Once again we find ourselves at Hump Day, which for a ballsy subset of individuals in Our Fair City means the flexing of vocal cords and vocabulary in anticipation of Word Wednesday. (For the uninitiated, it's an open-mic session for performers of all stripes — actors, comedians, singers, poets and those whose art defies definition.) Tonight's installment will be hosted by Big Ro with music by DJ Gravity, and the flood of sound starts at 9 at Speak Easy Vape Lounge with a $5 cover for non-performers, 21 and up (2508 E. Bijou St., 581-9673, facebook.com/wordwednesdays; no red card required). — Mary Jo Meade
We defy you to find another music event tonight, anywhere, that promises "hip-hop with an old-school soul feel," "authentic heartfelt folk country songs about love, loss, hope, despair," and whatever you've got when "the blues had a baby with a big hairy demon." That's how Che Bong, Joe Johnson and Grant Sabin, respectively, describe their music, and they'll all perform downtown sometime between 6:30 and midnight at the fourth annual Indy Music Awards (#IMAs2014). Find outdoor stages on Tejon Street, indoor stages at Gasoline Alley and Cowboys, 21 acts in total (listed on p. 2 and available by texting "scene" to 77948), and no cover charge anywhere. — Kirk Woundy
First Friday gets funky between 5 and 9:30 tonight under the Colorado Avenue bridge (218 W. Colorado Ave., tiny.cc/m5i9kx) with Wonderland, billed as a "pop up community art event." The AHA Gallery hosts Joshua Williams for Wired, a metal sculpture show, while recent figure works from Modbo's Brett Andrus will hang in the Kreuser Gallery. Outside, catch everything from live music and street performances to body painting, belly dancing and a fashion show and glow-in-the-dark mural creation. Entry is free, though there's a $20 VIP tent with libations and extras. — Matthew Schniper,
In its few years of existence, the Imagination Celebration's What If ... Festival (whatif-festival.org) has kind of become this sprawling enterprise that boasts partnerships with The Color Run, the ArcAttack shows at the Pikes Peak Center, and the Indy Music Awards. But, at its heart, it's a downtown day full of learning opportunities via a hundred-plus interactive experiences delivered by artists, musicians, scientists and the like, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There's also a treasure hunt, and beer garden and all kinds of madness you can only experience by wading in, getting dirty and asking ... well, you know. — Bryce Crawford
A musician's pedigree can be pretty telling, and Eric D. Johnson's definitely checks out. As leader of the Chicago folk-rock band Fruit Bats, he released four albums on the SubPop label. He also spent four years playing keyboards for the Shins, has recorded film scores, and appeared on albums by Vetiver, Califone, and Mekons vocalist Sally Timms. You can find out how Johnson's live-looping one-man-band project, EDJ, lives up to the rest of his résumé tonight at Ivywild (1604 S. Cascade Ave., ivywildschool.com). Tickets are $10, with Dragondeer opening at 7:30. — Bill Forman
There's loads of art in the Western canon devoted to the seven deadly sins. First for didactic purposes, but also because it allowed artists to get a little raunchy and creative, often building wheels that pictured slaves of lust, gluttony and rage. Cool. But what about the seven virtues? You know, temperance, humility, kindness? Frances Carlson and Lisa Easton noticed a lack of attention given to the virtues, and question that in their new show at Coburn Gallery (inside Worner Student Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com), Sin and Salvation Reconsidered, which opens with a gallery talk at 4:30 today. Don't expect much figurative art; these works meditate on the concepts by way of abstraction and sculpture. — Edie Adelstein
Colorado State University-Pueblo has the hot ticket for this evening — green chili harvest aside. Dr. Juan Andrade is one of those people whose accomplishments you read about in school: His leadership in the Latino community has earned him recognition from both the U.S. and Mexican governments, and he's helped bring democracy to 10 countries. As CSU-P's second guest in this year's Distinguished Speakers Series, he will share his experience at 7 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom (2200 Bonforte Blvd., 719/549-2151). Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. — Griffin Swartzell
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