One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the Treasures of the Earth exhibit at the Children’s Museum. I got a sneak peak the other day (I dressed as a little kid—very convincing!) and was awestruck. It’s really the most ambitious thing I’ve ever seen them do, and I’ve been going to the CM for many years. You can attend the Grand Opening on Saturday and the exhibit is permanent which means you can see it any time you're in the museum.
I love acrobats, but prefer them as performance art, not accompanying circuses (i.e. subjugating animals). So, I can get 100 percent behind Cirque de la Symphonie bringing their magic of cirque to Hilbert. Behold the world’s best aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen; you’ll be treated to the top artists in their respective crafts. The show is set to symphonic music conducted by Jack Everly. La Symphonie opens Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
This Friday is the opening party for the Indianapolis Art Center’s exhibition entitled Inside, showcasing acrylic on canvas paintings. Painting styles range from traditional landscapes to fantastical abstractions, but what makes this exhibit extra special? The artists are men imprisoned in the Correctional Industrial Facility. The exhibit began last week, but opening reception is Friday from 6-8 p.m.; exhibit runs through July 11; look for an upcoming feature on this show by Dan Grossman.
Indy Pride, Indianapolis’s largest GLBT celebration, has a myriad of festivities from Night to Unite on Friday to the multiple event cavalcade on Saturday, starting with the 6th Annual Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and starts at the corner of College and Massachusetts Avenues. The party then moves to the American Legion Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., where over 150 vendors and entertainers — such as Jennie DeVoe, God-Des and She, and Kaci Battaglia — will be located. There’s a lot going on with this festival, so check out Sam Watermeier’s feature to find out more.
A stone’s throw from the Harrison Center and IMAF, and a hop-and-a-skip from Pride Parade is the Talbot Street Art Fair. This two-day juried event features 270 artists from across the nation and is in its 56th year. Artists’ booths will have works in all mediums on display and for sale. Free and paid parking is available, or go green and park your bike in the Herron High School front lawn. 10 a.m. Free.
As if there wasn’t enough going on, you are going to want to check out The Midwest Body Art Festival — in association with Mode Magazine — will showcase some of the region’s finest body paint artists on June 11. In Indianapolis’ first ever Midwest Body Art Festival, artists such as Anthony Camcho, Anything Airbrushed, Yonio and more will present their work. The cost for general admission is $10 and for $40 for VIP tickets — perks including wine, vodka, gift bags and prime seating.
In terms of sportsy-style activities, we’ve got our Fever playing the New York Liberty. The Liberty finished 2nd in their conference in the 2010 season with a record of 22-12 with the Fever hot on their trail finishing 3rd with a record of 21-13. Featuring two of the WNBA’s strongest teams, this game is sure to be an exciting one. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
The Indianapolis Indians start a four-game home stretch against the Gwinnett Braves from June 11-14. They’re looking to make up ground on the Columbus Clippers, who are way ahead of them in division standings. The Indians will face a stingy pitching staff in the Braves, who have the best team ERA in the league and have given up a league-low number of homeruns. The Indians won’t be back until June 24 after this series, so catch them this home stand.
On Saturday, in the midst of the madness of Independent Music and Art Festival at the Harrison Center, and Pride Parade, downtown, you’ll find the Wicket World of Croquet at the President Benjamin Harrison. This annual tournament, complete with judges and equipment, welcomes competitors of all skill levels, but you probably haven’t registered in time, doofus, so show up to size up the blokes for next year’s competition. The fundraiser will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $25. Proceeds from tournament provide funds for the museum's educational programs.
Finally, looking into next week, if you have an interest in bicycling check out Jim Fitzpatrick at the Central Library. Courtesy of the Central Indiana Bicycling Association Lecture Series, author Jim Fitzpatrick will present an illustrated program about 19th century African-American bicycling champion Major Taylor — the 1899 world sprint champion. Known as “the Worchester Whirlwind,” Taylor was the highest paid and most famous athlete in bicycling, the most popular sport of his time. 7 p.m. Free.
See you out there!