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.
When speaking about the 25th annual show in 2012, Tom Vriesman of the Indiana Design Center did not hesitate to say, “the Art & Antiques Show is the State of Indiana’s premiere show for the design community.” As proof of his words, booths brim with valuable pieces of home décor such as antique china, Oriental rugs, bronze sculptures, and freshly painted works of contemporary art, and live performances by painters and musicians lend a personal touch to a weekend of artistic elegance. In addition to enhancing each lucky buyer’s home, the sale of all these elegant keepsakes and artifacts goes to support the Methodist Health Foundation](http://www.methodisthealthfoundation.org/).
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.
The Indianapolis-based Indiana Ice, an Eastern Conference member of the United States Hockey League (America’s only Tier One amateur league), currently plays its home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Pan Am Pavilion, depending on their schedule. Single-game, multi-game, half-season and full-season tickets are available to watch Indianapolis’ only major hockey team, which was originally formed in 2004. The United States Hockey League is the top junior ice hockey league in the United States, and each of its sixteen-member teams consists of players who are twenty years old and younger, meaning screaming locals and hockey-rabid tourists can root on future National Hockey League stars from great seats around the rink. Fan giveaways, promotional nights and the team’s up tempo play all combine to make a night out with the Indiana Ice memorable.
Arthur Murray's experienced instructors and owners, including some who have worked with shows such as Dancing With the Stars, stand ready and waiting to teach students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your two 45-minute private lessons (a $100 value) or fly solo and dance with your instructor. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a betrothed pair prepping for the big wedding dance or a fledgling fitness seeker looking for a fun new way to get in shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, private lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful dance-based benefits. This Groupon also allows dancers to stop in for one group class ($30 value) to test out their newly acquired skills against unfamiliar counterfeet.
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.