May 21, 11 a.m.; May 22, 5 p.m. It's May in Indy, of course this was going to be the top pick. Top 9 qualifiers from Saturday move on to Sunday to decide who gets pole position.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., prices vary.
May 21, 10 a.m., May 22, 10 a.m. This massive art fair features original art by more than 225 artists and artisans plus non-stop live music and performance, artist demonstrations, interactive art activities and children’s activities too.
Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St., $13 advance/$15 gate | Kids 3-12 $3 advance/$5 gate
May 20, 7 p.m. All the proceeds from this multi-venue bash go to anti-domestic violence nonprofit orgs, and your cover price gets you into both Radio Radio and the White Rabbit. I'd list all the bands but there are 40+ so just go here for them instead.
Fountain Square, Shelby St. and Virginia Ave., $10, 21+
May 20, 10 p.m.; May 21, 8 p.m. Pub life is a good life. Party life is a good life. Good music = a good life. Good life?
State Street Pub, 243 N. State Ave., $5, 21+
May 21, 1 p.m. Your weekly beer fest. Drink up.
Military Park, 601 W. New York St., $40, 21+
May 21, 22, 3 p.m. A selection of ballets by George Balanchine will be performed to celebrate Indianapolis School of Ballet's 10th Anniversary. Founding director Victoria Lyras had this to say about the performance: "We are a Balanchine based school. Balanchine is the soul of this organization. Not that we don't do other things, of course we do, but there was a void in this community of Balanchine."
The Toby (IMA), 4000 N. Michigan Road, $20-27, $165 VIP
May 22, 3 p.m. As part of Indiana's Bicentennial Legacy Project, local authors Hugh Vandivier, Clint Smith, Maggie Wheeler and Austin Wilson will share tales of adventures set in downtown Indy.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St., FREE
8. Book of Merman May 20-22, times vary. "Generations clash in The Book of Merman, a musical-comedy mashup of the 2011 Tony Award-sweeping musical The Book of Mormon and Broadway darling of the '30s to '70s Ethel Merman." Read the rest of Lisa Gauthier Mitchison's review before seeing it this weekend.
Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave., prices vary.
May 21, 6 p.m. If you've never been to a roller derby bout, you're totally missing out. The Rebels' home debut is your perfect chance to check it off the bucket list.
Ellenberger Park, 5301 East St. Clair St., $10 advance, $12 doors
May 20, 9 p.m. After a five-year hiatus, the band is back in Indy with their golden-era line-up!
General Public Collective, 1060 Virginia Ave., prices vary