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Hand to Hand

Purdue Memorial Mall West Lafayette, IN

Rigged like a sailing ship and sized like houses, two giant puppet hands propel this outdoor spectacle alongside a performance of propulsive progressive rock in Hand to Hand by post-industrialists Squonk Opera.

Free

Mucca Pazza

West Lafayette, IN

With blaring trumpets, slithering saxophones, clarinets, trombones, and tubas, a drumline, and a diverse collection of instruments that don’t belong anywhere in a marching band, music ensemble Mucca Pazza creates danceable tunes that defy genre.

Free

26th Annual West Lafayette Global Fest

Downtown West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN

Global Fest is back for 2021 with world cuisine, culture, dance, arts, and music. The main stage features Iraqi maqams from The Rahim AlHaj Trio, a body moving mixture of contemporary funk and Brazilian forró from Nation Beat, and a fusion of fiery Bomba with folkloric guaracha and salsa from Los Hacheros.

Free

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Slayter Center for the Performing Arts Stadium Avenue, West Lafayette

EPIC SING-ALONG!
Thursday, Sept 30, 7:30PM / The Beatles Jukebox
Friday, Oct 1, 6PM / Don't Stop Believin' in the 80s (before Homecoming Parade)
Friday, Oct 1, 9PM / I Want It That 2000s Pop Way (after Homecoming Parade)

Free

Party of the Season

PMU South Ballroom West Lafayette, IN

Join us at our special edition of the Party of the Season, in which we’ll unveil our new spring season filled with exciting Broadway musicals, dance, music, theatre, and more.

$25

Frida: Viva la Vida

Fowler Hall 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette , IN

Like a museum exhibit on screen, Frida: Viva La Vida features never-seen letters, never-heard stories and confessions, and actual items featured in Kahlo’s unmistakable masterworks.

$6 – $10

King Lear

Fowler Hall 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette , IN

In a contemporary update of Shakespeare’s gripping familial tragedy, the legendary Sir Ian McKellen delivers a masterful turn as the aging king seized by madness. 

$6 – $10

Gus Dapperton

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Student Presale / Friday, September 24 / 10am
General Public On Sale / Wednesday, September 29 / 10am
Student tickets just $15!

$15 – $20

War Horse

Fowler Hall 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette , IN

Based on the 1982 novel of the same name, War Horse is a powerful epic set during World War I.

$6 – $10

TEST Event

Elliott Hall of Music 712 3rd St., West Lafayette, IN

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$50 – $60

Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol

West Lafayette, IN

A FREE Convos gift to you for the holidays! Performed from their studio in Chicago and streamed to your home, this unique twist on the Charles Dickens classic features an original musical score, dramatic lighting, and over 100 paper puppets. Grab a hot cocoa and curl up to this new holiday classic.

Free

Joshua Redman Quartet

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Joshua Redman has forged a saxophone sound that is provocative, forward-looking, & hard-swinging. Redman’s Grammy-nominated quartet generates a tight and joyous onstage alchemy that will serve as an amazing kick-off to the 2022 Purdue Jazz Festival.

$24 – $30

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel created timeless hits like “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Now, The Simon & Garfunkel Story presents a multimedia experience with rare photos, video, and a live band performing their classic songs.

$30 – $54

Geneva Lewis

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Violinist Geneva Lewis made her professional debut at just 11 years old for the Pasadena Symphony. At Purdue, she will revel in the impressionism of Debussy’s Violin Sonata and the romantic power of Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in D minor.

$15 – $20

Canceled Dökk – CANCELLED

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Dökk, a live media performance by fuse* originally scheduled for February 3, 2022, has been cancelled due to COVID-19-related complications.

Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Returning to Purdue after her 2019 performance, banjoist Abigail Washburn will introduce us to Wu Fei, a prodigy on the Chinese guzheng. This multilingual collaboration of global folk magnifies the beauty of experiences that transcend traditions.

$20 – $26

Emmet Cohen Trio

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Live streamed to audiences in 2021, Live from Emmet’s Place provided front row seats in jazz pianist Emmet Cohen’s apartment. Now, Purdue welcomes Cohen’s Trio, along with the Live From Emmet’s Place All-Stars, for a real time, in-person performance.

$20 – $26

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Elliott Hall of Music 712 3rd St., West Lafayette, IN

Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Purdue's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

$32 – $68

TEDxPurdueU

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Modern Renaissance, presented by TEDxPurdueU in a series of 18 minute-long talks, will explore the dynamics of our social, cultural, and political world post-pandemic, and how science, art, history, and social justice will reemerge in its wake

$11 – $16
Recurring

Sonia De Los Santos

Wells Community Cultural Center 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN

Mexican singer-songwriter Sonia De Los Santos will showcase new songs from her 2021 album, Esperanza, which is Spanish for something we can always use more of - hope.

Free
Recurring

Sonia De Los Santos

Wells Community Cultural Center 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN

Mexican singer-songwriter Sonia De Los Santos will showcase new songs from her 2021 album, Esperanza, which is Spanish for something we can always use more of - hope.

Free

The Great Gatsby

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby remains a vivid account of how, in the absence of true equality, pursuing the “American dream” can lead to devastating effects. Known for their powerful immersion in classic texts, Aquila Theatre brings a relevant reimagination of this classic in which Gatsby is a man of color, setting the stage for themes of class, racism and discrimination to play vividly inside the meaning of the American Dream.

$22 – $30

Macbeth

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Aquila Theatre makes the relevance of political ambition and power-mongering surprisingly fresh with their creative vision of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This electric rendition is keenly aware that a certain sound and fury persists.

$22 – $30

Beatrice Rana

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana has earned the Silver Prize at the Van Cliburn competition, headlined Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and venues worldwide. Rana’s performance at Purdue will include four scherzos by Chopin, etudes by Debussy, and more.

$20 – $26

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Elliott Hall of Music 712 3rd St., West Lafayette, IN

Carole King penned a slew of 1960s hits, including “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for Aretha Franklin. This song and many more fuel Beautiful: The Carole King Musical that will make you “Feel the Earth Move.”

$32 – $68

Tai Verdes

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Tai Verdes, the breakout TikTok star, will perform at Purdue University as part of his HDTV Tour in support of his debut album TV, featuring “A-O-K,” “Stuck In The Middle,” “DRUGS,” more.

$15 – $20

Tabea Debus, recorder

Duncan Hall 619 Ferry St., Lafayette, IN

In an exclusive salon engagement, Tabea Debus (recorder) and Alon Sariel (lute), will present Ohrwurm, the German for “earworm.” Debus explores the 15th century origins of the recorder to present in a journey to fill your ears with music to remember.

$15 – $20

Waitress

Elliott Hall of Music 712 3rd St., West Lafayette, IN

Meet Jenna, a waitress who discovers she can create her own recipe for happiness. Waitress is the Tony®-nominated musical featuring original music by Sara Bareilles. Don’t miss the show New York Magazine called “sweet, sassy and passionate.”

$32 – $68

Silkroad presents Home Within

Loeb Playhouse 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Home Within by Silkroad melds clarinet, cello, voice, and oud with real-time imagery into an audiovisual meditation on loss, longing and the tragedy of the Syrian conflict—haunted, yet hopeful that those who still seek home will soon discover it.

$15 – $20

Jersey Boys

Elliott Hall of Music 712 3rd St., West Lafayette, IN

Don’t miss Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys—the behind the scenes true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

$32 – $68

KYLE

Elliott Hall of Music 712 3rd St., West Lafayette, IN

Dance to the Afrobeat and jùjú rhythms of Super Yamba Band. Led by African guitar virtuoso Kaleta, who has worked with Fela Kuti, Lauryn Hill, & King Sunny Ade, this party will fuel your shuffling feet and build momentum into the next Convos season!

$15 – $20

Purdue Day of Giving

Purdue Day of Giving is an annual, online-based fundraising event taking place on April 27th.

$15 – $20

Kaleta and Super Yamba Band

Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms 101 N. Grant St., West Lafayette, IN

Dance to the Afrobeat and jùjú rhythms of Super Yamba Band. Led by African guitar virtuoso Kaleta, who has worked with Fela Kuti, Lauryn Hill, & King Sunny Ade, this party will fuel your shuffling feet and build momentum into the next Convos season!

$15 – $20