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The Arts & Humanities Council presents Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence on May 10-12 in Bloomington. The festival will feature music, theater and film screenings. Tribune News Service Buy Photos

Everything will be beautiful and nothing will hurt when the Arts & Humanities Council presents Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence on May 10 to 12 in Bloomington.

The three-day conference and festival will honor the life and work of author Kurt Vonnegut with film screenings, music and more.

“Granfalloon” is a term from Vonnegut’s 1963 novel “Cat’s Cradle.”

“Granfalloon (n): a group of people who come together through an affected common identity or shared purpose,” according to the event page on the Arts & Humanities Council website.

As part of the festival, Grammy Award winning artist Father John Misty will perform May 11 at Upland Brewing Company. Culture Shock 2017 headliner Noname and the rock band Oh Sees are also scheduled to perform as part of the festival’s “Clubfest” on May 12.

Each day of the festival, the Lilly Library will present pieces from its Vonnegut collection, including original manuscripts of the author’s work. 

Cardinal Stage Company will present a staged reading of the musical adaptation of Vonnegut's novel “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” on May 11 and 12 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis. His work is known for its absurdity, satire, dark humor and science fiction. His experience in the Nazi firebombing of Dresden, Germany, during World War II inspired parts of his famed 1969 novel “Slaughterhouse Five.”

The Arts & Humanities Council has an online map of places related to Vonnegut's life and influence throughout Indiana, including Bloomington and Indianapolis. 

Clark Gudas

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