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Open Mic for everyone

The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library’s Pike branch, 6525 Zionsville Rd., is inviting everyone to a family friendly Open Mic and Poetry Night on May 11, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to participate can read poetry, play music, sing or rap, regardless of skill level.

Even if you don’t have any talent at all, you can still come for the fun and entertainment.

Call (317) 275-4480 or visit imcpl.org for more information.

Teatime for mom

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Freetown Village Inc. will host the Mother Daughter Tea social 2 p.m.-4 p.m., May 8 at New Covenant Church, 4625 N. Keystone Ave. The elegant affair will provide mother-daughter tandems an afternoon of fun and allow them to display some of their favorite dress clothes.

Traditional tea courses will be served at regular intervals during the social, with games, tea history lessons, etiquette and 1950s-themed nostalgia in between. Business casual or dressy clothes, as well as hats, are encouraged at the event, and contests will take place for a mother-daughter look-alike and fanciest hat.

Reservations are required. Admission is $30 for adults, $15.75 for children under 10 and $28 for Freetown Village members. The Tea Cozy will provide catering. For reservations or more information, call (317) 631-1870 or visit freetownvillage.org.

Are you the

real deal?

On the last Saturday of each month (May 29 this month), AMPS TV will film a special television program called “The Real” right here in Indianapolis. In the show, contestants compete against each other in specific categories. For example, rappers compete with other rappers, singers compete with other singers, etc. After the show is filmed, it will be available for viewing at ampstv.com/thereal, where viewers will decide who is “real” and who is not. The winner of each category receives a $1,000 prize and a “real” big trophy.

To participate, go to The Center Point, 3334 N. Arlington Ave., at 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month. There is a $5 venue cover charge to participate in one of the categories, which include rapping, singing, acting and hair styling. If you just want to vote in the competition, or want more information, visit ampstv.com/thereal.

Broad Ripple Art Fair offers new perks for 40th anniversary

It is that time of year again. The Broad Ripple Art Fair, which is one of Indianapolis’ most popular cultural events, will take place May 15 and 16.

Organizers have added a few twists to this year’s fair: if you stop by the Art Center’s booth on May 15, you can get a wristband to return May 16 for free; if you purchase a ticket in advance and fill out the back of it, you will be entered in a drawing for a free art class at the Art Center, and on May 7 tickets will be available at four for $40, in honor of the 40th anniversary.

Discounted tickets will also be available at Marsh, Fifth Third Bank, the Artsgarden, and the Art Center at $12 for adults and $2 for children 3-12. The gate price is $15 for adults.

For more information, call (317) 255-2464.

MyINDY to Keep showing Butler men’s hoops

Butler University’s men’s basketball games will again be broadcast on MyINDY-TV Channel 23 for the third year in a row. Interest in the program will be at an all-time high after last season’s historic run to the title game, and many citizens of Indianapolis will be glad to know that Butler’s games will continue to be shown locally.

Of course, it is always relatively inexpensive and fun to watch the games live at Hinkle Fieldhouse. For ticket or basketball-related information, visit butlersports.com.

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