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May Events in Downtown Indianapolis

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment
500 Festival

May means the 500 Festival in Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

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

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.
http://indydt.com/

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.

For more Black History Month events, visit: www.indydt.com/blackhistorymonth.cfm

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.