VonnegutFest is November 9, 2019!
VonnegutFest, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is a annual festival in Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis that champions the power of the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society. This year’s event coincides with the Grand Opening of our new building at 543 Indiana Avenue. We are so excited to welcome you to our new home! Get tickets here!
Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting
KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | Noon
Join Kurt’s daughter, Edith Vonnegut; Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett; Visit Indy President & CEO Leonard Hoops; musicians David Sasso and Katie Burke; Free Speech Ambassador Sophie Maurer; and the Board of the Vonnegut Library for our ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then enter the doors of KVML for your first glimpse.
Happy Birthday Wanda June
KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 1 p.m.
Help us blow out the candles at KVML’s new “Wanda June” exhibition, in partnership with Indianapolis Opera — and grab a slice of birthday cake with Indianapolis Opera Executive Director David Starkey and KVML Board member Kimann Schultz.
So It Goes Literary Journal Release Party and Readings
KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue| 2-4 p.m.
Don’t miss this literary salon of 26 contributors, including two former Indiana Poet Laureates, reading their amazing works from the eighth issue of KVML’s So It Goes Literary Journal.
Unveiling of the Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room and Vonnegut’s Indianapolis Reception
KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 5 p.m.
Let’s give a champagne toast to Frank and Katrina Basile and discover treasures about Vonnegut’s Indianapolis roots in this lovely new space, made possible by the Basiles.
Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day – Unveiling of the Slaughterhouse-Five Permanent Exhibition AND Art Exhibition of Slaughterhouse-50 by L.A. Artist Lance Miccio with Panel Discussion
KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 5:30 p.m.
Dig deeper into the history that inspired Slaughterhouse-Five with a panel discussion featuring artist Lance Miccio, who will debut 50 pieces based on Slaughterhouse-Five; Brian Welke, author of a forthcoming book on Vonnegut’s 423rd Infantry Regiment and an associate member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; and environmental artist Stuart Williams, whose public exhibition “Breath of Life/Dresden” at the Dresden Cathedral marked the anniversary of the bombing of the city.
Also, our Kickstarter campaign to finish creating the exhibits and implement the planned programs around the book’s themes started OCTOBER 14. Make history by adding your name to this exhibit. Check our our latest video, and donate today. The clock just started ticking. Honor the 50th anniversary of the book and Vonnegut with your support.
Grand Opening Concert
KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate with the stylish sounds of Indy-based all-stars The Groove 4tet, featuring Clint Breeze (drums), Nick Tucker (bass), Steven Jones (keys) and Zachary Finnegan (trumpet) playing jazz standards and originals.
Prefer to Laugh
KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 8:00 p.m.
Let us put a smile on your face with the humor of master of ceremonies Jerry Wise and past award recipient Leonard Hoops. To cap off the evening, Hoops will announce the recipient of the Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award, who will show up in Indy to accept the award in 2020. As Vonnegut once said, “I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” It’ll be a gas!