The Asante Children’s Theatre will host auditions for acceptance into the theater’s academy on Sept. 18 at the Christamore House Family and Community Center, 502 N. Tremont Ave.
If accepted, students will be exposed to 26 weeks of performing arts skill development workshops in dancing, singing, storytelling and acting, as well as in physical warm-ups, healthy nutrition and financial literacy.
The first session runs from Sept. 22 to March 13 and is built around the production “Abena & the Python.”
Auditions should consist of a two-minute memorized monologue, a two-minute dance routine, and a two-minute song performed a cappella. Auditions are open to anyone aged 12 to 21 regardless of race, color, creed, nationality or religion. There is no cost to audition, and experience in dramatic or performing arts is not a prerequisite.
Interested candidates must schedule an audition by calling (317) 654-0264 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Sept. 15.
It’s rib time
It’s that time of year again. The 15th annual Rib America Festival is set to return downtown to Military Park, 601 W. New York St., Sept. 3-6 at 11 a.m. daily.
The event is an Indianapolis tradition that brings music, fun and award-winning barbecue teams from across the country.
Concerts will be performed each day with such names as Ted Nugent, Collective Soul, Bret Michaels, Blue Oyster Cult and more.
Admission is free before 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 and before 1 p.m. on Sept. 4-6 and $5 afterwards. Children 12 and under are free, and the concerts are covered in the ticket price. To learn more, visit ribamerica.com.
Teachers show their stuff
Staff members from the Herron School of Art and Design will exhibit their work at the school, 735 W. New York St., on Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Highlighted work will be featured from tenured, adjunct and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and technicians and will be in a variety of media, including visual communication design, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, painting, photography and more.
For more information, call (317) 278-9423 or visit herron.iupui.edu.
Brains and beauty
MBS Cosmetics is hosting a crash course in “Back to School Beauty” for young women who want to learn how to become their own makeup artists on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MakeUp by Sparkle Cosmetics & Studio, 6214 Carrollton Ave., Suite E.
Professional makeup artists will be on hand to share beauty tips and knowledge while demonstrating several new back-to-school looks. The class will consist of makeup lessons, a question and answer session, and a hands-on trial- and-error session.