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Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 3-9, 2014

February 2, 2014 Leave a comment
Tootsie Pops Concert at North Central High School

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Things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana
For the week of February 3-9, 2014

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. FRI-SUN: Indianapolis Sport, Fitness and Hobby Show at the State Fairgrounds
  2. SAT: Sankofa Black Heritage Festival at the Indiana State Museum
  3. SAT: Nuclear Cowboyz at Lucas Oil Stadium
  4. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  5. TUE: Taylor Martin’s Indy Magic Monthly at Theatre on the Square
  6. FRI: REO Speedwagon in Concert at Ball State University
  7. THU-SUN: Hearthside Supper at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  8. FRI: 5th Annual Winter Nights Film Series at the Museum of Art
  9. MON, FRI: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  10. THU-SUN: ‘Cats’ at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
  11. SAT: Tootsie Pops Concert at North Central High School
  12. FRI: Dark Star Orchestra at the Old National Centre
  13. SAT: Indiana Ice USHL Ice Hockey at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  14. SUN: Purdue Glee Club and Singing Hoosiers Live at Warren Performing Arts Center
  15. SAT: Creativity Fest at Indiana Landmarks Center

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Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

January 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival, Feb. 8.
Image provided by the Indiana State Museum and used with written permission.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

February is Black History Month and whether you want to celebrate by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy offers a great array of options (and many are free). 

Indiana Historical Society’s Black History Challenge

Until Feb. 28, take the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Black History Challenge online for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a Downtown weekend getaway grand prize. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience, 30 players will receive four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians and 15 people will win a pair of opening night tickets to see the Memphis at Clowes Memorial Hall. While you’re at the Indiana Historical Society, explore The Legacy of Civil Rights in Indianapolis exhibit and view original documents and iconic Indianapolis photographs from the 1960s. 

Meet the Artists at Central Library

From Jan. 29 – March 22, the Central Library will house Meet the Artists XXVI, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists. Meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 8 from 5:45 – 10 p.m. 

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival (see image above), Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

Madame Walker Presents

Children ages 6 and up and their families are invited to the Lilly Theater at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for Madame Walker Presents Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. Learn about African American history in Indiana and see a dynamic theatrical performance celebrating the lives of Madame C. J. Walker and Levi Coffin.

Listen to live music

Art & Soul – a celebration of African-American arts and artists in Indiana – returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden with performances beginning Jan. 31 and running through the end of March. Catch the Art & Soul Celebration Launch Event with special guests Amos Brown from Radio One and a performance by Toy Factory. Performances will continue throughout the month featuring Tony Styxx, Bashiri Asad, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and many others. All Art & Soul events, including the kickoff celebration, are FREE.

Catch a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Conducted by Kevin McBeth, a 30-year veteran in music ministry, this year’s program includes a variety of classical works, hymns, spirituals and music from prominent African-American composers. Local MC Tony Styxx will also join in the celebration and perform a song from his recently-released album.

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club celebrates Black History Month with Broadway star Chester Gregory in his award-winning show The Eve of Jackie. Catch this performance Feb. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m.

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Sankofa Black Heritage Festival at State Museum, Feb. 8

January 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

Image provided by the Indiana State Museum and used with written permission.