Beyond fireworks: A&E priority list includes a new Conner Prairie attraction, more

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In addition to your neighborhood fireworks displays, here's more A&E action this week:

Treetop Outpost Opening

Conner Prairie opens its latest attraction, which is designed to promote interaction between visitors and nature. The multi-level treehouse includes plenty of space for open play as well as construction zones, areas for art and music, a connected nature walk, and more.

Opening July 1 Conner Prairie Details

“Star Spangled Symphony”

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra starts the long holiday weekend at White River State Park for its traditional patriotic celebration (I'll let others go into how the "1812 Overture" really has nothing to do with American independence). From there, the ISO moves, true to its own tradition, to Conner Prairie.

July 1 White River State Park July 2-4 Conner Prairie Details

Gregory Hancock's "Metamorphosis"

Works from the choreographer's past–including "The River's Edge" and "Between Heaven and Earth"–are billed along with the new "Out of Darkness" in this summer program from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.

July 1-2 Tarkington Theater Details

"FoodCon VI"

No, it's not a culinary Gen Con. This annual event at the Harrison Center celebrates the art and culture of food in Indiana. In addition to food trucks and information tables, events include "Porch Party," a group show focused on outdoor entertaining.

July 1 Harrison Center Details

Also this week

Smash Mouth performs a free concert July 1 at Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion.

Kenny Chesney fills Klipsch Music Center June 30.

Ludacris headlines the Concert for Cancer July 3-4. Mike Stud and Lost Kings are also on the bill.

The statue of Hoagy Carmichael at IU's Jacobs School of Music coaches young singers in a staged reading of the work-in-progress "Hoagy on My Mind," presented by Actors Theatre of Indiana June 30 at the Studio Theatre.

Be ready for pre-show football trivia when the Indianapolis Museum of Arts screens "Remember the Titans" on July 1.

Stacie Sandoval and Trio ConPaz perform a free concert at the ArtsGarden July 1.

And I'll be serving as charity auctioneer at InConjunction, the science fiction/fantasy gathering at the Marriott East July 1-3.

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