You-review-it Monday: Indiana State Fair, Jazz on the Prairie, and more

August 4, 2013
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Big pigs, elephant ears, competing hot tub salespeople and, of course, an ice show.

Yes, the Indiana State Fair is back in business and, for me, the weekend was anchored by a trip there for both food and entertainment in preperation for this week's double-header of stories in the A&E Etc. section of the IBJ.

Afterwards, my usual First Friday gallery hop was limited to a brief pop into the Harrison Center. The reason: I needed to get to the Indy Fringe preview event at the Indiana Landmarks Center, where most of the acts not coming in from out of town offered snippets of their shows to a packed house. (Full disclosure: I'm involved in two shows at this years fest.)

What about your weekend? Did you get to the Fair? Take in Indy Jazz Fest's night at Conner Prairie? Explore First Friday options?

What did you hear, see or do this weekend?

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  • IndyFringe Festival
    Had a great time seeing the previews of the local companies for the IndyFringe Festival. Looking forward to August 15th!
  • Indiana State Fair
    Band Day (on Friday) was wonderful fun - great performances, lots of disability seating in the grandstand, knowledgeable and happy fair employees, and perfect weather. Fantastic first day!
  • State Fair
    We had a great time at the fair on Saturday! Our new food this year was the deep fried Samoa Girl Scout Cookies...SO good! The Ice Skating show was entertaining, the singing competition was good...although I liked it in the building last year with more seating. It was on the main stage with very little seating this year, so we couldn't get a seat under the tent. We had to sit outside and listen (while we ate a grilled cheese with a strawberry shake from the Dairy Barn)and could not physically see the contestants.
  • Dance Kaleidoscope
    I thoroughly enjoyed Dance Kaleidoscope's wonderful "Classic Hits" concert at the Tarkington. If you missed it, they'll repeat two of the works performed - "Electric Counterpoint" and "Romeo & Juliet Fantasy" in their Indy Fringe Festival performances Aug. 15 - 24.
  • Indy Jazz Fest @ Conner Prairie
    Friday and Saturday nights at the Prairie we awesome. great setting, great weather, great show.

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