Kurt Vonnegut Museum to offer a little something different for Valentine’s Day

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The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Memorial Library, 543 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana, has a Valentine’s Day event scheduled that seems one part romance and one part literary culture.

Vonnegut’s Valentine’s Dance will take place Friday, February 14, 2020. The event is scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite dance partner for an evening of dance and film.

The evening will begin with a screening of the film “A Long Walk to Forever,” based on one of Vonnegut’s short stories. Then, the dance portion of the evening begins with a lesson given by representatives of Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Avon, Indiana. Arthur Murray of Avon are sponsors of the event.

About the Kurt Vonnegut Museum

In the Kurt Vonnegut Museum’s ten-year history, it has been known by a few names, both officially and unofficially: The Vonnegut, the Vonnegut Museum and Library, the Vonnegut Museum, etc. But what remains constant about the organization is its commitment to the life and ideals of the late Indianapolis native and world-renown writer, Kurt Vonnegut.

The space has all of the typical museum trappings, plus more. There is a gift shop with a plethora of Vonnegut’s work. Panoramic renderings of Vonnegut’s image and words span some of the walls. Esoteric artifacts of the late writer’s life, such as his typewriter, are also on display. In short, every aspect of the museum teaches visitors about the life of Vonnegut and what he aimed to do to better the community and world in which he lived.

A World War II veteran, Vonnegut conceived of the idea of what is most likely his most famous novel, “Slaughterhouse Five,” after his war experience – – though it took years of writing other works and being distanced from his time as a prisoner of war in Germany. He and others had been held in a slaughterhouse. The rest is literary history.

Why the Kurt Vonnegut Museum matters

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum matters because there seems to be a need to champion the arts, especially the literary arts, in Indiana. Further, as Vonnegut was an Indianapolis native, whose writing affected people around the globe, his work and concepts are worth curating and discussing.

Having a dance at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum seems unlikely on the surface, but it adds to the list of off the beaten path events that will make attendees’ Valentine’s Day anything but ordinary.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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