Mayor Hogsett and the City of Indianapolis, in partnership with Visit Indy and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML), host a year of programs with many community partners, from pubs and restaurants to art galleries and theaters. Mark your calendars now! Most events are free, and many are family friendly.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library partners with Herron High School to host a Year of Vonnegut Kick-Off Party at KVML’s new location, 646 Mass Ave, on January 6 at 6 pm. See it on the last business day before construction begins on the 9th! Also, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will feature Vonnegut art at its Gallery 924 from January 6 – April 10. Free.
On February 13 at 7 pm, KVML partners with Union Chapel United Methodist Church for Slaughterhouse-Five Day. This event coincides with the 72nd anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden, Germany; the signature event in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. The gathering features readings, art, live art making from Indiana artists, and music by the Indianapolis-based band Kilgore Trout. Free.
Writer Nelson Price, muralist Pamela Bliss, Visit Indy, and WFYI will host a discussion about Vonnegut’s hometown and ties to Indianapolis following a screening of the 2016 documentary, A Writer’s Roots: Kurt Vonnegut’s Indianapolis, on March 2 at WFYI’s Community Room from 6 to 8 pm. Free.
KVML celebrates Night of Vonnegut Gala April 8 at the Athenaeum from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets required.
The St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators Show House will offer ticketed tours of Vonnegut’s childhood home at 4401 N. Illinois St., from 11 am to 6 pm April 29 – May 14.
Join us, our pals at Bluebeard, and Honorary Board Member Lewis Black for a night of laughter. See Black at The Old National Center on April 29, and enjoy an after-party with the comedian. $125. Tickets coming soon.
Indy Reads Books and the Indiana Writers Center begin a monthly book group focusing on the work of Vonnegut and others who have had their books banned. Also, KVML will begin to collect individuals’ thoughts on Common Decency. Free.
Representatives from Eskenazi Health and other local science-focused businesses, host a discussion of Common Decency in Science, centered around Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, on June 14, from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Indiana History Center.
KVML collaborates with Indy Film Fest, which has called for short movies about Vonnegut and Common Decency.
Also, July 12 – 14, KVML hosts a Teaching Vonnegut workshop to teach teachers how to present Vonnegut in the classroom. Workshop free, but space limited.
Kurt Vonnegut lived his life on the fringe and to celebrate the Year of Vonnegut, IndyFringe will hold two slots open for the August 2017 festival. They will invite national and international companies to present a 60-minute play or adaptation to celebrate the Year of Vonnegut. Entries close February 28, 2017.
Also, Crown Hill Cemetery hosts a Public Walking Tour of Vonnegut/Lieber Family Plots, along with the gravesites of other Indiana authors. August 26 from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets $5. Visit http://crownhillhf.org/tours_events2017.html
The Vonnegut Library commemorates Banned Books Week, September 25 – 29 with many speakers and a discussion of Common Decency and Banned Books. Craig Brandhorst of the University of South Carolina will spend a week in the library imprisoned behind a wall of banned books.
Also in September, Theater on the Square opens its 2017-18 season with the Indianapolis premiere of the musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, based on Vonnegut’s book.
The Vonnegut Library and the Athenaeum will host a Common Decency and Expressions of Heritage event as part of GermanFest at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St. on October 14. Free.
This year’s VonnegutFest, November 9 – 11, will include a live reading of Breakfast of Champions, a Timequake Clambake dinner/fundraiser, an art exhibition by veterans, a Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day panel discussion featuring National Book Award winner Brian Turner, an arts resource fair, and the launch of the 2017 So it Goes Literary Journal.
The Vonnegut Library and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light partner for a panel discussion on Peace and Reconciliation Following War. In addition, The Arts Council of Indianapolis opens its 6th annual TINY V exhibit, featuring tiny Vonnegut-themed artwork at Gallery 924