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November 9, 2019
VonnegutFest/Grand Opening of the New Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
Celebrate native Hoosier Kurt Vonnegut with a day of fun and festivities.
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VonnegutFest is an annual festival in Kurt 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 the new home of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML). To celebrate, KVML is planning a whole day’s worth of events.

Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting
Join Kurt Vonnegut’s daughter Edith, Visit Indy President and CEO Leonard Hoops, historian William Selm, musicians David Sasso and Katie Burk, free speech ambassador Sophie Maurer and the KVML board for a ribbon-cutting ceremony—then enter the doors of KVML for your first glimpse.

1 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Help blow out the candles at KVML’s new Wanda June exhibition, in partnership with Indianapolis Opera—and grab a slice of birthday cake.

2–4 p.m.
So It Goes Literary Journal Release Party and Readings
Don’t miss this literary salon of contributors, including two former Indiana poets laureate reading their amazing works from the eighth issue of KVML’s So It Goes literary journal.

5 p.m.
Unveiling of the Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room
Raise a glass with Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett in a champagne toast to Frank and Katrina Basile in the museum’s Community Room, made possible by the Basiles.

5:30 p.m.
Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Unveiling of the Slaughterhouse-Five Permanent Exhibition and a Special Slaughterhouse-50 show of work by L.A. Artist Lance Miccio
Dig deeper into the history that inspired Slaughterhouse-Five with an Indiana Humanities-sponsored panel discussion featuring artist Lance Miccio, who will debut 50 paintings 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 70th anniversary of the bombing of the city. 

7 p.m.
Grand Opening Concert
Celebrate with the stylish sounds of Indianapolis-based all-stars The Groove 4tet, playing jazz standards and originals.

8 p.m.
Prefer to Laugh
Let KVML put a smile on your face with this year’s Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award winner, Scott Long. Living locally in Indianapolis and touring nationally, Long is a career standup comedian who has appeared on NBC and FOX and written Emmy-nominated sketches during his 11 seasons at the NFL on FOX. Warming up the crowd will be CFO of Newfields Jerry Wise and Visit Indy President and CEO Leonard Hoops (a past award recipient). As Vonnegut once said, “I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” KVML promises that it will be a gas!

For more information, contact the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library at info@vonnegutlibrary.org or 317.652.1954.

The Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day/Slaughterhouse-Five panel discussion received support from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.

Event Info
November 9, 2019, 12:00pm - 10:00pm