A&E Priority List for July 18-24: Summer Celebration, film fest, and more

July 16, 2013
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It's a busy weekend filled with high-profile concerts, films you never heard of, and more. Here's my starter kit for your to-do list.

Summer Celebration

The hub of Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration, the Indiana Convention Center, once again will be packed with booths and activities (and admission to the exhibit halls is free this year for kids 12 and under). But activities go well beyond the center. This year’s big events include a free concert July 19 with the O’Jays and Midnight Star at American Legion Mall, a performance by Grammy winner Jill Scott July 20 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and the Universoul Circus performing through July 21 under the big top at Lafayette Square Mall. Through July 21. Various locations.

Indianapolis International Film Festival

Every year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival is different, of course, because it brings a new slate of cinematic offerings. But this year is especially different because the fest is stretching beyond its Indianapolis Museum of Art home base for on-location screenings at venues that tie into the films. Included are Libertine (a documentary on bartenders), Big Car Service Center (a fiction film set largely at a gas station/convenience store) and the Indiana History Center (for a doc that looks at changes in the book publishing biz). This year’s event also includes a few higher-than-usual profile special screenings, including the opening night “Drinking Buddies,” starring Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick, and the closer, “Don Jon,” which marks the writing/directing debut of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. July 18-28. Various locations.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore”

If clothes make the man, what about the woman? Writing sisters Nora and Delia Ephron joined forces for this collection of clothing-focused stories that became a New York hit with a rotating cast (who performed it with scripts in hand to cut down on memorization). Here, the professional cast includes Phoenix favorites Gayle Steigerwald and Sara Reimen and IRT regular Milicent Wright. Subjects include bra buying, purse-stuffing, and, of course, dressing-room horror stories. July 18-Aug. 11. Phoenix Theatre.

Also this week

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson plays “Thick as a Brick I & II” at the Murat July 21.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs “50 Years of Rock ’N’ Roll: Music of the Rolling Stones” July 19-20 at Conner Prairie Amphitheatre.

Theatre on the Square runs the prison farce “Women Behind Bars,” July 19-Aug. 4.

Train takes the stage at Klipsch Music Center July 19.

Saxophonist Gregg Bacon leads an Animals and All That Jazz performance at the Indianapolis Zoo July 18.

The White Rabbit Cabaret's Absurd Third Thursday comedy program includes UK-native Adam Burke.

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