This Weekend: Mar. 16-19

Amid St. Patrick’s Day frivolities, this weekend presents high school musicals, thought-provoking lectures, hikes, and more.

Berger Lecture
5-7 p.m. Mar. 16
University of Southern Indiana Performing Arts Center, 8600 University Blvd.
The 2023 Sydney Berger Lecture hosted by USI’s Art and Design Department and the College of Liberal Arts will be presented by Jamaal Barber, an artist and printmaker. Barber will discuss the complexities of Blackness and what connects people of color across time and space. This free event is open to the public.

Lizzie Velasquez: “How Do You Define Yourself?”
6-8 p.m. Mar. 16
University of Southern Indiana University Center Carter Hall, 8600 University Blvd.
Part of a week-long series of events focused on Disability Awareness Month is a presentation by global motivational speaker, YouTube personality, anti-bullying activist, and author Lizzie Velasquez. The free presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and a meet and greet.

Photo provided by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Lost in Thought, colored pencil, by Jyra Hendrix of William H. Harrison High School.

60th Annual High School Art Show Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
7 p.m. Mar. 16
Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive
Come see the longest-running celebration of high school art in the Evansville region, which will feature 744 artworks submitted by 524 students from 19 high schools in Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. Students have the chance for cash prizes. Read more about the annual art show in the March/April issue of Evansville Living magazine.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
7-9 p.m. Mar. 16-18, 2-4 p.m. Mar. 19
F.J. Reitz High School Auditorium, 350 Dreier Blvd.
This lively retelling of the Biblical tale of Joseph includes music by Andrew Lloyd Weber with lyrics by Tim Rice. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. A raffle at each performance will help Reitz’s theater department purchase costumes, sets, and props.

Run of Luck 5K
9-11 a.m. Mar. 18
Myriad Brewing Company, 101 S.E. 1st St.
If you’re feeling lucky, wear a green outfit and run 3.2 miles through Downtown Evansville. There also are opportunities to win $100 and $500 prizes with participation medals and overall and age group awards.

End-of-Winter Hike
10 a.m. Mar. 18
John James Audubon State Park, 3100 U.S. 41 North, Henderson, Kentucky
Explore a mile of trails at John James Audubon State Park to see how nature is changing ahead of spring. This event is free to attend but will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Young at Art Artists’ Reception
noon-1:30 p.m. Mar. 18
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 212 Main St.
This annual show features hundreds of artworks from regional students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The exhibit is on display through March 31. Read more in this Evansville Living story from last year’s show.

Pollinator Power Hour
1:30 p.m. Mar. 18
John James Audubon State Park Museum, 3100 U.S. 41 North, Henderson, Kentucky
Hear from park naturalist Lisa Hoffman, University of Evansville student Elyse Talley, and members of the university group “People for Pollinators” in this free event about the importance of pollinators.

Photo taken by Daniel Knight of Studio B Photography provided by Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra

Decades of Pop!
7 p.m. Mar. 18
Victory Theatre, 600 Main St.
This performance by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra combines musical genres and presents renditions of popular songs by Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Styx, Freddie Mercury, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Metallica, Pharrell Williams, and more. Tickets start at $40.

Jurassic Night
7 p.m. Mar. 18
Ford Center, 1 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
While you watch the Evansville Thunderbolts play the Birmingham, Alabama, Bulls, watch out for dinosaurs breaking loose from their cages for a quick game during this theme night. Special jerseys will be auctioned off after the end of the game. A before-game “Party in the Plaza” will start at 4 p.m. with live music by Hudsy and a $2 light beer garden.

“Music in the Irish Tradition”
3 p.m. Mar. 19
University of Southern Indiana David L. Rice Library 2nd Floor Reading Room, 8600 University Blvd.
The USI Women’s and Chamber Choirs will perform traditional Irish music with the USI Traditional Players. This free concert is presented by the USI Philip H. Hagemann Department of Performing Arts.

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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