Spring and summer events in Indianapolis

Spring is here and it's time to get out and enjoy all Indianapolis has to offer! Indianapolis Downtown Inc. has released a schedule of events in Indy for April through July.

Following are the descriptions of the events for April, courtesy of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. For a full schedule of events for this summer, visit their website at www.indydt.com.

Get out, get moving
Take a stroll around the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art with Garden Walks on Saturdays and Sundays beginning April 1. Celebrate Easter at the Indianapolis Propylaeum with the Easter Egg Hunt April 7 and Easter Buffet April 8. If you’re feeling green, celebrate Earth Day April 22 and Arbor Day April 27. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indianapolis Power and Light are observing Arbor Day by giving out free trees on Monument Circle for the Indy Free Tree event. Also April 27, join the Indiana State Museum for its 4th Annual Arbor Day Celebration. The American Legion Mall is holding an Earth Day Indiana Festival April 28. Head to the Rathskeller for the opening of its outdoor Biergarten April 27.

Springtime sporting events
Indians baseball is back! The home opener is April 5, with a full week of games. The team takes the home field for13 games in April. Take the kids to Victory Field for an exciting yet inexpensive family outing! Victory Field also hosts collegiate baseball games. Butler faces Valparaiso April 3 and Franklin College takes on Wabash April 18.

April wraps up the Indiana Pacers’ 2006-2007 season with five final home games April 1, 3, 7, 15 and 18. The ‘Olympics of synchronized swimming’ makes a big splash Downtown. The USA Synchronized Swimming National Championship takes place at the Indiana University Natatorium April 26–29.

Box office bliss
Downtown has so many performances in April, there’s one for every interest and preference! American Cabaret Theatre presents The Full Monty now – April 29. This performance takes you through the antics of six unemployed steelworkers daring to go for “the full monty.” Check out Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck at the Indiana Repertory Theatre now – April 22. This unique one-woman show highlights a newly divorced woman’s journey back into the dating world. Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest is also playing at the IRT, running April 10 – May 6. For a taste of the glamour of Broadway in the 1930s, enjoy a performance of 42nd Street at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, April 1, 5 – 8. Find some Irish flair at the Murat Centre as it hosts Celtic Woman April 11 and Lord of the Dance April 22. Madame Walker Theatre Center offers a unique performance by the Ilbada Dance Company April 12. To celebrate National Poetry Month, Mama I Wanna Dance features choreography performed to live poetry readings.

Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra host some fantastic events in April. As part of the Writers Out Loud series, Joel Cohen, writer and co-executive producer of The Simpsons, will lead a discussion about the longest-running prime-time cartoon. Peter Frampton, who once appeared on The Simpsons, will accompany the ISO on April 14. Liven up the evening hours with AT&T Happy Hour at the Symphony: Spring Fling April 19. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres prior to the performance. Bring the whole family to Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Family Series Summon the Heroes April 22. This performance includes music from a variety of composers, including John Williams’ “Nimbus 2000” from the Harry Potter films!

Fun things to do at Downtown museums
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art has several engaging activities planned this month. Take part in Spring Break Family Fun Photo Tours April 3 – 6. Listen to some Tales at the Totem April 14. If you’re intrigued by bead work, don’t miss the Second Saturday Studio: Stop, Drop and Roll Your Own Beads April 14, followed by the 2nd Annual Bead Bonanza April 28. The Indiana State Museum is holding an Out of this World Festival April 13 &14 to celebrate human space exploration. The Morris-Butler House Museum takes afternoon tea to a whole new level. Stop by for Cooking with Herbs Tea April 7and the Victorian Spring Tea April 21. The President Benjamin Harrison Home hosts Victorian Theatre: Madness, Mockery and Mayhem April 20, 21, 27 & 28. Though these Victorian Theatre plays are not interactive, they create a unique setting as the action of the play goes on all around the audience. The Lilly Theater at the Children’s Museum is showing James and the Giant Peach now through April 22. Take advantage of FREE admission at the Children’s Museum April 29 for El Dia de los Ninos (Children’s Day).

Celebrate art
The art community is hopping with several showcase openings. Browse the Herron Senior Showcase in the Indianapolis Artsgarden April 2 – 13. Visit several Downtown galleries after hours at no cost April 6 for IDADA First Friday and Stutz First Friday Open Artist Studios. Dean Johnson Design and Gallery debuts One Small Project and Ruschman Art Gallery opens New Works, both running April 6 – 28. Harrison Center for the Arts hosts an Artist Reception April 13 to kick off the opening of Works by Elyce Elder and Karen Woods April 13 – 28. The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to iMOCA 101: Contemporary Explorations of Realism & Expressionism April 18, for an in-depth look at modern painting styles.

Cultural Districts even easier to ‘Discover’Visitors in Indianapolis' six Cultural Districts should notice several new ways to navigate the districts. Directional signage has been enhanced to and within Broad Ripple Village, The Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and the Wholesale District. Wayfinding additions include pedestrian kiosk pedestals, district bands on Direction Downtown signs and street-pole medallions in each district. The newest addition is four pedestrian map kiosk pedestals installed with district maps and directories in each district. The maps show the districts' key landmarks and provide a visual overview of highlights in the area. For more information about each of the districts, visit http://www.ne16.com/t/2486917/33510642/17857696/0/.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with spring flower plantings: Cole Noble Ohio Street gateway April 28 and other plantings in May. For more information, call Carol at 237.2211.


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