Indy Film Festival
With an eclectic mix of documentaries and features from around the world, the Indy Film Festival offers a chance to go beyond the limits of what Hollywood offers in wide release. Oh, sure, there are some familiar faces—Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges are both terrific in the outstanding bank robbery tale “Hell or High Water”—but the bulk of the fest features actors you don’t know or subjects you probably haven’t seen on the big screen. For 11 of my favorites from this year’s fest, visit www.ibj.com/arts.
July 14-24 Indianapolis Museum of Art Details
IBE Summer Celebration
There are lots of ways to do Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration. You could simply check out the exhibitors in the vendor hall July 15-17. You can enjoy concerts with New Edition, Dru Hill, and more on July 15-16 or help celebrate Dionne Warwick, Jim Brown, actor Larenz Tate and others at the annual corporate luncheon July 15. And then there’s boxing, the annual health fair, a gospel celebration, a fashion show, a slam-dunk competition, a celebrity basketball game (including Edgerrin James, T.Y. Hilton, Robert Mathis and more), as well as business, music, and education conferences.
Through July 17 Various locations Details
“Acid Dolphin Experiment”
The Phoenix Theatre’s playwright in residence Tom Horan takes a trip—and I do mean trip—into the life of Dr. John C. Lilly. He’s the doctor who, as the title suggests, gave LSD to dolphins in an effort to encourage them to speak. Finding out how this odd bit of scientific history translates into a stage production should be part of the pleasure of this world premiere.
July 21-Aug. 14 Phoenix Theatre Details
Also this week
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plays the music of John Williams July 13 at Ellenberger Park, July 14 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, and July 15-16 at Conner Prairie.
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and WFYI team up to present author Tim O’Brien (“The Things We Carried”) for a Q&A at WFYI studios July 15.
It’s a music-packed week at Klipsch Music Center with Weezer and Panic! at the Disco July 12, G-Eazy & Logic July 14, Steely Dan and Steve Winwood July 15, and Heart/Joan Jett & the Blackhhearts July 17.
Vintage Movie Night, July 16 at Garfield Park, features the 1920 German classic “The Golem.”
Culture Club plays Clowes Hall July 15.
“Church Basement Ladies” gets revived at Beef & Boards July 14-Aug. 21.