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Go & Do: Your arts weekend, Aug. 26-28

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"ONEymoon (A Honeymoon For One)" plays several more times at IndyFringe. Read our review and get showtimes.

I've had a great Fringe. How about you? I saw a bunch of shows over the weekend, but hope to catch more this final weekend. Plus the parties really kick into gear on the second weekend. See a show, make a friend; that’s what is fun about Fringe! I chose a photo from “fricative” to go on my slideshow for Fringe (scroll down to check it out), because it’s a real treat. I’ve see great stuff, but “fricative” is the most fringe-y of the bunch, for me. To help you with your decisions, check out our comprehensive Fringe guide, wherein we reviewed every single Fringe show.

But. There are plenty of other A&E events you can work in and around Fringe to attend. One of my very favorite events of the year is Feast of Lanterns, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. I know people say that all the time, but it’s totally true in this case, because Feast organizers have greatly expanded their festival. This Saturday free event, held in Spades Park, features something for the whole family, from local art, a lantern auction and local vendors to crafts and games for kids. Once the sun goes down, the historical park is celebrated by the lighting of hundreds of paper lanterns that are hung from the century-old Oak trees that give this location so much character. Plus there’s a lantern parade! Don’t miss this one; see Dan Grossman’s feature on Feast.

For you sports fans:

MotoGP at IMS: The battle for the title continues as riders prepare for Round 12 of 18 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Casey Stoner recently, extended his points lead over competitor and reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, but you can’t ever count out 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden — AKA The Kentucky Kid — or seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi. Catch all the actions this weekend, starting Friday with practice, Saturday qualifying and the big race itself on Sunday.

XDL Championships at the Indiana War Memorial: The stage is set for the upcoming XDL Championship Series Finals to become one of the best events in sportbike freestyle history with athletes from the United States, Asia and Europe squaring off for a shot at the win, which includes over $10,000 in prize money. With six unique competitions around the War Memorial, it should be an exciting sight. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Ticket prices vary, but kids 12 and under are admitted for free.

Here’s a fun one: the Center for Inquiry is holding an Indy Skeptics on the Fringe. In seminars led by spokespersons for rationally led lives, guests will explore alleged modern quack medicines such as homeopathic and chiropractic practices, the presence (or absence) or ghosts and spirits downtown and the “true” power of tarot cards. Also available are performances portraying Einstein and featuring real quotes and dialogue from the scientist, as well as group visits to the Red Lion Grogg House. $5 per session, pub visits free. Friday-Sunday. Times vary.

At the swanky and sweet Cabaret at the Columbia Club, you can see Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway will bring her voice to The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Liz Callaway has performed on shows on Broadway ranging from Cats, The Look of Love and The Three Musketeers; she is also the voice in animated films such as Anastasia and Aladdin and the King of Thieves. She will be performing on Aug. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $55 with a $12 food or beverage minimum.

Roadtrip in your horoscope? Check out Exploration Acres, south of Lafayette. With over eight miles of paths and 18 acres of corn maze, Exploration Acres will keep you entertained and lost for hours on end. The maze starts on Aug. 26 and ends on Oct. 30. Northwest Indiana's Largest Corn Maze has been shaped into to spooky Halloween figures like a house, tombstone, cat and many others. Open on Friday-Sunday; admission varies from $6 to $9.

On Saturday, you’ll want to catch Jasper T. Colbaire at the White Rabbit Cabaret. Imagine a six-year-old, redneck boy. Now, add a beard and twenty years, then subtract about 40 IQ points, and you have Jasper T. Colbaire. Texas’s Jasper T. Colbaire is bringing you the best late night talk show/variety show you ever done did see. The Jasper T. Colbaire Show returns with a dynamic line-up of guests including comedic characters Vinnie from Jersey and Jonathan Peepers, sideshow act Freakshow Foley, and musician Dan Schepper. Doors open at 8 p.m. and show beings at 10 p.m. $5 general admission. 21 and up.

My old friend, the multi-talented Sonny Bates, is opening a new play, The Girl In the Poem, at the Athenaeum. He wrote it and stars in, and it’s piece that digs deeper into the typical love triangle story, exploring the three characters and their unique stories. Integrating poetry, music, video, dance and drama, this is a must see. Order tickets at the Athenaeum box office for $10 general admission, $25 for VIP/reception.

I picked this this week so I could put the cute animal into my slideshow and newsletter: Wildfest: A Critters Chance Annual Fundraiser. Learn how to protect Indiana’s animals and visit the annual Critters Chance fundraiser. The local band The Mundie’s will be there to entertain you. There will also be raffles, children’s games, a hot dog stand, adoptable animals … must we continue? Oh yeah, it’s at the beautiful Southeastway Nature Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, you’ll be hungry, and you’ll want to Dig-In at White River State Park. This is a locavore’s dream come true, whether it’s local food, local beer, local wine, local… you name it, it’s local! The state’s top locavore-inspired restaurants will be paired with small farmers and artisan producers to turn out a single signature dish. Foodies will have the opportunity to taste dishes from such luminaries as Aaron Butts of Joseph Decuis and David Tallent of Restaurant Tallent in Bloomington, as well as local culinary stars Tony Hanslits, Neal Brown and Greg Hardesty, amongst others. Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; tickets $20.

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