Weekender: Nov. 17-18

NuLu Holiday Open House

Saturday, Nov. 17

East Market Street
eastmarketdistrict.com
Free; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Every year my brother makes a mad dash to the mall on Dec. 24 to embark on a frenzied shopping spree for friends and family. I suspect this endeavor is shortening his lifespan, so Pete, this one’s for you: The East Market District is hosting a holiday open house, wherein local shops and restaurants will offer sales and extended hours. Retail discounts range from 10-50-percent off select merchandise, with local food and drink purveyors — including Garage Bar, Against the Grain, Taco Punk and Mayan Café — offering deals when you show a receipt from a NuLu retailer. Stores will provide complimentary refreshments, and students from nearby Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School will entertain along East Market throughout the day, making this shopping experience all the merrier. —Sarah Kelley

 

DJ Funk vs. DJ Assault

Saturday, Nov. 17

Diamond Pub
630 Barret Ave.
diamondpubandbilliards.com
$15; 10 p.m.

This historic collision of DJ sets from both DJ Funk and DJ Assault is an early Christmas present for anyone who likes to dance, likes it nasty, and also likes to have a good laugh while doing all of the above. The grooves laid down in mixes like Assault’s latest release, Fast & Nasty Vol. 2, are slick, futuristic and roller rink-ready, like Girl Talk landing in Detroit during the filming of “Tron” and running into Blowfly and Luther Campbell chatting up Giorgio Moroder at the snack bar. The 15-year legend of booty bass (aka “ass ’n’ titties” music) faces off with DJ Funk, the Chicago vet — more “ghetto house” than Assault’s “ghetto tech” — whose new EP, Work Dat Body, features the hit “Fuck Dat Ass.” —Peter Berkowitz

 

IUS Orchestra

Sunday, Nov. 18

IUS Ogle Center
4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany
ius.edu/music
$8 ($5 students); 3 p.m.

Tenor Aaron Lundy and soprano Amanda Boyd appear with the Indiana University Southeast Orchestra Sunday afternoon at the Ogle Center on the IUS campus. The program includes the heartbreaking duet “Parigi, O Cara” (“Far from Gay Paris”), from the last act of Verdi’s “La Traviata” — with Violetta finally reunited with Alfredo, then dying in his arms. This is one of those perfect opportunities to utilize YouTube to bone up on the music in advance of the concert (YouTube “la traviata parigi o cara”). Select, perhaps, a performance by current operatic stars Anna Natrebko and Rolando Villazon. Lundy and Boyd, faculty members at IUS, also sing solo works by Celia and Puccini, and the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.” Joanna Goldstein conducts. —Bill Doolittle

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