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TABLE OF CONTENTS MARKET/FARMS.......................................................................... 5 OUTDOOR DINING ................................................................... 12 SUMMER FESTIVALS ................................................................. 11 SUMMER MUSIC .......................................................................... 18

C I T Y G U I D E S

SUMMERFUN GUIDE

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SUMMER 2011 It’s almost June, Indy, and you know what that means. It’s time to enjoy all those trademarks of an Indiana summer: humidity, mosquitoes, tornadoes, and lots of fried food from the Fair. And to get you ready for all things outdoor, we’ve worked up a few recommendations for where to enjoy outdoor dining, catch a movie under the stars, or buy the best in farm fresh and delicious Indiana produce. Also, with the preponderance of outdoor music offerings through the summer months, we’ve picked those we feel you absolutely should not miss regardless of your preference or budget. Summer also means festival time here in the Heartland, and we’ve got you covered there as well. Everything from Rib Fest to IndyFringe to Indy Pride and a celebration for just about every ethnicity on the globe. Feeling Greek? Italian? Swiss? Irish? Puerto Rican? How about Middle Eastern? Well, you’ve come to the right city then. Prepare to eat, dance and, in most cases, drink your way to becoming an unofficial member of the tribe. While we’ve pretty much stuck to outdoor events in this guide, we’ve tried to vary the options, the price tag, and the part of town. (Look at us, being all inclusive). In other words, there should be something here for everyone. Except those of you who just don’t like summer and all of its accoutrements, for what ever personal reasons we’re sure you have. For those of you who do enjoy the summer, we hope you enjoy this guide and our recommendations. Check our online events calendar at www.nuvo.net regularly for the latest in summer events. And drop us a line if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see in next year’s NUVO Summer CityGuide. „

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FARMERS’ MARKETS Cumberland Farmers’ Market The Cumberland Farmers’ Market has come a long way in the seven years it has been in operation. Starting out with only two vendors, the market now boasts 35 vendors, as well as entertainment for the crush of local foodies on the prowl for farm-fresh produce. Cumberland’s market offers organic, vegan and gluten-free bakery items, and the vendors accept WIC and Senior Coupons, so everyone can get in on the action. The market also features a spur of the Cumberland Pennsy Trail that leads right to the vendors. The morning market opens the first Saturday in May, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and runs every Saturday until the last weekend in October. The Tuesday evening market opens the first Tuesday in June, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and runs through the last Tuesday in October. 11501 E. Washington Street; www.town.cumberland.in.us Irvington Farmers’ Market After 12 years, it’s still going strong. Irvington’s Farmers’ Market is sponsored and run by volunteers from the Irvington Garden Club and features live music and 50 vendors. Attendees can count on produce, organic foods, bakery items, art work, soaps and jewelry when they stop by. An extra perk of this market is its scenic location in Ellenberger Park. The grassy setting

is filled with trees and scattered with picnic tables. Grab your dog and a blanket and picnic in style with the local food loot you’ve purchased from the vendors. The market is held once a month, June through October on the second Sunday of each month, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Claire Street; www. irvingtongardenclub.com Stadium Village Farmers’ Market Conveniently located on Meridian Street downtown, the Stadium Village Farmers’ Market operates with the goal of bringing local, fresh, good food to the workers and residents of downtown Indy. In an effort to make the market more accessible to everyone, Stadium Village is now offering EBT and gift certificates for patrons. This season’s market will have a different theme every week, covering topics like art appreciation, health and wellness and green living. The market will be open for business every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. until Sept. 27. 801 S. Meridian Street; www. stadiumvillagefarmersmarket.com Round Hill Nursery Farmers’ Market This farmers’ market is a work in progress with big plans for its future. As it stands, the group is more of a craft fair than a farmers’ market, but

will soon become both. Not only does the Round Hill Nursery Farmers’ Market have the goal of providing fresh food and homemade products for the public, they also want to woo customers with the wholesome experience of shopping at their market. To create this ambiance, Round Hill is bringing in bounce houses and balloon animals — all from local businesses, of course — to entertain the kids while their parents sample freshly baked bread. The market opens for the season on May 21 and runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. 5225 S. Meridian Street; 781-1400; info@roundhillnursery. com Garden on the Go This farmers’ market is the new kid on the block, and soon it may be pulling into a neighborhood near you. Data released by the United States Department of Agriculture states that 68 percent of residents in low-income areas do not have access to convenient and affordable healthy foods. In an effort to remedy this alarming statistic, Indiana University Health dreamed up Garden on the Go. This mobile produce truck will be bringing fresh, low-cost produce to high-poverty neighborhoods in Marion County. This garden on wheels will run year-round, making 12 stops per week. iuhealth.org/ gardenonthego

Abundant Life Church Farmers’ Market Embarking on its sixth year of operation, the Abundant Life Farmers’ Market has found a niche for itself in the realm of local food markets. The vendors for this market include several Amish farms, livestock and bakery businesses from Wayne County, Cambridge City and Williamsburg, Ind. Other retailers include Glick’s Kitchen, the Danish Heritage Market and The Riverside Road Stand. Patrons who want a bite to eat while perusing the market’s offerings can stop by the Church Flavor Cafe, where they serve up all-beef hotdogs, gourmet hamburgers and other sandwiches with ingredients all vetted by the market’s chef. The Abundant Life Farmers’ Market opens June 2, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and runs every Thursday through Sept. 29. 7606 E. 82nd Street; www. myhomegreenpages.com/Profile. aspx?id=7106 Binford Farmers’ Market In its fifth year of operation, this market offers local food fanatics the chance to pick out the cream of the crop from over 50 vendors they have lined up for this year’s farmers’ market season. Produce you can find at the Binford market includes fruits, vegetables, venison, frogs legs, crawdads, sausage, fish, cheeses, ciders, fresh roasted coffees, mushrooms, honey, pastas, it also offers Mexican, Chinese, Korean and Indian veggies and prepared foods. Not only does the market offer a wide range of food choices, free

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Garden on the Go entertainment is provided as well, including the latest addition — local authors discussing their books. Binford Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday for nine months of the year, April to December. 62nd and Binford Blvd., Hawthorn Plaza Shopping Center; www.binfordfarmersmarket.com/ index.html

STRAIGHT FROM THE FARM Basic Roots Community Foods Kay Grimm and Sue Spicer Wouldn’t you like to avoid the supermarket hassle and have fresh food delivered to your doorstep? That dream is now a reality with Basic Roots — a seasonal, once a month, year-round, sustainably-produced food delivery service. Along with locally grown goodies, each delivery includes a copy of the nutritionist penned newsletter, “Digest This!,” which is filled with food facts and recipes. In addition to subscription options, look out for JUICE, the group’s mobile cart of fruits and veggies on the near eastside of or in Lockerbie. Supported by a network of about 75 growers, Basic Roots has been “making good food accessible” since 2005. 341 N. Hamilton Ave., 341-0474. www.basicrootscommunityfoods. kaysue.org Big City Farms CSA Matthew Jose and Tyler Henderson This group puts vacant urban lots to good use, turning them into beautiful fruit-and-vegetable-producing gardens. Big City Farms is currently farming 11 lots on the near east side of the city. In addition to selling its products on the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) market, this organization works closely with several local restaurants to provide heirloom and specialty vegetables and fruits. Given the high demand for its produce, it is looking for volunteers to help out (and volunteers get free, fresh produce!). 506 N. Oriental St., 694-4299. www. bigcityfarmsindy.com

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Brendle Honey Farm Tom and Sharon Brendle Tom Brendle definitely knows what he is doing when it comes to harvesting honey, he’s been doing it since the late ‘70s! Brendle started his operation to provide his health-conscious wife (and co-owner) with an alternative to refined sugar. The Brendles’ initial three hives have grown to over 100 and their little hobby has blossomed into a thriving business. They sell their honey and a variety of other products (such as candles, soap and skin care) at the Geist Farmers Market every Thursday (from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and at the Fresh Market store in Carmel. 9801 Fall Creek Rd., 517-0484 Butler Campus Farm Tim Carter A small chemical-free farm in the heart of Butler University, the project was proposed by the Earth Charter Butler student organization in the fall of 2009. As of January 2010, a 1/2-acre site had been selected near the Butler Prairie at the intramural athletic fields. The produce is enjoyed by Butler students (at the Atherton Union dining hall and Napolese, a nearby pizza joint). It is sold every Thursday between noon and 2 p.m. at the Butler University Gazebo. Extra produce is donated to the St. Thomas food pantry at 46th and Illinois St. Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave., 940-6506, www. butlercampusfarm.com Harvest Cafe David Darga and Larry French This company hand selects the finest green coffees from all over the world and small-batch roasts them to release the distinctive characteristics of each origin of coffee. It uses state-of-the-art, digitally controlled, infra-red roasting machines (try saying that twice). Harvest Café also provides its customers with educational materials and programs to better appreciate its quality coffees, teas, and other products. If you don’t see the kind of coffee you want in their catalogue, don’t hesitate to request it — they offer the option to special order coffee. 5130 B East 65th St., 5859162, www.harvestcafecoffee.com


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Irvington CSA Levi Fisher and Family An Amish family runs this company using traditional Amish practices (meaning no chemicals or mechanized machinery). Their produce is delivered to Irvington for pick-up every Friday evening for 25 weeks beginning in mid-May. Extras such as maple syrup, honey, and fresh eggs are also available weekly at a reasonable price. The Fisher family sends weekly email updates about each week’s produce. In addition, there is a small collection of recipes on their website, (and they encourage everyone to contribute). You can also check online for share options. 5463 Hibben Rd., 351-0995, www.csa.eliroi.com, www. irvingtoncsa.com Slow Food Garden Laura Henderson The first project of the non-profit Growing Places Indy organization is located in White River State Park, this 6,000-square-foot garden was designed to demonstrate urban growing techniques and thus encourage community gardens. The food grown here is sold to local farmers markets, as well as downtown restaurants. Five interns cultivate the garden, pick the crops and make the deliveries. Founder Laura Henderson is no slouch when it comes to developing Indiana’s local food culture, as she is also the founder of the Winter Farmers Market and co-founder of Urban Earth Indy. 801 W. Washington St., 233-2434 South Circle Farm Amy Matthews This one-acre urban farm produces vegetables, berries, plants and herbs the organically (pesticides are not welcome by any means). It is gearing up for its first season growing in downtown Indy.

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South Circle Farm is the anchor tenant of the non-profit Concord Farm, which will host community gardeners and educational programs as it is built and blooms in the city. The farm will also partner with People for Urban Progress to build a garden pavilion to host meals, events and classes. 2048 S. Meridian St., 446-9448., www.southcirclefarm. com Traders Point Farm This is it (drum roll, please) — the one, the only grass-fed, organic dairy farm in the state (as certified by the USDA). Traders Point is also the only organic processor of cheese and ice cream. A young, yet flourishing farm, it has been “nourishing the land that nourishes us all” since 2003. You can taste all that it has to offer right on the farm at The Loft Restaurant & Dairy Bar, which will be open for extended hours this summer. Or add your local grocery store to its long, growing list of clients. 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville, 733-1700, www.tpforganics.com

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Waterman’s Farmers Market Carol Waterman It is known for its strawberries, but Waterman’s Farm Market produces a helluva lot more (such as sweet green peas, sweet corn, green beans, beets, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes; the list goes on and on). And the farm facility is available for everything from birthday parties to corporate retreats. You can even take behind the scenes tours to see how products go from the good earth directly to your dinner table. Look out for the Strawberry Festival this June, which features music, food, tours, and more. 7010 E. Raymond St. or the Greenwood Market — 1100 N. New State Rd. 37, 357-2989, 888-4189., www.watermansfarmmarket.com

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Old Point Tavern The Old Point Tavern, where Julian Opie’s electronic go-go dancer does her thing at the corner of Massachusetts and Alabama, is a time-tested place to start the evening- or finish it off. Great chili and well-packed sandwiches made with topnotch ingredients have made this a Mass Ave institution. Is there a better spot to sit and watch the downtown world go by? Not according to NUVO readers who vote it best bar for people watching. This pivotal intersection features theatergoers, music revelers and just plain big-city revelers. Sit outside and enjoy the good life whenever weather permits. 401 Massachusetts Ave., 634-8943. ShelBi Street CaFe & Bistro A funky and unsuspecting café in Fountain Square where the food is hearty but arty. From pizzas and inventive salads and sandwiches to a small but robust selection of entrees, ShelBi offers a streamlined bistro experience in a jaunty atmosphere. Don’t miss the blackened salmon cobb sandwich or a salad with huge juicy blackberries. Dine on the rooftop of the Fountain Square Theatre building from Memorial Day through September for one of the most romantic experiences in the city (though just as beautiful to share with friends!) Full bar and a decent selection of wines by the glass. www.fountainsquareindy.com/ shelbistreet, 11o5 Shelby St., 6574857.

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OUTDOOR DINING Ambrosia Broad Ripple is replete with outdoor dining opportunities, but if we had to choose just one, Ambrosia gets the nod. This family-owned and operated institution has been serving up goodness for decades. Take your time. Sip one of their nonpareil martinis and watch the passing parade from a sidewalk table. The Ravioli Della Mama with spinach and cheese ravioli with a delicate pesto cream sauce is a great, signature dish. Call for reservations. www.ambrosiaitalian.com 915 E. Westfield Blvd., 255-3096. Broad Ripple Brew Pub Indy’s first brew pub just a few strides from the Monon Trail, offers a laidback place to enjoy an array of great beers. Try the traditional, English style cask ales for the real pub experience. Or maybe the Lawn Mower Pale Ale, a draft that is sure to quench your thirst during the hot summer months. Established in 1990 and voted Indy’s best brewpub by NUVO readers time and again, in part because of the great outdoor dining opportunity. www. broadripplebrewpub.com, 840 E. 65th St., 253-2739.

Café Patachou A true neighborhood café right in our own neighborhood, Patachou offers the best breakfast in town, quite possiblely, and the outdoor seating on a brilliant morning just can’t be beat. The original location at the corner of Pennsylvania and 49th Street in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood has been serving up some of the most delicious breakfast and brunch options, quickly and mostly affordably, for more than two decades. Take a morning to discover the goodness for yourself. www.cafepatachou.com, 4911 N. Pennsylvania St., 925-2823. Dunaways One of Indy’s most elegant restaurants, this rooftop perch situated above the old Oxygen Building just south of downtown affords gorgeous sunset views of the skyline with some very upscale and ambitious cuisine as well. The emphasis is Mediterranean, with some generous meat dishes for the more traditionally minded diner. Exceptional wine list offers dozens of gems, and the views of the Indy skyline from the rooftop deck are some of the best in the city. Perfect for a romantic evening. Call ahead for reservations. www.dunaways.com, 351 S. East St., 638-7663.

Front Page Sports Bar & Grill What with all the bustling sidewalks and car fumes, it’s hard to find a place to park a bistro chair and table downtown, but if you head east to the intersection of Delaware Street and Massachusetts Avenue you’ll find friendly place with great food and even better views. We heartily recommend any of the half pound burgers – which can also be made with vegetarian black bean patties and taste just as good! With names like The Boilermaker, The Bulldog, The Hoosier, the Dungy and the Rockne, it’s not hard to guess the major theme here. Each one is a winner, though! Game days/nights can get very crowded and rowdy – but in the best possible sense for celebrating the home teams. . www.frontpagesportsbar.com, 310 Massachussetts Ave., 631-6682. Mug ‘n’ Bun Did somebody say tenderloin sandwich? The Mug-n-Bun drive-in restaurant’ is a roadside joint in the oldest and best sense. Pull up and order a delicious burger patty that’s pounded out wide, then fried to a crisp, just the way it should be. Some things that never change here: favorite onion rings, Dad’s root beer floats, dogs, fries, double cheeseburgers and more. Be sure to grab some cash (they don’t take credit cards) and eat a nice pork sandwich or a Coney dog covered in fried chili and wash it down with some homemade root beer in a thick, frosty mug. www. mug-n-bun.com, 5211 W. 10th St., 244-5669.

Taste Café Now that the weather is cooperating, we can’t get enough of the outdoor seating at Taste in Midtown. This unique café and marketplace, owned and operated by highly trained and experienced chefs Marc Urwand and Deidra Henry, offers gourmet coffee drinks, a full breakfast menu, a lunch spread of salads and gourmet sandwiches, pantry necessities, and catering services, all from their home at 52nd and College Ave., which includes lovely umbrella-covered tables from which to enjoy the deliciousness and the view. www. tastecafeandmarketplace.com, 5164 N. College Ave., 925-2233. Tavern on the Plaza The talent behind Osteria Pronto, the delicious (and deliciously priced) Italian restaurant at the new JW Marriott downtown has added an outdoor option catering to the appetites and thirsts of pedestrians in the White River Park vicinity. At Tavern on the Plaza, you can enjoy views of the Eiteljorg and State Museums, as well as Jeff Laramore’s scarlet swoosh of public sculpture, while dining on selected items from Osteria’s indoor menu, plus a variety of dishes, like burgers and baby back ribs, prepared on the Tavern’s outdoor grill. A full bar provides top shelf cocktails and there’s a respectable beer list, featuring Sun King and Three Floyds brews. The atmosphere is casual cosmopolitan and the staff meets the Marriott standard for unfailing friendliness. www.jwindy. com, 10 S. West St., 860-5800.

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toys, lacy underthings, Western apparel and pretty but ultimately unwieldy jewelry. Listen for music by plenty of locals, including Liz Janes, Slothpop, Rob Dixon and Triology, Jascha and TJ Reynolds. Noon to 8 p.m. Free. www. harrisoncenter.org, Harrison Center for the Arts. June 11 Indy Pride Beginning with a parade that takes off from the corner of College and Massachusetts avenues at 10 a.m. and culminating in an afternoon and evening of entertainment on Veterans Mall for a gathering of over 50k, Indy Pride is the city’s largest GLBT celebration, a massive party that puts the icing on a week of programs and events. Over 150 vendors will participate and entertainers will include Jennie DeVoe, God-Des and She, and Kaci Battaglia, War Memorial, American Legion Mall. Free. For a complete schedule of the week’s events, go to www.indypride.org.

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SUMMER FESTIVALS June June 4 Asian Fest Experience Asia without leaving Indy. Asian American Alliance, Inc. (AAAI) along with Indy Parks will bring the sights, tastes and sounds of Asia to Garfield Park with the fourth annual Asia Fest. Festival highlights include: entertaining cultural performances, Bonsai show at the Conservatory and Sunken Garden, interactive cultural discovery, Asian art exhibit at the Garfield Park Arts Center, anime, food from local Asian restaurants and Asian merchandise vendors. Free. www. aaalliance.org, Garfield Park. June 4 Vintage Indiana The 12th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival showcases Indiana-

grown wine and food, and features live shows from Indiana’s most popular musicians. There are also artists booths as well as a KidZone. Adult tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the gate. Designated Drivers’ tickets are $10. I.D. is required for adult tickets. Festivalgoers aged 6 to 20 are $5, children 5 and under are free. Group ticket rates are available in advance at $20 per person in a group of 20 or more. $5-25. www.vintageindiana.com, Military Park. June 4-5 Woodruff Place Flea Market The community flea market in this historic eastside neighborhood compares itself to a Victorian Emporium. It’s worth the trip to explore this prototypical suburb’s collection of fountains, statuary, and urns as you stroll down the public esplanades the

divide Woodruff Place’s three main streets. Participating vendors donate 10 percent of proceeds to the Woodruff Place Civic League for restoration and maintenance. Woodruff Place is located between 10th and Michigan Streets just east of Arsenal Tech High School (roughly 1800 E. Michigan). Free. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. June 11 IMAF The 10th annual Independent Arts and Music Festival is as the name suggests, a showcase for artists with that cando, DIY attitude. Musicians play on two outdoor stages throughout the afternoon, while arts and crafters show off their stuff inside the Harrison as part of the INDIEana Handcraft Exchange (indieanahandicraftexchange.com). Look for screenprinted poster art, plush

June 11-12 Talbot Street Art Fair Located in the heart of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, the Talbot Street Art Fair has been cited as one of the top art fairs in the nation. Every summer, for the past 50+ years, thousands crowd this funky boulevard to check out work by artists and craftspeople from across the country. Funds generated by the Fair support scholarships, grants, workshops and artist sponsorships for programs in the metro area and the state. The Fair is bounded by 16th and 19th streets and Pennsylvania and Delaware. Free. www.talbotstreet.org. June 18 Summer Solstice Mark the Summer Solstice and the oneyear anniversary of the opening of 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park with a full day of wonder in the park. Start with yoga at dawn at Park of the Laments. Learn about this summer’s project on Andrea Zittel’s Indianapolis Island. Bring a drum and participate in a drumming circle with Steven Angel, founder of the Drumming for Life Institute (with additional drums provided by the Percussive Arts Society). Take a park tour and sample art making at the Visitors Pavilion. In case of inclement weather, all events will occur Sunday, June 19. For a full schedule, visit www.imamuseum.org. Free. www.imamuseum.org, Indianapolis Museum of Art. June 18 While we heartily recommend visiting Indiana wineries throughout the Summer, if you can only pick one then especially recommend Mallow Run’s Summer Fiesta featuring great South of the Border foods and upbeat Latin/Salsa music. Featured Music: Stacie Sandoval and Trio Con Paz. For a full schedule of events, visit www.mallowrun.com. 5 to 8 pm. Free. www.mallowrun. com, 6964 West Whiteland Road, Bargersville, 422-1556.

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June 25 Brew-Ha-Ha The annual microbrew festival that benefits the Phoenix Theatre is actually more like an outdoor block party in the 700 block of North Park Ave. between Mass Ave and East St. Clair St. in the Chatham Arch neighborhood. More than 50 beers will be available to sample from such brewers as Barley Island, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, Sun King, Upland and many, many more. There will also be plenty of good street food to wash down, and lots of live entertainment. Advnace tickets are $25, $30 at gate and cash only. $10 non-drinking/designated-driver tickets available as well. 21+ www. phoenixtheatre.org.

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June 25-26 Indian Market and Festival, The Eiteljorg Museum brings Native artists from across the country to Indianapolis to sell their art. The market and festival includes performances from some of today’s premiere Native American performers including storytellers, dancers and singers. Try unique foods including the crowd favorite, Indian tacos. There are activities for the little ones in the Dogbane Family Activity Area. Main stage performances include Branches Breath Native American Flute Music, tribal funk by Pamyua, and storytelling and songs by David R. Boxley. Advance tickets are $8 and $10 and can purchased at Marsh stores or by calling 1-800-622-2024. www.eiteljorg.org.

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JULY July 1-4 Star-Spangled Symphony on the Prairie Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is now in its 30th year of its Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Concert Series, one of the most beloved summer traditions. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head up north for an evening of excellent music under the stars. Starting June 25 and ending September 4, the series features 26 concerts at the Conner Prairie Amphitheater. The concerts July 1 through 4 will celebrate America’s independence with a collection of patriotic favorites, from the 1812 Overture (accompanied by live artillery) to Stars and Stripes Forever. And, of course, there will be fireworks. www. IndianapolisSymphony.org. July 4 Independence Day There’s plenty to do downtown on the Fourth — that is, if you can get away from grill duty and if you trust the kids to not blow their arms off with firecrackers. The President Benjamin Harrison Home (www. presidentbenjaminharrison.org) hosts the annual Ice Cream Social, dispensing ice cream for a reasonable price ($10 adults, $4 students, 4 and under free) while staging a re-enactment of Harrison’s July 4, 1888 declaration of his intention to run for President

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(spoilers: he won). The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Conner Prairie (www.connerprairie.org) allots the whole weekend (July 2-4) to its “Glorious Fourth” celebration, which includes patriotic feasts and historically accurate games, and which is, gloriously, free with general admission (which is itself free for all military personnel and half-price for family members of personnel). Downtown, let us not forget the Freedom Blast, Indiana’s largest fireworks display, blasting off from the Regions Bank Tower around 9:45 p.m., or whenever it’s good and dark. Bring lawn chairs and blankets downtown and stake out a nice view. Be prepared for the annual traffic jam on the way home. July 7-17 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration is the largest African-American event in the nation, drawing over 300,000 to downtown Indy. A kaleidoscope of programs, including business workshops, health and wellness, employment opportunities, spiritual enrichment, countless exhibits, arts events, youth activities and marquee entertainers abound, as do any number of celebrated figures from the worlds of sports, media, politics and entrepreneurship. Headliners this year Bel Biv DeVoe, Force MDS, Biz Markie, S.O.S. Band and Stephanie Mills. www.indianablackexpo.com/summer

July 8 Ice Cream Social on the Circle I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream at the 22nd annual Ice Cream Social on the Circle. For $3, treat yourself to a chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch, or caramel sundae with all the toppings you could want. While being served ice cream by local media, sports, and business celebrities, make a mental checklist to stop by the face painters, mascots, interactive games, and Molly The Cow from Purdue University Dairy Sciences. 11 am to 2

pm. www.winnersdrinkmilk.com, Monument Circle, Indianapolis, 846-8965. July 15-17 Middle Eastern Festival Food, music and dancing are in abundance at the St. George Orthodox Church for this annual festival. The á la carte menu always includes such traditional favorites as lamb shanks, kibbee, falafel, kafta, gyros, grape leaves, spinach pies, and pastries.

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Aug. 5-21 Indiana State Fair Indiana has been throwing this Hoosier party since 1851. The Indiana State Fairgrounds on east 38th St. have served as site for the bash since 1892. Over the past century, the Fair has become a late summer tradition, with its own train, rooster crowing contest, Farmer’s Day parade, hot air balloon race, harness racing, old-fashioned pancake breakfast, carnies with their Midway rides and games of “chance,” a Queen pageant and the World’s Largest DriveThru Breakfast. What’s more? 2011 is the Year of the Soybean! Check it out: www.in.gov/statefair/events/ special_events.

Indianapolis State Fair July 21-30 Marion County Fair One of the state’s biggest county gettogethers features racing pigeons, chain saw carving, gospel music, llama demonstrations, a dog show, a cheerleading contest, demolition derby, and even a meatless chili contest. Did we mention rides? How about the Panda Bear, that rotates while giving riders a bouncing motion. Or the Alpine Bobs, 18 two-passenger free swinging tubs that can run in reverse. Then there’s the Mega Drop, the Cyclops the ION and the Hammer. Marion County Fairgrounds, www.marioncountyfair.org.

AUGUST August 4-7 GenCon, The largest gaming convention in the world descends on Indianapolis every August, taking over the entirety of the convention center, not to mention other parts of downtown. If you’re already clued in, this is your best chance to take part in a massive game of Magic or to check out the latest in 12-sided dice. If you’re not hip, it’s a blast to check out the costumes, from Star Wars to Xena. $68 four-day, family and one-day options available. www.gencon.com.

Aug. 6 Taste of Downtown Easley Winery hosts the 8th annual Taste of Downtown free street festival on College Avenue between Ohio and New York. Featuring great food from your favorite local restaurants and awardwinning wines from Easley Winery. Free winery tours from 4-8pm . Performances by Good Night Gracie, Toy Factory and the Tides. Wine tasting $2 per person. www.easleywinery.com, 636-45168. Aug 9 Pet Carnival The 13th annual pet carnival will feature more than 40 local retailers and vendors, competitions and games, as well as displays by animal welfare organizations, free refreshments, discounted

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microchipping. Pets of all types, shapes, and sizes are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item to donate to one of three area animal shelters: Southside Animal Shelter, Indianapolis Animal Care & Control, and the Humane Society of Johnson County. www. indyvet.com, Indianapolis Veterinary Emergency Center, 5425 Victory Drive, 782-4418. Aug. 19-29 IndyFringe Festival IndyFringe mixes local, national and international performers for ten days and hundreds of performances at venues (all within walking distance of one another) throughout the Mass Ave. Cultural District. Comedy, drama, dance and offbeat combinations of all three are on offer. A $3 Festival Badge buys you entry to all shows for the run of the festival at a cost of $10 per show, payable at the door (with every dime of that $10 going directly to the performers), 30 minutes before curtain. In the meantime, you can enjoy street performers staging happenings up and down Mass Ave, as well as the district’s rich selection of restaurants and bars. www.indyfringe.org.

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Aug 20 Walk in the Park Art Show Take a stroll through Ellenberger park and enjoy over 45 displays of local artists and craftworkers. Live music and local food vendors will be included in this day-long art fair. Noon-6 pm, Free. www.irvingtonart.org. Ellenberger Park, 327-7275. Aug. 27 Feast of Lanterns Acquired in 1898, Spades Park, on the city’s Eastside (1800 Nowland Ave.), is heavily wooded and bounded by a creek. It’s a sylvan setting for the annual Feast of Lanterns, a neighborhood festival which features hundreds of handmade paper lanterns, bedecking the trees and illuminating the night. The festival actually gets started in the afternoon, with games for kids, live musical entertainment and plenty of good food. Then, at dusk, there’s a festival parade, the lamps are lit, and the fun really begins. Admission is free and the lanterns are beautiful. www.indyfeast.org.

SEPTEMBER Sept. 2-5 Rib America Festival With purveyors of barbeque from Georgia, Arkansas, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and Tennessee, as well as our own Squealers BBQ all coming together for a summit of smoke. The live soundtrack does a nice job of attending to locals while still paying the bills by bringing in big names. Locals this year including Healing Sixes, Jennie DeVoe, WT Feaster, The Last Good Year and Borrow Tomorrow. Headliners including Jonny Lang, KC & the Sunshine Band, The Doobie Brothers, Blind Melon and Everclear. Tickets and times vary, check web site for details. www. ribamerica.com. Military Park, 801 W. Washington St., 233-2434. Sept. 8-11 Oktoberfest Indianapolis has a long history of German immigrants settling in the city and continuing to celebrate culture from the homeland even as they adapted to Hoosier life. While an annual Oktoberfest celebration dates back more than 200 years, these days German Park on the city’s southside is home to the annual party. Founded in 1934 by the Federation of German Societies, a group of 22 organizations dedicated to perpetuating German culture in Indianapolis, the 15-acre park is shaded with sycamore and walnut trees and, in September, it serves as site for Oktoberfest, an annual gathering that seeks to recreate the spirit of Munich’s famous festival in Indianapolis with beer, brats, dancing, and an array of midway rides. wwwindianapolisgak.com.

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Sept. 9-10 Indianapolis Greek Festival The Greek Festival has been going strong in Indianapolis for almost four decades, and it’s one of the most popular ethnic gatherings in the city. Now firmly settled in a new northside location in Carmel (3500 W. 106th St.), the festival continues the traditions of Greek culture, food and music that have made it so popular for so long. Check web site for ticket and event details closer to event date. www. indygreekfest.org. Sept. 10 French Market Festival St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church dates back to 1929. While its annual French-inspired free festival is a relative newcomer, at 20 years-old, it has, nevertheless, established a firm identity for itself as a community fixture on the near Northside. The food is a big reason why: seafood crepes, escargot en croute, French onion soup, beignets, tarte flambé, quiche, French Dip roast beef and Provencal chicken are all available – even Marcel Proust’s madeleines. There’s also live entertainment, artisan’s booths, a bake sale and children’s games and food until 5 p.m. The festival runs from noon until 10 p.m. www.sjoa.org. Sept. 10 Penrod Art Fair Whether you think it marks the end of summer or the beginning of fall, Penrod has a knack for usually getting the weather gods to play ball. Thousands of people can be counted on to show up for this 44 year-old arts extravaganza on the bucolic grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Over 300 artists, six stages of live entertainment, an extensive children’s area, and over 50 arts-related exhibitors – plus plenty of food drink vendors make Penrod one of the nation’s largest single-day art fairs. www.penrod.org. Sept. 16-18 Irish Fest All things Celtic reign o’er downtown’s Military Park for this three-day annual Irish celebration. There’s plenty of foot-stomping music, and a seemingly endless supply of beer. But there are also sheep herding exhibitions, an Irish toast contest, a rugby jamboree, a hurling tournament (as in the sport!), an Irish breed dog show and, on Sunday, a Catholic Mass to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The festival closes on Sunday at 6:45 with a jam involving all the participating festival bands. www.indyirishfest Sept. 17 Fiesta Indianapolis Latino cuisine, rollicking dance music, cold drinks and lots and lots of people: these are the foolproof ingredients that contribute to making the annual Fiesta celebration one of Indy’s most joyous outdoor parties. Located on the American Legion Mall, replete with great views of the city, Fiesta crowns National Hispanic Heritage Month. Attendance typically tops out at around 35,000. www.laplaza-indy.org.


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Festivals and Series The Biergarten at the Rathskeller We trust you already know about the Biergarten. Maybe you count down the days until Polka Boy opens it up in late April (the Biergarten hosts some shows under a heated tent during the winter, but it’s not quite the same). Maybe you wish you didn’t live next door to a facsimile of a Munich beer hall, although the music, which leans towards rock, blues and R&B, doesn’t stretch too far into the night. The city’s best spot to dance on a picnic table. Times and days vary; check schedule at rathskeller.com), cover varies (around $5), 21+. Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival Not so interested in this year’s VWMC country mega-ticket (which for the record, includes performances by Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts)? Want the good stuff? Well, it’s right down there in Bean Blossom, where more than 50 bluegrass bands, including the genre’s biggest names, gather together for about a week each summer, playing the mainstage before heading to the parking lot to pick into the night. Featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley, Larry Sparks and J.D. Crowe. June 11-18, Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground, Bean Blossom, times and prices vary (check beanblossom.us).

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SUMMER MUSIC Concerts in the Parks We really don’t have the space to talk about all the free musical offerings Indy Parks presents during the summer, but we’ll try to touch on the most impressive series. First off, there’s our city’s largest park, Eagle Creek Park, which will present a lineup of acoustic music and jazz Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. between June 1 and August 31. Check out farmer folkie Tim Grimm, Irish shanty belters Hogeye Navvy and bluegrass outfit Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters on the folk side, with up-and-coming saxophonist Jared Thompson and fiddler Cathy Morris among the jazz performers. Moving on, Watkins Park has Saturdays covered, with late afternoon (4 or 5 p.m.)

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jazz and blues concerts by the some of the same guys you can see every Saturday night at local bars: funk legend Billy Ball and the Upsetters, smooth jazz dude Gregg Bacon, bassist Brandon Meeks, Indiana Ave. trumpeter Clifford Ratliff. Garfield Park is homebase for pops and jazz, with Thursday night concerts by community bands stretching from June 2 to July 28, including performances by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis and the Pride of Indy Concert Band. One might start off every other Friday night (beginning May 13) at Broad Ripple Park with an “original music” series featuring indie rockers Slothpop, finger-style guitarist Michael Kelsey and country

swing act Christabel and the Jons, among others. And one Irvington-based act — say, minimalist balladeer Kate Lamont, roots-rock band The Brains Behind Pa or roaming trouabadour Martine Locke — will take the Ellenberger Park stage each month. That’s not to mention country at Southeastway Park and an eclectic lineup at Holliday Park, as well as one-off events, such as August 27’s celebration of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. All the details are at indyparks.org; we’d suggest downloading their Summer Fun Guide to get all the listings in one place.

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Concerts on the Canal If you’d like, you can buy a table ($45 for 8, $35 for 4; cheaper for IHS members) at the Indiana History Center from which to watch their Concerts on the Canal, an eclectic, familyfriendly series that includes plenty of big bands, a little Latin and a July 4th pre-fireworks concert. But there’s also plenty of free seating if you’re clever — on the knoll opposite the center, on the stairs leading to the terrace; maybe on the canal itself, though we don’t advise that. Thursdays 6-8 p.m. (except June 30), 6 p.m., Indiana History Center, tables available for purchase (free seating on the outskirts), indianahistory.org. Cool Creek Concerts Series If our rundown of Indy Parks concerts didn’t overwhelm you, we’ll direct to the sylvan grounds of Cool Creek Park, where the Cool Creek Concert Series runs for about a month each summer. Concerts run every Friday from June 10 to July 15 and feature some local faves: rock-polka hybrid Polka Boy (June 10), blues-rock act The Snakehandlers (June 24), Muncie-based country duo Cook & Belle (July 15) and cover bands The Bishops (June 17) and The Flying Toasters (July 8). 6 p.m. gates; $5 adults, 12 and under free; hamiltoncounty.in.gov. Groovin’ in the Garden Easley Winery presents free music on every Tuesday and Saturday between May 17 and September 27 as part of its Groovin’ in the Garden series, with a mostly-local lineup featuring jazz (the straight-ahead Monika Herzig duo,


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the café-jazz-ish Tonos Triad), reggae (Indiana Island Band) and folk-rock (Luke Austin Daughterty). To be precise, the Garden basically doubles as the parking lot of the winery, but there’s a bit of foliage — and, thankfully, plenty of tables with umbrellas, though the winery invites latecomers to bring along their own chairs. Tuesdays 5-7 p.m., Saturdays 2-5 p.m., Easley Winery, free, easleywinery.com/groovin. Independent Music + Art Festival It is as it sounds: a showcase for artists with that can-do, DIY attitude. Musicians play on two outdoor stages throughout the afternoon, while arts and crafters show off their stuff inside the Harrison as part of the INDIEana Handcraft Exchange (indieanahandicraftexchange.com). Look for screenprinted poster art, plush toys, lacy underthings, Western apparel and pretty but ultimately unwieldy jewelry. Listen for music by plenty of locals, including Liz Janes, Slothpop, Rob Dixon and Triology, Jascha and TJ Reynolds. June 11, 12-8 p.m., Harrison Center for the Arts, free, harrisoncenter.org. Indy Jazz Fest We wish we could tell you about Indy Jazz Fest’s lineup for this year, but that announcement won’t come until June. But if last year is any indication, the fest will start with a week of concerts, most of them held at The Jazz Kitchen, some of them featuring big names (Dee Dee Bridgewater and Preservation Hall Jazz Band last year). And then the big outdoor concert, likely to be held in Broad Ripple’s Opti-Park, will fall on Saturday and feature a couple more headliners. But that’s just our educated guess; check out indyjazzfest.net for updates. Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Our favorite way to close out the summer, Bloomington’s Lotus Festival offers an exemplary mix of music for both dance and contemplation in a variety of venues ranging from outdoor tents to church sanctuaries. Obviously the tents are for dancing, with beats provided by, depending on the year, Balkan dance bands, American old-school funk acts or

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Afro-beat ensembles. And seated audiences can (say) catch an ecstatic Iraqi acoustic act just before a solo Armenian singer, followed by a Corsican a cappella quartet. September 22-25, Bloomington, ticket options vary, lotusfest.org. Mojostock An electronic and jam festival presented by web portal and event promotions outfit IndyMojo, Mojostock largely takes place during a 24-hour span, making an overnight stay pretty much essential — plus, you will likely be in no shape for driving as the night wears on. Really, it’s impossible not to get stoned in a place named Sleepybear Campground, Mojostock’s venue, adjacent to Verizon Wireless Music Center. On the bill thus far: L.A. dubsteppers Cyberoptics, Louisville house act Disco Aliens and locals Adam Jay, Max Allen Band, Andy D and Psynapse. July 29-30; Sleepybear Campground, Noblesville; 21+; mojostockindy.com. Rib America Well, it’s more like Rib Midwest — editions of Rib America will take place in St. Louis and Indianapolis this year, with our version falling on September 2-5 in Military Park. The lineup does a nice job of attending to locals while still paying the bills by bringing in big names. Locals this year including Healing Sixes, Jennie DeVoe, WT Feaster, The Last Good Year and Borrow Tomorrow. Headliners including Jonny Lang, KC & the Sunshine Band, The Doobie Brothers, Blind Melon and Everclear. September 2-5, Military Park, tickets and time vary, ribamerica.com. Stable Studios Music Festival In the past few years, Stable Studios, a recording studio located on a huge patch of land in Spencer, has found its way on the radar without a whole lot of fanfare, hosting a smattering of outdoor, campout-style events usually aimed towards the jam scene. This year’s lineup for their signature event, the Stable Studios Music Festival, is jampacked with pretty famous headliners (Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, 7 Walkers, Headtronics, Chicago Afrobeat Project) and a whole bunch of locals (Shaggy Wonda, Ladymoon, Waldemere


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The Decemberists Revival). June 17-19; Stable Studios, Spencer; $50 pre-sale, $70 gate; stablestudios.net. Summer Music Track Stealing some business away from Verizon Wireless Music Center, Anderson’s Hoosier Park will present a series of concerts under the headline of Summer Music Track, many of them featuring nostalgia bands typically seen at that venue down in Noblesville — REO Speedwagon (June 11), America and Poco (June 17) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (September 3). Still, you can’t speak ill of Smokey Robinson (July 2), who played the Madame Walker Theatre when he was last around these parts. With attractive country singers Gary Allan (July 8) and Josh Turner (August 5). Hoosier Park, Anderson; ticket prices vary; hoosierpark.com.

Concerts June 9 Alison Krauss & Union Station A bluegrass wunderkind who recorded her first album at age 14, fiddler and singer-songwriter Alison Krauss has led the adult contemporary-friendly bluegrass band Union Station since the mid-’80s, with time along the way for one-off projects such as her 2007 collaboration with Robert Plant, Raising Sand. Her soundtrack work on Oh Brother Where Are Thou? and Cold Mountain thrust her into the spotlight in the mid-‘90s — and into a $2 million pair of sandals, which she wore on the red carpet at the 2004 Oscars. With Dobro maestro Jerry Douglas. 7:30 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $29.50-$69.50 (plus fees).

June 10 The Black Keys The guys in Akron-born, bluessteeped, guitar-and-drums duo The Black Keys share a few things in common with The White Stripes — a Midwestern background and the same instrumentation, for sure, but also a rise to prominence that couldn’t have been easily predicted, given the rough edge of both groups. Their 2010 release Brothers won a Grammy Best Alternative Music Album, whatever that means anymore. With legendary Stax organist Booker T. Jones and the sultry, powerful soul singer Nicole Atkins. 8 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $35 (plus fees).

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June 14 Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs Flanneled crooner Ray LaMontagne has outpaced most of his contemporaries (Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine) who used to be lumped under alt-country. And he’s done so by keeping it loose and soulful, turning in radio-ready ballads in the key of Van Morrison as well as country and rock workouts on the deeper cuts. His latest album, 2010’s God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise, finally lists his backing band on the cover. With Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters. 7 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $29.50-$45 (plus fees). June 25 Umphrey’s McGee The South Bend-born, now-Chicago based jam band Umphrey’s McGee has long enjoyed a huge local following. And they deserve it, not least because the guys in the band are good friends

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to local bands, having loaned the Twin Cats some gear after the Indy-based group was robbed last year in Chicago. Not to mention that a full-fledged live album, 2007’s Live at the Murat, was recorded at our local temple to the Egyptian gods. With soul dudes Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. 7 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $25 (plus fees). July 2 Mötley Crüe, Poison, New York Dolls Hugely influential proto-punk group New York Dolls, reunited since 2004 and still actively writing new material, might be the best reason to check out this metal nostalgia concert at VWMC. The Crüe attempted a return to form on 2008’s Saints of Los Angeles, which was received as competent but mostly irrelevant, a tribute to a brand of L.A. hedonism that died around the time Less Than Zero was published. And the Bret Michael’s reality show empire overshadows his old band Poison these days. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Wireless Music Center, $25-$99.50 (plus fees). July 4 Florence + the Machine Much like Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, the Londoner Florence Welsh manages to pour a lot of blues into her punk anthems, which have reached charts on both sides of the ocean since 2009. She’s been nominated for a trunkload of best newcomer-type awards in the past three years, winning a few lesser-profile ones while being passed over for this year’s Grammy for Best New Artist, which went not to nominees Florence or Beiber but Esperanza Spalding. With garage soul multi-instrumentalist Hanni El Khatib. 7 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $25-$35 (plus fees).

July 7 Warped Tour The annual punk rock festival rolls back into Noblesville. On the main stage: punk giants Against Me!, ska-punk vets Less than Jake, reggae rockers Pepper, pop-punk band A Day to Remember, alt-rockers D.R.U.G.S. and metalcore from The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria and Attack Attack! Add in about 60 other bands on stages tucked into every nook and cranny of VWMC, and you’ve got yourself a sweaty, crowded event designed for those 25 and under, who are probably not learning about it through this blurb. 11 a.m., Verizon Wireless Music Center, $33.50 advance, $41.50 door (plus fees). August 2 Wiz Khalifa Back so soon, Wiz? The Pittsburghborn emcee, who is ever so fond of his marijuana, to the extent that he’ll soon stand charges for possession on his tour bus, was last in town in early January, when he played two gigs at the Egyptian Room, the second added after the quick sell-out of the first. So that would explain it: Hoosiers just love that ubiquitous ode to Khalifa’s hometown, “Black and Yellow,” a Billboard number one single. With Kanye protégé Big Sean and Wiz protege Chevy Woods. 7 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $32.50-$35 (plus fees). August 5 The Decemberists The literate folk-rock group headed even further into R.E.M. territory on its latest record, The King is Dead, which featured that band’s guitarist’s Peter Buck on three tracks, as well as the ghost of Michael Stipe, who hovers over the whole project. But The Decemberists have always been the sum of their influences, in a good way, with ‘70s British folk looming larger in the past.


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Ke$ha The King topped the Billboard Top 200 album chart in January, hastening the group’s rise to big-ticket status. 7:30 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $25-$35 (plus fees). August 7 Mayhem Festival Organized by Warped founder Kevin Lyman as a metal counterpart to his punk festival, Mayhem has thus far been a smaller affair than Warped, featuring name-brand names on its main stage, with fewer up-and-comers to fill out the bill and the VWMC grounds. Headlining this year are Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames and Trivium, with additional acts Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Straight Line Stitch playing the Extreme Stage, and Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow and Redfang on a mobile stage. 1:30 p.m., Verizon Wireless Music Center, $25$49.50 (plus fees). August 17 Janet Jackson Maybe an unlikely pick for the State Fair, but it’s nice to see Miss Jackson back in her home state. There’s a theme to this year’s tour, Number Ones: Up Close and Personal, which will see Jackson performing exclusively from her 35 number one hits (originally in 35 cities, but we count 55 at this point, so those numbers no longer line up). It’s her first tour since 2008, and in the interim, she acted in a couple Tyler Perry movies, including his dramatic adaptation, For Colored Girls, and wrote a self-help book, True You. 7:30 p.m., Indiana State Fair, $46-$86 (plus fees). August 20 Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow You know, I was thinking: the world doesn’t have enough Ted Nugents. You know, enough power chord riffing, American flag wearing, pussy joke spouting, disgusting hair sporting dudes. Thank you for becoming Ted Nugent, Kid Rock. Sheryl Crow, who has collaborated with Rock on a couple singles, knows how to turn a phrase or two (most of those hits are still listenable), and has kept things fresh lo these many albums after she broke, trying on Memphis soul for size on 2010’s 100 Miles from Memphis. 7 p.m., Verizon Wireless Music Center, $29.50-$79.50 (plus fees).

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August 23 Ke$ha The happily sleazy dance-pop singer Ke$ha returns to make up a VWMC date canceled towards the last minute last year. Her openers are of interest: electro-rap duo LMFAO hit it big with “I’m in Miami Bitch” a couple years back, and delivered a year later with a album-worth of party rap that’s a little more ironic about its blinginess than Ke$ha’s work; and Spanx Rock mixes art-rap and party rap a little more seriously than LMFAO, all while performing in flesh-toned Spanx for Men. 7:30 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $39.50-$59.50 (plus fees). August 25 Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band Get it? Coral reefer? It’s a conflation of reef and reefer. Good times. Verizon regular Dave Matthews is skipping our town this year (playing weekend gigs in four cities instead, including in Chicago July 8-10), but Buffett plays on, recovered from a gash on the head sustained this January in Australia, playing from a selection of greatest hits and more recent efforts, most recently his 2009 studio album, Buffet Hotel. This year’s tour is titled “Welcome to Fin Land.” 8 p.m., Verizon Wireless Music Center, $36.50-$136.50. August 29 Guster, Jack’s Mannequin A couple pop-rock act share headlining duties at The Lawn. Once a goofy college-rock trio comprised of acoustic guitars and bongos, Guster has grown into a serious pop band while on the job. But through the growing process, they’ve kept much of the charming lightness and quirkiness that made them an unlikely success when they launched from Tufts in the mid-‘90s. Drawing from a younger fan base than Guster, Jack’s Mannequin mixes piano-pop and power ballads, sometimes with the energy and intelligence of kindred spirit Ben Folds. 7 p.m., The Lawn at White River State Park, $26-$36 (plus fees).


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Summer sports (left to right): Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Fever, NUVO Cycling and Circle City Derby Girls.

SPORTS TEAMS: Circle City Derby Girls The Circle City Derby Girls have all your roller derby needs taken care of, and we’re not talking about the roller derby of old. Forget the fights and the flash — these girls are hardboiled athletes who take their sport seriously. And they do it for free. In a world where million dollar sponsorships and stale advertising campaigns are commonplace, this is exhilarating. These ladies have collected torn tendons, dislocated ankles and broken bones to bring roller derby in all its gravel and glory to the Indianapolis area. www.circlecityderbygirls.com Indiana Fever Four years after the start of the WNBA and only 90 years after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Indiana Fever was born as an expansion franchise to coincide with the opening of Conseco Fieldhouse in 2000. Still a young team, the Fever has shown Indy they mean business. By 2005, they had already appeared in the playoffs a handful of times. In ’08, when the owners were threatening them with disbandment after a lackluster season, these ladies answered back with their best season yet. The future looks bright for the Fever. www.wnba.com/fever

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Indiana Speed Longing for the gridiron? Fear not, for football is still available to you, thanks to the Indiana Speed, Indianapolis’ professional women’s football team. The Speed plays with the kind of passion only found in people who truly love what they do. In the past, there have been winning seasons and division titles, and there are have been MVPs and All Pro players. But this year, there is only one goal: the championship. Home games are played at Park Tudor High School Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and boast a following of rabid fans who love to root for their team. www.indianaspeed.com Indianapolis Indians Some might be irked that Indy doesn’t have a professional baseball team to call its own, but nothing beats traveling downtown to see our Indians. Victory Field — voted the Best Minor League Ballpark in America by Sports Illustrated — is a stadium that has the best of the modern amenities, as well as an oldtime feel that lends considerable charm to America’s favorite pastime. Get your tickets to a regular season game or the locally famous Monday Dollar Menu Night (alas, the beer remains full price) — either way, it’s bound to be a great game. www.indyindians.com

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O’Reilly Raceway Park Formally known as the Indianapolis Raceway Park until O’Reilly Auto Parts bought it in 2006, many racing fans might be surprised to know that the majority of motorsport events in Indianapolis are held at this versatile raceway every year. This multipurpose racing facility has been around since 1961. Whether you are a fan of NASCAR events, midget car racing, sprint car events, drag racing or even road racing, this raceway’s got all you need. www.oreillyracewaypark.com

EVENTS: JUNE 4 Mayor’s Bike Ride Join the city of Indy and the Marion Co. Public Health Dept. for the 3rd annual Mayor’s Bike Ride. This year, the summer cycling event will follow and highlight the newest bicycle lanes on Lafayette Road, key stretches of asphalt and awesomeness that will help to put an emphasis on healthier lifestyles, cleaner air and less traffic congestion. Free kids’ bike helmets will be given away while supplies last. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the ride at 10 a.m., beginning at Fishback Creek Public Academy Free. www.hhc.kavi.com/ events/bikeride

June 25 NITE Ride Is there anything sweeter than this annual CIBA event, Navigate Indy After Dark, where thousands of bicyclers occupy closed streets throughout Indy on a 20 mile trek? You ride along in a river of fellow bicyclers, some in costume, others singing songs, and get to experience the postcard picture version of your town, all accompanied by the flashing red lights affixed to the back of the bikes. At the end, everyone gathers for a party at the Velodrome for grub, brews and live music: Utopian joy. Registration: 4-10 p.m.; ride: 11 p.m., beginning at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium. $29. www.niteride.org. July 4 Indianapolis Indians vs. Toledo Mud Hens If we were going to pick one game, it would be this one. Who are the Indians playing? Who cares. This is the 4th of July Fireworks/Flag Giveaway game, and we can’t think of baseball without thinking of American flags, apple pie and fireworks (there are big ones following the game). The 4th of July holiday is a perfect way to celebrate your Indianapolis Indians. The first 10,000 fans get a flag, and the first 15,000 get a rally towel. Okay, if you must know, the Indians are playing the Toledo Mud Hens: 6 p.m., Victory Field, $9 and up. www.indyindians.com.


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July 5 Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm We chose this particular game to remind you about the Fever and how you should attend many of their bouts. But this, friends, is the re-match against last year’s WNBA Champions, the Seattle Storm. Our Fever finished 3rd in their conference last year and barely lost the 2009 Championship in an exciting, to-the-buzzer, five-game series. So here’s our chance to show the players our loving support, by wreaking verbal vengeance upon the competition. As always, a Fever game is a great time. Bring your friends and have fun. 7 p.m., Conseco Fieldhouse, $11 and up. www.wnba.com/fever. July 9 Circle City Socialites vs. Rockford Rage Roller derby has turned into one of Indy’s most beloved sporting events — we love our gals circling the flat derby track trying to compete for hegemony, and thus bragging rights. On this day, you can watch Indy’s Circle City Socialites battle the Rockford-based Rockford Rage in a competition they are calling “Beach Blanket Brawl.” The night will also feature the Race City Rebels, starting at 6 p.m., with the main bout beginning at 7:45 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., Forum at Fishers (9022 E. 126th St.), $10 in advance, $12 at the door. www.circlecitysocialites.com. July 31 Brickyard 400 The crown jewel of NASCAR races. Named for the brick paved track of the old Speedway, the Brickyard 400 is NASCAR’s most attended event of the year. At the time of the inaugural race in 1994, the Brickyard was the only race to be held at the Speedway, other than the renowned Indy 500. Show up for the race or just the qualifications-either way you’re in for a lot of hot grills, cheap beer and fast cars. Cost varies from practice day to race day, including combo packages. Times vary, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, $10 and up. www. indianapolismotorspeedway.com

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the American-style racing up close as hundreds of cyclists from across the Midwest pedal past at 25-35 mph. The shut-down streets become a block party for those of us on foot — just the way Indy ought to be in the summertime. There are 10k in prizes and cash for the riders, and we all get the prize of attending the after party at the Rathskellar. 11 a.m., Mass Ave (Chatterbox is race HQ), free for spectators. www.mac.nuvo.net. August 13 Race Away From Domestic Violence There are lots of races and runs and marathon events all summer long, but this one caught our eye. It’s a fundraiser for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an organization geared toward eliminating domestic violence across our fine state. So you can race with a social justice purpose. Individual and team registrations are available, and awards will be given to top age group finishers; categories are the 5k walk, run and wheel chair roll; and a children’s race. 8 a.m., IU Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Registration: $20 in advance, $25 on race day. www.icadvinc.org. August 28 Indianapolis Grand Prix The MotoGP is a relatively new racing event to come to the Speedway. The inaugural race was held in 2008, and it has only gained popularity since. It was held 99 years after the last motorcycle event took pace at the Speedway in 1909, but these bikes are nothing like the bikes of old—they’re faster, they’re more dangerous. and they’re covered in sponsors. Aug. 26 is Practice Day, and Aug. 27 is Qualifying Day. Cost varies from practice day to race day, including combo packages. Times vary, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, www. indianapolismotorspeedway.com

August 6 Eagle Creek Half/ Full Trail Marathon anet We love the sound of “Planet ization Adventure,” and this organization way — — throws all sorts of events our way in aa you can engage with the planett in Mom way that’s healthy for you and Mom Earth. We especially liked the idea of their Eagle Creek Half/Full Trail Marathon. The scenic trail loop is 6.55 miles long — half marathoners will run this once, and full marathoners will complete it twice. There are gear and cash prizes for the top three overall male and female runners. Ages 18 and up, races begin at 9:00 a.m, Eagle Creek Park. Registration begins at $23. www.planetadventure.com. August 13 New Belgium Mass Ave Criterium Likely the best bicycle race of the year takes place on the shut-down streets of Mass Ave’s Cultural District. See

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IMA SUMMER NIGHTS June 3 Mommie Dearest Based on the novel about Joan Crawford, this camp classic is an extreme story of a daughter’s struggle to please her adopted mother and a mother’s struggle to conform her adopted daughter into her own mold. Joan, circa 1939, feels there is a void in her life and seeks to fill her empty Brentwood mansion with a child. She adopts Christina, and the two embark on a journey toward an unattainable perfection. Released 1981, directed by F. Perry. Runs 129 minutes. Rated R. June 10 Blue Hawaii The perfect summer flick with surfing, youthful rebellion and a classic soundtrack that only the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll could do justice — and he does. Elvis Presley stars as Chad Gates, a trust fund baby who chooses a job at a tourist agency instead of taking over the family’s pineapple business. Released 1961, directed by N. Taurog. Runs 102 minutes. Rated PG.

Summer Nights Film Series at the IMA includes Top Gun, July 29.

SUMMER MOVIES FESTIVALS June 3-August 26 IMA Summer Nights Film Series Featuring everything from Top Gun to Mommie Dearest, this year’s Summer Nights film series at the Indianapolis Museum of Art boasts an eclectic range of films (as it does every year). Better yet, they are going to be screened outside in the museum’s spectacular amphitheater (so bring your lawn chairs and bug repellant!). The gates open for picnicking at 6 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for the public; films begin every Friday at 9 p.m. www.imamuseum. org, $10 public, $5 members, free for children 6 and under. July 1-3 Days of the Dead A celebration of all things that go bump in the night, this event promises to be a “new breed of horror convention.” Guests include Gary Busey (Predator 2), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), makeup master Tom

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Savini, and more. Heather Langenkamp, the heroine of 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, will be there as well for the world premiere of her documentary I Am Nancy (in which she discusses battling Freddy Krueger). This is one of the headlining films of the weekend’s Fangoria Film Festival. To coincide with it, prop enthusiast Mike Becker will present the souvenir-filled Nightmare on Elm Street Museum. Wyndham Indianapolis West (2544 Executive Dr.), www. daysofthedead.net, $20 per day, $40 for a weekend pass. July 9-10 Indiana Black Expo Film Festival Features a slew of compelling films that speak to the African American experience, including award-winning documentaries screened at the Heartland Film Festival, directed by established, as well as emerging, filmmakers. All films will be screened in the lovely Toby Theater at the IMA. This is just one of the many events at the Indiana

Black Expo — a pillar of the African American community for the last 37 years. Ticket prices vary. IMA’s Toby Theatre (4000 Michigan Rd.). www. indianablackexpo.com July 14-24 Indianapolis International Film Festival This year’s roster of films has not yet been announced. However, based on the films that have been screened here in the past (such as Skateland and (500) Days of Summer), we can assure you that this is a festival you do not want to miss. All films are showing at the IMA’s Toby Theater and DeBoest Lecture Hall. IMA (4000 Michigan Rd.), www.indyfilmfest.org, All Access Pass: $150 ($75 for members), 10-ticket bundle: $80. Students, seniors, veterans or members of the IMA or Columbia Club can enjoy any of the scheduled screenings that start before 5 p.m. for just $5. Just bring your ID or membership card to the Indy Film Fest box office for discounted tickets.

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*June 17 The Sandlot A rag-tag group of suburban kids fill their 1962 summer with pick-up baseball games at the local sandlot. But soon their summer of fun turns into a dangerous mission to retrieve a Babe Ruth-signed baseball from the mysterious Beast. Released 1993, directed by D. Evans. Runs 101 minutes. Rated PG. June 24 The Wiz Ease on down the yellow brick road on June 24 with IMA’s showing of The Wiz—a fresh take on the classic tale of Dorothy and the ruby slippers. Heralded as a black version of Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz is set to a lively soundtrack of gospel, soul, and rock. Released 1978, directed by S. Kumet. Runs 134 minutes. Rated G. July 1 Zoolander Ben Stiller-Owen Wilson-Will Ferrell comedy about the dark underworld of male modeling. Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is eclipsed by his rival, the younger, hotter male model Hansel (Wilson). The two must put aside their differences to stop the evil designer Mugatu from murdering a world leader. Released 2001, directed by B. Stiller. Runs 89 minutes. Rated R. July 8 Poltergeist The story of young Carol Anne Freeling’s connection with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television. The otherworldly beings haunt the Freeling family: Innocently at first, but eventually they grow to be evil and sinister, finally abducting young Carol Anne. Released 1982, directed by T. Hooper. Runs 114 minutes. Rated PG.


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July 15 Clerks Cult comedy about an average convenience store clerk, Dante Hicks, in New Jersey. The movie follows Hicks (Brian O’Hallaran) through a not-soaverage day, starting with his being called in to work on his day off. Hicks’ day goes from bad to worse with obnoxious and unintelligent customers, news that his ex-girlfriend (whom he is still in love with) is getting married, broken shutters, incompetent coworkers and more. Released 1994, directed by K. Smith. Runs 92 minutes. Rated R. July 22 Indianapolis International Film Festival As part of IIFF, the IMA will screen a ‘secret’ film outdoors during the regularly scheduled Summer Nights programming. Consult the IMA web site closer to the date for the announcement of what film has been chosen. www.imamuseum. org. July 29 Top Gun Tom Cruise stars as Maverick, a bullheaded and talented pilot that struggles to succeed at Top Gun flight school in this ‘80s classic also staring Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. In his mission to become the best pilot, Maverick upsets his fellow students and falls for an instructor... Released 1986, directed by T. Scott. Runs 110 minutes. Rated PG. August 5 Grease Sing-A-Long Sing along to the hit musical Grease. Belt your heart out to “Hopelessly Devoted” and croon away to “Summer Nights” as you join Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, Kanicki, Frenchie and the whole gang for their senior year at Rydell High. Released 1978, directed by Randal Kleiser. Runs 110 minutes. Rated PG-13. August 12 To Catch a Thief Hitchcock’s thriller proves suspense movies can be romantic, stylish and still keep you on the edge of your seat. Cary Grant stars as retired burglar John Robie, who is working for a diamond tycoon to protect the millionaire’s fortune from copy cat thieves looking to emulate Robie’s own success as a thief. In the process, Robie meets and falls for the tycoon’s daughter, played by Kelly. Released 1955, directed by A. Hitchcock. Runs 106 minutes. Not rated.

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August 19 Labryinth After wishing her half-brother Toby away to the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie), Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) tries desperately to save him. Her only chance at rescuing her brother is to complete King Jareth’s labyrinth within 13 hours, otherwise, Toby will be his forever. Released 1986, directed by J. Henson. Runs 101 minutes. Rated PG. August 26 Superman The Summer Nights Film Series comes to a close with Superman on Aug.

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26. Clark Kent, a newspaper reporter in Metropolis, has a secret behind his trench coat and glasses: He’s Superman. Superman is the last survivor of the doomed planet Krypton, and as such, he has super powers that humans cannot possess. Superman fights for good and faces the ultimate challenge when evil Lex Luthor tries to take over the world. Released 1978, directed by R. Donner. Runs 143 minutes. Rated PG.

VINTAGE MOVIE NIGHTS June 18 W.C. Fields Comedy Night Film collector, preservationist and historian Eric Grayson will share one of his favorite vintage films each month at the Garfield Park Arts Center for the Vintage Movie Nights series. He is kicking off June with this W.C. Fields marathon, which features a compilation of the classic funnyman’s best short films — The Golf Specialist (1930), A Fatal Glass of Beer (1932) and The Dentist (1932). According to the event description, there are some surprises in store during the screening as well. Garfield Park, 8-9:30 p.m., 2432 Conservatory Dr., www.indyparks.org, $3 in advance or at the door. July 23 Sabaka The legendary Boris Karloff stars in this adventure film about a young elephant trainer who traipses across the deserts of India in search of the evil cult that killed his family. Karloff is one of the many men who stand in the boy’s way. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? We think so. Be sure to thank film historian Eric Grayson for introducing you to this forgotten gem when you see it at Garfield Park (a fitting location for a swash-buckling adventure like this one). 8-9:30 p.m., 2432 Conservatory Dr., www.indyparks.org, $3 in advance or at the door. August 20 The Hoosier Schoolmaster Oddly enough, there are three films that share this title. This is the third one, the most recent one that is, made in 1935. In this version, an ex-Union soldier rises from the ashes of the Civil War and sets out to become a schoolmaster in his small town. However, many of the locals still harbor resentment against Yankees like him. So, this guy is in quite a pickle as he faces not only the town bullies, but a vicious gang of nightriders as well. 8 to 9:30 p.m., 2432 Conservatory Dr., www.indyparks.org, $3 in advance or at the door.

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The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook The annual Kentucky Derby race lasts two-plus minutes and is up for grabs. This richly illustrated cookbook by Albert W. A. Schmid is a long-term winning bet compiled into four seasons of easily followed Kentucky bourbon-inspired recipes it includes recipes for cocktails, desserts (Bourbon-Pecan Crème Brulée with Chocolate Sauce) and savory fare, such as Steaks with Bourbon Ginger Sauce. With bourbon lore, food traditions and Kentucky history, Schmid inspires home cooks and professionals to creatively utilize bourbon’s flavor profiles. Formerly an executive chef, Schmid teaches at Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies and is also author of The Hospitality Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits.

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SUMMER READS 61 Humorous & Inspiring Lessons I Learned from Baseball Howard Kellman, the longtime voice of the Indianapolis Indians on radio and television, writes like his sports reporting — to the point, witty and easy to enjoy. “His lessons” are based on historical events and personal encounters and observations are gossipy, pithy revelations for personal and public good. Some make you say “ouch” but most make you feel proud to love baseball. It’s a quick read first time through. The second and third time you stop to think about the innate wisdom Kellman puts into two-tothree-page narratives. At 130 pages, it’s perfect to peruse during long stretches of slow play. The Badger’s Revenge: A Josiah Wolfe Texas Ranger Novel Indianapolis writer Larry Sweazy spins a good yarn, slipping in a lot of 1870s descriptive landscape, as Ranger Wolfe pursues vigilantes in the name of making Texas a law-abiding state. As in the first two books in the series, Wolfe gets into and out of near death situations while confronting a changing roster of personal enemies. Sweazy paints a realistic social, cultural and political triptych, drawing us into the climate and manners of the time and place. If you’re already a reader of the series, #3 won’t disappoint. If you’re newly interested, pick up the trio. They’re page turners and very shareable.

Bossypants For those of us who had long sought a heroine to call our own, one without pageant experience or legs up to there, Tina Fey asserted herself as a worthy contender when she burst onto the comedy scene. Her new book, Bossypants, is part memoir, part anthology of absurdities and wholly hilarious. Stories stem from an awkward upbringing in Pennsylvania to her spot-on impersonation of Sarah Palin during the last presidential election, an uncanny send-up that became a phenomenon unto itself. It’s a messy, heartfelt and witty summer read for the girls who wear glasses and on whom boys don’t make passes.

JoyRide This barn-burner of a tale by Mia Birk is a fun read by anyone interested in transportation issues. You might think it was a no-brainer to establish bike and pedestrian lanes throughout Portland, but you’d be wrong. No, it was a sometimes seemingly Sisyphean task, trying to convince a car-centric city that they could indeed embrace healthy, fun, alternative modes of transportation. Birk, who visited Indy in early March to share her bike-lane story in person, conveys her adventures with humor and self-deprecation. It’s an enthralling read on how we can re-imagine our urban settings, make a lot of new friends and drink some good, locally-brewed beer along the way.

A Guide to the Knobstone Trail Wander Indiana, albeit with an attractive and useful guide book. Situated in Southern Indiana, the Knobstone Trail is widely considered one of the most beautiful hiking paths in the country. Its 58-mile long trajectory maneuvers through 40,000 acres of forest, and this book, containing 60 photographs and 19 maps, is a travel tour of this footpath, authored by naturalist Nathan D. Strange. Part travelogue, part history, part love letter to nature, Strange’s book offers local lore of trees, wildflowers and animals, but also GPS information and elevation data. And it’s all in a book you can easily fit in your pack or satchel.

Global warning/Global health We’re excited about this book, not the least because its co-author is Dan Ferber, an Indianapolis-based freelancer we’ve been fortunate to have write for us a couple of times. In this book, he collaborates with Paul R. Epstein, MD, a health and disease expert at Harvard Medical School. The two take us on a chilling tour to explore how climate change impacts human health, from cholera in Mozambique to dengue fever in Honduras to asthma in Chicago. The book argues that these diseases created and exacerbated by climate change are inseparable from our other globalscale problems (fuel shortages, rising food costs, etc.) and that sustainable solutions are the only path.

Shades of Grey We had no idea who Jasper Fforde was when his book came to the office. While we normally tend to pertain to the local author or local subject, we picked up this book, started reading and were instantly hooked. Fforde posits an extremely clever postapocalyptic world, where individuals are divided into a rigid social caste system based on what color they perceive in the color spectrum. An appealing protagonist and a collection of bizarre characters round out this inventive, appealing narrative, by a writer we’re now determined to gobble up. Shades of Grey is a colorful summer read. Stacks: A History of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library is considered one of the nation’s finest public libraries. From its 1873 - origin as an adjunct to a local high school, The IMPCL has been focused on service to the community. Stacks details a history of the IMPCL — a history that is intimately tied with that of Indianapolis itself. From its humble beginnings to the now snazzy and elegant addition to the city’s architecture, the library has maintained an essential relationship with the community for well over a century. Written by S. L. Berry, who also authored a history of the Indianapolis Art Center. Urban Homesteading With an ever-growing awareness of our planetary challenges, more and more people are searching for sustainable solutions to life — and discovering new ways to live. Urban farmers are turning their homes and properties into fruitful gardens, and thus living more responsibly. In Urban Homesteading readers will find the information they need for self-sufficiency, from how to make solar cookers, to growing their own food in some unconventional places — or even raising chickens on a small plot of land. Learn to change your life and lives around and better the world.

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King’s Island Cincinnati, Ohio (1.5 hour drive) Home to Planet Snoopy, the “Best Kid’s Area in the World,” King’s Island is also known for its gut-wrenching adult rides like WindSeeker, a brand new ride featuring a 301-foot-tall tower that will spin riders 30 stories above the park at speeds up to 30 mph. Also new this season is Dinosaur’s Alive, the largest animatronic dinosaur park in the world. As for any roller coasters, The Beast is a classic — a thick, wooden monster that crawls across 35 acres and is still the longest roller coaster in the U.S. For more information, visit www. visitkingsisland.com. Mount Olympus Theme Park & Extreme Park Wisconsin Dells (6 hour drive) Up for a 6-hour drive and the thrills of your life? Visit Mount Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells, where all the guests will have a sufficiently Greek experience. Poseidon’s Beach is the Dells’ largest sand beach, and The Parthenon is the Dells’ first indoor park, offering the thrills without any of the weather worry. Across the street, at Extreme World, you can ride Terminal Velocity, the only ride in the world that allows you an unattached free fall. Bungee jumps, a castle of terror and a sky coaster are also featured. For more information, visit www. mtolympuspark.com.

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THEME PARKS The Beach Waterpark Mason, Ohio (1.5 hour drive) The Beach introduces the perfect balance between relaxation and thrill. Guests can lounge on the 1,200- Feet long lazy river or visit The Pearl — a spa pool complete with waterfall and rock formations. Platinum Season Pass holders can also visit Platinum Paradise — a lounge sponsored by Coca-Cola. After some time relaxing in the sun and a visit to the spa, there are plenty of wave pools and water slides to get your fill of thrill. For the ultimate thrill seekers, The Cliff waterslide lets you drop five stories in three full seconds of air. For more information, visit www. thebeachwaterpark.com. Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon Bowling Green, Ky. (3.5 hour drive) The Beech Bend Park is opening the 2011 season strong with free soft drinks, free parking and free sunscreen at all times throughout the park. Beech Bend is also opening this May with the largest expansion it has ever made, including the new Tiki Island — an interactive fourstory water tower — and the new IGA entertainment stage and amphitheater. For those who prefer turf to surf, Beech Bend has the Kentucky Rumbler, a wooden roller coaster that has the most twists and turns in a seven-state region. For more information, visit www. beechbend.com.

Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio (5 hour drive) If you are a roller coaster fanatic, Cedar Point is your nirvana. Featuring 17 coasters, 10 of which are at the highest thrill level, this park is the crème de la crème for the common adrenaline junkie. But don’t fret, water fans — Cedar Point’s Soak City boasts an impressive 18 acres of wet family fun, including more than a dozen water slides, two innertube rivers, a 500,000-gallon wave pool and the massive Eerie Falls slide complex that comprise some of the most dripping fun around. For more information, visit www.cedarpoint.com.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Santa Claus, Ind. (3 hour drive) Free soft drinks all day, anywhere in the park — what could be worse for your teeth and better for your wallet? Splashin’ Safari’s newest ride, The Wildebeaest, is the world’s longest water coaster, lasting longer than two minutes with a four-story drop at a 45-degree angle. Holiday World is a great place for the wooden roller coaster enthusiasts as well, as it is home to The Voyage, one of the biggest and best wooden coasters around, where all riders experience 24.2 seconds of zero gravity. For more information, visit www.holidayworld.com.

Deep River Waterpark Crown Point, Ind. (2.5 hour drive) As the “Midwest’s favorite water park,” Deep River celebrated its 15th anniversary last season. The park itself has the standard bells & whistles, but it really starts to shine when you fathom the Dragon speed slides, the Rip Tide wave pool and the world’s first doubledueling cannon bowl ride (yeah, we thought that sounded awesome, too). With a plethora of lazy rivers and as a sand beach volleyball area where guests can get a little more physical, Deep River has all that you need for a good time. For more information visit www. deepriverwaterpark.com.

Indiana Beach Monticello, Ind. (2 hour drive) New at Indiana Beach this season is Adventure Point, home to zip lines, a high ropes course, rock climbing and an outfitter’s shop. Adventure Line is part of the multi-year, multi-million dollar expansion plan that includes new plazas, restrooms and remodeled facilities. But classic rides such as Steel Hawg — the roller coaster with a 111-degree first drop (the steepest in the U.S.) — will remain the same. As for the water park, it’s home to the Water Thrill Show and Dive Spectacular, as well as the classic water coaster, Big Flush. For more information visit www. indianabeach.com.

Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor Chicago, Ill. (4 hour drive) New to the Six Flags Great America this year is Glow in the Park, a parade that brings the streets to life at night with Cirque-style music and elaborate floats. Any Batman fans out there? Two roller coasters, Batman: The Ride and The Dark Knight coaster, take riders through Gotham City in complete darkness, letting you view the town through the eyes of the Caped Crusader. Feel more in tune with Superman? They’ve got you covered, too — Superman: Ultimate Flight lets you fly just like the Man of Steel himself. For more information visit www.sixflags.com/GreatAmerica. Splash Island Plainfield, Ind. (30 minute drive) If you’re craving summer fun without the hassle of travel, or you feel like any time spent in zero gravity is too much time for you, then Splash Island may be just the ticket. Located on 3.1 acres of tropical-themed land, Splash Island is a bit more family-oriented, a little less extreme and just down the road. The park includes three waterslides, an interactive all-ages play area, water jets, ropes and guns, a lazy river, a 6-lane competition pool, lily pad crossing, two pulsating vortexes and plenty of deck space/grassy areas. For more information, visit www. townofplainfield.com.

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8/5 Zanna Doo 8/6 Cousin Roger 8/12 Polka Boy 8/13 Punch Judy 8/19 Meetball Band 8/20 Lloyd Dolber Effect 8/26 Healing Sixes 8/27 Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute

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