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Friday, July 27, 2007

THINGS TO DO (7/27 – 7/29)

Here is the most recent installment of Evan Finch's occasional Things to Do email newsletter.
 
Marion County Fair
Marion County Fairgrounds, natch
Present – Saturday, July 28
 
If you simply cannot wait for the State Fair to get your domesticated-animal-and-fried-food itch scratched, this should tide you over. The Marion County Fairgrounds are at 7300 East Troy Avenue. I don’t know how much admission is, but I’ll go out on a limb here and say it’s somewhere between free and not much. 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: http://tinyurl.com/2qpw9s

Phone: 317.353.2444
Web: http://www.marioncountyfair.org

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African Festival
Tab Recreation
Friday, July 27 – Saturday, July 28

Expect musical performances, a marketplace, dancing and (most important for my purposes) lots of vendors selling African food (especially on Friday, when the “Tastes of Africa” event will be held). Tab Recreation (sponsored by Tabernacle Presbyterian Church) is located at 3400 Washington Boulevard. Admission is free.  I couldn’t find the hours listed anywhere, so call the phone number (or just show up and hope for the best).

Phone: 317.927.9777
Web: http://www.africancommunity.net

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Pierogi Fest 2007
Downtown in Whiting, Indiana
Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29
 
With a host like Mr. Pierogi, and activities like Pierogi Eating Contests and Eastern Bloc Jeopardy, it’s no wonder Whiting’s Pierogi Fest claims to be “stuffed with fun.” Admission is free, and Whiting is up there by Chicago somewhere.
 
Phone: 877.659.0292
Web: http://www.pierogifest.net  

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Oh You Dirty, Dirty Car: A Burlesque Carwash
Locals Only
Saturday, July 28
 
For some reason, a “burlesque carwash” makes me think of comedy teams in baggy pants squirting my car with seltzer bottles.  But apparently that’s not the case. Instead, members of the “Bottoms Up” Burlesque Troupe will be sudsing vehicles in the Locals Only parking lot (just east of Keystone Avenue, at 2449 East 56th Street) from 2 PM until around 7 PM this Saturday.  Charges are $10 for a car, and $12 for an SUV. At 6 PM, music will begin inside the club, featuring Jeff Byrd and the Wingmen, 19Clark25, The Odyssey Favor, Vodka DeMilo, and L.A.’s Jason and the Punknecks (plus a skit by the very folks who were washing your car earlier).  All proceeds will go to benefit Y-Me.org, an organization that provides a support network for people with breast cancer and their families.
 
Phone: 317.255.4013
Web: www.myspace.com/bottomsupburlesqueindy

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Great American Meatout
Meridian Street United Methodist Church
Saturday, July 28

Held from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Meridian Street United Methodist Church (5500 North Meridian Street), this event will offer a buffet style dinner of various vegetarian and vegan food. Suggested donation is $10.

Phone: 317.509.9292
Web: http://www.chaceonline.org/events.htm

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Musical Family Tree Showcase
Spin (formerly The Patio)
Saturday, July 28

Featuring appearances by musical acts The Vulgar Boatmen, 806 Main Street, Spitshine and John Strohm. The first 50 people in the door will get a CD of some sort, and there may even be some Hot Box Pizza lying around (bonus!). Spin is at 6308 Guilford Avenue in Broad Ripple. Doors open at 8 PM, so I assume music starts at 9 PM.  Admission is $7.

Phone: 317.257.0000
Web: http://www.musicalfamilytree.com
 
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Harry And The Potters with Draco And The Malfoys
Fountain Square
Sunday, July 29
 
This is a Boston-based, Harry Potter-themed rock band that plays songs about stuff that happens in Harry Potter books.  (Said songs, in my grizzled old opinion, are pretty good, and likely to appeal to any age group.) They’ll be playing Sunday night, outside in a Fountain Square parking lot near Deano’s Vino, from 6:30 to 9 PM. Admission is $5 for adults and teens over 12, and free to those 12 and under. Costumes are welcome, but anyone trying to spoil the ending of the new book will be ejected. NOTE 1: If it rains, the show will be moved into the Murphy Building nearby, at 1043 Virginia Avenue. NOTE 2: Big Car is to credit for bringing this show to Fountain Square.  Big Car is so cool.
 
Phone: 317.450.6630
Web: http://www.bigcar.org and http://www.myspace.com/harryandthepotters and http://www.eskimolabs.com/hp/listen.htm

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Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sunday, July 29

Fast cars going around in a circle. Lots of people seem to care a whole lot about Nascar, but I’m not one of them.  If you are, the race starts at 2 PM and the track is at 4790 West 16th Street.  But then, you probably knew that already.
 
Phone: 317.492.8500
Web: http://www.brickyard400.com/

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Carillon Bell Concert
Holcomb Gardens at Butler University
Sunday, July 29
 
There’s going to be another concert by Butler’s Carillon Belltower this Sunday, at 5 PM.  Holcomb Gardens are at 4600 Sunset Avenue, on the Butler campus, next to the canal.  You could sit outside on the grass and listen, if it doesn’t rain.  I guess even if it does rain, you could still sit outside on the grass and listen.  It would just take a little mental adjustment on your part.
 
Phone: 317.940.9351
Web: N/A

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LINKS NO ONE ASKED FOR

The Museum Of Funeral Customs is located in Springfield, Illinois:

http://www.funeralmuseum.org
 
Springfield is also home to the Pearson Museum, where they will sic a leech on you if you aren’t careful:
 
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/ILSPRleech.html

Finally, you can round out your Springfield visit with a pilgrimage to this statue of a young, gawky Abraham Lincoln:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/neatocoolville/292015138

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M. Zane Grey, 9:48 AM