VonnegutFest, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is a annual festival in 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 building at 543 Indiana Ave.
- 12 pm - Grand opening with ribbon cutting
Join Kurt's daughter, Edith Vonnegut; Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett; Visit Indy President & CEO Leonard Hoops; musicians David Sasso and Katie Burke; Free Speech Ambassador Sophie Maurer; and the Board of the Vonnegut Library for our ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then enter the doors of KVML for your first glimpse.
- 1 pm - Happy Birthday Wanda June
Help us blow out the candles at KVML's new "Wanda June" exhibition, in partnership with Indianapolis Opera. Grab a slice of birthday cake with Indianapolis Opera Executive Director David Starkey and KVML Board member KimAnn Schultz.
- 2-4 pm - So It Goes Literary Journal Release Party and Readings
Don't miss this literary salon of 26 contributors, including two former Indiana Poet Laureates, reading their amazing works from the eighth issue of KVML's So It Goes Literary Journal.
- 5 pm - Unveiling of the Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room and Vonnegut’s Indianapolis Reception
Let’s give a champagne toast to Frank and Katrina Basile and discover treasures about Vonnegut's Indianapolis roots in this lovely new space, made possible by the Basiles.
- 5:30 pm - 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 a 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 pm - Grand Opening Concert
Celebrate with the stylish sounds of Indy-based all-stars The Groove 4tet, featuring Clint Breeze (drums), Nick Tucker (bass), Steven Jones (keys) and Zachary Finnegan (trumpet) playing jazz standards and originals.
- 8 pm - Prefer to Laugh
Let us put a smile on your face with the humor of master of ceremonies Jerry Wise and past award recipient Leonard Hoops. To cap off the evening, Hoops will announce the recipient of the Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award, who will show up in Indy to accept the award in 2020. As Vonnegut once said, “I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” It'll be a gas!