The 41st Summer Celebration of the Indiana Black Expo, the largest event of its kind in the nation, includes a host of activities this year. The 10-day event, which attracts 300,000 people to downtown Indy, will open and close with Ecumenical and praise services and include conferences, dunk contests, business workshops, arts events and more. Special guests slated to appear include Angela Basset, Danny Glover and many more. Bel Biv Devoe and Biz Markie are among several music headliners.
This weekend, the annual National Powwow, this year entitled “The Future of Tradition,” is a celebration and exploration of Native American culture as it is today — and how it might develop tomorrow. For its 15th iteration, the Powwow will include four nights of intertribal dancing, a princess contest (think Miss America minus the swimsuit competition), vendors, a Tipi Encampment and much more.
This Friday is the 22nd annual Ice Cream Social on the Circle from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For just $3, treat yourself to a chocolate, strawberry, or caramel sundae served up by local media, sports, and business celebrities. There will also be face painters, mascots, interactive games, and Molly the Cow from Purdue University Dairy Sciences. Proceeds go toward the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana. An all around wholesome event to start your weekend on the right foot.
The highly-anticipated exhibit, Dynasty and Divinity, explores the extraordinary accomplishments of the royal city-state of the Yoruba people from the 12th through 15th centuries in this IMA exhibit, opening this weekend. The exhibit examines the influence of dynastic power and divine authority on the arts of ancient city Ife (pronounced “EE-fay”). Images of rulers are depicted using naturalistic cast copper-alloy and terra cotta. Don’t miss this unique glimpse into the history of Nigeria.
On Friday, check out the Cool Creek Concert Series, which extends for about a month each summer. Every Friday until July 15, head out to Cool Creek Park for appearances by bands like The Flying Toasters (July 8) and Muncie-based country duo Cook & Belle (July 15).
On Saturday, you can accompany your pet to the 13th annual Pet Carnival. Not only will there be more than 40 local retailers and vendors, but also celebrity judges will determine who is the best dressed pet and most talented. Don't miss this chance to introduce your pet to Scooby-Doo, see the Indiana State Police K9 unit and eat free hot dogs and popcorn! Carnival begins at 11 a.m. Free to the public.
Then later that day, you can take in the Carmel Gallery Walk wherein the nine galleries in the district — Art and Soul, ArtSplash, Evan Lurie Fine Art, Eye On Art, French Bleu, Garvey|Simon Art Access, Magdalena, Renaissance Fine Art & Design, and Soori —showcase paintings, sculpture, glass work, pique assiette mosaics, mixed media, photography and portraiture. Award-winning artists of national, international, regional and local distinction own many of the galleries. The walk takes place from 5-10 p.m. and is free.
Get your Fever on: The Fever women look to add another win to their 2011 season as they face-off against the Washington Mystics. With homecourt advantage and as a winning record, the Fever are the dominant team in this match-up. However, Mystics recently took down the Tulsa Shock 83-63 to end a four-game losing streak. Are they on a roll? Or will the Fever defeat the Mystics and continue their five-game winning streak? Find out this Saturday at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary.
On Sunday, you can see Dr. Chris Edwards, an Indiana public school teacher, as he gives a talk on a paper he wrote for Skeptic Magazine on "Model Dependent Realism" from Stephen Hawking's newest book The Grand Design. Edward's paper explains how MDR can be applied to solve many of the biggest questions in philosophy and theoretical physics. The event is free, however, contributions at this event will go to Riley Hospital for Children. Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Finally, on Tuesday, the ever-fascinating Jabberwocky series focuses, this time, on food. Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Indy Fringe Festival present an evening that includes Jabbers sharing their food stories, plus an open mic portion where you can share your story and food. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is free with a cash bar.