SUBMITTED PHOTO The work of Gabe Von Art, who enjoys creating and selling intricate pieces of art and jewelry, will be exhibited when Funkyard Coffee Shop & Art Gallery, 1114 Prospect St. in Fountain Square, presents its first Friday program from 7-10 p.m. March 6. Most of his recent work is based on the Star Maker, a character in the children’s book he is writing. The Star Maker lives a life of solitude and every day adds to his vivid painting, which is the night sky. In addition to Von Art’s work, which will be displayed throughout March, the event will feature live music from Dere. Info: Sherry Stiver at 822-3865.
The University of Indianapolis will put a twist on a classic stage comedy when the female version of “The Odd Couple” opens Friday as the theater’s department annual dinner production.
This version of the story, which opened on Broadway in 1985, features neat-freak Florence Unger (Morgan Jackson) moving in with sloppy, outspoken Olive Madison (Justess Hurst). The guys’ poker group from the earlier version has become a weekly Trivial Pursuit match with female friends portrayed by Kristine Storms, Lizz Krull, Paeton Chavis and Elizabeth Hollbrook.
Director James Leagre said the production is a showcase for talented female students. “We looked at the demographics of our theater majors and realized that we had a variety of strong actresses, and there are not many shows that have strong female characters in the main roles.”
Performances are Feb. 20-22 and 26-28, with the buffet opening at 6:45 p.m. and the performance at 8 p.m. at Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is $24 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with identification, $26 for adults. A free performance with no dinner will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday, and admission to the show only on Feb. 26 is $6. Closing night will feature two American Sign Language interpreters. Call 788-3251 or visit www.uindy.edu/arts/ETC for tickets.