April 29 - May 1, times vary. It's the biggest comic con in the state and the hype is real. Featured exhibits include comic books (who would'a thunk it?), games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, cosplay, sketches, apparel and more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and comic-related celebrities will be in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. Attendees include Cam Clarke, Janet Varney, Brent Spiner, Lea Thompson, John Rhys-Davies and more.
Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., prices vary, all-ages
April 29-30, times vary. ISO and Time for Three collaborated on this new music fest, which doesn’t go down in a sweaty, goopy mud field, but instead the gorgeous Hilbert Circle Theatre. Ben Folds, San Fermin, Kishi Bashi and, of course, Time for Three, will come together for three days of panel discussion, activities and concerts, all with a cool environmentally friendly twist: Earth Charter Indiana, HEC, the Indy Zoo and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful are four partner organizations for the fest concerned with conservation and earthly protection. They’ll help the Hilbert install recycling stations throughout the venue and begin a 10 percent reduction in energy usage, too. San Fermin’s Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Kishi Bashi are two pop composers exploring the boundaries of the genre, incorporating classical instrument ion into winding pop experiments that are a joy to behold. And Ben Folds? He’s just plain good fun.
Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, prices vary, all-ages
April 30, 7:30 p.m. Unlimited craft beer tasting from 15 Indy-area breweries — sign me up. Add in a brewery apparel fashion show and food from local food trucks and you've got trifecta of goodness.
Foyt Wine Vault, 1182 Main St, $35, 21+
April 30, 3 p.m., 7 p.m. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir will celebrate 30 years of excellence in artistry and music education with this event. One of the highlights will be founder and artistic director, Henry Leck, “passes the baton” to assistant artistic director Joshua Pedde. Because of the gravity of this event the choir will perform and each piece in the concert will be the premiere of a newly-written work honoring the ICC.
Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., $13, all-ages
5. April Show
April 29, 7 p.m. The April Show is a free, one-night-only exhibition, in its 19th year, that will be showcasing the work of 20 artists facing significant challenges in their lives. Per usual, the venue is an unassuming house on Arsenal Avenue, where art will be displayed on every conceivable piece of wall space.
322 N. Arsenal Ave., FREE, all-ages
April 29, 6:30 p.m. We’re super stoked to co-host a monthly all-ages, free in-store with Musical Family Tree at Indy CD and Vinyl. To kick off, we’ve invited the Ex-Bombers and Wife Patrol (local!) to hop into the store for a show. This is also part of Broad Ripple’s Final Friday celebration – so if you’ve been stuck in the Square for a hot minute, take time to come northwards for a free show, and hi-five some NUVOians if you see us.
Indy CD and Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave., FREE, all-ages
April 30, 8 a.m. This unique, urban adventure race allows participants to experience downtown Indy like they've never before. Walk or run a course that takes you to Carroll Stadium, Victory Field, Lucas Oil, Bankers Life, and other downtown joints. You'll have to do location themed challenges at each spot so prepare to kick a field goal, run the bases and conquer an obstacle course.
Military Park, $110
May 1, 5 p.m. A documentary portrait of experiences commonly labeled “psychosis” or “mental illness.” Healing Voices follows three people working to overcome extreme mental states and change their lives. The film ultimately shines a positive light on their experiences, eliminating the harsh stigma associated with mental illness. Film discussion follows screening.
Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave., FREE, all-ages
April 29 - May 1, times vary. Bobcat Goldthwait came to national attention at age 20 after an appearance on Letterman. In addition to working smaller rooms, Goldthwait's been appearing on NPR's Wait, Wait — Don't Tell Me and is also promoting his most recent film, a documentary titled Call Me Lucky. He's also very funny. Laugh on, Indy.
Morty's Comedy Joint, 3625 E. 96th St., $20, 21+
May 1, 3 p.m. THE BIERGARTEN IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON! Sorry for the all caps I just really love Biergarten. This fest takes over both the Kellerbar and Biergarten, with sets from Ross David, Top Shelf, Sister Threadgoode, Rockandy, Kevin Franklin and Cadillac Scott and The Snakeholders, plus reps from “every technology company in Central Indiana.” Can you say baller?! Organizers say the event has raised $30,000 in the past two years for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Indiana. Even more baller!
The Rathskeller. 401 E. Michigan St., $10, 21+