Okay, so you may be scooting out of town for the long weekend. Here’s what you’re missing if you do and what you can catch if you don’t.

“International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Why repeat myself? You can read my story about it here.

Various locations Aug. 31 through Sept 16.

“Wreck-It Ralph”

A big bowl of cereal and a Saturday morning movie?

Nirvana for 7 year-olds.

This month’s installment Cereal Cinema: Wreck-It Ralphof the why-didn’t-someone-think-of-that-before? series features the charming animated film about a video game character looking to reinvent himself.

Sept. 1 at Newfields

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

Yes, I’ve joked that, because of the size of the stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theater, it would soon be staging a production of “Five Brides for Three Brothers.” But that’s really not fair, since anyone who has gone to the Beef knows that it offers Image result for seven brides beef and boardsprofessional choreography of full-cast shows, often making better use of its stages than touring companies make of theirs. Here, the male dancers are put to the test in a show that attempts to make up in energetic moves what it lacks in political correctness.

Aug. 30-Oct. 7 at Beef & Boards

“Paper Moon”

Public House Cinema, a new organization devoted to creating a home for  Related imageindependent, foreign, and art films, brings out a once-popular but now not-quite-on-the radar gem, Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon.” While the movie poster was in color, the Depression-set film was shot by Laszlo Kovacs in appropriately stark black and white. But the performances are anything but monochromatic, with Ryan O’Neal giving what might be considered his best screen performance if he wasn’t overshadowed by the work of his daughter, Tatum.

Sept. 7 at IndyFringe

As for me, well, I’ve been busy with…

“We are Still Tornadoes”

About two years ago, I read the galley of a novel in an afternoon and simultaneously fell in love with it and burned to turn it into a play. Well, that has happened and Butler Theatre will be opening its 2018-2019 season with a staged reading of “We Are Still Tornadoes,” which I adapted from the novel by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen.Image may contain: text

The play, produced staged reading-style, tells of Scott and Cath, best friends who grew up across the street from each other and stay in touch via letters—it’s 1982!—when Cath goes off to college and Scott stays home to work in his father’s store. It’s the very human story of two people navigating their shifting friendship and their transitions into adulthood, with all the laughs and tears that go along with it.

Both novelists we be in attendance for this this first-time presentation and will participate in a post-show discussion.

Admission is free.

Side note: If you are a theater person (professional/community/college/high school/whatever) interested in a two character/one-set play that multiple generations can relate to, let’s talk. If you can’t make it to the show, I’d be happy to send you a script.

Aug. 28-29 at Eidson Duckwall Recital Hall, Butler University