10 things to do this weekend 

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click to enlarge Simon Pagenaud celebrates his Angies List Grand Prix of Indianapolis victory. - PHIL TAYLOR
  • Simon Pagenaud celebrates his Angies List Grand Prix of Indianapolis victory.
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1. Indy 500 Qualifying

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.

RELATED: A chat with James Hinchcliffe

2. OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair

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

3. Night of the Comet

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+

Outside the State Street Pub
  • Outside the State Street Pub

4. State Street Pub's 1-Year Anniversary

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+

RELATED: Seth breaks down State Streets first year

Doesn't it look tasty?
  • Doesn't it look tasty?

5. Indy Brew Fest

May 21, 1 p.m. Your weekly beer fest. Drink up.

Military Park, 601 W. New York St., $40, 21+

RELATED: How to celebrate American Craft Beer week in Indy

Dancers with the Indianapolis School of Ballet
  • Dancers with the Indianapolis School of Ballet

6. Balanchine Masterworks and Carnival of the Animals

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

RELATED: See the music, hear the dance

7. Mythic Indy Reading

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

RELATED: All of the myths about Indy you have never heard of

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.

9. Race City Rebels Home Debut

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

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10. Prizzy Prizzy Please

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

RELATED: A chat with vox/sax player Mark Pallman


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