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The Cabaret at The Columbia Club Winter/Spring Season

December 9, 2013 Leave a comment
The Columbia Club on Monument Circle

The Columbia Club on Monument Circle. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Mackenzie Travers
The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
http://thecabaret.org/
“The Cabaret is thrilled to be celebrating its 5th Anniversary,” said Shannon Forsell, The Cabaret’s Executive Director.  “This season we are celebrating with a cocktail of cabaret created for even the most discerning of cabaret connoisseurs; a mixture of classic and contemporary, high-brow and low-brow, European and American with a splash of Broadway, popular music and Jazz.”
The Cabaret’s 2014 Winter/Spring Season kicks off with Broadway and SMASH diva, Megan Hilty, performing her one-woman cabaret in her first visit to Indianapolis.
The lineup will also feature the vampy and sexy international cabaret sensation Meow Meow and her     purr-fectly unique one-woman show.  Three of Broadway’s elite will grace the Cabaret stage including the audience’s #1 favorite cabaret performer, Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 9 To 5: The Musical), Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Into the Woods, Swing); and Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Hairspray, Dreamgirls) in a tribute to Jackie Wilson. The Cabaret’s new series, “Jazz at The Cabaret,” presented by Morris Machine Co., Inc. and Chris Morris will feature a variety of Jazz artists including the gypsy jazz singer, Cyrille Aimée; multiple Grammy nominated Karrin Allyson and the smooth and cool, James Tormé. Topping off the season is critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Susan Werner.
“Glitzy and glamorous, and sometimes a little risqué,” says Forsell, “The Cabaret offers unforgettable nights of music, satire, comedy, and story-telling; all with captivating, world-class performers, up-close and personal.”
“The Lounge,” a free club for audience members under age 35, continues to grow, still offering 20% ticket discounts and exclusive access to last-minute ticket specials.  Membership can be obtained online or via the box office.
 
2014 tickets go on sale on today, Monday, December 9, 2013.  All performances are open to the public. For tickets call 317-275-1169, or order online at www.TheCabaret.org. Subscription packages are available.
The Cabaret is located in The Columbia Club at 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For more information and video clips of performers, visit The Cabaret’s Web site at www.TheCabaret.org.
AN EVENING WITH MEGAN HILTY
Presented by The Lacy Foundation
January 18, 2014, 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM

BELTING BLONDE BOMBSHELL
The Cabaret’s Fifth Anniversary Season is sure to be a SMASH with Broadway and television star, Megan Hilty!  Megan will wow with an evening of Broadway showstoppers, along with selections from her brand new album It Happens all the Time.  On stage, Hilty starred in Broadway’s Wicked and 9 To 5: The Musical, as well as City Center Encores! Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Audiences also know her as Marilyn Monroe/Ivy Lynn on NBC’s SMASH, which earned her a Grammy nomination for “Let Me Be Your Star.”  Hilty can currently be seen alongside Sean Hayes in NBC’s Sean Saves the World.
Price: $65, $75, $86, $95
 
CHESTER GREGORY: THE EVE OF JACKIE, A TRIBUTE TO JACKIE WILSON
February 14 & 15, 2014, 8:00 PM
r&B Crusader lifTS you “higher & higher”
The Cabaret celebrates Black History Month with Broadway star Chester Gregory in his award-winning show The Eve of Jackie.  Gregory reveals the sometimes tragic side of the man who recorded over 50 hit singles from 1957-1975 from “Lonely Teardrops” to “(Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me) Higher and Higher” and inspired generations of entertainers from Elvis Presley to Al Green to Michael Jackson.  Gregory’s Broadway credits include Sister Act, Hairspray, and Dreamgirls, to name a few.  Other credits include The Jackie Wilson Story, Hairspray the Movie and performing for Michael Jackson.
 
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55
 
STEPHANIE J. BLOCK: THIS PLACE I KNOW
March 7 & 8, 2014, 8:00 PM
VOTED BY THE AUDIENCE AS THEIR  #1 FAVORITE SHOW OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS!
Tony nominated, Stephanie J. Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre.  She stared on Broadway in Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, 9 To 5: The Musical, The Pirate Queen and The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). Most recently, Stephanie stared in the Off-Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine based off of the Oscar-nominated film. Stephanie is sure to “wow” with songs from her vast Broadway career as well as from her solo album, This Place I Know.
 
Price: $35, $45, $55, $65

TIERNEY SUTTON: AFTER BLUE, THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT, FEATURING MARK SUMMER AND SERGE MERLAUD
Presented by Peter Fulgenzi
March 19, 2014, 8:00 PM
 
JONI MITCHELL REIMAGINED
In her most daring and revealing project to date, five-time Grammy nominee, Tierney Sutton, pays homage to the revered pop singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.  Sutton puts her unique stamp on Joni Mitchell tunes going back to “Both Sides Now” and “Big Yellow Taxi” to more recent numbers like “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines,” “Be Cool,” and “Don’t Go to Strangers.”
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55
 
 
MEOW MEOW: FELINE INTIMATE
Presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll
April 11 & 12, 2014, 8:00 PM
a lesson in performance art exotica
The bustier-clad, vampy, sexy and slightly deranged chanteuse “drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century” (Time Out NY).  Her purr-fectly unique, post-post-modern brand of kamikaze cabaret has hypnotized, inspired and terrified audiences worldwide.  Expect nothing less than sequins and satire; witty wicked Weimar; 60’s French pop; Brel, Brecht and Kitt; mayhem and magnificence.
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55
 
 
CYRILL AIMÉE
April 23, 2014, 8:00 PM
A MODERN SERVING OF GYPSY JAZZ
Internationally renowned, Cyrille’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius.  Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies.  Born in Fontainebleau, France, Aimée’s introduction to jazz was the result of the fortuitous location of her upbringing in Samois-sur-Seine, where the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt once lived.  At the young age of 27, Aimée has already released five CDs internationally, was winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition and a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition.
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55
                     
 
KARRIN ALLYSON: ROUND MIDNIGHT
Presented by Morris Machine Co., Inc. & Chris Morris
May 2 & 3, 2014, 8:00 PM
A SMOKY AFTERGLOW AFFAIR
After a dozen releases on Concord Jazz over the course of two decades, and three Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album along the way, the versatile vocalist/pianist still believes that the emotional connection that takes place in a small, quiet club during the late hours is one of the best parts of the jazz experience.  Explore the warmth and depth of an artist who engages with a range of music from Gershwin and Porter to Duke and Thelonious.  The evening will feature songs from Karrin’s vast career as well as from her newest release, Round Midnight.
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55
 
JAMES TORMÉ: LOVE FOR SALE
Presented by Morris Machine Co., Inc. & Chris Morris
May 16, 2014, 8:00 PM
NOT YOUR MAMA’S TORMÉ
The Cabaret celebrates Jazz History month with the son of the legendary entertainer Mel Tormé.  James Tormé brings classic jazz to a new generation, infusing older classics with contemporary influences, and haunting newer songs with his timeless throwback renditions.  Having grown up hanging out with jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, and more, it is no surprise that his debut jazz album Love For Sale reached #2 on iTunes Jazz and #3 on Amazon Jazz.  Come find out why Jazz FM says, “If you get a chance to see James Tormé you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket.” 
Price: $25, $35, $45, $55
                                                                                                                                              
 
LAURA BENANTI: IN CONSTANT SEARCH OF THE RIGHT KIND OF ATTENTION
June 6 & 7, 2014, 8:00 PM
QUIRKY STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN
Celebrating the release of her brand new CD, Live at 54 Below, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, bares all in an evening filled with amusing stories, mesmerizing melodies and a dab of self-deprecating humor. This kooky and sexy Broadway and TV star will feature an eclectic range of music from the Great American Songbook to popular songs of today.
Price: $35, $45, $55, $65
                                                                                                                                              
 
SUSAN WERNER
June 27, 2014, 8:00 PM

THE QUINTESSENTIAL STORYTELLER

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Susan Werner and her music defy category.  She has cultivated a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter who boldly endeavors to weave old with new to create altogether new genres of music.  She has recorded sixteen albums with projects ranging from jazz to country, and even gospel.  With her grace, wit, and pure genius in capturing the human experience in music, Werner delivers it all.
Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $55

Eden Espinosa at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, Aug. 2-3

July 24, 2013 Leave a comment
The Columbia Club on Monument Circle

The Columbia Club on Monument Circle. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Press Release
The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
http://www.thecabaret.org/

Eden Espinosa appears live at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, on Aug. 2-3, 3013.

One of the most exciting voices of her generation, Espinosa has wowed audiences in Broadway’s WickedRent and Brooklyn.  Now, in her new solo show, Eden takes on modern Broadway hits from AidaRent and Wicked along with a few of her signature re-imaginings of popular songs by Joni MitchellEva CassidySiaCyndi Lauper and more.

Eden made her solo concert debut in Los Angeles with her show Me in December 2008.  She then took the show to New York where she performed to four sold out audiences at Joe’s Pub in March 2009.  On July 24, 2009, she brought the show back to Los Angeles and performed to a sold out audience at the Ford Amphitheatre with special guest, Grammy Award-winning artist, Paula Cole.  In 2010, her show From Eden With Love was performed to sold out crowds in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

There are two performances scheduled here in Indianapolis: Aug. 2-3, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM each night. Tickets are $35, $45, or $55, and there is a $12 food or beverage minimum per person. For more information, visit http://www.thecabaret.org/, or call 317-275-1169.

April Events in Downtown Indianapolis

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Monument Circle at dusk

Monument Circle at dusk. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Warm spring weather is finally in the forecast – so how will you celebrate? How about with a brewery bike ride from Sun King to Victory Field for the Indianapolis Indians’ season opener? Or jogging in the Susan G. Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure? Bring the kids to Earth Day Indiana Festival to learn about fun ways to protect Mother Earth before walking over to the 500 Festival “Rev Your Engines Concert” with Gavin DeGraw and Jon McLaughlin. Or maybe just grab a pint from the outdoor cafes on the Georgia Street Boardwalk before heading to watch the Pacers, who just clinched their third consecutive NBA playoff spot. Whether you’re headed Downtown for a weekend with the family or just looking for after-work fun with friends, there is a lot to do and see Downtown this month.

Spring sports

The Indianapolis Indians open their season at home April 4 against the Columbus Clippers at 7 p.m. – if the outside temperature is below 60 degrees by the start of the game, every person in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to another Indians game of their choosing! Head to Sun King Brewery at 4 p.m. and Bike to the Ballpark with Mayor Ballard, INDYCOG and NUVO. Grab a Victory Lager, Sun King’s custom Indians brew, and enjoy some grub from Nacho Mama and Groovy Guys Fries food trucks.

The Pacers clinched a spot in the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive season and wrap up their regular season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse April 17 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers also face the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers April 5, 9 and 12. Register for 2013 playoff tickets now through April 9.

The Indiana Ice wrap up their regular season with four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 6, 7, 13 and 14. The first 500 fans at the April 6 game will receive an Ice water bottle, the April 7 game a Hardee’s Chill Girl calendar and the first 1,000 fans at the April 13 game will take home a team photo.

See the Naptown Roller Girls in action April 5 against the Detroit Derby Girls at the Indiana Convention Center and April 27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Run around!

Take off on one of the many Downtown run/walks in April, including the Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday April 20. The run, for both competitive and non-competitive participants, begins at Military Park and also offers warm-up Zumba, a Kids’ Dash and more. For the first time ever, Mass Ave will be turned pink for the race starting April 19. The IUPUI Student Foundation is hosting a life-sized game of Candy Land at IUPUI’s Carrol Stadium from noon to 3 p.m. April 20.

Here are some other Downtown run/walks throughout April:

April 6:   500 Festival Training Series 15K at the NCAA Hall of Champions

April 13: Rock the Relay at White River State Park

April 13: Strip ‘N Run at Scotty’s Brewhouse

April 25: FDIC Courage and Valor 5K at White River State Park

April 27: Walk MS Indianapolis at Military Park

April 28: Best Buddies Run/Walk at Indiana State Museum

Find up-to-date information on road closures and lane restrictions at www.indydt.com/streetclosings.cfm.

An artful April

The provocative, social rights-centric work of famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei comes to the Indianapolis Museum of Art April 5 with the opening of Ai Weiwei: According to What? The exhibition features more than 30 works spanning longer than 20 years of Ai’s career, exploring universal topics of culture, history, politics and tradition. Informational iPads will be available around the gallery offering interactive information about the artist. Admission to this special exhibit is $12 for adults, $6 for children 7 – 17 and FREE for IMA members and kids under 6. An opening reception and talk will take place April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

As the weather warms, the IMA hosts special outdoor activities throughout April like the Perennial Premiere on April 6, Art in the Park: Spring Up! on Saturdays in April and the Garden Club Flower Show April 27. View the online calendar here.

Special exhibits open on the evening of April 5 for First Friday include “Contents Have Shifted” at the Harrison Center for the Arts, a “First Look” show at the Stutz Artist Association and an Indy Jazz Fest High School All-Stars performance at Indy Reads books. The Stutz Artist Association hosts the 20th Annual Raymond James Stutz Arists Open House April 26 and 27, displaying the works of 70 local artists available for purchase.

Big performances coming Downtown

On April 27, the 500 Festival “Rev Your Engines Concert” returns to Monument Circle featuring Gavin DeGraw and Indiana-native Jon McLaughlin. The concert is FREE and begins at 8 p.m. Other major Downtown performances in April include:

April 4 – May 5
Clybourne Park at Phoenix Theatre

April 5 – 27
Blackpool & Parrish at Theatre on the Square

April 6
Joe Rogan at Old National Centre

April 10 – May 12
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Indiana Repertory Theatre

April 14
Keyshia Cole at Old National Centre

April 18
Celtic Woman at Old National Centre

April 19 – 20
Finals of the APA Classical Fellowship Awards at Hilbert Circle Theatre

April 21
Indianapolis School of Ballet performance at Indianapolis Arsgarden

April 26
Taylor Swift “The Red Tour” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

April 29
The Flaming Lips at Old National Centre

Notable events and conventions

April 5 – 6             Just Give Me Jesus

Indiana Convention Center; Fri. 7 – 9 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; FREE
This event is designed to be a life-changing revival for women. Registration is not required.

April 12                Clustertruck

Georgia Street, west block; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE
Food trucks will line up on the west block of Georgia Street along the boardwalk during lunch.

April 18                Jalen Rose – Economic Club of Indiana Luncheon

Indiana Convention Center; noon – 1:30 p.m.; $35 ($30 members)
This month’s luncheon, the Economic Club of Indiana hosts Jalen Rose, former Indiana Pacer and founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

April 22 – 27           Fire Department Instructors Conference

Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium
FDIC is the premier conference and exhibition for the fire industry bringing 28,000 attendees to the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Many events will take place throughout Downtown during the conference.

April 27                Earth Day Indiana Festival

White River State Park; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE
Celebrate Mother Earth in a special way this year with live music, kids activities, great food and 140 special environmental exhibits. Kids will have the chance to build their own bird feeder, see wild animals, plant seeds and more.

April 27                 Rollin’ with Dean

Indiana State Museum; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE with museum admission
Dust the winter off your motorcycle and join other enthusiasts at the Museum to enjoy live music and family-friendly activities, including a James Dean look-a-like contest!

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.

Bob Dylan Interpreter at The Cabaret, Mar. 9

March 6, 2013 Leave a comment
The Columbia Club on Monument Circle

The Columbia Club on Monument Circle.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Press Release
The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
http://www.thecabaret.org/

Barb Jungr is scheduled to appear at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club on Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013, at 8 p.m., presenting “The Man in the Long Black Coat: A Tribute to Bob Dylan.”

With fresh and insightful interpretations, international cabaret star Barb Jungr breathes new life into the music of Bob Dylan.  Hailed by critics, the show has been called “revelatory” by the NY Post and “cosmic” by The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times praised the performance saying it “landed with an explosion.” In 2011, Jungr received NY Nightlife’s Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best International Artist, and Time Out NY’s #1 Top Live Cabaret Act for 2011.

Tickets are $35, $45, and $55. For more information, visit http://www.thecabaret.org/, or call 317-371-8536.

March Events in Downtown Indianapolis

March 2, 2013 Leave a comment
At last year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Indianapolis

At last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Indianapolis.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

St. Patrick’s Day: Blarney Bash on Georgia Street, Shamrock Run and more

Downtown Indy will host a new St. Patty’s Day event this year, with live music, green beer and great food – all outside on the Georgia Street boardwalk. Blarney Bash presented by Killian’s is Saturday, March 16 from noon to midnight. Local bands My Yellow Rickshaw and Flatbed Twitch will perform on a stage set up on Pennsylvania Street in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Beer tents will be selling green beer on the Georgia Street boardwalk, and food will be available from the bars and restaurants including The Pub Indianapolis, Kilroy’s, The Tilted Kilt, Hooters and more.  This is a 21+ only event. For more information, visit www.indydt.com/blarneybash.cfm.

The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal takes place Thursday, March 14 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Stardust Terrace outside the Indiana Historical Society with live music, prize drawings and FREE hors d’oeuvres. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Friday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the Downtown parade route. The Parade Festival will be held on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music, food, beer and a family tent with kids area. On March 16, the 22nd annual Shamrock Run/Walk takes off from Monument Circle at 10 a.m., followed by Shamrockin’ the Circle with live music, local beer sales, food and more. All of these events, with the exception of Shamrock Run/Walk registration, are FREE and open to all ages. Visit www.indystpats.com for more.

Big sports action

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional will be at Lucas Oil Stadium March 29 and 31 this year, one of four national locations for these “Sweet 16” and “Elite 8” games. The regionals were last in Indianapolis in 2009. The three games this weekend will bring thousands of college basketball fans from around the country to Downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are available now.

The IHSAA State Basketball Finals take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse once again this year – the girls play on March 2 and boys play March 23. Championship games for all four classes of high school basketball, A through 4A, will compete throughout the day starting at 10:30 a.m. for both boys and girls. High-speed dirt bike racing will be at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 16 at 7 p.m. as the Monster Energy Supercross comes to town – tickets start at just $15. NCAA swimming and diving championships come to the IU Natatorium this month on two different weekends: women’s March 21 – 23 and men’s March 28 – 30. The Naptown Roller Girls face off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse March 10, and WWE Raw comes to the Fieldhouse March 11. The Nike Mideast Qualifier brings several volleyball tournaments to the Indiana Convention Center March 22 – 24 for thousands of athletes 18 and younger.

The Pacers, led by first-time all-star Paul George, play seven home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in March, including crucial matchups against the Chicago Bulls March 3, Los Angeles Lakers March 15 and Atlanta Hawks March 25. The Pacers’ final regular season home game will be April 17 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Indiana Ice play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month on March 2, 8, 9 and 16, and two games at Pan Am Plaza on March 1 and 15. The March 2 game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks will be the 19th annual Pack the House for Charity game. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to various Central Indiana charities.

See what’s hitting the stage

Feb. 26 – March 3
Sister Act at Old National Centre

Feb. 28 – March 31
The Lyons at Phoenix Theatre

March 1 – 2
Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony at Hilbert Circle Theatre

March 2
Gaslight Anthem at Old National Centre

Indiana Bandstand at Indiana State Museum

Punch and Judy at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio

March 3
Hot Jazz for Cool Kids! at the Central Library

March 5 – 24
The Whipping Man at Indiana Repertory Theatre

March 7
David Crowder at Old National Centre

Happy Hour at The Symphony at Hilbert Circle Theatre

March 8
Indigo Girls at Old National Centre

March 8 – 9
Barb Jungr Tribute to Bob Dylan at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club

March 9
French Montana at Old National Centre

March 12
Lindsey Stirling at Old National Centre

March 14 – 24
Dance Kaleidoscope: Piaf Plus at Indiana Repertory Theatre

March 15 – 17
The Music of Abba starring Rajaton at Hilbert Circle Theatre

March 20
Chevelle at Old National Centre

Side by Side at Hilbert Circle Theatre

March 22
Bill Burr at Old National Centre

La Vie, L’Amour: Cabaret Fundraiser for Dance Kaleidoscope at Indiana Repertory Theatre

March 22 – 23
Beethoven’s Fifth at Hilbert Circle Theatre

March 22 – 24
Sesame Street Live at Old National Centre

March 23
Saw Doctors at Old National Centre

Scott Weiland at Old National Centre

March 26
Monterey Jazz Festival at Madame Walker Theatre Center

March 27 – 28
Meow Meow: Feline Intimate at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club

March 28 – April 28
The Sleeping Beauty at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio

Visit www.indydt.com/eventsearch.cfm to find more Downtown concerts and performances.

Warmer weather brings back run/walks!

No, it’s not quite summer, but March is about the time to dust off the running shoes and take part in some of the great run/walks for great causes Downtown! The 500 Festival Training Series 10K, the second training series run, takes off March 9 at 8 a.m. in front of the NCAA Hall of Champions. Those interested in running in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 4 still have time to register online! Two other events “run” on March 9: the Fight for Air Climb at the Regions Tower supporting the American Lung Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The 22nd annual Shamrock Run is on March 16, starting and finishing at Monument Circle – see above for more information on St. Patrick’s Day events Downtown. March 30, the Bunny Rock 5K and Egg Hunt takes place at White River State Park, complete with a live petting zoo, 80s rock music, bunny ears and more.

Downtown exhibits: famous guitars, return of the butterflies

Ancient axes will be at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art – but not the axes you may be thinking of. Guitars! Roundups to Rockers opens March 9 and features more than 100 guitars owned by legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Buddy Holly, Les Paul and more. These guitars have never been displayed together like this before, and likely never will be again!

One of the all-time favorite exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo will return March 22 – Butterfly Kaleidoscope inside The Hilbert Conservatory at the White River Gardens. Walk amongst the 40 species of butterflies and learn about their metamorphosis.

And don’t forget about The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family at the Indiana State Museum, open now through Aug. 4, and the many wonderful exhibits currently at the Indianapolis Museum of Art including Graphite and the prints of Gabor Peterdi. And as always, IDADA First Friday will present a fantastic array of FREE evening gallery openings on March 1.

March conventions will bring thousands Downtown

March 1 – 4
Simply Youth Ministry Conference
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 3,000

March 5 – 8
49th Annual NTEA Convention and The Work Truck Show
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 11,000

March 14 – 16
Music for All “National Festival presented by Yamaha”
Various locations – est. attendance 3,500

March 17 – 20
The Higher Education User Group “Alliance 2013”
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 4,000

March 27 – 31
National Society of Black Engineers
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 10,000