Things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana
For the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2013
- TUE, SAT: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- MON-SUN: 15th Annual Ann Katz Festival of Books at Arthur M. Glick JCC
- FRI-SUN: 18th Annual Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis
- WED: ‘Ghoulish Garfield’ Halloween Event at Garfield Park
- TUE, SAT: College Men’s Basketball at Butler University
- THU: Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat at the State Fairgrounds
- FRI-SUN: Stewart’s Indiana Flea Market at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
- THU: Merle Haggard Live at the Carmel Palladium
- FRI: IDADA First Friday Art Tour in Downtown Indianapolis
- SAT-SUN: 6th Annual Indiana Wine Trail ‘Fall Haul’ in Southern Indiana
- THU-SAT: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Concert at Hilbert Circle Theatre
- SUN: Yogi’s Vintage Toy and Diecast Show at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds
- SUN: Disney Junior Live on Tour at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- SAT: College Football at Indiana University
- TUE: TECH N9NE Live at the Old National Centre
To see thousands of upcoming event listings in and around Indianapolis, Indiana, visit our Web site at http://aroundindy.com/.
By Tammy York
On behalf of Visit Madison
If you’re at a loss for what to do on Halloween weekend, there are plenty fun events going on in Madison, Indiana. On Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. start your weekend off right at the Village Lights Poetry Night’s open sign-up and mic night. You can read your own work or that of a favorite poet. The emcee for the event is well known Madison poet Jill Kelly Koren.
Of course, on Friday you can also take advantage of the Fourth Friday Art Jam. This celebration of the arts occurs on the sidewalks and shops of the downtown area. Whether you are seeking art, listening to music, gazing at galleries, looking around, or grabbing something good to eat there is plenty to see and do from 5-8 p.m. along Madison’s Main Street.
On Saturday, October 26 continue the fun with Live Music in the Twain Room at the Village Lights Bookstore. From 1-3 p.m. listen to Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider and his mesmerizing monthly mélange of American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on the Steinway grand.
After grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants, take the kids to the Spooky Mansion between 6-8 p.m. (only on the 26th). “Our Spooky Mansion is designed for younger children and includes the King and Queen of Halloween as well as Trick-or-Treating and a craft project the kids can do.” says Gerry Reilly, site manager for the Lanier Mansion (see photo above). The activities are all ongoing between 6-8 p.m. The admission fee is only $3 per child (1 free adult admission per child). For more information contact Gerry Reilly at 812-273-0556.
For the adults, enjoy The Annual Halloween Party from 8-11 p.m. at the Thomas Family Winery at 208 E. Second Street. Costumes aren’t required but you’ll definitely feel like the odd man out if you aren’t wearing one. For more information call 800-948-8466.
Find out more information about what events are happening in Madison by going to the Visit Madison Facebook page or http://visitmadison.org/.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: Landshark Communications, LLC.
By Bob Burchfield, Editor
One of Indiana’s largest street festivals, the Riley Festival in Greenfield, gets underway today for the 44th consecutive year, taking up portions of 12 city blocks in downtown Greenfield, Indiana, adjacent to the Courthouse Square where US Highway 40 and State Road 9 intersect.
It’s a huge festival with arts and crafts, hundreds of vendor booths, live entertainment, lots of good food and refreshments, a parade, poetry readings, pumpkin decorating, old-fashioned baseball, a quilt show, a living history encampment, the Riley Run, and lots more. The festival celebrates the birthday of the Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley.
The Riley Festival is open on Thursday 5-9 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm (to the best of my knowledge, it’s the only major street festival in Indiana that closes at 9 pm; even parish festivals across Indiana are typically open until 11 pm or midnight). Admission is free.
For more information, visit http://rileyfestival.org/, or call 317-462-2141. Here are some photos from past Riley Festivals:
By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis
The bronze sculpture work of northern Indiana artist Tuck Langland is the subject of an exhibition opening Oct. 4, 2013, at the University of Indianapolis.
Heads, Real & Imagined: Bronze Works by Tuck Langland will run through Oct. 25 in UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. A reception is scheduled 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the gallery.
Langland, a Granger resident, taught sculpture at Indianan University-South Bend for 35 years before retiring in 2008. His representational, figurative bronze works can be found in many national and international collections, public and private. He has written two books on the subject of bronze sculpture, Practical Sculpture and From Clay to Bronze, which are used as course textbooks by many institutions.
The DeHaan Center Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and admission is free. Information is available at 317-788-3253 or www.uindy.edu/arts.
By Bruce Williams
Indiana State Museum
Daring designs and unparalleled artisanship best describe the fine art furniture presented in Fearless Furniture, the first juried exhibition of its kind opening to the public on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Indiana State Museum.
Thirty benches, tables, chairs, clocks and more will be featured in this remarkable range of spirited designs by 21 juried and three invited artists all with Indiana connections.
“The show illustrates not only the immensely diverse talent associated with our state, but also the artists’ fearless approaches to making a living from something they love doing,” said Indiana State Museum Decorative Arts and Furniture Curator David Buchanan.
Fearless Furniture will feature several designs that will excite your imagination, including a very modern red aluminum concept chair titled Star Chair, designed by Indianapolis-based furniture maker Glen Fuller and Fluxus, a poplar, glass and steel table inspired by the ebb and flow of the White River by Ball State University Assistant Professor Dustin Headley.
Buchanan tapped internationally-renowned furniture designer Wendy Maruyama to jury the exhibition. As part of the judging criteria, all of the artists needed to have an Indiana connection: either as a native or current resident of the state or trained at one of Indiana’s well-known design programs. Applications were submitted from across the country with the final selection including artists from as far away as Hawaii and Maine.
Maruyama will present a lecture at the museum on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. followed by a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to the museum at 317.232.1637.