10 things you have to do this weekend


1. Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

July 10-12, times vary. There are things that will indeed survive an apocalyptic scenario, cockroaches, those rubbery McDonald’s fries, to name a few. And of course the people who can quote every damn episode of The Simpsons; there is a certain resilience with that kind of commitment. Anne Washburn’s 2012 comedy took the idea to a new level with a play that speculates what happens after society crumbles and is rebuilt from the “mythology” of the yellow, sarcastic, beer-guzzling cartoon. God bless us, everyone.

2. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

July 10, 1 p.m. This touring rockfest stops in the middle of their schedule at Klipsch. Slayer, King Diamond, The Devil Wears Prada and Hellyeah headline, but there’s plenty of support. Psst: bring earplugs.

3. Peace-Key Whees-Key

July 10, 6 p.m. Local artist Jonathan McAfee isn't leaving town without one last hurrah. He'll premier 16 new paintings at this Friday going away show at 3 Mass Gallery. McAfee is packing up and moving out West after living in Indy for the past five years.

An exit interview with McAfee

"Indianapolis I think is encouraging because, for the most part, artists, musicians, creative types want to see one another excel and succeed. There are a lot of great things happening right now. So I am leaving at a bittersweet time." McAfee said.


Indy Crit

July 11 One of the largest and most competitive bicycle races in the Midwest returns this weekend. A large change this year is that the majority of the action and activities will happen on the Circle for the first time in the event's six-year history.

Indy Crit racing is a blast

Mayor Greg Ballard will be riding in his final Rolls-Royce Race with the Mayor's contest, joined by local CEO's and media personalities. More than 500 amateur and professional participants are expected at this fundraiser for

Freewheelin' Community Bikes.


Bacon and Beer Classic

July 11, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. It’s kind of all right there in the title, isn’t it? OK, fine, we’ll give you more details. This glorious marriage of all things that are right in the world is going down at Victory Field. You can get a ticket for the brunch portion or the evening portion, but both will have over 40 bacon-inspired dishes to sample and 80 craft taps to sip on.


Mutant Fest II

July 11, 3 p.m. Festival season is upon us, but you don't have to travel far for a great lineup. There's one in our own backyard. The second annual Mutant Fest takes place Saturday at The Back Door and The Blockhouse in Bloomington. And with 16 bands playing between the two venues, you NEED to hit this up.

Full preview of Mutant Fest

"It's for the movers and the shakers, the creepers, the crawlers, the underground dwellers and the rock'n'roll goners," festival founder Meagan Scruggs said. "It's just for the out-of-place and the not normal."



July 11, 5:30 p.m. The third annual Jorgstock features locals 800 lb. Gorilla, Sam Law and I Dream In Evergreen. Samples from restaurants will be available as well. Cross your fingers the rain stays away as this provides for a beautiful night spent along the canal.


Indy Eleven vs. Carolina Railhawks

July 11, 7:30 p.m. The Eleven haven't lost since ousting head coach

Juergen Sommer in early June. They earned a hard-fought draw in the fall opener last weekend against spring season winners New York. They'll look to build on that result against the Railhawks. And if you don't have a ticket yet, check out the ticket + corndog special.


Stripalot: A Burlesque Tribute to Monty Python

July 11, 10 p.m. This is the second year for Stripalot, whose Monty Python theme sounds like it might somewhat limit the genre, but organizer Barbacoa Jones says Python’s rich output creates tremendous opportunities. “We are shooting for the feel of an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” he says. “Every performer is required to be in several routines – much like the comedy troupe. ... The awesome routines from last year we kept, but the performers are revamping them to make them even more over the top. In kind of a twist on Python, we have made most of the men in the skits women.”

A rundown of the other upcoming burlesque shows you shouldn't miss



July 12, 8 p.m. It's not a bird....it's not a plane....it's Train. Okay, that was really corny but the mega-popular pop/rock band will play Klipsch with guest performances from The Fray and Matt Nathanson. Get there early to beat the traffic and pregame with your mom and a giant bottle of white wine.


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