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.
The Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival strives to induce every reaction from a giggle to a guffaw during its one-day film spree. The festival screens comedic films from across the globe, as well as some that feature cast or crew members from Indiana. Each year, approximately 30 full-length films, shorts, and life-size flipbooks dance across the eager retinas of the audience.
The inspiration for the festival, Steve Pearce, was a National Kidney Foundation of Indiana supporter and film lover who passed away from kidney disease in 2009. His family carries on his mission to raise awareness for the disease by appropriating the funds from the festival to NKFI. The NKFI aims to prevent kidney and urinary-tract diseases, improve the well-being of people affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of transplant-ready organs. Together, the film festival and NKFI plan to alleviate these needs, one kidney at a time.