The Cincinnati Film Festival showcases moving pictures from all over the globe from October 8 to October 16. Your all-day pass (a $20 value) gets you access to a full day of screenings and workshops. Start your cineday with the Shorts Block 9, a collection of short films playing at the Esquire Theater, and then hop over to Main St. Cinema to catch "Runaways: Producing In Ohio," as a panel of local industry insiders discuss the past, present, and future of Ohio film production. Locavores can cheer on hometown heroes at the Esquire during 48 Hour Film Project: Take 2, a mash-up of mini-movies produced by Cincinnati filmmakers, before indulging in behind-the-scenes voyeurism with a screening of Saturday Night, a 90-minute Saturday Night Live documentary directed by actor James Franco. The weeklong film fest's Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 15 at Memorial Hall, where a special award will be presented to musician/TV personality/producer Nick Lachey for his contributions to the local production community. A ticket to the gala (a $25 value) gives formal-loving filmophiles an excuse to break out tuxes and ball gowns, as this gala is black-tie optional with a required tweed-based business-dress minimum. Check the program guide for a complete list of screenings. Organizers recommend you arrive at all events 30 minutes ahead of time to procure the best seats in the house, away from the permanent front-row installations of 10-gallon hats and actual honey-filled beehives.
For the late Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes, the most important things in life were science and the arts. The good doctor wanted to share this devotion with the Indianapolis community, so he devised and funded Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. Completed in 1963, the hall shares Butler's gorgeous aesthetic with its arching stone façade and lush crimson interior, which has room for over 2,000 patrons. In addition to major touring productions and public speakers, Clowes Memorial Hall is also the home of the Indianapolis Opera, the Butler Ballet, and the Indy 500.
Past the glimmering main lobby, past the Middle Eastern accents and hand-carved murals of the Egyptian Room, past the Victorian splendor of the Corinthian Hall, Old National Centre’s Murat Theatre continues the venue’s brand of elegance. Therein, row upon row of red-upholstered seats face a proscenium-style stage that entertains crowds with Broadway shows and musical acts. Overhead, the soft warmth of a chandelier ringed by a floral mural offsets the brilliance of the stage lighting and the performers’ flashlight-juggling routines.
The Indianapolis International Film Festival (IIFF) showcases 10 days’ worth of films from the United States and around the world, all of which are original, independent productions of varying genres, subject matters, gaspable moments, and grades of celluloid. The two-ticket option gets you into a film screening (including IMAX presentations), and the all-access pass grants full-festival offerings, including all films, opening and closing nights, special presentations, and festival parties. The all-access pass also comes with a membership to the IIFF, which procures free goodies and admission to IIFF events throughout the year. Consult the schedule to see what's screening when, and read more about the films to find a talkie that peaks your interest, from the story of a solitary Russian poodle trainer to claustrophobic tales of societal breakdown.
Celebrating its 30th year, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fall 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals bombards visual cortices with a full schedule of 4x4 exhibits, races, and exhibitions. Monster trucks perform in the General Tire Thunder Drags, racing for speedy dominance, freestyle driving in the arena, and demonstrating how to safely come to a complete stop at a four-way intersection. Passenger-outfitted monster truck Sergeant Smash gives high-octane rides to attendees, and the Mud Bog Challenge lets trucks test their soil-busting mettle in a 100-foot pit of liquid earth. A family fun zone keeps tykes occupied between events, and a marketplace lets guests pick up aftermarket products to use for vehicular enhancement and offerings to truck-devouring thunder-lizard Megasaurus.
The 15th annual Indy's Irish Fest will celebrate Celtic culture with a plethora of tasty foods, the toe-tapping sounds of Irish music and dance, and a full lineup of activities for adults and kids alike. The festival's schedule of events is brimming with Isle-inspired activities, while the festival's cultural area educates visitors on Irish and Irish-American customs, such as "getting Joyced," in which a friend is shown a copy of Ulyssses at a party, and is then obligated to read the entire thing out loud.