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Father John Misty, Oh Sees & more playing Kurt Vonnegut festival in Indiana

Kurt Vonnegut

Indiana University has announced it will be hosting Granfalloon, a new festival celebrating the life and work of author Kurt Vonnegut, which runs from May 10-12 in Bloomington, Indiana. The fest takes its name from a word Vonnegut coined in Cat’s Cradle, and is described on its official website as “a truly unique event—part symposium, part exhibit, part performance, and part music,” which retains Vonnegut’s spirit of “blending genres and challenging artistic boundaries.”

Aside from various exhibitions and talks surrounding Vonnegut’s writings, the festival will feature musical performances from Father John Misty, Oh Sees, Damien Jurado, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, Waxahatchee, Amy O, Noname, Voces Novae and Rodeola.

Passes are on sale now. The fest’s full schedule can be found below.

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Granfalloon – 2018 Schedule
-Thursday, May 10-

LILLY LIBRARY, 9am–5pm
All day: Vonnegut Collections Exhibit

-Friday, May 11-

LILLY LIBRARY, 9am–5pm
All day: Vonnegut Collections Exhibit
9–10:30am: Vonnegut the American
Kurt Vonnegut’s Starvation Papers (Isabel Planton)
Kurt Vonnegut’s Transitional Portal–Camp Atterbury, Indiana (Eric R. Waldkoetter)
How Kurt Vonnegut Ruined My Life and Lots of Other People’s: A Memoir (Michael Wilkerson)
11am–12:30pm: Vonnegut the Writer
Vonnegut and American Literature (Jonathan Elmer)
Lessons for Archivists and Public Historians in the Works of Kurt Vonnegut (Jennifer Coggins)
Vonnegut, Bradbury, and the HathiTrust, Oh My! (Tassie Gnaidy)
4–5:30pm: Keynote address
Vonnegut and National Identity (Robert Tally)

IVY TECH JOHN WALDRON ARTS CENTER, 2–4pm
2pm: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
A stage reading of the musical adaptation of the novel (produced by Cardinal Stage Company)

UPLAND BREWING CO., 4–11pm
4–5:30pm: Community booths, games, and installations
5:45pm–11pm: Music performances
Voces Novae
Rodeola
Damien Jurado
Father John Misty

-Saturday, May 12-

LILLY LIBRARY, 9am–1pm
Vonnegut Collections Exhibit

CITY HALL ATRIUM, 9am–1pm
Community booths, games, and installations

CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 9–5pm
9–10:30am, Vonnegut the Philosopher
Dialogues on Equality and Ideology: Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron as a Repudiation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem (John Phillip Baker)
Kurt Vonnegut’s Prophecy: Social Critique and Secular Humanism in Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five (Kathryn Ingegneri)
Vonnegut and the Good Life (Josh Simpson)
11am–12:30pm, Vonnegut the Scientist
Vonnegut’s Waveform (Aaron Jaffe)
Becoming-Mineral: Nuclear Winter and Geo-cidal Aesthetics in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, J.G. Ballard’s The Crystal World, and Anna Kavan’s Ice (Daniel Lukes)
Tragedy, Mutated: Time and Comic Timing in Kurt Vonnegut’s SF Comedies (Fran McDonald)
2–3pm, Vonnegut the Visionary
The Asshole and the Proto-Emoji: The Visual Artwork of Kurt Vonnegut (Caleb Weintraub)
Vonnegut and Pornography/Print Culture (Rebekah Sheldon)
3–5pm: Keynote addresses
Kurt Vonnegut, Christ-Loving Atheist (Dan Wakefield)
The Brothers Vonnegut: A Slideshow about Kurt, Bernie, and the Mad (but True) Science of Weather Control (Ginger Strand)

IVY TECH JOHN WALDRON ARTS CENTER, 6–9:30pm
6–7pm: Vonnegut, civic responsibility, and the Hoosier state
A community discussion
7:30–9:30pm: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
A stage reading of the musical adaptation of the novel (produced by Cardinal Stage Company)

RHINO’S, 6–11pm
Noname and Baths

THE BISHOP, 9:30pm–1am
Waxahatchee (solo) and Amy O

THE BLUEBIRD, 8:30pm–12am
Thee Oh Sees, Shabazz Palaces

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