Know Before You Go: Gen Con 2015

Badge sales to date indicate this year’s Gen Con will be the biggest yet. Last year, Gen Con reached a four-day attendance record of over 184,500 people and a unique attendance of over 56,000. Each year I attend Gen Con, it seems to get bigger and bigger. More events, more games, more costume contest participants, more food trucks – and more fun. Below is just a hint of what Gen Con brings to Indy – media guests of honor, exclusive events and happenings, fun for the whole family, food and beverage recommendations, tourism and more.

Media Guests of Honor

Two internationally-known celebrities will be joining Gen Con as 2015 media guests of honor. Marina Sirtis gained worldwide acclaim as the sexy, cerebral Deanna Troi in the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and related films. She will participate in autograph signings on Saturday and Sunday. Summer Glau is an actress best known for her iconic characters River Tam in Joss Whedon’s TV series Firefly and the feature film, Serenity, and Cameron Philips in Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. She will participate in autograph signings and photo ops Friday and Saturday.

Know Before You Go: Gen Con 2015

More than Exhibits and Games

New this year is the inaugural Crossplay Contest, described as “one part pageant, one part RuPaul’s Drag Race, and all parts fun.” Crossplay (a mix of “cross dressing” and “cosplay”) has always been part of the costume contest experience, but this year the crossplayers are getting specific attention in the form of their own contest. The contest will take place Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m in the Animation & Film Track in the Westin: Capitol II. For more information or to sign up, visit Gen Con’s website here.

Cards Against Humanity, the popular but widely familiar card game, is hosting a concert and comedy show instead of participating in the exhibit hall “as a desperate bid for attention,” says co-creator Eli Halpern. The concert will take place at Old National Centre on Friday, July 31 and features live performances from Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, Paul and Storm, Cameron Esposito, Kumail Nanjiani, and more. Ticket holders will receive a swag bag with show exclusives and new products from Cards Against Humanity, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Magic: The Gathering, Fluxx, Greater Than Games, and Maxistentialism. Tickets (which are sure to sell out) start at $40.00 and are available now at ConcertAgainstHumanity.com.

Touring the City

If it is your first time in Indianapolis and you set aside a few hours to explore the city, I have a few tips on squeezing the most into your time. The Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum are two of our city’s most visited cultural institutions and are within walking distance. The Indianapolis Zoo, home to the Orangutan Center, and gardens at White River State Park can be relaxing if in need of a digital break. If you’re staying in the JW Marriott, you will be able to see the Indianapolis Indians play at Victory Field on Friday, July 31 at 7:15 pm with fireworks after the game, or you could purchase tickets for a mere $15. In 2014 I shared 25 Things to Do in Indianapolis During Gen Con which includes many year round opportunities.

Explore downtown Indianapolis with a Pacers Bike Share on the Cultural Trail and find the NDY signs. From April through September, these sculptures rotate through the city offering postcard perfect opportunities to share how Indy inspires you. Currently the sculptures are located on Meridian Street and Washington Street, Virginia Avenue and Prospect Street in Fountain Square, and Georgia Street in front of the Indiana Convention Center – how convenient!

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Family Fun

Looking to take the little ones out for some Gen Con fun? Sunday is Family Fun Day at Gen Con and a family of four can purchase four one-day badges for only $35.00. Pick up a Family Fun Day Passport Booklet with at the Coupon Kiosk for a list of special activities valid for Sunday only. The Family Fun Pavilion includes exhibits, demonstrations, activities and much more from Gen Con’s partners, and the Training Grounds offers a play space for kids ages 4-12 and is located within the Family Fun Pavilion. Got a toddler or young child in need of some free play space? The Training Grounds has free play areas for those crawling and newly walking kiddos that need more space than the convention halls can offer. For more information about family fun, visit Gen Con’s website here.

Many of the food trucks located on Georgia Street offer kid-friendly bites. Other kid-friendly downtown restaurants within walking distance of the convention center include The Old Spaghetti Factory, the food court in Circle Centre Mall, Hard Rock Cafe, TGI Fridays, Steak and Shake, Potbelly’s Sandwiches, Qdoba, Chipotle, and vendors in the Indianapolis City Market. Most of the food trucks on Georgia Street offer kid-friendly portions or dishes that cater to their unique tastes.

As if you didn’t have enough to navigate on Georgia Street with the dozens of food trucks, Sunday is looking fun and exciting with giant monsters that will take over the strip from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Gen Con event sponsor Iello will have 5 foot tall cardboard titans prepared to fight for the title “King of Tokyo.” Other monstrous spectators from Iello games will be available and eager for photo-ops.

Gen Con for Good

Did you know Gen Con selects an official charity each year? Gen Con Co-Sponsor Mayfair Games will host an event supporting The Julian Center, Gen Con’s official 2015 charity. Since 1975, The Julian Center has been supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises. On Friday, July 31 on Georgia Street, participants will play the newly released game “Star Trek: Five Year Mission.” Media Guest of Honor Marina Sirtis of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame will also be making an appearance. Last year, Mayfair Games raised more than $20,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana through similar charity events.

Attendees can help earn as much as $5,000 at “BattleKasting for Literacy” for The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.  A family-friendly event to kick-off the challenge is Wednesday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m at the Indianapolis Central Library.  Author Alane Adams (Legends of Ornkey) will be available for interviews about her passion for literacy as well as her book series and the mobile game.  BattleKasters, the mobile game based on the Legends of Orkney series and built by Artifact Technologies, turns live events into game boards.  The game, which will be played during Gen Con, allows players to collect digital wisdom cards, cast spells, and close the stonefire portal to protect Earth from dark magic. For each person that plays the free game between 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 30 and 4 pm on Sunday, August 2, Adams will donate $2 to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation – until the grant goal of $5,000 is reached.

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Dining Out

Gen Con’s reach is not confined to the walls of the convention center. Each year, Indianapolis restaurants offer new and creative menu options, events and promotions that cater specifically to Gen Con attendees. Hot Box is the official pizza of Gen Con due to their late night delivery options, but if you’re looking to get out and explore, Gen Con lists several restaurant partners on their website where you can find more information.

In addition to brick-and-mortar establishments, the food truck lineup on Georgia Street continues to be a success for attendees who want a local fix without straying too far away from the Gen Con activities. Food trucks rotate between lunch and dinner shifts and will be available starting Wednesday, July 29 at 5 pm with the Sun King official beer tapping party.  A full list of food trucks is available here. Many of the food trucks operate solely on social media and a limited number have websites with menus for you to browse before you visit, but Indianapolis is very active with Yelp and many of the food trucks are listed on the app for you to browse photos and recommendations.

Looking for critically-acclaimed Indianapolis restaurants? Visit Indy’s Top 25 Local Restaurants list highlights everything from pork tenderloins to tamales. The list encompasses downtown Indianapolis and the surrounding neighborhoods, some of which are only a year or two old. You can never go wrong with a corned beef on rye sandwich from Shapiro’s Deli, a historic cafeteria within walking distance of the convention center. I just suggest you pair it with a side of macaroni and cheese and a Dr. Brown’s soda.

In need of a caffeine fix to get you through the long hours of gaming? Bee Coffee Roasters, located just across Capitol Ave from the convention center, will be open at 6:30 am on Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2 at 5 pm. This local coffee shop offers everything from hot tea to espressos and lattes.

This list is just one roll of the dice. Where will you be eating, hanging out and enjoying Indianapolis during Gen Con? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Where to Find Sun King Brewery’s Official Beer of Gen Con 2015

Sun King Gen Con Can Art

For the first time in four years, the official beer of Gen Con will be canned! That’s right, Sun King Brewery will take this year’s brew, “Drink On and Prosper,” and fill commemorative cans that will soon be available at the brewery and various locations throughout Indy.

So what is this year’s official brew? Here’s what the can says:

“After spending four days at warp speed, the brewers from Sun King reached the red planet, where our arrival was celebrated with a most illogical drink: brown sugar sweetness and flavors of caramelized dark fruit cloaked inside what appeared to be a blonde ale. Despite our disbelief, we all agreed – when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, remains the truth.”

Count me in for a few sips (err, pints) of that.

Sun King Brewery and Gen Con will “unofficially” kick-off the Best Four Days in Gaming on Wednesday, July 29 from 5 – 10 pm on Georgia Street (21+). In addition, a very limited tapping of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Froth of Kahn (2014’s Gen Con brew) will be released during the party. Live music begins at 6 pm with bands Double Clicks and Hero Jr.

On Thursday, July 30, Sun King will host a game night from 6 – 10 pm in the Sun King Beer Garden on Georgia Street. Games include the “D20 Dicing Rolling Contest,” where 64 contestants (who sign up at the July 29 party) battle it out to win prizes from Sun King Brewery. Challenge your friends to tackle the 3′ tall Jenga Giant, or combat it out on the Trouble with Tribbles strategic court where “cups” are made from re-purposed Sun King Brewery kegs. Interested in a customizable terrestrial artifact? Get your shirt, backpack or poster printed with the official “Drink On and Prosper” design. No cost is associated except a suggested donation of $1 which will be given to The Julian Center.

Hours of Operation for the Sun King Beer Garden on Georgia Street (21 and over):

Thursday, July 30 from 6 pm – 10 pm

Friday, July 31 from 11:30 am – 10 pm

Saturday, August 1 from 11:30 am – 10 pm

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2015 Brickyard 400 Round Up

Brickyard 400

Drivers will compete for a chance to kiss the bricks at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on the weekend of July 25, 2015. The Brickyard 400, named after the strip of bricks lining the finish line at the IMS, will host a weekend of festive events and action-packed American racing, known as “Super Weekend.” This year’s Brickyard race will be in honor of Jeff Kyle, a true hero, and a dedicated and beloved member of the U.S. Navy.

Here is a run-down of all that is Super Weekend:

Thursday, July 23

Hauler Parade – The massive, colorful trucks that tote around the famous stock cars will fill the streets of Indy in a lively parade and festival to kick off Super Weekend.

Jai Baker and Jessie Brown performance – Live performances from Indiana country artists Jai Baker and Jessie Brown will surround the Hauler parade, adding to the excitement of the inaugural events of the weekend.

Friday, July 24

Nascar XFinity Series and Sprint Cup Series Practice – An extra day of practice rounds, with tickets for purchase, have been added to this year’s Super Weekend so that drivers can test out the new improvements that make their cars even zippier.

Saturday, July 25

NASCAR XFINITY Series Autograph Session – Fans with wristbands can line up for autographs, photos, and meet-and-greets with drivers of the NASCAR XFINITY Series. There will be no shortage of camera flashes here. For all the extra excited kids out there, there is separate autograph session for those who are a part of the “Kids Zone.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Gearing up for the coveted race on Sunday, drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will put the pedal to the medal one last time in hopes of gaining a top spot to start off the official race.

Lilly Diabetes 250 – The 3rd Annual Lilly Diabetes 250 will be held at the IMS after a day of practice laps and qualifying rounds for the Brickyard. This a NASCAR XFINITY Series race in which cars zoom around the track for 100 laps.

Sunday, July 25

Fan Track Walk – Before the Brickyard race, racing fans and enthusiasts who purchase tickets are welcomed to walk in the Pit around the track and get an up close view of the famous bricks that the race is named after.

Brickyard 400 – On Sunday, the 22nd Running of the Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. This is a 160 Lap race that is known to be the second most competitive race on the NASCAR Circuit. Learn about the drivers as each is introduced before the race, and watch a military fly over before the cars start up. The legendary Mari Hulman-George will kick things off by giving the famous command, “Drivers Start Your Engines!”

What did I miss? What’s your favorite part of this year’s Brickyard 400 festivities? 

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Rock ‘n’ Romp at Herron-Morton Park

Guest post authored by Jon Berg. Jon is a past president of the Herron-Morton Place Neighborhood Foundation and is a proud member of the inaugural class of Public Allies Indianapolis. A native Iowan, Jon and his wife Missy are proud downtown Indianapolis residents. Jon is an advocate for downtown living, connectivity, and place-making. You’ll often find the Berg family on their bikes checking out the latest restaurants and watering holes.

Rock n' Romp

The 3rd annual Rock ‘n’ Romp brings the best of Indianapolis in a single family-friendly event. Head to Herron-Morton Place Park on July 25 for live entertainment, food trucks, libations, and face painting from 4 to 8 pm. The cost of admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting Herron-Morton Park.

Visitors will enjoy delicious food truck eats from Big Ron’s Bistro and Pi Pizza and cold brews from Chilly Water Brewing Company. The entertainment is strong, with artists playing original music at kid-friendly volumes. Check out the lineup below:

4:30 pm: Jaymi and Sam

5:30 pm: Ryan Puett

6:30 pm: Cyrus and the Kingfishers

Each year the Herron-Morton Place Foundation hosts fundraisers to the support the park, which is utilized by thousands of Indianapolis residents and visitors annually. The park boasts a walkable community that fosters a connectivity that is sought after in many communities across the country. It is in this neighborhood that urban families have a place to connect including great restaurants, outstanding nearby schools, vibrant theatres, and educational art galleries.

Bring your own lawn chair, the little ones, or come solo for the laid-back atmosphere. We hope to see you there.

About Herron-Morton Place Neighborhood: 

The Herron-Morton Place neighborhood has played a key role in the historical fabric of Indianapolis, hosting the Indiana State Fair in 1860 and later from 1872-1891. After dividing a large piece of this land into 280 residential lots, ‘Morton Place’ became one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Indianapolis. The Herron-Morton Place Historic Park (known for it’s quiet urban setting) is evocative tribute to the neighborhood’s history and spirit. Once inside, visitors first view a large granite boulder, which was a gift by School 45 in 1916 to commemorate Camp Morton, a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War.

Herron-Morton Park boasts a large open-air pavilion at the rear of the property available for rental for group gatherings. As the walkway continues past the pavilion, a raised planter represents the presence of the esplanades that lined Delaware, Alabama and New Jersey Streets between 19th and 22nd streets in the area’s early days. The only original esplanades remaining today are located on New Jersey Street.

 

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Touring Indy: John Green Style

Indy’s gone Green! We’re swelling with Hoosier pride as Indy resident John Green’s “Paper Towns” tour stops in Indianapolis today, in advance of the 20th Century Fox film hitting the big screen on July 24. In honor of #PaperTownsIND, we took a look at John’s Instagram to see how he does Indy like a local.

Photo credit: Henry Green.

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The greatest spectacle in racing begins. The Indy 500 green flag at @ims. A photo posted by John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks) on

 

My face immediately after riding 180 miles per hour around the @IMS speedway in a car driven by @SarahFisher. Pure joy. A photo posted by John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks) on

Henry and I are SO EXCITED to be watching Indy 500 practice at the Speedway today. This is car nerd heaven. A photo posted by John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks) on

Like we said, HUGE fan of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis is such a beautiful and underrated city. #indygrandprix A photo posted by John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks) on

It’s no surprise that John is a huge fan of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a stand out on his Instagram. Do you have an favorite Indy spot that dominates your feed? We want to know! Tag your photos #LoveIndy for a chance to be featured in our online gallery.

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New Indy Eateries – July Edition

It has only been one month and Indianapolis is still buzzing with talk of new restaurants. From fried chicken and Mexican elote to short ribs and sprouted lentil croquettes, there is something for everyone in today’s list. Bon appetit!

New Indy Eateries - July Edition

Plate at Georgia Reese’s – Photo by Yelper Joe T

Georgia Reese’s (Downtown) – Former Indianapolis Colt Gary Brackett opened Georgia Reese’s near 86th Street and Michigan Road as a soul food restaurant with regular jazz and soul bands that provide lively music and atmosphere to match their menu. The success of the northside restaurant has led Brackett to open a second Georgia Reese’s restaurant in downtown Indianapolis. Tall ceilings make the bar seem larger than life, and big open spaces for seating allow for large groups and families to dine together comfortably. As expected, the fried chicken is crispy, juicy and will leave you wishing your stomach was bottomless, but the menu varies from fried oyster po boys to meatloaf and fish tacos. Just make sure you start your meal with the cornmeal fried green tomatoes and we can still be friends.

Penn & Palate (16th and Pennsylvania) – Owners of The Legend have opened the doors to Penn & Palate, a contemporary comfort food restaurant located off of 16th street, one of my favorite up-and-coming strips in Indianapolis. Start with a local cheese plate, large enough to split with a friend and complete with apricot preserves and tomato jam, or the thick and creamy butternut squash soup and a glass of pino rose. Hand cut pomme frites with aioli pair perfectly with the melt-in-your-mouth short ribs, a signature dinner entree. Or if you’re looking to stay on the lighter side of your wallet, the menu boasts veggie and meat sandwiches that are hearty and filling. Creative desserts such as earl grey chocolate mousse and graham central station ice cream come highly recommended.

Sangrita Saloon (Broad Ripple) – Looking for a less-Americanized Mexican restaurant? Head to Sangrita, located in the previous Greek’s Pizza building in the heart of Broad Ripple just one block east of the Monon Trail. Chef Joshua Hoffman has put his own touch on Mexican favorites such as elote, the seasoned corn on the cob slathered in tangy spiced mayo and cojita and parmesan cheese. Salty chips are paired with three homemade salsas – salsa verde, roasted habanero, and cowboy caviar, a mix of avocados, beans, tomatoes and onions. If you’ve ever had skirt steak you’ll know why I am drooling over the skirt steak tacos! Open only for dinner, Sangrita Saloon promises cocktails made with juices from fellow Broad Ripple restaurant The Garden Table and agave spirits.

Nourish (Holy Rosary) – A seasonally focused, small plates menu is located behind the doors of Nourish, a new eatery on East Street which was once a laundromat. Sprouted lentil croquettes and bahn mi lettuce wraps are two favorite appetizers along with the miso brined chicken with rhubarb rye berry succotash. Flavor is everywhere at Nourish and seems to wrap its arms around you in the comforting, cozy atmosphere. The house burger is made to order and served on toasted buns with homemade pickles. You’ll find even more selection on the cocktail menu with everything from vodka and gin to whiskey and agave spirits. Nourish is open for quick lunch dates (snag a spot next to the large windows up front) and relaxing, quiet dinner.

Have you visited any of these new eateries yet? Leave a comment and tell us where you are dining next!

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Another Big Year on the Big Screen with Indy Film Fest

Without leaving the city of Indianapolis, you can catch movies from around the world this July thanks to the 12th annual Indy Film Fest.

From July 16-25, the festival will feature more than 100 selections from nearly 30 different countries, giving movie lovers of all varieties something to choose from. Additionally, plenty of other engaging opportunities will be featured in the 10-day fest, like special programming for kids, a craft beer event, award parties, and a chance to meet filmmakers. Alongside movies from around the world, this year’s festival will once again include a Hoosier Lens category highlighting Indiana-made films too.

Indy Film Fest // Fearless Stories // July 16-25, 2015 from LODGE DESIGN on Vimeo.

“The number of films submitted and ultimately programmed with ties to Indiana was the highest it’s ever been,” says Craig Mince, Executive Director of Indy Film Fest. “This was a terrific year for local filmmakers and movies made here in the Hoosier state, and we are extremely proud to showcase them as Hoosier Lens films.”

According to the festival, a few of this year’s noteworthy Hoosier Lens films include:

  • “One Day in April” – This documentary follows four teams of college cyclists as they prepare for the Indiana University Little 500, a grueling bicycle race held each year in Bloomington, Ind. “One Day in April” tells the story behind the race – how the riders spend months and sometimes years preparing themselves mentally and physically for one race and one shot at glory.
  • “Peanut Gallery” – Filmmaker Molly Gandour, in her mid-20s, returns to her childhood home in Lafayette, Ind. to speak with her parents in depth for the first time about her sister’s death from cancer 16 years earlier. Molly approaches adulthood as she weaves a deeply observed portrait of a family unearthing a long ago loss.

For a full listing of featured films, screening times and more, head over to the Indy Film Fest website.

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Five Local Indy Antique Shops

As part of the trending movement to #KeepIndyIndie, here’s what is hot on the local Indy antiquing scene. Enthusiasts flock to these five antique stores filled with treasures of the city.

Midland Arts & Antiques Market

Two floors of a warehouse near downtown are full of rooms decorated and loaded with finds from various sellers. These pieces are not for refurbishing, as they are eye-catching and ready to display as is. From lighting and furniture to books and clothing, Midland has finds for all.

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The Inventorialist

This hidden gem lies off the beaten path in the Cottage Homes neighborhood. Modern prints deck the walls and antique trinkets, big and small, fill the charming building. Summer is the perfect time to check out this spot, as the owner sells a beautiful array of flowers and plants – 10 percent of all plant purchases go to keeping Indy beautiful.

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Society of Salvage + Rewired Antiques

In 2013 two stores united to form a perfectly interesting combo of old industrial pieces and architectural design, housing a real variety of “oddtiques.” Explore the isles of SOS and find old medical supplies, vintage lighting, letters and signs galore, and even an old jail cell. A helpful hint: beware of the small, fluffy dog known to roam around the store.

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Chatham Home

Reclaimed wood furniture, custom upholstery and impeccable wall décor make up this shop dedicated to those with a love for interior decorating. Find furniture to fill your new home or household knick-knacks that serve as perfect gifts. One extra perk: All Yelpers receive a discount when “checking-in” at Chatham Home.

Audrey’s Place

Serving as the area’s premiere thrift store, Audrey’s Place offers used furniture at unbeatable prices. With over 15 rooms of furniture finds, you can walk out with a piece or two that finish the room, or furnish your house with truly unique finds.

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Come Sail Away at the Eiteljorg

While exploring downtown Indianapolis on a hot summer day, it’s hard telling what fun surprises you’ll run into. Whether it be a vibrant street performer or a fresh new food truck, the streets, trails and walkways always just seem to come alive when the temperatures rise, making every day in the city just that much more fun.

Summer Under Sails Eiteljorg

With this in mind, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art recently unveiled a shaded area along the downtown canal, in an effort to transform their Christel DeHaan Family Terrace into an active space. Shaded by four, 60-by-30-foot sails, this towering outdoor structure will hopefully serve as a means of community engagement, explains museum president and CEO John Vanausdall.

“The downtown canal is central to the vibrancy of our city,” Vanausdall says. “As part of the Indianapolis community, the Eiteljorg wants to play a larger role in making the canal come alive.”

By utilizing this area to the fullest, Vanausdall also hopes to introduce more and more people to the Eiteljorg, saying, “Through regular programming—most of it open to the public at no cost—we hope to attract people walking along the canal into our gardens to explore sculpture, take a snack break, maybe listen to music or storytellers.”

The Eiteljorg will host their first ever Summer Under the Sails Concert Series, just in time for primetime concert-going season. With a full lineup of performances throughout the month of July, the museum’s next canal-side concert will take place on Wednesday, July 8 with live music from the band Soundz of Santana. In the coming weeks, other concerts will also include Willoughby Sprig and Indiana Old Time Ambassadors on July 15, Indianapolis Ceili Band and Emily Ann Thompson Band on July 22, and more.

 

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Heartland Film Rewinds Back to 2014 with Three-Day Festival

Think about all those times you’ve had to rely on rewind for a successful movie-watching experience. Maybe a friend called and wanted to chat, or perhaps the dog just needed to be let inside. Whatever the case happened to be, it was undoubtedly the trusty rewind button that saved the day in the end.

From June 18 to June 20, the folks at Heartland Film are taking a look back at 12 feature films from the 2014 Heartland Film Festival as part of their three-day Summer Rewind mini-festival in Fountain Square. In addition to these screenings, moviegoers will also be given the chance to interact with filmmakers and actors like documentary subject James “The Amazing” Randi, actress Mary Kate Wiles (“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” web series) and more.

A screening of “An Honest Liar” (2014 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature) will kick off the festivities in the Theatre at the Wheeler Arts Community. Following the flick, audience members will be treated to a special magic show from Randi, a question-and-answer session with the attending filmmakers and an opening night party. Tickets to the event are $6 online and $8 at the box office.

To check out the rest of the Summer Rewind schedule, be sure and visit the Heartland Film website.

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