My personal top pick of the week — as it is every year at this time — is the Earth Day Festival, these days being held at White River State Park. It’s a festival-with-a-conscience, complete with food, music and lots of informational booths for your perusal. Pick up a t-shirt, a tree, a new way of life and/or come by the NUVO booth to pick up a 2011 Green City Guide, and just shoot the shit with us about the coming Apocalypse.
Speaking of the environment, now’s the time to register for the Indiana Recycling Coalition's 2011 conference. It’s the premiere waste reduction and recycling event of the year, featuring exhibitors from around the country involved in every aspect of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. The actual conference doesn’t begin until May 10, registration is now open and accepting reservations. The 2011 IRC Conference will take place at the Hilton North, 8181 N. Shadeland Ave.
Opening this week at the Indiana Repertory Theatre is 'The 39 Steps' a Tony Award-winning farce based loosely off the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. I just saw this play in Spokane, Washington, at a community theater, and the show was hilarious, a little Hitchcock, a little Monty Python, and a lot of fun. I look forward to Josefa Beyer’s review next week.
On Saturday and Sunday you can catch the Absinthe Minded Professors at IndyFringe. I love the name of the group right off the bat, but their stage shtick is to mix the Victorian age with science fiction in a steampunk amalgam, blending 19th century literature and history with bizarre future experiences. Expect gory prequels to The Nutcracker and naughty automated Jane Austen.
In visual art, opening this week is an exhibit of J. Ivcevich at Garvey | Simon Art Access. Ivcevich was born in Ohio but raised in Indianapolis and his Hoosier upbringing is a prominent feature in his work. The artist describes his work as a ‘cultural bricolage’ and incorporates objects like kitschy toys, bicycles and urinals into his pieces. Sounds like fun, eh? The exhibit is up through May 31, but don’t put it off! Garvey | Simon Art Access is located in Carmel. For more information, call 844-7278 or visit www.gsartaccess.com.
The venerable Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament starts on Monday and runs through Saturday, your chance to see some hellacious fighters battle it out for a spot to compete on their home turf in the national Gloves tournament — held in Indianapolis later this year. Eleven Open Division bouts highlight the second night of action (Tuesday), including a fight between Ray Lucies and Sam Enneking. The tournament will be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.
Also on Tuesday night, Davy Rothbart of FOUND magazine returns to Indianapolis, this time accompanying a documentary about himself, filmed by director David Meiklejohn, who will also be in attendance. They two will screen MeiklejohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s My Heart is an Idiot, then engage in a brief talkback. All this happens at Big Car for only $8.
You listen to NPR's 'From the Top'? I do. I enjoy the host, host Christopher O'Riley, the clever and talented young performers the program showcases. Now you get to see O’Riley live at the Palladium in Carmel, and you’ll see some amazing local performers as well. The program will be broadcast from the Palladium with a live audience, and count on Michael Feinstein showing up for a guest appearance. The show records live, April 26 at 7 p.m. and you’ll be there.