Nights at the Museum and Other KVML Events in 2020

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library announces regular evening programming at 543 Indiana Avenue focusing on the museum’s 2020 theme of Civic Engagement.  Unless otherwise specified, all events run from 5:30 pm to 7 pm and advance $12 admission tickets are for sale on Eventbrite.

January 9

Lonesome No More — Suicide Prevention Training

How can we be better prepared to help those in our lives struggling from loneliness, depression, and suicidal thoughts? As Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “The most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” CYC-A certified youth worker and mental health advocate Madeline Zielinski will discuss how to recognize signs of distress, initiate difficult conversations, and connect with resources in our community. Admission is free, but please register via Eventbrite.

January 20

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration

Join us in celebration of the life and legacy of the great Civil Rights Activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • 9:45 am – Meet at the KVML, 543 Indiana Avenue, and march across Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street to the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center, 671 Indiana Avenue.
  • 10 am to Noon – Join in a free Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration program hosted at the Historic Madam Walker Legacy Center, with a keynote address by Kevin Richardson of the Exonerated Five and Netflix documentary “When They See Us.”

January 23

Kurt’s Book Club

Kurt’s Book Club discusses Vonnegut’s Bagombo Snuff Box at the KVML from 11 am to 12:30 pm

January 28

Launch Party: The Year of Civic Engagement at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum

Lasana Kazembe, assistant professor of Urban Teacher Education and Africana Studies at IUPUI, kicks off KVML’s 2020 theme of Civic Engagement with a talk centered on building awareness of implicit racial bias and implementing anti-oppressive practices rooted in equity, justice, and social transformation. Come post your own 2020 Civic Engagement goal at the KVML. Tickets on Eventbrite.

February 7

Arlene’s House of Music and Imperial Lounge presents live music by Premium Blend, an Indianapolis Jazz Fusion band featuring Jared Thompson (Bandleader/Saxophone), Ryan Taylor (Guitar), Steven Jones (Keyboard/Keyboard Bass), and Brian Yarde (Drums). Sponsored by Sun King Brewery. Tickets on Eventbrite.

February 13

75th Anniversary of the Firebombing in Dresden

On the 75th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden and on the eve of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we celebrate women veterans. Come hear a history of women in the armed services and take part in an art exhibition and an original poetry reading by female vets. Hosted by former Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner and Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs women’s coordinator Laura McKee. Tickets on Eventbrite.

February 14

Vonnegut’s Valentines Party

Bring your favorite dance partner for a lovely evening of film and dance, starting with a screening of Long Walk to Forever, based on a Kurt Vonnegut short story, followed by a lively dance lesson with event sponsor Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Avon. Tickets on Eventbrite.

February 19 

What People Like About Hoosiers: Civic Engagement

Whether it’s Kurt Vonnegut, C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, United States Senator Richard Lugar, or many others, there is a history of Hoosiers making things better for the next generation. As Vonnegut put it, “What people like about me is Indianapolis.” Join the discussion with historian William Selm and David Willkie, a former senior staff member to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee In Washington, D.C. under Senator Lugar. Tickets on Eventbrite.

February 29

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers

Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email [email protected] org to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.

March 12

Lonesome No More – Suicide Prevention Training

Join us for our second Lonesome No More – Suicide Prevention Training of 2020. CYC-A certified youth worker and mental health advocate Madeline Zielinski and private therapist Brittney Lee will discuss how to recognize signs of distress, initiate difficult conversations, and connect with resources in our community. Admission is free. Sign up here on Eventbrite.

March 21


Calling all Vonnegutians ! Join our annual convention of Trafaldamorians at KURTCON. Bring your own Kurt collectibles to show off at this memorabiliafest. No artifact or archive is too big or too small. Show off your dog-eared first edition of Slaughterhouse-Five, your sleeve of Kurt tattoos, or a whole collection of unusual tchotchkes. Cart it all to KURTCON at the KVML from 11 am to 4 pm, where we’ll have our collection on display, as well as that of KVML historian Bill Briscoe. Or just come to take it all in. We’ll have prizes for the rarest object and more. Grab an advance admission ticket here on Eventbrite, and we’ll be in touch to make sure we’re ready to showcase your treasure.


Check back frequently, as monthly and special members-only events will continue to be added.