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Friday, June 22, 2007

THINGS TO DO (6/23 – 6/24)

Here is the most recent installment of Evan Finch's occasional Things to Do email newsletter.

Outside the Phoenix Theatre
Saturday, June 23

Brew-Ha-Ha is the Phoenix Theatre’s annual fundraiser, which features a selection of beer from area microbreweries (plus eatables from local microfooderies). Tickets (available in person, by phone and online) are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. The event will take place from 3–7 PM outside the theater, on Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and St. Clair Street. Music will be provided by The Elect, 3 Miles High and The Alpha Primitives.

Phone: 317-635-PLAY

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Perry County Fairgrounds in Tell City, Indiana
Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24

Indiana has its share of oddball festivals, but Tell City’s Ironstock—which is essentially a three-day trade show for people who make haunted house props—may well take the prize. Starting Friday night at 5 PM, the Perry County 4H Fairgrounds will host such events as coffin races, a “Fatal Fashion Show,” a celebratory “Weasel Ball,” and helpful seminars that will help attendees motorize their fake corpses, build better cauldrons, and create more convincing dungeon stones out of lightweight foam. Adult admission is $20, and kids 12-17 pay $10. Kids under 12 can get in free, but will probably require a lifetime of therapy afterwards. For all the gory details, visit Ironstock’s website (the splash page of which features a pretty nifty “Woodstock” parody).

Phone: 812.547.8745
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Indian Market
Eiteljorg Museum
Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24

Stop by the Eiteljorg Museum (500 West Washington Street) this weekend to view and buy original Native American art, from 140 different artists representing 60 different tribes. Other entertainment will include music both conventional (traditional dance from the Allegany River Indian Dancers, Iroquois) and unconventional (hip-hop from “Buggin’ Malone,” Oneida). Hours both days are from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission for adults is $9 in advance, or $12 at the gate. For kids 11-17, it’s $5. Children 10 and under get in free. Advance tickets are available at Marsh supermarkets.

Phone: 317.636.WEST

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Elephant Awareness Week
Indianapolis Zoo
Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, July 1

At 11:30 AM Wednesday, smack in the middle of the awareness, the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders will bathe the zoo’s elephants. Somewhere in there, there’s a very weird swimsuit calendar photo opportunity.

Phone: 317.630.2000

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Nature Holds My Camera
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Sunday, June 24 – Sunday, July 15

The IMA’s new exhibit, Nature Holds My Camera, is subtitled “The Video Art Of Sam Easterson.” And what is that video art? Well, basically, it’s Sam strapping cameras to every animal he can catch (armadillos, alligators, falcons, tarantulas, you name it), and then harvesting the resulting footage. This exhibit will serve as a retrospective of all the films Sam has made since 1998. As an extra added bonus, Sam has plunked a helmet-mounted video camera onto a local eastern mole, who I believe will be broadcasting from somewhere under the IMA grounds during the show. If you define art as something that gives you a different perspective on the world, I think this qualifies. The IMA is located at the intersection of 38th Street and Michigan Road. Admission is free for IMA members and children under 7. Otherwise, it’s $6 for adults, and $3 for kids 7 – 17. Hours are 11 AM – 5 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 11 AM – 9 PM on Thursday and Friday; and Noon to 5 PM on Sunday.

Phone: 317.923.1331
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Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament
Fountain Square Theater Roof

This will be the second year for this annual tournament, wherein contestants climb atop the roof of 1105 Prospect Street to play rock-paper-scissors (aka “Rochambeau”) while the Roshambo Winery serves wine. Tickets for the tasting alone are $15 per person. Tickets for the tasting and the tournament are $25 per person. To reserve tickets, phone 317-686-6010, extension 2. To brush up on your R-P-S cultural history (and to learn more than you ever thought you’d know about side-blotched lizards), visit NOTE 1: By the end of this month, the entire Fountain Square neighborhood will be a free wi-fi zone, which is good news for anybody with a laptop computer. NOTE 2: This event was originally scheduled for next Tuesday, but it’s now been postponed until further notice. Still, I like the idea of it so much that I can’t stand to take it out of this email. I’m clingy that way.

Phone: 317.686.6010 ext. 2

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The Pie Of The Month Club is an indispensable site, which offers both reviews of pie-centric restaurants and handsomely-illustrated recipes for such seldom-sampled dessert items as Methodist Pie, Osgood Pie and Baptist Grasshopper Pie (don’t worry, Baptist grasshoppers, it’s not what you think).

If you’ve got an hour to spare, you can go watch an experimental TV movie created by Jim Henson in 1969, titled “The Cube”:

And if you like it enough to buy a DVD of it, you can do so at A Different City:
M. Zane Grey, 8:43 AM