Hoosier Group, a collection of 19th century Indiana painters boasting the likes of T.C. Steele, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, J. Ottis Adams and Richard Gruelle. 150 years later, please welcome the Delphi Group, comprised of some area heavy-hitters — Rena Brouwer, Cheryl Kaldahl, Alan McConnell and Deb Waymire. The quartet from Carroll County will show collaborative pieces in their show, “Nature by Design.” The exhibits run through Feb. 24.
“One Night in Memphis,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette — Dec. 4, 1956, is still a day that lives in glory for fans of country, rockabilly and early rock ‘n’ roll. That was when icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins met for an informal jam session at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Sixty-six years and almost two months after it really happened, a show about that “million-dollar quartet” makes its Lafayette debut. “One Night in Memphis” features music from all four legends. Just a few months after the death of Lewis, 87, who was the last of the four alive, the show and the music still entertains and inspires today. You don’t need to wear your “Blue Suede Shoes” to “Walk the Line” to the Long Center to feel a “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On.” So “Don’t Be Cruel,” come witness some of the 20th century’s best music live on-stage framed by that “One Night in Memphis.” $35-$65. Tickets.
Beyond Carolina, 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Digby’s Pub, 133 N. Fourth St., Lafayette — Downtown will get countrified when Beyond Carolina returns to Digby’s with a set of country music originals. The band features local music wunderkind, now wunder-young adult, Gibson Wells on bass guitar.
“Romance to Warm the Winter,” with Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 600 Ferry St., Lafayette — Leave it to the area’s sexiest sextet to present a romantic concert to get you primed for Valentine’s. A six-pack of Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society’s finest will present pieces by master composers Arnold Schoenberg and Johannes Brahms, both known for deeply romantic themes in many of their works. If mix tapes were invented in the early 20th century, you know both composers would be on there to impress many a valentine. Today, you may want to put some Brahms and Schoenberg on a Spotify playlist or three to fuel your Valentine’s activities of all kinds. $15, $5 for Purdue University students, free for students grades 12 and younger.
Tim Brouk is a longtime arts and entertainment reporter. He writes here (almost) weekly, tracking things to do for Based in Lafayette.
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