Indy Film Fest has swung into its apotheosis of activities, including the closing night event on Saturday (7:30 p.m.) includes a screening of These Amazing Shadows, a documentary look at the National Film Registry, followed by an after-party that will include the announcement of the Grand Jury winner and $1,000 prize purse. Note also that the Audience Award-winning film will be announced on Sunday, along with other awards and screenings. Don’t miss it!
Speaking of film, you can do-it-yourself with this year’s 48 Hour Film Project. Register now through July 29 for this wild and sleepless weekend. You and a crew (friends, family, whomever) write, shoot, edit and score a movie, in just 48 hours. Think you can do it? Register: http://www.48hourfilm.com/indianapolis/. Once registered, the 48-hour kickoff is July 29, 6 p.m. at iMOCA in the Murphy Art Center. All participants receive a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their movie. Forty eight hours later, the film must be submitted back at iMOCA. Screenings of the films, announcements of winners, a final screening of winners and awards will be announced in early August. Entry fee is $155.
Also happening this weekend:
ComedySportz’s World Comedy League Championship features over 200 improvisers from across the globe will take part in the competition for the Meaningless Trophy, awarded to the champion on Saturday. There will be matches every night with ComedySportz teams from across the US, as well as Manchester, England, and the newest team from Berlin, Germany. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Don’t miss our feature on this event on nuvo.net.
Dance Kaleidoscope is not avoiding the heat, they’re working with it: The Summer Sizzle Concert features hot choreography at a cool price: $10 per ticket to see a variety of pieces, from David Hochoy's dramatic piece complete with his favorite musical theater songs to Cynthia Pratt's Elvis Presley-related choreography, there's something to keep everyone's interest in this show. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday's matinee begins at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary.
All weekend long, Marion County Fair at the Marion County Fairgrounds will feature racing pigeons, chain saw woodwork, gospel music, llama demonstrations, a dog show, a cheerleading contest, demolition derby, and even a meatless chili contest. The midway will feature multiple rides such as the bouncing, rotating Panda Bear, the swinging Alpine Bobs, the Mega Drop, the Cyclops and the Hammer. Events and times vary; $5 general admission. Runs through July 30.
For you baseball enthusiasts, we have a host of events this weekend to honor Indianapolis’ rich baseball history including Washington Park, the Negro National League, the Indianapolis A.B.Cs, and the Indianapolis Indians. The four-part celebration includes the 125th anniversary of professional baseball in Indianapolis. This celebration also marks the location of Washington Baseball Park — Indianapolis’ first major league stadium and recognizing Washington Park as the site of the first Negro National League game, played on May 2, 1920, with the Indianapolis ABCs defeating the Chicago Giants in a doubleheader. 4:30 p.m. Open to public. See nuvo.net for a feature story by Rita Kohn to get all the information.
On Saturday, warm up for the Mass Ave Crit with the Indy Criterium Cycling Race & Festival at University Park. Interested in bicycle racing for both adults and children, food truck vendors and the opportunity to support local nonprofit Freewheelin' Community Bikes? Head out to the 2nd annual Indy Criterium Cycling Race & Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. with a free bike ride through Crown Hill Cemetery. That's only the beginning of a day filled with a unique figure-8 race course, prizes, a beer garden and a live DJ. For all those interested in participating in a race, the registration fee is $40 first race, $15 additional races.
On Saturday, you can see dead people. Voted by travel writer Danny Lee as his favorite tour in Midwest Living Magazine’s “Terrific Tours” article (July/August issue), Dillinger & Eastside Notables explores famous gravesites of Crown Hill Cemetery. Crown Hill is the 3rd largest cemetery in the country and is the burial site of numerous famous people such as President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Colonel Eli Lilly and three U.S. Vice Presidents. This tour covers sections not included in other tours including a stop at bank robber John Dillinger’s grave. A stop at the top of “The Crown” will give participants a view of the sunset with a stunning 360-degree panorama of the city. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students under 18. 7:30-9:30 p.m.
After baseball history and dead people, get your Oranje Peel on at Sensu! which means ORANJE season has officially begun. It will be a night of art, music and fun with DJ performances by Rusty, John Larner and Helicon, a live art exhibit and enter-to-win contests. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this must-experience contemporary art and music event. ORANJE 2011 will take place Saturday, Sept. 17; Doors open at 10 p.m.; it’s free!
On Sunday, you can ponder this event: Christianity is Wildly Improbable at the Center for Inquiry. Former Christian minister and founder of the blog "Debunking Christianity" John W. Loftus will discuss his claim that Christianity is wildly improbable. Loftus is the author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity and edited books such as The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails. Loftus will explore what he sees as the troubling aspects of Christianity, including the many beliefs it must defend in order for it to function.
Finally, on Tuesday, you can check out one of the premier poets of Indianapolis, the great Richard Pflum as he gives a reading of his poetry at Bookmamas. Pflum has published two collections of his poetry: A Dream of Salt and A Strange Juxtaposition of Parts. Following the reading there will be an open mic for ambitious audience members. The reading is part of the ongoing Irvington Poetry Series.