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Five choice ideas for the weekend and beyond in Lafayette/West Lafayette: Feb. 9-15
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By Tim Brouk / For Based in Lafayette
Five choice ideas for the weekend and beyond in Lafayette/West Lafayette.
Dolphin Group and Radar Gold, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Spot Tavern, 409 S. Fourth St., Lafayette — The pipeline of top Indianapolis bands flowing to The Spot Tavern continues with the Lafayette debut of Radar Gold, an acclaimed pop synth combo bolstered by an excellent LP in “Planet Sings.” Danceable but still rocking, spacey yet still focused, Radar Gold is led by married couple Emma and Nicolas Clark on vocals and guitars. Emma Clark’s voice hooks you first, but the compositions written by the couple are catchy, interesting and unlike anything else Indiana can offer. Radar Gold will share the stage with Tennessee’s Dolphin Group. While not close to Flipper the band or anything at Sea World, Dolphin Group has an infectious dance style that will get the crowd moving in seconds. The vibe is synthesizer happy, funked-up, tripped-out and a bit retro. These Chattanooga dudes are well worth a listen and look. $5 or pay what you can.
“Daniel’s Husband,” 7:30 tonight-Saturday, Feb. 9-11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 313 N. Fifth St., Lafayette — The nation is still reeling from one of the best episodes of television in, well, ever. The Jan. 29 episode of “The Last of Us” saw Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett portray a touching, heartfelt, tearful romance — despite a fungus zombie apocalypse. While Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette did not plan its next show, “Daniel’s Husband,” around the episode, which has 6.4 million streams and counting on HBO Max so far, the play has similar themes — minus flamethrowers and clickers. Alex Tarnowski and Kyle Brown star as Daniel and Mitchell, respectively, a couple of seven years with differing views on gay marriage and much more. “There’s a lot more to this story than what a few lines can summarize. It’s funny, heart-wrenching, uncomfortable, and a reality for many couples, gay or straight,” Brown said. “It was surreal watching the third episode of ‘The Last of Us’ when in the throes of this show, because there were some striking similarities. I think people are really going to connect with these down to earth people and root for them until the lights go down.” $12-$24. Tickets.
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Lollipop Concert with Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette — For decades, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra has dedicated one of its concerts to the youth. The Lollipop Concert not only features kid-friendly pieces and themes, but they allow children to learn how instruments work and how they sound on their own from the musicians themselves. The 2023 edition will feature such pieces (“Star Wars Suite”) as well as brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion demonstrations during the concert. The finale consists of a widely-popular feature — sweet, sweet candy! $5. Tickets.
Queen of Hearts: Valentine’s Drag Show, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Rat Pak Venue, 102 N. Third St., Lafayette — To have a great Valentine’s weekend, you must put in the woooork. And what better place to do that than at a drag show? The queens are in the mood for love and your tips, as the Rat Pak Venue welcomes back the glamour, humor and death drops with performers CeeCee Ross, Anitta Schwanz, Veronica Fox and Lanora Takie leading the way. $10-$15. Tickets.
Valentine’s Day Soiree with The Velocity District, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, People’s Brewing Company, 2006 N. Ninth St., Lafayette — An intimate show in an intimate venue with the one you are intimate (aka freaky deaky) with is in store for Lafayette valentines. The Velocity District, one of the best this town has to offer, will set the mood with its brand of soul, funk and jazz. There will be some covers, some originals, some instrumentals and many tunes featuring the exhilarating vocal stylings of Alexcia Plummer. Can the chain restaurant Valentine’s Day nonsense and see this show. $10. Tickets.
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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