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Thursday, July 19, 2007

THINGS TO DO (7/20 – 7/22)

Here is the most recent installment of Evan Finch's occasional Things to Do email newsletter.
Indiana Black Expo
All around downtown
Present – Sunday, July 22
Enough stuff that it would make my fingers ache to type it all. Just go look at the website, listed below.
Phone: 317.925.2702
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Marion County Fair
Marion County Fairgrounds (logically enough)
Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 28
If you’re getting antsy for the State Fair, this should tide you over for another month. The county fairgrounds may be found at 7300 East Troy Avenue. I don’t know how much admission is, but I doubt it’ll break you. NOTE: If you want to get out of town, there are lots of other counties having fairs right now. And you can find a list of those here:
Phone: 317.353.2444

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The Quilters Hall Of Fame Celebration
Marion, Indiana
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22
Oh, yes, there is a Quilters Hall of Fame.  And it’s just up the road at 926 South Washington Street in Marion, Indiana, where quilting wunderkind Marie Webster lived from 1902 to 1942.  Scoot up there this weekend, why don’t you, and join your quilting brethren for a four-day gala of bearding, cross-hatching and frogstitching.
Phone: 765.664.9333

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Edward Scissorhands
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Friday, July 20
Johnny Depp and Vincent Price? What’s not to love? Gates open at 6 PM for picnicking, and the movie begins at “dusk” (which is – what, now? 8 PM? 9 PM?).  Admission is $8 for adults and free for kids six and under. Do bring lawn chairs, food, drink, bug repellent and blankets.  Don’t bring grills or pets. In case of rain, you’re out of luck and will need to find something else to do. The IMA is located at 4000 North Michigan Road.
Phone: 317.923.1331

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Middle Eastern Festival
St. George Orthodox Christian Church
Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22

Lots and lots of food tents (think gyros, baklava, etc.), plus craft tables inside the church, plus dancing in the parking lot, plus tours of the building if you feel so inclined.  The church is located at 4020 North Sherman Drive. Hours are 4 – 11 PM on Friday, noon to 11 PM on Saturday, and noon to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $3.
Phone: 317.547.9356

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An Alternative To Slitting Your Wrists
Big Car Gallery
Friday, July 20
So basically, I think the idea is that this filmmaker did (or is doing) one thing a week that he’s always wanted to do, but never gotten around to doing.  Like, say, going hang gliding.  Or getting tazered. Or eating brains. Sounds a little gonzo, but hey – there’s nothing wrong with that. The documentary (which is on tour nationally) will screen locally at Big Car on Friday night at 8 PM, accompanied by a live soundtrack. Admission is $5, and Big Car is located upstairs in the Murphy Building, at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square.
Phone: 317.450.6630
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Indiana Microbrewers Festival
Opti-Park in Broad Ripple
Saturday, July 21
On Saturday, from 3 to 7 PM, Broad Ripple’s Opti-Park (820 East 66th Street) will play host to the 12th annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival. Over 20 Indiana breweries (and 15 more out-of-state breweries) will provide samples of more than 200 different beers. Wristbands (entitling you to unlimited testing) are $35 at the gate, or $30 in advance (see the website below for details). NOTE: Designated drivers pay only $8 admission. And  unless you live in the Broad Ripple area, a designated driver is probably a really good idea.
Phone: 317.856.6092

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Guster with Ben Kweller
The Lawn at White River State Park
Saturday, July 21
Guster is touring behind its new disc, Ganging Up On The Sun. General Admission tickets hover in the $25 range, and Ben Kweller will allegedly start at 7 PM. The venue is located at 801 West Washington Street.
Phone: 317.239.5151

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Jungle Gym Jam
723 North Dorman Street (in Cottage Home)
Sunday, July 22

Cottage Home is a snazz-filled little neighborhood just east of downtown. This Sunday, between 5:30 and 7 PM, various musicians (Brian Deer, Stasia Demos and ESW) will be appearing at a benefit concert in the neighborhood’s park. Admission for those 17 and above is $10, and all monies gathered will be used to buy playground equipment for the park. NOTE: You might want to bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket to sit on.

Phone: N/A

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Frustrated that October 31 is still three months away? Then perhaps you should get into your car and go visit Benwood, West Virginia’s Castle Halloween Museum. Perhaps.
M. Zane Grey, 5:38 PM