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2013 begins with special performances, MLK events, Devour Downtown

2013 begins with special performances, MLK events, Devour Downtown

Indy Downtown

January 07, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Devour Downtown Winterfest -- $30 lunch/dinner deals Jan. 21 – Feb. 3

One of Downtown Indy's favorite (and most budget-friendly!) culinary showcases returns Jan. 21 through Feb. 3, once again featuring three-course menus at many of the best restaurants in the city for $30. The chilliest part of winter is the perfect time to get out and try a new restaurant, like R Bistro or the brand new Cerulean at CityWay! For a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, visit www.devourdowntown.org/winterfest. Make it a weekend vacation and spend the night at one of the many great Downtown hotels – most are just steps away from participating Devour restaurants.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Downtown

Many Downtown attractions will host special events or offer discounted admission this year to honor and celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The evening of Jan. 20, Indiana Roof Ballroom hosts the 44th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner organized by the IUPUI Black Student Union at 6 p.m. with dialogue, networking and words from Bobby Seale, a founder of the Black Panthers Party. Madame Walker Theatre Center's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Program will feature a live stream of President Obama's Second Inauguration starting at 11 a.m., preceded by a FREE community breakfast at the Indianapolis Urban League. On Jan. 21 at IUPUI, the Campus Center hosts a Day of Service as hundreds of students and faculty volunteer at various community sites around the city. White River State Park attractions will offer FREE admission all day on Jan. 21 with non-perishable food donations, benefitting Gleaner's Food Bank. Indiana Historical Society will also be open for FREE all day. The Harlem Globetrotters come to town at 2 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – tickets start at $25. Rhythm! Discovery Center will host a special program with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. – noon. More information on Downtown MLK Day events will be available soon at www.indydt.com.

Jersey Boys, other big performances hit the stage

Guapa -- Now – Jan. 20

Phoenix Theatre, $18 - $28

Taylor Martin's Indy Magic Monthly Show -- Jan. 8

Theatre on the Square, $12 - $20

Jersey Boys -- Jan. 9 – 20

Old National Centre, $27 - $81

Hairspray in Concert -- Jan. 11

Hilbert Circle Theatre,

Jackie and Me -- Jan. 11 – Feb. 16

Indiana Repertory Theatre, $20 - $45

DanceMakersInc "Leave It On the Dance Floor" Tour -- Jan. 12 & 13

Indiana Convention Center

3rd Annual Indy Fringe Winter Magic Festival -- Jan. 18 – 20

Indiana Landmarks Center, $5 - $12

Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway, the Brill Building Project -- Jan. 19

The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, $45 - $65

Disney on Ice presents "Worlds of Fantasy" -- Jan. 23 – 27

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, $70

A Little Night Music -- Jan. 23 – Feb. 24

Indiana Repertory Theatre, $20 - $60

Next To Normal -- Jan. 24 – Feb. 24

Phoenix Theatre, $23 - $33

Old National Centre hosts big concerts throughout January including Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Jan. 12, Walk the Moon Jan. 21, Excision Jan. 25 and Ed Sheeran Jan. 26.

Pacers "Heat" up, national sports events come to town

Congratulations to the Colts on an incredible 11 – 5 season and hard-fought playoff matchup against the Ravens. Next season can't come soon enough!

The division-leading Pacers play five home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse through the end of January, including games against the Miami Heat Jan. 8 and the New York Knicks Jan. 10.

The Ice play two January home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Green Bay Gamblers on the 11th and the 13th.

Many touring sports events come through Downtown Indy in January, including the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam on Jan. 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium, featuring high-flying monster truck tricks from world-famous monster trucks and drivers. Tickets range from $40 to $150 and more than 50,000 fans are expected to attend.

The Circle of Stars Gymnastics Invitational comes to the Indiana Convention Center Jan. 11 – 13 as part of the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup Series. Junior gymnasts will compete for more than $4,000 in scholarships and cash prizes, and the competition is FREE for anyone to attend. There will likely be 15,000 gymnasts and attendees over the weekend.

See the next generation of Major League Soccer stars as the MLS Superdraft comes to the Indiana Convention Center Jan. 17, FREE to attend. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America meets at the convention center Jan. 16 – 19, bringing thousands of youth soccer coaches from around the nation together for meetings and seminars.

JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals returns to the Indiana Convention Center Jan. 18 – 20, featuring more than 400 cheer teams, making it one of the largest cheer competitions in the country. Admission is $10 and children 5 and under get in FREE. JAMfest will come to the convention center annually through 2020.

The Naptown Roller Girls take on the Cincinnati Roller Girls Jan. 26 at the Indiana Convention Center at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 if purchased online or $17 at the door with various discounts available.

Other Downtown happenings:

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. welcomes Dick's Last Resort at 111 W. Maryland St., opening Wednesday, Jan. 23. Stop in for great grub with a side of sarcasm. There's something for everyone and it's all in fun! www.dickslastresort.com

Downtown Indianapolis has an expansive up-and-coming market for local goods, particularly food and drink, and as such, farmer's markets in the summer and fall have become ever-popular outlets. But what about wintertime? The Indy Winter Farmer's Market helps to cure this one symptom of the mid-winter blues by bringing this harvest tradition to Indianapolis City Market every Saturday throughout the season from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. www.indywinterfarmersmarket.org

Rhythm! Discovery Center offers visitors the chance to learn about percussion through education, group tours and hands-on experience. Every other Saturday at 11 a.m., Rhythm! offers FREE community drum circles open to drummers of all ages and experiences. These events will sometimes include instrument-building workshops in addition to drum circles. January's events take place Jan. 12 and 26, plus a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Jan. 21. rhythmdiscoverycenter.org

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