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This Weekend in the Arts: May 5-7

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Whether you’re looking to go out with family or friends this weekend, enjoy live music, visit a museum, art gallery or try out a new restaurant, the Indianapolis Recorder has you covered. We’ve put together an extensive list of just a few of the events and activities going on in and around Indianapolis in This Weekend in the Arts.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t cover everything going on in one calendar. So, if there’s something going on that we and other Hoosiers should know about this month, feel free to let us know! Send an email to newsroom@indyrecorder.com so we can include it in the next edition.

Friday, May 5

First Friday Night Market

Garfield Park, 1125 Cruft St.

6-10 p.m.


Presented by Big Car Collaborative, the First Friday Night Market at Garfield Park and Cruft Street will feature local artists, musicians, food trucks and small business vendors. The market will also include featured exhibits at Tube Factory, Listen Hear and the Guichelaar Gallery.

Search “First Friday Night Market” on Facebook

First Friday Porch Party Kick-Off and Gallery Opening with Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware St.

6-9 p.m.


The annual Porch Party Indy Kickoff will feature several gallery openings in addition to NXG Youth Motorsports, an Indy 500 Fashion Show, Suspended Animation Aerials, El Sistema Indy, members of Coro Latinoamericano and more. Guests will be able to pick up free porch party decor and yard signs while supplies last.


Str8 Up Frederick Douglass

Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St.

10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $2

Indiana State Museum is featuring a hip-hop exploration of Frederick Douglass’ life and legacy through rhythm, rap and jazz. Performed by artists under the direction of Deborah Asante of Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, the presentation will include original content, music and dance inspired by the words of Douglass.


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Saturday, May 6

Free Comic Book Day

Indianapolis Public Library, all branches

All day


Guests of all ages can stop by any of the Indianapolis Public Library branches to pick up a free comic book from the library’s selection of juvenile and teen graphic novels while supplies last.


Indy Black Wall-Street Vendor Event

Silver Centre, 10202 E. Washington St.

Noon to 4 p.m.


Business owners, service providers and other local talent are gathering for United X’s Indy Black Wall-Street Vendor Event.

Search “Indy Black Wall-Street Vendor Event” on Eventbrite 

Jess Hilarious

Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St.

7:30 and 10 p.m.

Tickets are $37

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, up and coming comedian Jess Hilarious is known for her quick, witty, to-the-point humor, which has earned her appearances on REL, “Wild N’ Out” and “All Def Comedy.” Her Instagram segment “Jess with the Mess” has become a social media sensation, gaining her 5.3 million followers.


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Sunday, May 7

Afrobeats Dance Workshop

Phiri Art Gallery, 120 E. Market St.

6-8 p.m.

Tickets are $5

The Afro-Beat dance workshop blends an energetic and fun dance style with a creative cardio workout. Led by instructor Sheila, participants are encouraged to reserve tickets ahead of time and arrive at the studio 15 minutes early.

Search “Afrobeats Dance Workshop” on Eventbrite

Mother Son Sneakerball- A Queen & her Prince!

The Silver Centre Event Hall, 10202 E. Washington St.

6-9 p.m.

Tickets start at $50

Returning this year, the Mother Son Sneakerball, hosted by Kelah ThePolishedLady and

ThePolishedPrince Waalid, presents an opportunity for moms to spend quality time with their sons. The event will include an evening of dancing, dinner, photos, a mom-and-son dance-off, best-dressed prizes and more. 

Search “Mother Son Sneakerball” on Eventbrite.

Volleyball Game: Alpha Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Inc/Rhoer Club

Finish Line Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis, 3870 N. Post Road

3-6 p.m.

Tickets start at $5

Sigma Gamma Rho Inc.’s Alpha Sigma chapter will go up against the Alpha Sigma Rhoer Club youth affiliates in a friendly game of volleyball. The game is open to the public and provides an opportunity to bond as a community and build relationships on the court.

Search “Alpha Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.” on Eventbrite

Please note: Admission and ticket prices listed are general and before taxes/fees.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848 or chloegm@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.

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