As if IndyFringe wasn’t already one of my favorite events of the year, my favorite street theater group, No Know Stranger, is performing guerrilla theater, and to top it off, Flat 12 is the official beer of this year’s festival. LOVE their IPA! And their Amber Ale… and their… Hey, you get my point: theater, weirdness, good beer, everything you need to enjoy summer in Indianapolis. We have a lot of great stories about this; a general intro, a preview one of the compelling pieces in the festival and a profile of Phil van Hest. Guaranteed: You’ll want to read this.
Okay, so I said “move over pretty much everything cultural,” but that was mostly hyperbolic. OF COURSE there’s shitloads of great stuff happening, as always, so let’s run through the fun:
Jake Johannsen brings his eccentric, cerebral musings to Indianapolis for a three-night run this week. The veteran funnyman has long been a staple on late night television, notching his 40th Letterman appearance earlier this year. His humorous takes on modern life touch on a scattershot of topics, from married life to politics to the latest social media trends, all examined from his unique and often exasperated point of view. Read Marc Allan’s great interview with Jake.
The Indianapolis Art Center’s annual fundraiser, ArtSparkle, will take on the theme of a classic circus for a one-time exhibition, featuring Blue Monkey Sideshow, among others. Guests will be able to view vintage hand-painted circus and sideshow posters from the 1930s to 1960s, enjoy food and drinks catered by Indianapolis restaurants, dance to music by the Fabulous Imports, all included with admission. Proceeds benefit seven outreach programs. 6 p.m. for VIP ticketholders, 7 p.m. general admission.
At the Hoosier Farm and Garden Dinner you can get in on the local food movement at the always green-thinking Epworth United Methodist Church. Celebrate the goodness of fresh, locally grown food at the third annual Hoosier Farm and Garden Dinner this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Epworth Green Team will provide small farm, Hoosier-raised Pulled Pork BBQ sandwiches, homemade apple dumplings, and other desserts. They ask that each family attending bring a large salad or vegetable side dish to share, using at least one ingredient from an Indy farm, garden, orchard, field or waterway. Guest speakers will be Rick Dawson and Shannon Cagle former WISH-TV reporters and current owners of their own flock of egg-laying hens.
This one will be extra special, the Shop Local Shop Fair at Earth House Collective: Want to learn more about the local food movement and buying fair trade? Earth House Collective, along with other businesses and organizations, have provided an opportunity to do just that! Head out to Earth House Collective on August 20 to be a part of workshops and panels focusing on being a conscious consumer. There will be food vendors, artists and artisans vending their goods and service, as well. Bring the kids along for a day full of fun activities.
Cumberland Arts Goes to Market celebrates caring for the earth and sustainable living practices so that’s why we picked it. The Cumberland Arts Goes to Market starts at 9 a.m. on the 20th lasting until 4 p.m. Festival includes over 70 art and craft booths, jazz, cloggers, thai food, a farmers market and a Pennsy Trail Group Cycle Ride and 5 K walk/run. Don't miss the Pennsy Trail and Town of Cumberland Sustainable Bike Ride either! Festival admission and parking are free.
As for baseball, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will storm Victory Field for a four-game series from Aug. 20-23. Managed by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, the IronPigs lead the Indians by a few games in the wildcard standings. This ten-game home stretch is bookended by games against the Louisville Bats (Aug. 16-19) and the Columbus Clippers (Aug. 24 and 25). Be sure to cheer on the Indians during this vital stretch for their playoff hopes.
You know who you are if you want to see the crowning of the 2011 State Fair Queen Pageant at the Pepsi Coliseum. This year marks the 53rd Annual Queen Pageant. Beautiful, poised, confident and well-spoken county fair queens from across the state will compete for the Miss Indiana State Fair title. Contestants are judged on three categories, interview, evening gown and professional wear. Judges are looking for the best representative of the State Fair with her personality, poise and presence. The new Miss Indiana State Fair will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a $1,000 wardrobe, tiara, trophy and various other gifts. Only $6 to be a part of this timeless tradition. Noon.
And you know who you are if you want to attend the Demolition Derby at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. A great event to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile — the Lucas Oil Demolition Derby. Stop by the show at 4:30 p.m. to see the grown-up version of bumper cars. Winner of the event not only wins the coveted title of "Indiana State Fair Champion" but also prize money. Following the demolition derby, stick around for fireworks to conclude your State Fair 2011 experience.
Finally, the Fever look to continue their undefeated streak against the Washington Mystics at Conseco following two games on the road in California. To continue their 5-0 record against Washington, look for more high scores from Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas, who have averaged 14.3 and 13.6 points per game respectively, as of 8/12.