Priority list includes comedy, music, and difficult-to-describe fests

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Fountain Square Music Festival

The annual event promises its “first-ever immersive outdoor stage.” See—and hear—what that means as about 50 artists, including Lily & Madeleine, perform at multiple venues. Oct. 6-7 Various locations Details

Crossroads Comedy Festival

With Theatre on the Square temporary closed, the multi-day, multi-stage, day-and-night gathering of sketch, improv and stand-up acts has spread out over other venues. Don’t let that keep you away from checking out such acts as David Britton, Leah Rudick, and podcaster Joe Bates. There’s also an LGBT Showcase at the Athenaeum featuring Latrice Royale. Oct. 6-8 Flat 12, Alley Cat Lounge, and CSZ Indy   Details

Preenact Indy

Over 100 theater artist have been recruited to help imagine what a neighborhood ought to be. The free event spans three city blocks and includes such pop-ups as a Hip Hoperetta Tour Station, the Club Monon featuring jazz and blues, and the Monon Barbershop for storytelling and socializing. Oct. 2-8 16th St. from the Monon Trail to Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave. Details

Joshua Bell with the ISO

The classical-music pride of Bloomington—who recently extended his contract as music director for the acclaimed chamber orchestra Academy of St. Martin in the Fields—joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy.” Jun Markl conducts. Oct. 6-7 Hilbert Circle Theatre Details

“City as Canvas”

Graffiti is the subject of this major exhibition arriving at the IMA courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York. More than 100 works chart the journey of what was once seen nearly entirely as an eyesore but has since become an influential and respected (by some) form of art. The exhibit includes works by Keith Haring, Lady Pink and Lee Quinones. Oct. 7–Jan. 28 Indianapolis Museum of Art Details

Also this week

Scholarships and summer intensives are the prizes at the Indianapolis City Ballet Dance Competition, Oct. 6-8, at Anderson University.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art hosts an appearance by the groundbreaking human beatbox Doug E. Fresh Oct. 5.

Flip FabriQue “Catch Me,” Oct. 6, features bodies sent flying via trampoline, human propulsion and gravity and Clowes Memorial Hall.

The new Fat Turtle Theatre Company launches with a revival of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” Oct. 6-15 at IndyFringe.

Comic Book in a Day, Oct. 7 at Nickel Plate Arts, offers a chance to see how the sequential arts deal with intense deadline pressure.

Cereal Cinema presents a screening of  “Hocus Pocus,” Oct. 7 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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