Slaughterhouse Five Day: A celebration of Kurt Vonnegut with Kilgore Trout the band – Saturday, February 13th
February 13, 2016 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Slaughterhouse 5 Day to honor Kurt Vonnegut’s Greatest Novel
Slaughterhouse 5 Day will be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 13th, at Zion Evangelical UCC, 603 N. Delaware Street. The gathering will feature readings from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse 5, live art making, music from the Indianapolis-based band Kilgore Trout, and Vonnegut-related improv comedy from Chicago’s Under the Gun Theater. Ticket prices are $5.00 and information can be found at Slaughterhouse5Day.org.
Kilgore Trout: The Band
Organized by Evoke Arts and Media, and held for the first time last year in 2014 and was a tremendous success! Slaughterhouse 5 day this year will be on the 71st anniversary of the massive and complete firebombing of Nazi-held Dresden, Germany by Allied forces during the waning months of World War II. Indianapolis native and now legendary author Kurt Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden during the bombing, and his experiences on that day are the basis of his most famous book, Slaughterhouse 5.
The bombing of Dresden is controversial because some believe that the destruction of the medieval era city and cultural center so late in the war was unnecessary and caused undue suffering in this city, the seventh largest in Germany. Vonnegut, himself, wrote, that he was the only person to benefit from the Dresden bombing because of Slaughter-House 5 book sales. Neo-Nazis in Germany continue to use Dresden as propaganda and confrontations between neo-Nazis and anti-fascists in Germany on the anniversary of the fire bombings have been commonplace.
Slaughter House 5 was published in 1969 and has been ranked as one of the greatest books of the 20th century. The novel, zany, humorous, and tragic, often at the same time, touches on many themes and has been called the greatest book ever written about post traumatic stress syndrome. Vonnegut passed away in 2007.
Other co-sponsors of Slaughterhouse 5 Day include The Vonnegut Memorial Library and Church of Thomas.
Evoke Arts and Media: Evoke Arts and Media organizes provocative concerts, art galleries, art-making, film screenings, community conversations, and participates in social justice community organizing. Though Evoke is is a nonreligious/secular effort, the organization often teams up with congregations to host events.
Church of Thomas is a spiritually progressive & inclusive community of thinkers, doubters & all who long to live the example of Jesus through open dialogue, activism & art. Church of Thomas is located at Zion United Church of Christ.
Vonnegut Library: The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library champions the legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut and the principles of free expression, common decency,and peaceful coexistence he advocated.
Under The Gun Theater: Under the Gun Theater’s mission is to create original theatre combining the mediums of Improvisation, Storytelling, Music and Physical Theater with a bent toward comedy. During their Improvised Kurt Vonnegut performance, the Chicago-based ensemble creates a new Vonnegut novel based off of audiences suggestions, always remembering that we are what we pretend to be…so it goes.