“If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis,” Kurt Vonnegut once joked, “I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.” On the 10-year anniversary of the author’s death, Indianapolis is showing what it likes about him. Here's how to celebrate the Year of Vonnegut:
Sip a Cocktail One of Indy’s hottest restaurants, Bluebeard (named for the 1987 novel), is offering a Vonnegut-inspired craft cocktail through March. Breakfast of Champions comes in a glass rimmed with crushed Wheaties and tastes like a kicked-up version of the milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl. (It’s a clever nod to a cocktail waitress’s nickname for martinis in Vonnegut’s 1973 novel by the same name.) Sites citywide are serving up their own liquid tributes (visitindy.com).
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Ponder His Work The city will celebrate Vonnegut’s talent all year long with book discussions, gallery shows of his artwork and movie and documentary screenings. In April, the expanded Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library will open in the bustling Mass Ave cultural district, giving visitors the opportunity to hunch over the same typewriter model Vonnegut used—alas, his is under glass (vonnegutlibrary.org).