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JUNE 2014

June 2014: Best Bets

Welcome to The Ticket!

The coming month's top theater, music, festivals, museums, films, and more can be found below, an expanded version of June's IM Culture Calendar. Enjoy!

First: “My idea was that I would escape oblivion by doing something memorable,” author John Green says. “I have tried to refocus, in my proper adulthood, toward other things.”

He Finally Goes to the Movies!


Jackie Evancho

6/1 Although her age (14) gets all the attention, the soprano’s voice is the real star. The darling of America’s Got Talent and PBS will perform at the Palladium.

Joshua Bell

6/6–7 On most nights, Krzysztof Urbanski conducting the ISO through Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 would be the headliner at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Not when Indiana Living Legend Joshua Bell is also scheduled to play a violin concerto from Jean Sibelius.

Tim McGraw

6/7 The man in the black cowboy hat makes a stop at Klipsch Music Center on his Sundown Heaven Town tour.

Ray LaMontagne

6/13 If there is such a thing as explosive success in the folk-rock world these days, Ray LaMontagne defines it. He’ll visit The Lawn in support of his new album, Supernova.

Dave Matthews Band

6/20–21 As if DMB’s rabid fans didn’t have reason enough to catch the band at Klipsch Music Center this month, Dave will perform two sets at each show: one acoustic and one electric.

Journey and Steve Miller Band

6/28 Two of the shapers of the “San Francisco Sound” fly like an eagle to Klipsch Music Center.


The War of the Roses

6/6–28 If you thought George R. R. Martin knew how to write a feudal war, wait until you see what Shakespeare did with the clash between Lancaster and York. Ambitiously, EclecticPond will put on all eight of the Bard’s historic plays throughout June at the Irvington Lodge, with one epic marathon on the last Saturday.

Swan Lake

6/12–21 In a typical boy-meets-swan love story, NoExit reimagines Tchaikovsky’s ballet as a dark stage play exploring forbidden love. While there will be dancing, don’t expect any fluttery corps de cygnes in this production at the Wheeler Arts Community.


6/12–7/6 The show is not about chickens, but there is plenty to cluck about in this comedy following a man who takes a break from his boyfriend and falls in love with a woman. The Phoenix Theatre premieres British playwright Mike Bartlett’s daring stage play.

The Book of Mormon

6/17–22 From the writers of South Park, this musical rings the doorbell at the Old National Centre with nine Tony Awards under its arm. Following two young Mormon missionaries to Africa, the story includes plenty of irreverence and misquoted Scripture.


Circling the Camp: Wendy Red Star

6/6–7/16 Calling herself a cultural archivist, Wendy Red Star is a multimedia artist who uses everything from photography to sculpture to explore the intersection of her tribal Crow background and modern society. A 2009 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow, Star opens a solo show at iMOCA this month.

Talbot Street Art Fair

6/14–15 More than 270 painters, potters, and sculptors will occupy Talbott Street for one of the state’s oldest art fairs.

Independent Music + Art Festival

6/14 Just around the corner from Talbot, the hipsters will gather at the Harrison Center for an edgier, indier, craftier experience.

Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait

6/15–9/7 Organized by the IMA, this exhibit of portraits by painters such as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Vincent Van Gogh is the first of its kind.


Daphnis et Chloe

6/13–14 It’s a triple bill as the ISO, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, and Dance Kaleidoscope grace the Clowes Memorial Hall stage together to present this Ravel ballet.


6/14 We aren’t sure whether a chardonnay goes better with a lyrical ballet or some Fosse jazz, but try them both at Motus Dance’s annual Pairings event, where you can sample wine, appetizers, and modern dance at White Rabbit Cabaret.

Food & Drink

Strawberry Festival

6/12 Strawberries. Shortcake. Ice cream. On Monument Circle. Need we say more?

Italian Street Festival

6/12 At Holy Rosary Catholic Church, enjoy more than 25 Italian meats, pastas, and desserts while being serenaded by The Flying Toasters. Naturally, everyone breaks for bocce in the afternoon.


6/21 Local breweries unite once again on the 700 block of Park Avenue for the Phoenix Theatre’s annual fermented fundraiser. Felt a little crowded last year? Snag one of the new, limited VIP tickets to access all the booths an hour early.

Galas & Tours

Historic Twin Oaks Home & Garden Tour

6/6–8 Ever wondered how the reclusive billionairess Ruth Lilly lived? The Indiana Historical Society—which now owns her former home, Twin Oaks—will open it to the public for a rare peek behind the curtain.

Indy Pride Parade

6/14 Capping off a week of festivities, this flamboyant celebration of gay culture promises to be bigger than ever, with more than 100 groups dancing their way through the downtown streets.

Big Red Bash

6/28 Get fit and fight cancer at the free Big Red Bash, held this year at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Little Red Door Cancer Agency event features 30-minute group workout sessions of Zumba, yoga, and cardio drumming.


The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational

6/6–8 Something new, something old. The Speedway’s inaugural race of classic cars amounts to an entire weekend of chrome-ogling.

Edited by Daniel S. Comiskey and Jonathan Scott

Greenlight! John Green's Next Blockbuster Film?


With John Green's latest novel, The Fault in Our Stars, getting the Hollywood treatment, we decided to play casting director for his previous books.


 Quick Reads: John Green's Best Tweets

2.3M Followers Can't Be Wrong!

@RealJohnGreen wrote the book on connecting with readers through social media. Here, a few of his most clever tweets.


Peer Inside the Indy Zoo's New Animal House

Animal House

The Indy Zoo hangs its future on the International Orangutan Center, now open. If you're as curious as the apes, you'll want to see what's new.


Video: Meet The Indy Zoo's New Orangutans

Meet Those Orangutans

Eight of the redheads have swung into town.


Indy Monthly: June 2014

Seeing Green

See our feature on John Green, plus what's ready to be imbibed at Thunderbird in Fountain Square; new columns from Philip Gulley, Deborah Paul, and Sam Stall; and more. Our latest issue is available now for many mobile devices and tablets.


The Guiding Bite: Food Events Calendar

Chow Time

Plan your meals out with The Guiding Bite, IM's food events calendar. Starting June 2, Chow Down Midtown's two-week experience for diners will find them enjoying three-course, fixed-price menus from participating restaurants.


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