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Things to do in Indianapolis, July 14-20, 2014

July 13, 2014 Leave a comment
UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall, July 15-20.
Photo provided by the circus and used with written permission.

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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. MON-SUN: 44th Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. THU-SAT: 77th Annual Mid-Summer Festival at St. Christopher Parish in Speedway
  3. SAT: Inaugural ‘Tenderloin Throwdown’ Competition in Greensburg
  4. SAT: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
  5. FRI: Indiana Black Expo Music Heritage Festival I at American Legion Mall
  6. MON-SAT: Johnson County 4-H Fair in Franklin
  7. MON-SAT: 46th Annual Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne
  8. TUE-SUN: UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall
  9. THU: 26th Annual WTHR Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Convention Center
  10. SAT: 19th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival in Broad Ripple
  11. TUE, THU: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  12. MON-SAT: Circus City Festival in Peru
  13. MON-SAT: Hendricks County 4-H Fair in Danville
  14. SAT: Anthony Hamilton in Concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. WED: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Live at Holliday Park

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UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall, July 15-20

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment
UniverSoul Circus Firedance

UniverSoul Circus Firedance.
Photo provided by UniverSoul Circus and used with written permission.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
UniverSoul Circus
http://www.universoulcircus.com/

In 2014, UniverSoul Circus celebrates a major milestone – 20 unforgettable years of its unique brand of family friendly entertainment featuring a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top.  Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus redefined the center ring with an amazing combination of fun-filled, high-energy with an urban vibe, distinctive artistry, and audience interaction.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the UniverSoul Circus returns to the circle city Tuesday July 15 thru Sunday, July 20 at Lafayette Square Mall located at 3919 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis IN 46254. Tickets, starting as low as $16, are on sale now via www.Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-345-7000.

UniverSoul Circus has partnered with the Indiana Black Expo to offer Hoosiers a “Two Events, One Price” discount ticket.  For $20.00, the ticket is good for admission to the Indiana Black Expo at the Convention Center and the UniverSoul Circus at the Lafayette Square Mall.  UniverSoul Circus “Two Events, One Price “ tickets are available at the Indiana Black Expo office located at 3145 North Meridian Street.

Circus goers in Indianapolis will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. As has become tradition throughout its 20 year history, UniverSoul Circus has virtually circled the globe to find the best and most unique talent to showcase under the big top. “Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus started as a dream,” said CEO and Founder Cedric Walker. “From a single tour stop in 1994, to amassing a worldwide audience of millions, our steady growth, popularity and critical acclaim has exceeded my wildest expectations.  My dream of producing a singular entertainment event for the entire family to enjoy has turned into a reality, ten-fold,” Walker added.

WHAT:
UniverSoul Circus 2014 Tour plays Indianapolis, Indiana

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

WHERE:
Lafayette Square Mall, 3919 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254

SHOWTIMES:
Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 16 at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 17 at 10:30am, and 7:30 pm

Friday, July 18 at 10:30am and 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 19 at 12:00pm. 4:00pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, July 20 at 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm

TICKETS:
Tickets, starting at $16, are available now at www.ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster). Children under 1 are free. Visit www.universoulcircus.com for more info, show times, and schedules.  Also follow us on www.facebook.com/universoulcircus  and www.twitter.com/universoulcirc

 

‘A Night Without Digital Technology’ at Big Car Service Center

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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Big Car Logo provided by Big Car Gallery
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By Jim Walker
Big Car Service Center
http://bigcar.org/

Visitors to Service Center for Culture and Community on the evening of Jan. 10, 2014, will join in what is becoming an underground national phenomenon — people finding fun ways to go analog and enjoy the moment in a time of near-constant digital connectivity.

From 6-11 p.m. on Jan. 10, people of all ages can drop by the Big Car Service Center for this by-donation event. Visitors will be asked to check in their devices and experience untethered life for as long as they’d like. During this time, they’ll find plenty to do: talk, eat and drink, participate in easy collaborative art making, enjoy music, play games, and enjoy a fire in Big Car’s outdoor pizza oven (see more details below).

Service Center, the tire shop in front of Lafayette Square Mall (3819 Lafayette Rd.) repurposed by Big Car Collaborative, is the perfect place to disconnect. The space is designed for face-to-face conversations, strolling in the snow-covered and art-filled parking lot garden, getting creative with old-fashioned art making, listening to unplugged local music — even playing a little indoor soccer in the garage.

Attendees can experience:

·      A “campground” with tent and trees by BrainTwins
·      Disruptus and other board games
·      Collaging with Big Car and collaborative painting facilitated by “Artrageous with Nate” (aka Nathan Heck)
·      Art fun with the Department of Public Words
·      16 mm films curated by John L. Clark, as well as ViewMasters
·      Polaroid cameras and a wall to post them where people can “like” pictures
·      Roast-your-own food in a brick pizza oven (people should bring their own roastables…’smores supplies will be provided)
·      Old-fashioned letter writing station
·      Indoor soccer in our garage-bay-sized field (complete with artificial turf)
·      Fowling: a cross between football and bowling
·      Acoustic music by Tonos Triad, Hank Haggard and the Texas 3, Kipp Normand, Nat Russell and more.
·      Local craft beer for sale
·      A penalty box for anyone caught tweeting…and a roving referee wearing stripes and armed with a whistle to enforce the rules!

Why Digital Disconnect?

They say Abe Lincoln was addicted to the information flow coming off the telegraph.  What it’s like to be here now, in real time?  “Big Car is all about helping people connect with each other and their creativity,” said Big Car program director Anne Laker.  “Big Car uses social media a lot to engage people, but sometimes it’s great to pare down to the essentials, experience the elements and activate all your senses.”

Centric, a local innovation network, is supporting this event because, says Centric Communications Director Jason Williams, “it’s those moments of disconnect that help drive our innovation efforts. Many business and creative experts agree that some of the best ways to get ‘unstuck’ include stepping away from our work, doodling, taking a walk, or trying a new place for lunch. But how often do we actually take this advice? Centric is excited to help provide a purposeful evening of ‘Digital Disconnect.’ ”

Everyone’s invited to start 2014 off on the right foot by tuning out life’s digital interruptions, practice new creative techniques, have some fun with friends, or simply play for a few hours.

About Big Car
An Indianapolis-based 501c3 nonprofit, Big Car uses creativity as a catalyst to a better city. By providing and supporting unique, educational, participatory, playful and personal experiences, Big Car engages people of all ages and backgrounds in art making and creative problem-solving — inspiring them to be creative thinkers and involved, connected citizens. Big Car is the organization behind the projects Service Center for Culture and Community, TEDxIndianapolis, and more. Learn more at www.bigcar.org.

About Centric
Centric is a local innovation network actively recognizing stories of successful innovation, increasing members’ access to knowledge, skill sets, and resources, and striving to improve the success rate of innovation in Indianapolis to drive recognition of our city as a global innovation center.