Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

Experience living Black History on Indiana Avenue
Indiana Avenue is a powerful version of the American dream through an African-American lens. The Avenue is the historic African-American commercial, entertainment and worship center. Today’s landscape is filled with enduring landmarks, a burgeoning university campus, contemporary residences and a lush waterway. Indiana Avenue truly is rhythm reborn. The rich heritage comes to life on stage, in public art, museums, art galleries, nightlife and in the church.

Also located on Indiana Avenue is the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center. The Madame Walker Theatre Center, housed in the historic Madame C.J. Walker Building, has long symbolized the spirit of creativity and community pride in Downtown Indianapolis. Celebrate Black History Month with the Walker Theatre by joining Freetown Village for an evening dinner theatre called “This Little Light” on Feb. 18. Enjoy live music and a lesson in history at this living history museum. Also join the Madame Walker Theatre for Jazz on the Avenue Feb. 25 in the Ballroom for live jazz and cocktails. Call 236.2099 for more information.

Art & Soul at the Indianapolis Artsgarden
Don’t miss more than 18 FREE performances throughout the month of February as part of the 15th annual Art & Soul in the Indianapolis Artsgarden, which kicks off Jan. 27. This annual celebration of African-American art and artists celebrates Black History Month. The performances feature a broad range of musical, dance, spoken word, poetry and living history from both established and emerging artists. Highlights throughout the month of February include Billy Wooten Jazz Trio, Gregg Bacon, June Rochelle, the Asante Children’s Theatre and many more. For more details and a schedule of events call 631.3301 or visit the Indy Arts Web site.

Learn about black history
Join The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as black history comes alive during the month of February. Don’t miss Target Family Night Feb. 3 from 4 – 8 p.m. Celebrate African-American heritage and achievements in history, science, art and music FREE of charge. Experience a slave’s flight to freedom and learn to navigate using the Big Dipper during Follow the Drinking Gourd starting Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. On Feb. 3, 5 and12, celebrate Black History Month in Lilly Theatre with vignettes exploring the lives of Levi Coffin and Madame C.J. Walker at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. To learn more, call 334.3322.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Indiana Historical Society and Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL) invite children and families to learn about Indiana’s rich African-American history by participating in the Indiana Black History Challenge. The Indiana Black History Challenge is a contest that invites participants to investigate famous African-American Hoosiers and their contributions to society. The 10-question challenge can be taken online beginning Feb. 1. Printed game cards will also be made available at the beginning of February at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, as well as all branches of the IMCPL.

The first 5,000 entrants to the Indiana Black History Challenge will receive a prize. All participants who complete the challenge and answer all questions correctly are entered into a drawing for the grand prize and runner-up awards. The grand prize is a Family Fun Pack that includes an overnight stay at the Omni Severin Hotel in Downtown Indianapolis; four tickets to special exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; a $25 gift certificate to Weber Grill Restaurant and a family membership to the Indiana Historical Society, which includes free admission to the Indiana Experience for a year. One winner from each IMCPL branch and the History Center will receive a runner-up prize of a family four-pack of tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game. For more information, contact the IHS at 232.1882.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s (IMA) Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial exhibition will open Feb. 25. As an artist, Dial explores the truth of American history and culture in all its complexities and contradictions. This exhibition includes more than 50 pieces of Dial’s work that range from sculptures to paintings and that address some of the most compelling issues of our time. Find out more information on the exhibition call 923.1331.

Visit the Indiana State Museum for their “African Americans in Indiana” gallery search starting Feb. 1 to uncover the rich culture and contributions of Indiana’s black communities. Meet President Lincoln on Feb. 12 and enjoy period music and activities or see Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches in the Legacy Theater through the end of March. Call 232.1637 for more information.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will host the 4th Annual Leon Jett Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Quintard Taylor, professor of American History at the University of Washington, on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. Taylor will discuss how African Americans helped shape and develop the American West. A new exhibit that is partnered with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian called Red Black: Related Through History will open Feb. 12. Red Black will showcase the interactions between early black slaves and Native Americans. Call 636.9378 for more information.

Head over to the Garfield Parks Art Center for “Black Pearls”: An Artistic Celebration of Black History Month starting Feb. 5. The FREE exhibit showcases African and African-American artists and will display sculpture, drawing, painting and ceramics. Hands on creative family activities will take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout February. Hours for Garfield Parks Art Center are Tuesday – Thursday 2 – 9 p.m., Friday 1 – 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. For more information call 327.7135.

Black History performances
The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) presents Charlayne Woodard’s Going Solo: Neat from Feb.10 – March 6. In this sequel to Woodard’s “Pretty Fire,” teenaged Charlayne encounters boys, high school, civil rights and her own vivid imagination, all while learning to live with her disabled aunt, Neat. Tickets, show information and a schedule of consortium events are available by calling 635.5252.

Join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the 26th Anniversary Celebration of Black History Concert Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The ISO’s annual concert celebrates the significant impact of African-American culture on classical and symphonic music as well as the superb artistry and creativity of black artists, composers and conductors. This year the concert will be conducted by an Indianapolis audience favorite, Thomas Wilkins. This event is FREE and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating. Call 639.4300 for more information.

Exposition Park Los Angeles

Exposition Park is one of the top five Los Angeles attractions with several museums, sports venues and gardens. Museums include the California Science Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and the California African-American Museum. The science center and natural history museum are both housed in historic, early 1900’s buildings. Sports arenas include the Olympic Stadium with pools for swimming and diving, the L.A. Coliseum which has hosted Olympic Games and professional football and the Los Angeles Sport Arena which hosts basketball, boxing and other sporting events. Most of the 4-million visitors per year come to tour the science center and museum of natural history.

The California Science Center is part air & space museum, natural science museum, children’s museum and aquarium. Before even entering the science center Los Angeles, visitors encounter several warbirds including an SR-71 Blackbird frozen in a flight position. Just outside the science museum entrance is a huge IMAX theater that shows high-definition movies of nature, animals, space and more. Inside the science center, visitors can roam about the museum to see space capsules, warbirds, plants, fish, live shows and more. Entertaining hands-on exhibits can be found all over the museum that help explain the physics of how things work. The Ecosystems exhibit includes an ocean aquarium filled with sharks, grouper, rays and other sea creatures. The highlight of the Los Angeles science center is the Space Shuttle Endeavour that went on display in 2012. Visitors are guided through the Endeavour museum filled with space shuttle parts, pictures, flight simulators and more before entering the hangar to walk around the actual Space Shuttle Endeavour. This awe-inspiring exhibit ends with a large gift shop filled with NASA and space shuttle souvenirs. The science center Los Angeles is large enough to spend the entire day exploring. An on-site grill & coffee bar quenches appetites with specialty drinks, ice cream and comfort foods. The best part about the Los Angeles science center is that admission is free to all exhibits. There is only an admission fee for IMAX movies and a small reservation fee for the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History is situated adjacent to the California Science Center. The Los Angeles Natural History Museum features a dinosaur museum, African animals, insect zoo, science lab, gems & minerals and more. Take a stroll through Dinosaur Hall below the reconstructed bones of massive dinosaurs. See interpretive displays of wild animals in their natural environments. View incredible specimens of gold, diamonds, emeralds and other precious discoveries. The museum of natural history often hosts hands-on exhibits on the lawn in front of the building including the Butterfly Pavilion and Spider Pavilion, where visitors can touch and hold from beautiful to creepy insects.

Behind these popular Los Angeles attractions is the Exposition Park Rose Garden. The rose garden is the perfect place to unwind while wandering through hundreds of species of roses and sitting by the fountain with a view of the garden and original museum entrances. On hot days, street vendors sometimes sell refreshing popsicles and ice creams by the fountain. The rose garden was once a horseracing track before Exposition Park was created.

Exposition Park is located south of Downtown Los Angeles off the 110 freeway. This is a high-crime region of the city, so we don’t recommend using public transportation or leaving the grounds of the park. The parking lot off Figueroa Street is within safe walking distance to the museums. Like any Los Angeles museum, Exposition Park can be less crowded on weekends as opposed to weekdays when hordes of kids on school field trips pour out of school buses. Be sure to reserve an IMAX movie ahead of time as they often sell out. The California Science Center website has a list of several movies that are currently playing. The Space Shuttle Endeavour is another popular attraction where advance reservations should be considered.

Downtown San Diego Real Estate – Exciting Things About Living in Downtown San Diego

Many people decide to move to a new home or location for varied reasons. Undesirable neighborhood, bad location and some other factors are just some of the things that influence such decision. Regardless of the reasons, moving to a new home is not that easy and simple. It’s a tiring, stressful and expensive matter to undertake. But on a lighter side, relocating to your new home is part of a journey wherein you explore your new environment and enjoy together with your family and friends. Finding a good home location that would meet your expectation is important and you have to know whether the house needs repair. Make sure that you will choose a new home that you will really enjoy living in for the rest of your life.

If you’re considering of buying Downtown San Diego Real Estate, you’ll be greatly pleased to know that there are truly a lot of fun things that you can explore and look forward to experience if you move to this new location. If you’re new to this place, you can take a look and roam around the city and at the same time looking at Downtown San Diego homes for sale to help you be familiar with some of the nice spots to visit.

This place is recognized as one of the most famous cities in California. Many people who love to explore reside in this area. The place is blessed with plenty of tourist attractions that make the visitors’ stay and business dealings worthwhile and fun. You will definitely be captivated by the place’s scenic charm of Bay Harbor, luxury and elegant hotels, and plenty of recreational parks and zoos for your family to enjoy. As recorded in the statistics, this place is considered as the second largest city in California and rank as the eighth in the entire country. San Diego has plenty of beautiful beaches and is endowed with a calm Mediterranean climate that their residents enjoy. The place is the military base of sixteen military facilities hosting the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and the United States Coast Guard. The city’s main source of income is mainly composed of electronics, biotechnology/biosciences, manufacturing, computer sciences, agriculture, defense-related manufacturing, financial and business telecommunications and of course, tourism. One of the most splendid locations for tourists destination is downtown San Diego.

Let’s take a quick look on its history way back in the early ’80s. Downtown San Diego has been doing much city renovations where they reconstructed the Gaslamp Quarter, the Horton Plaza, and the building of the San Diego Convention Center which is the premier meeting and conference facility. During that time Downtown San Diego was not that attractive and some people did not know this place and abandoned it. But because of the great makeover that took place, this not- so – lovely place had been converted and changed into a sparkling showcase of five-star hotels, waterfront skyscrapers, luxurious live-work loft developments, and numerous restaurants, cafe shops, stores and boutique shops.

Downtown San Diego offers many great and exciting things to discover and look forward to especially if you plan to relocate to this area. You can also check Downtown San Diego homes for sale online if you want to know more details of homes available for sale in this superb area.