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Go & Do: Your arts weekend, July 1-3

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Lots to do before you get your ooh-ah on.
  • Lots to do before you get your "ooh, ah" on.

If you haven't already ventured north for Marsh Symphony on the Prairie, this might be the weekend to do it. Star-Spangled Symphony jam-packs the outdoorsy experience with fireworks, live artillery and Amurrica's favorite patriotic songs. What more could one want from his or her Fourth of July festivities?

But let's face it, you might want some trippy reprieve from all the traditional patriotic good times in store this weekend. Paul Smedberg might have just the remedy with his exhibit up at the John Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington. The artist remixes digital prints of ordinary landscapes with his own imagination to blow some minds. Definitely worth the jaunt down south.

Closer to home and also opening this Friday, the Arts Council of Indianapolis welcomes 32 artists from around Central Indiana and their various interpretations of the human form... Could get saucy. A reception for Contemporary Figurative Work begins at 6 p.m. Media range from clay to photography, acrylic to bronze — surely one of the pieces up at Gallery 924 will grab you.

Meanwhile up in Fishers, old-timey good times can be had by all at the Glorious Fourth celebration, historically accurate fun through Conner Prairie. Remember Conan's brilliant 1864 baseball skit? Pay homage to the legendary ginger and his bizarre fascination with time-traveling pastimes this weekend, in between feasting and dancing and firing a musket. No need to suppress you inner Civil War reenactor any longer.

From here on out, you'll have to excuse our excitement as we stretch your arts weekend a little past your employer's preferences. Monday's Freedom Blast downtown is a must if you consider yourself a true Hoosier. Fireworks will blast off the top of Regions Bank for the 41st year, synched up nicely with the standard patriotic tunes broadcast on WIBC 93.1 and WLHK 97.1 FM.

Before settling into your lawnchair on the top floor of any one of Indianapolis' fine parking garages, make it a point to cheer on the Indians. They take on the Toledo Mud Hens Monday; the game starts at 6:05 p.m. And if that doesn't quite quell the hometown sports urge inside, check out the Indiana Fever as they face the Seattle Storm on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, Indy Magic Monthly takes over Theatre on the Square, giving magicians Lion Fludd, Tevell Rose and Ran'D Shine plenty of room for their prestidigitation (there's your SAT word for the day). As if your arts weekend weren't magical enough already.

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