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Go & Do: Your arts weekend, July 29-31

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Bicycle couriers, circa 1908.
  • Bicycle couriers, circa 1908.

There’s lots to look forward to this week, but I’ve got my main bead on Indy Indie’s “Wild in the Streets” event, featuring bicycle couriers, the same bicycle couriers we are featuring in our Mass Ave Criterium story on Aug. 10. It’s not just bicycles, though, but in the gallery there will be photographs, alley cat flyers and bicycles that have been hit by cars. Plus, you can compete in the Alley Cat race beginning at 3 p.m. Awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Event is free, starts at noon and goes to 9 p.m.

Other events this week to get excited about:

The National Art Museum of Sport is celebrating the 125 consecutive years of professional baseball in Indianapolis, the National Art Museum of Sport is exhibiting over 45 works of baseball art from its collection. Founded in 1959, NAMOS is one of the nation's largest collections of art depicting sport. The exhibit runs through October 10, Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Indianapolis Indians have played since 1887 and are considered Indianapolis' first professional sports team. Free.

Mike Baldwin, considered by many to be one of the smartest and most likable comics working today, brings his clever writing style delivery to Morty’s. After winning the Trial By Laughter in Indianapolis, becoming a finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, twice being named Funniest Comic in Kansas City and having his debut album go to #8 on the iTunes US comedy charts, Mike Baldwin has proven that he just might become the next big thing. Friday and Saturday showtimes and ticket prices vary.

Bella Latina at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club: Whether you like (or possibly never heard of) salsa, merengue, baiao, tango, basso nova or cha cha, Bella Latina will have something for you. Under the direction of the talented Monika Herzig and Heather Ramsey, the show features vocalists Stacie Sandoval and Elizabeth Souza and the world-renowned dancer Ana Lucia Cavalcante exploring different styles of Latin-American music. The Friday night event starts at 8 p.m., with tickets ranging from $15 to $35 and a $12 food or beverage minimum.

On Saturday, you can get a leg up on your memoir project with “Every Story Tells a Picture” at Marian University. Jim McGarrah, author of two memoirs and winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction, reaches out to all those wishing to learn how to translate your memoirs into words. Workshop lasts from 9 a.m — 4 p.m. costing $84 for members, $70 for students and teachers and $126 for nonmembers.

Sunday is Animation Day at the IMA, which is an awful lot of rhyming going on. Ever wonder how Disney and Pixar manage to make fish, cars and action figures seem so lifelike and filled with personality? Following an exhibition of 9 animated shorts, local animator John Ludwick will highlight the character creation process. Pixar animator John Capobianco’s new work, “Leonardo,” will be part of the line-up of shorts, and he’ll make an appearance via Skype and give attendees a glimpse of his latest project, “Galileo.” Interactive activities follow. Ages 4 and up welcome; 1-4:30 p.m. $2.

Probably the biggest event of the week is the 2011 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A new points system, first-time hopefuls and July heat — this is an event sure to keep your on your feet with excitement. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway adds an autograph session, performances by country music stars and a vintage stock car show to the line-up this year, too! Ticket prices vary. Gates open at 6 a.m., race starts at 1 p.m. Check out Lori Lovely’s feature.

Also on Sunday you can see our Indiana Fever play the Los Angeles Sparks at Conseco Fieldhouse. After two games on the road against rivals Connecticut Sun (ranked 2nd in the East) and Minnesota Lynx (ranked 2nd in the West), the Fever are sure to be hyped up playing on their home-court this week. End the weekend with some excitement; don’t miss this opportunity to get in on the fun of Fever games. Ticket prices vary; 6 p.m.

Don’t miss the Bon Odori Japanese Summer Festival in the parking lot of Ocean World if you’re looking for a chance to experience Japanese culture through traditional dance and by dressing up in a yukatas (summer kimonos)? The 17th annual Bon Odori festival has it all including a multitude of games and prizes and traditional Japanese cuisine such as sushi, yakisoba and yakitori. Festival lasts from 5:30 — 9 p.m. and is free.

On Tuesday there’s ANOTHER great program at the Center for Inquiry, one of my newest, most favorite places. Dr. Christopher DiCarlo will lecture on how he believes critical thinking recognizes the faulty reasoning of people with authority. DiCarlo's is author of the book How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Question and is an advisory fellow for the Center of Inquiry, Canada. The event begins at 7 p.m., with a $10 expected donation.

See you out there!

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