By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Along with the outstanding lineup of annual 500 Festival events, Downtown will be buzzing with new exhibits, big sports action and more. Check the highlights below.
Ride on, Indy!
Downtown cyclists are ecstatic to welcome the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail beginning tomorrow, April 22. The new program consists of 250 bicycles and 25 bikeshare stationsalong the Downtown trail. Bikers can cruise through Downtown by purchasing a 24-hour pass for $8 or an annual membership for $80 with unlimited 30-minute rides during your pass or membership period. Make sure to purchase a pass and test out a bike on May 17, Bike to Work Day.
Wholesale District Beautification Day
Community members are coming together for a morning of partnership, productivity and fun as district employees participate in the seventh annual Wholesale District spring cleaning on Monday, May 5. More than 200volunteers will create a clean, pedestrian-friendly environment for the district’s sidewalks, store fronts and businesses. Tasks include sweeping the sidewalks and curbs, removing stickers, painting over graffiti and picking up litter.
Happy Hour on Georgia Street
Beginning May 9, Georgia Street’s center block will turn into a work respite every Friday from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy live music on the Boardwalk, order appetizers/drinks from Harry & Izzy’s and the Omni Severin Hotel and start their weekend off with friends at Downtown’s hometown hangout! Also on Georgia Street – FREE Workout Wednesdays from noon – 12:45 p.m. and Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Original Farmers’ Market returns May 7
Downtown’s Original Farmers’Market returns to Indianapolis City Market May 7 and every Wednesday through October. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets. Market Street will be closed each Wednesday during this time.
Spring 5Ks and runs begin
April 26: Walk MS, Military Park
April 26: Matt Breman Run 4Kids, White River State Park
April 27: Best Buddies Friendship Walk, NCAA Hall of Champions
May 3: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
May 10: Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run
May 10: March for Babies, White River State Park
May 17: The Color Run, White River State Park
May 17: Walk for Arthritis, Military Park
May 18: Indianapolis Great Strides Walk, White River State Park
May 18: Walking for Dreams Family & Pet Walk, the Canal
Major upcoming conventions and shows
April 24 – 27: National Rifle Association of America Annual Meeting, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 50,000
May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre
May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre
May 10: Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 16 – 19: Do It Best Corp, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 10,000
May 19: EDTA: Ride, Drive and Charge, Georgia Street
Big things happening in May
May promises to be a big month for Downtown Indy! Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army is coming to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis May 10. It will be the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. Take Me There: China is also opening May 10 and is one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the US. The Indianapolis Zoo will open the world’s largest International Orangutan Center Memorial weekend. A soaring 150-foot highBeacon of Hope will draw people into the Zoo while enhancing the Downtown skyline.
“Feel the Rhythm of May”
This year’s 500 Festival theme is “Feel the Rhythm of May.” The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, the largest mini marathon in the nation, takes off at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 3. The course begins at the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street.
The IPL 500 Festival Parade kicks off at noon on May 24. About 300,000 spectators from around the country will line the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades. The month-long roster of events culminates with the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Other 500 Festival events:
May 10: Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run
May 17: 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard
May 21: American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day
May 23: 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce
May 24: Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball
Catch summer fever and more Downtown sports
The Indiana Fever kicks off their season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17 against the Atlanta Dream. Also catch the Fever on May 23 against the Washington Mystics, May 29 against the Connecticut Sun and May 31 against the New York Liberty. The Indianapolis Indians’ regular season is in full-swing at Victory Field with 14 home games May 9 – 31. Catch the Weekday Game Parking Shuttle and ride for free on a shuttle that takes you to the Victory Field entrance. You can park at Lucas Oil Stadium (Gate #1, off Missouri Street) for $5.
Indy Eleven recently kicked off its season with a sold-out game at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Catch the team take the field May 10 against FC Edmonton, May 17 against Ottawa Fury FC and May 31 against San Antonio Scorpions.
Bring Mom Downtown this Mother’s Day
Downtown attractions and restaurants will make Mother’s Day extra special. Visit Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 10 and 11 and participate in a scavenger hunt, “mom-themed” keeper chats a photo station and more. On May 10 from 1 – 3 p.m., treat your mom to a special Steampunk-themed Mother’s Day tea at Morris-Butler House. Brunch with mom at one of Downtown Indy’s best restaurants: Market Table at the Alexander, the Rathskeller or Weber Grill. For more Mother’s Day events, visit: www.indydt.com/mothersday.cfm.
Big shows hit the stage Downtown
May 2 & 3: Karrin Allyson: Round Midnight, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
May 2: Tracy Morgan, Old National Centre
May 7: Nickel Creek, Old National Centre
May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre
May 9 & 10: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes In Concert, Hilbert Circle Theatre
May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre
May 10: Tegan & Sara, Old National Centre
15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
VERIFY ALL EVENT LISTINGS TO BE CERTAIN THEY WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED
- SAT: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
- SAT: Naptown Roller Girls at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
- THU: Under The Streetlamp in Concert at the Indiana University Auditorium
- FRI: Food Truck Friday on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis
- MON-TUE, SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
- SAT: Indianapolis AlleyCats Ultimate Disc League at Kuntz Stadium
- TUE-FRI: Cole Porter’s ‘Anything Goes’ at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
- WED: Crimson Express Live at the University of Indianapolis
- FRI-SUN: Shen Yun Live at Clowes Memorial Hall
- MON-SUN: ‘Butterfly Kaleidoscope’ at White River Gardens
- WED: Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis
- THU-SAT: Pete Dominick at Morty’s Comedy Joint
- SAT: 7th Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt in Carmel
- MON-SAT: Fort Wayne Tincaps Baseball at Parkview Field
- TUE: ‘The Ain’t Too Late Show’ at the IndyFringe Theatre
By Bruce Williams
Indiana State Museum
The Indiana State Museum will host a major retrospective exhibition of 60+ paintings, drawings and mixed media wall constructions by Hoosier artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000), from April 4 to October 12, 2014.
The exhibition Style, Elegance and Wit: The Art of James Spencer Russell is drawn from the Indiana State Museum permanent fine art collection and several private Indiana collectors including Steve Conant, a noted Indiana art collector. Conant will also write the forward for the exhibit catalog.
“James Spencer Russell was virtually unknown in his native state of Indiana, yet earned a national reputation with his work regularly featured in gallery and museum exhibitions in New York City and across the United States for more than 30 years,” said Curator of Fine Art Mark Ruschman. “We present an extensive assortment of both personal artifacts and artwork; chronicling Russell’s entire career. Through this exhibition, we’ll reintroduce the public to this uniquely talented and inventive Hoosier artist.”
The exhibition will feature several works that will excite the imagination, including significant works inspired by Russell’s fascination with James Joyce’s modern literary masterpiece, Finnegan’s Wake.
Programming for this exhibit will include a lecture on James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake and the historic relationship between the literary world and the visual arts. Dates for programming are still being determined.
The opening reception will take place on Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Reception ticket prices are $25 each and will be available through the museum’s ticket office. RSVP to the museum at 317-232-1637.
The exhibition is included with museum admission.
For more details on the exhibition, please call Indiana State Museum Fine Arts Curator and exhibit spokesman Mark Ruschman at 317-232-1633, or visit the museum Web site at indianamuseum.org.
By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of the Indiana Artists Club
43 artists from across the state were selected to display artwork at the Indiana Artists Club, 82nd Annual Exhibition, beginning April 6, 2014, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).
Their works are eligible for one of 20 awards, including a $3,000 award for “Best of Show.” The award winners will be announced at a free public reception on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the IMA, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.
The exhibition was juried from more than 140 entries by the Melvin and Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Dr. Charles Venable, who said, “Judging from this year’s entries, which ranged from traditional still lifes inspired by Old Master Dutch paintings to contemporary compositions whose power lies in their abstraction and powerful use of color, art is alive and well in the great state of Indiana.”
The exhibition, which is in the IMA’s Community Gallery, runs through June 8, 2014. It is free and open to the public during regular museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
“This year’s Annual Exhibition features a number of new artists not seen before in this venue,” said Pam Newell, president of the Indiana Artists Club. “The show demonstrates how active and competitive the Indiana art scene has become. We are proud to showcase the diverse styles of art of our talented members.”
The Indiana Artists Club was founded in 1917 by 46 artists and patrons of the arts including such notables as T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, Carl Graf, Wayman Adams, Simon Baus, Marie Goth, Frederick Polley, Clifton Wheeler, Randolph Coats, Carl Lieber and Alex Holiday. Today, more than 180 artists are active members. To apply to become an active member, it is necessary to have been born in Indiana or to have lived here two years, and to have been accepted into three differently sponsored exhibitions with out-of-state judges with three separate works of art.
From 1935 through 1989, the Club exhibited annually at the L.S. Ayres and Company Auditorium in downtown Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis then hosted the exhibition before it moved to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1992. This year’s exhibition features both contemporary and traditional work.
For more information, visit http://www.indianaartistsclub.org/, or call the Museum of Art at 317-923-1331.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: Gracie Communications.