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Friday, July 06, 2007

THINGS TO DO (7/6 – 7/8)

Here is the most recent installment of Evan Finch's occasional Things to Do email newsletter.
Julie Demayo’s Yard Sale
4827 North College Avenue
Friday, July 6 – Saturday, July 7

For I don’t know how many years, my friend Julie ran Modern Times, a vintage clothes store at 54th and College. Given the profusion of cool stuff she used to have in her store, I’m guessing her yard sale will be equally copacetic. You can check it out at 4827 North College Avenue, between 8 AM to 4 PM, today and tomorrow.
Phone: N/A
Web: N/A

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IDADA First Friday
Art Galleries downtown, and in Fountain Square
Friday, July 6
As usual, all art galleries on Massachusetts Avenue (and elsewhere downtown) will be welcoming you on the first Friday of the month, starting around 6 PM or so. The Harrison Gallery, of course, is always worth visiting (1505 North Delaware). As is Big Car, upstairs in Fountain Square’s Murphy Building (1043 Virginia Avenue). As is Alchemy Art & Aesthetics, on street level in the Murphy Building (again, 1043 Virginia Avenue), which will be celebrating the launch of the “Be Indypendent” campaign, a program encouraging citizens to buy local art. All admissions are typically free, as is all cheese and wine, and huzzah for that.
Phone: 317.634.3114

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HorrorHound Weekend
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8

If you’re into movies about flesh-eating sheep and enjoy posing with bloody chainsaws, consider your weekend planned. Guest stars at the HorrorHound Weekend include Sammy Terry and scads of other creepy-looking people I’ve never heard of, except for P.J. Soles, who I remember mostly from Stripes and Rock N Roll High School. Admission is $20 for one day, or $50 for the entire weekend. The Marriott Hotel is located at 7202 East 21st Street.

Phone: 317.352.1231

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InConJunction XXVII
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites
Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8

What’s that? You’re more into science fiction than horror? No problem, spaceman. This year’s InConJunction features even more people that I haven’t heard of than the HorrorHound Weekend. Needless to say, there’s a Doctor Who Room, and the “World’s Fastest Filker” will be appearing. Admission is $20 on Friday and Sunday, and $30 on Saturday. The Sheraton is located at 8787 Keystone Crossing.

Phone: 317.284.1409

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Betsey Reed Festival
Palestine, Illinois
Saturday, July 7

Palestine, Illinois was home to Elizabeth “Betsey” Reed, who—in 1844—poisoned her husband by slipping arsenic into his sassafras tea. Subsequently, she became the first woman hanged in Illinois. Palestine is celebrating Betsey’s notoriety this weekend, with the first (and theoretically annual) Betsey Reed Festival. The many planned activities include a tea cup relay, games of hangman, a “Newlydead Game” competition, and casket racing on Main Street. American Gothic, indeed. NOTE: Thanks to Jason Hathaway (who, incidentally, will be playing music at the festival) for hipping me to this.

Phone: N/A

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Polyphonic Spree
The Vogue
Sunday, July 8
Tickets are $20 at the door. The Vogue is near the intersection of College and Broad Ripple Avenue. Doors open at 7 PM, opening act Jesca Hoop starts at 8 PM. Polyphonic Spree is from Dallas, Texas. There are something like 223 people in the band. Here’s a video:
Phone: 317.255.2828

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