A&E priority list for June 13-19: Celeb softball, 'Spamalot,' and...zombies!

June 12, 2013
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There's no shortage of activty this week, much of it slightly off-the wall. Here's my starter list:

Celebrity Softball

June 13

Victory Field

In one of Indy’s most affordable benefit events (just $7), this annual game features the likes of Roy Hibbert, Robert Mathis and two teams worth of local athletes and media personalities competing in a softball game as well as a home run derby. Another 2013 addition: a post-game concert with country recording artist Corey Cox. Proceeds help the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Details here.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot!”

June 14-29

Athenaeum

Director/producer Bob Harbin has gathered some of Indy’s most talented—and goofiest—actors for the regional premiere of the musical based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” This expansion of one of the most quoted movies in cinematic history features Charles Goad, Paul Hansen, Ben Asaykwee and Claire Wilcher. Details here.

Zoobilation

June 14

IndianapolisZoo

Advice to first-time Zoobilation-goers: Give up on calorie counting for a day, skip lunch, and pace yourself. Sure, it’s tempting to dig right into the oysters from Oceanaire, the shrimp cocktail from St. Elmo, the ribeye from Fogo De Chao, and the lobster mac and cheese from The Capital Grille. But remember that you also want to save room for Blondie’s Cookies, frozen pops from Nicey Frozen Treats, and s’mores bars from The Best Chocolate in Town. And those represent just a small sampling of the dozens of restaurants and bakeries offering up at this sold-out event. This year, Zoobilation also features music from the Impalas, My Yellow Rickshaw, Jason Aaron Coons and more.  Details here. http://www.indyzoo.com/SitePages/SpecialEvents/zoobilation.aspx Didn’t make the call before the tickets sold out? Well, you can still order a copy of IBJ Media’s 2013 Indianapolis Zoobilation Restaurant & Foodie Guide. Details here.

Zombie Apocalypse

June 19

IndianaHistorical Society

The Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security, the Red Cross, and an army of invading zombies will overrun the Indiana History Center for this adults-only event that combines info with interactive craziness. How do you live on the run? What survival skills are essential? And can you really trust that drooling guy shuffling toward you? SunKing will be pouring libations, I’ll be signing copies of my book “Know Your Zombies,” oral histories of survivors will be recorded, and it will be very difficult to refer to this place as stuffy ever again. Note: A family-friendly version will be held June 20. Details here.

Also this week

Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park, June 15, turns 20 with a Military Park gathering featuring appearances from Super Grover, Mr. McFeely from “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Cat in the Hat, and more. Details here.

NoExit Performanceoffers its site-specific Shakespeare variation “This is Not Macbeth,” June 13-29 at the Irvington Office Center. Details here.

The free Indy Actors’ Playground series (which I host) offers a June 17 reading of a play selected by actor Robert Neal at Indy Reads Books. Details here

The Center for the Performing Arts takes advantage of its outdoor space with Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo July 13-16. Details here

Indiana University Festival Summer Theatre presents the musical “Swing!,” June 12-30 at Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Bloomington. Details here

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Time for Three performs at Hilbert Circle Theatre June 14-15, and at the Palladium on June 16. Details here.

“Under Construction,” a new group show at the Indianapolis Art Center, opens June 7. Details here

Frampton’s Guitar Circus sets up at the Lawn at White River State Park June 19. Details here

Old National Centre hosts Frank Turner June 14, The Tenors June 15, and Brian McKnight June 16. Details here

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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