By Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star
June 15, 2017
Whether you're looking for traditional art installations, a historical bike scavenger hunt or movie music, July is bringing a mix that will satisfy your inner arts geek.
July 13-23. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road. $10 for film tickets. $25 for opening and closing night events, $150 for the 10-day pass.
The 14th annual festival offers up to 95 independent short and feature-length films from 19 countries. Screenings, meet-and-greets and after-parties are part of the experience, and the award-winning films will be honored on the festival's last day.
12:15 p.m. July 13 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle. $5. 8 p.m. July 14-15 for the Kroger Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie. $29 adults, $13 children.
Few, if any, film scores beat John Williams' music for "Star Wars." While you listen to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra perform excerpts from the works, you can replay the movie scenes in your mind, make mental notes about how to improve your shower rendition or just plain enjoy it. No time to go in the evening? Bring a meal to the Lunch Series concert.
Wednesdays in July. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Indiana State Museum and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Eiteljorg Museum at White River State Park. Free admission.
One destination, two stops. The Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum are hosting free — free! — music and fun weekly. The former will rotate between science, games and art, and the latter will offer activities along with a look at its exhibit, "Dogs: Faithful and True." Furry pals can come, too, as long as they're on a 6-foot, nonretractable leash.
The fights are part of the exhibit "50 GRAND" by Carlos Rolón, which looks at boxing and the artist's own childhood. Rolón grew up bonding with his father while watching prize fights on TV, and his work reflects the imagery in robes, gloves, trophies and other works that constitute the exhibit. Indy Boxing and Grappling is setting up the live fights as a performative element.
Carlos Rolón: 50 GRAND, LIVE fights at the Tube Factory, organized by Indy Boxing and Grappling on Friday, June 2, 2017. 50 GRAND is a newly commissioned performative installation where all of the fighters wear Rolón’s 50 GRAND robe. Michelle Pemberton,Domenica Dongiovanni, Ross montgomery/IndyStar
11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 23. Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. $40 per team.
Take on this bike scavenger hunt set up by the Indiana Historical Society. Teams comprising two to four people will find clues and have the chance to win prizes. Dress up yourselves and your bikes, too — awards will go to the best.
Exhibit up through Dec. 31. CityWay Gallery curated by iMOCA in the Alexander Hotel, 216 E. South St. Call 317-624-8200 for times.
Yoon creates large drawing installations, and her black and white murals will be on display in this Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit. The artist, who was born and grew up in South Korea, looks at how perception and memory shift.
July 20-Aug. 13. Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave. $20-$33.
After a white professor gathers unexpected data on female circumcision in Sierra Leone, students and an African-American dean ask whether his race affected the accuracy of the data. So a female member of the country's Kono People repeats the study to see if she will obtain different results. Through this, the play examines race, culture and Western assumptions.
Exhibit runs through July, with a July 7 opening. Full Circle Nine Gallery, 1125 Brookside Ave., Ste. B23.
Joy Hernandez's exhibit plays on society's desire to absorb as much information as possible in a single image — hence the title's nod to the abbreviation "Too Long; Didn't Read." The aerosol and acrylic painter focuses on communicating her message quickly but still letting viewers find their place in her work.
Joy Hernandez's piece, "When Are These Families Gonna Rise Up?" will be part of her exhibit at Full Circle Nine Gallery. (Photo: Photo provided/Joy Hernandez)
7 p.m. July 7. Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave. $25-$55.
The Cabaret is presenting Payne, a local singer who is headed to Chicago and New York after her Indianapolis show. The evening — titled "This Is the U.S.: We Hold These Tunes to be Self-Evident" — is a combination of Payne's own background in rural Illinois, Indianapolis and her travels. The singer assembled the show with New York musical director Alex Rybeck and Tony Award-winner Faith Prince.
7 p.m. July 14. The Egyptian Room, Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St. $350.
This year's lineup includes Sylvia McNair, a Grammy Award-winning singer, and Zach DePue, concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, along with more local performers. The concert will incorporate the cultures where the Christel House learning centers are — India, Mexico, South Africa and the U.S. The proceeds go toward student programs at the Christel House, which educates students in poverty in Indianapolis and around the world.
"One of the best environments for serious music fans in town!"Cabaret Guest