Wednesday, July 27

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard 400 2011 Schedule of Events



All DayCamping Lots Open
5 PMHauler Parade




Chevy Day at the Brickyard
All DayVintage and Stock Car Show                
10:10 AM - 11:35 AMDriver Autograph Session                   
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMDriver Q & A Session                  
3:15 PMPractice Session II                              
5 PMRichard Petty Driving
Experience Rides 

 *Subject to change



Inaugural Brickfest 
All DayVintage and Stock Car Show
10 AMPractice Session
11 AM - 3 PMKids Club Event
12 - 12:45 PMAutograph Session I
1 - 1:45 PMAutograph Session II
2:10 PMQualifying
4:30 PMHinder Concert Begins



 
All DayVintage and Stock Car Show
9:30 AMJustin Moore, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett
& Brantley Gilbert in concert

Pre-Race20th Anniversary of Desert Storm Salute
Pre-Race Thunder Alley
11:45 AMRascal Flatts
12:50 PM "America The Beautiful" by Reba McEntire
In-Race Beach Bash
1 PMNational Anthem by Rascal Flatts
1 PM Green Flag for the 2011 Brickyard 400
Schedule, ticket, directions, and information: IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Monday, July 25

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: DRALION
AUGUST 3-7
AT CONSECO FIELDHOUSE


Cirque du Soleil: Dralion (Drah-lee-on) receives its inspiration from Eastern philosophy of harmony between humankind and nature. Its name is derived from two symbols representing the East and West: the dragon and the lion.
Having seen three Cirque du Soleil performances, (Saltimbaco, Jungle Fantasy and Alegria) I am consistently impressed with the variety, the quality and the creativity of each show. When I was approached to interview the artistic director, Sean McKeown, of upcoming Indianapolis performance of Dralion, I agreed immediately.

Here's part of our Q&A:

GG: What is Dralion?
SM: It is based on East/West circus cultures with 3000 years of acrobatic traditions merged with avante-garde Cirque du Soleil style.


GG: How long have you been with Cirque du Soleil?
SM: Ten years.

GG: What is your artistic background?
SM: I was a pantomime, a flutist in a children's symphonic orchestra, an actor, comedian and tapdancer. I worked 10 years with a media company and directed at a drama school. I have worked with Cirque for 10 years, as a general stage manager and now artistic director.


GG: What do you believe connects the audience to Cirque shows?
SM: Extraordinary acrobats dressed in extraordinary costumes presenting hopes and dreams with a "wow" factor.

 Dralion can be seen for eight performances at Conseco Fieldhous, August 3-7. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.
Show Schedule (August 3 - 7, 2011)

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30pm
Thursday, August 4 at 7:30pm
Friday, August 5 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
Saturday, August 6 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, August 7 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Category 1, 2, 3 · Adults: $35 to $80 Children (12 & under): $28 to $65 ·
Military, Seniors & Students: $31.50 to $67.50
For show and ticket information: cirquedusoleil.com/dralion.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Friday, July 22

Indiana's Covered Bridge Loop


Experience Indiana’s Covered Bridge Loop in Southern Indiana

Six Counties. Nine Bridges. One Great Trail.
The Indiana Covered Bridge Loop is an approximately 216 mile route featuring nine historic covered bridges scattered over waterways in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings and Lawrence counties.

The Loop features single, double and triple span bridges, and the only remaining double tunnel bridge in Indiana all built by well-known master craftsmen. Four of the bridges are featured on the National Register of Historic Places. See the oldest covered bridge in Indiana built in 1838, now residing at the Brown County State Park, and the longest three span covered bridge in the United States just outside of Medora, Indiana. Visitors can experience driving through six of the covered bridges.
Visitors tour two significant covered bridges on the Loop through Jackson County both built by master builder Joseph J. Daniels.  The restored triple-span Medora Covered Bridge, built in 1875, is an example of Daniels’ use of Multiple King Post Truss construction with Double Burr Arch design.


The Shieldstown Covered Bridge, built one year later, was the last covered bridge constructed in Jackson County. Built at a cost of $13,600, the two-span bridge is 355 feet long and spans the East Fork of the White River.

The Indiana Covered Bridge Loop brochure serves as an information guide and is complete with a map, GPS coordinates and a brief description accompanied by bridge photos. Loop brochures are available at the Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, and Lawrence County Visitors Centers and online.

For information call the Jackson County Visitor Center at 888-524-1914 or visit jacksoncountyin.com
Photos submitted by Jackson County Visitor Center.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Wednesday, July 20

Heartland Film Festival 2011 Sneak Peek Fundraiser on August 25

Click here for 2011 schedule and info: Heartland Film Festival 2011Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (July 12, 2011) – Heartland Truly Moving Pictures will kick off the 2011 Heartland Film Festival with its first public fundraiser in its 20-year history on August 25, at the Mavris Arts and Event Center in downtown Indianapolis (121 S. East St.).
Hoosiers and Rudy producer and writer Angelo Pizzo and director David Anspaugh are scheduled to attend the event along with many other local filmmakers with Heartland ties. The evening will include a first look at some of the 2011 Heartland Film Festival selections including a review screening of a 2011 Festival short film.

The event also includes a live auction featuring a 2011 Heartland Film Festival ticket package, an Indianapolis arts ticket package including tickets to:
and more, as well as vacation packages to Sun Valley, Idaho and Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

“We’re hoping that this fundraiser will be the first of many as we continue to build awareness of our ongoing
need for financial support,” said Jeffrey L. Sparks, President and CEO of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.
“It’s an honor to have some of our past filmmakers back to help us raise funds and we’re especially excited to
have Angelo and David in attendance.”

Tickets for this event are on sale now for $95 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A limited quantity of
Entourage Packages are also available for $1,000 and include 10 tickets, reserved seating and Entourage
Lounge access. Tickets can be purchased at TrulyMovingPictures.org/HFFSneakPeek.

One Film Can, the Campaign for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures was publically launched in August of
2010. The Campaign is designed to provide Heartland with the resources it needs to be a dynamic, effective
and nationally recognized catalyst for inspiring filmmaking, and to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Campaign.

Visit TrulyMovingPictures.org/HFFSneakPeek for more information and to purchase tickets.
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a non-profit arts organization, seeks to promote positive change in people’s live through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $150,000 in cash prizes and presents its Crystal Heart Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.3 million to support filmmakers during the last 19 years.
The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers.
For more information, visit TrulyMovingPictures.org.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Monday, July 18

Theater Review: Beef and Boards: Church Basement Ladies 2

Quite often the first offering in a series of books, films or plays is the best installment as if all the good stuff was poured from the creator's soul leaving nothing back.

It takes years to create. It becomes a hit (if they are fortunate) and the expectations are to produce, in a much shorter time-frame, the same quality for the obligatory second and third segments. When the second installment is as good as the first, perhaps even arguably better, it stands out. (Godfather/Godfather 2)

Beef and Boards, Indianapolis, has such a situation currently on its stage. Church Basement Ladies 2, A Second Helping, is based on the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, the creators of the best-selling book Growing Up Lutheran.
Written by Greta Grosch; directed by Curt Wollan, with music and lyrics by Dennis Curley and Drew Jansen, the show continues on stage through Aug. 28.

The script is stronger this go-round, containing more deeply layered characters with full stories rather than the initial stereotypes.
Emulating Forrest Gump, the characters help each other through historical milestones, including the Kansas City Chiefs vs Minnesota Vikings 1970 Superbowl game, women's rights and the progressive Ecumenical Church. Death, birth and love are quilted into the fabric of the ladies' lives bringing the common bonds of all people to the front pew.

Portrayed by last year's cast, in its entirety, each actor seems to have a deeper relationship with their respective roles: Karen Pappas (Mavis); Katherine Proctor (Karin); Licia Watson (Vivian); Liza Bark (Beverly) and Eddie Curry (Reverend Gunderson).
Whereas last year's offering was supported mainly by Curry and Pappas, this season's CBL2 finds a cast of more solid abilities who have definitely found their stride.

Bottom Line: Beef and Boards' Church Basement Ladies 2 catapults over the original in script, talent and musical offerings.


For tickets, schedule and information: BeefandBoards.com
Photos: JulieCurryPhotography.com
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Sunday, July 17

Children's Museum Haunted House 2011 Vampire Vacation

Children's Museum
Haunted House 2011
Vampire Vacation
The 2011 Haunted House – Vampire Vacation – will feature a vampire family vacation with siblings ‘Vivienne’ and ‘Victor’ heading off to different “dead-stinations” around the U.S.

As is tradition with The Children’s Museum Haunted House, both Lights On hours for younger visitors and Defender Direct’s Frightening hours for those who “dare-to-be-scared” will be offered. 
Vampire Vacation will be the 48th annual Haunted House fundraiser held by The Children’s Museum Guild to benefit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 

“2010 was a great year for the Haunted House having been named one of the 10 best haunted houses in the U.S. by Rand McNally Online, celebrating a 20-year record attendance of more than 62,000 visitors, and contributing more than $500,000 to The Children’s Museum,” said Alli Stitle,. “Last year’s success is a great inspiration for us to build on with the 2011 Haunted House.”

For information, tickets, schedule and hours, visit ChildrensMuseum.org

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.